Overview of Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's popular Aironet family of wireless APs has evolved in concert with Wi-Fi technology and has steadily delivered improvements in performance, capacity, coverage, data protection, manageability and dependability. Current Aironet Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points can handle up to 400 clients each and can handle data rates of more than 5 Gbps. Deployments of Aironet access points implemented with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture allow you to set up multi-site wireless networks with up to 18,000 APs serving as many as 64,000 users, all under centralized management. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified wireless networking consultants offer online or onsite consulting and troubleshooting services to assist you to plan, deploy, update, tune, monitor and troubleshoot Aironet Wi-Fi deployments of any scale, in-building or outside.
Aironet Wi-Fi APs are offered for any WLAN venue
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi network experts offer online or onsite integration and troubleshooting support to help your organization to design, implement, update, optimize, administer and debug Aironet Wi-Fi access point deployments of any size or topology. Progent's Cisco wireless controller consultants can also help you to integrate your wireless environment with your wired network and cloud-hosted resources to create a seamless enterprise connectivity solution that is easy to manage and scale. Progent also offers affordable Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to determine the most appropriate selection, placement and setup of Aironet Wi-Fi APs to accommodate your unique workplace layout, construction, and expected workloads.
Cisco Aironet Wave 2 Indoor Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points offer substantial enhancements over the initial generation of 802.11ac devices, called Wave 1. Enhancements include up to 2.34 gigabits/sec rather than 1.3 Gbps data rate in the 5 GHz band, multi-user MIMO for transferring data to multiple devices at the same time, better coverage and expandability, and the ability to use 160-MHz-wide channels and/or a fourth spatial stream to improve performance and support more features. For concentrated wireless deployments, nearly all Aironet Wave 2 Wi-Fi APs work with Cisco Mobility Express, which allows 50 to 100 access points to be configured quickly without requiring a physical Cisco Wi-Fi controller. Progent can help you to evaluate the business advantages of upgrading your Wave 1 or legacy Aironet Wi-Fi APs and can also help you to plan, implement and administer a Wave 2 Aironet wireless AP solution that delivers maximum business value.
The Cisco Aironet 1810W Series Wi-Fi APs are compact Wave 2 wall-plate-mountable APs intended for deployment in hospitality venues such as hotels and cruise ships. The Aironet 1810W includes Dual 2.4 and 5 GHz transceivers and a Bluetooth radio, incorporates 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with two spatial streams, and delivers a combined transfer rate of 867-Mbps and a maximum user count of 400. Cisco's Aironet 1810W includes three local GB Ethernet ports including one with Power over Ethernet Out for supporting a device like an IP phone, printer or surveillance camera. The Cisco Aironet 1818 adds a 10/100/1000BASE-T PoE uplink interface and a pass-through RJ-45 port. Cisco's Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series access point is a Wave 2 802.11ac unit that features a mounting cradle and is designed to provide secure wireless access for telecommuters and branch office workers. The Aironet 1810W Series OfficeExtend AP needs to be attached to a remote wireless network controller, which allows easy unified management of policies and eliminates the need for overseeing home-based or remote-office firewalls. The Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series features the same throughput and connections as the Aironet 1810W Wi-Fi access point.
The Aironet 1815 Series wireless access points are low-cost, compact Wave 2 devices intended for small and medium-size companies. The 1815 series includes four models which address different usage scenarios. The Cisco 1815i wireless access point has versatile alternatives for wall or ceiling mount. The Cisco 1815w wireless AP is a desktop unit. The 1815t Wi-Fi AP features three GE ports for use by telecommuters or users in a micro branch office; and the 1815m Wi-Fi AP features extra transmit power for greater coverage. All models in the Cisco 1815 Wireless Access Point family include dual radios (2.4/5 GHz) and 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with two spatial streams. All but the 1815t wireless access point can be administered with Cisco Mobility Express. Only the 1815t wireless AP works with OfficeExtend. Each 1815 Series wireless access point delivers a combined data transfer rate of 1 gigabit/sec and can support a maximum of 400 clients. All versions except the 1815t feature a BLE radio, and only the 1815t has a USB interface and has the option of Power over Ethernet or AC/DC power.
The Aironet 1830 Series wireless access point is designed for small and mid-size networks and includes 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, features 3x3 multi-user MIMO supporting two spatial streams, includes a 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ-4 port with Power over Ethernet (PoE), supports a combined data transfer rate of 867-Mbps on the 5-Ghz radio, and can support up to 400 clients. The Cisco 1830 Series wireless AP also accepts a Bluetooth Low Energy radio by means of a USB dongle. The Bluetooth radio can be used for navigation, proximity marketing, and asset tracking.
Cisco's Aironet 1850i wireless access point is designed for small and medium-sized businesses and features 4x4 MU-MIMO with up to four spatial streams (when in single-user MIMO mode, three spatial streams in MU-MIMO), incorporates a GE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port, a Gigabit Ethernet port for link aggregation, and an RJ-45 management console port. The Cisco Aironet 1850i wireless AP delivers a total aggregate dual-radio data rate of 2.0 Gbps and a maximum user count of 400. A BLE radio can be added to the 1850i Series Wi-Fi AP by using a USB dongle.
The Cisco Aironet 2800 Series wireless AP is intended for large enterprises and can maximize throughput by dynamically assigning its dual radios as one 2.4 and one 5 GHz radio or as two 5 GHz radios, which can support aggregate performance as high as 5 Gbps. The Aironet 2800 Wi-Fi access point features 4x4 MU-MIMO technology with up to three spatial streams and can handle as many as 400 clients. A second antenna interface is included for difficult environments such as high-ceiling halls, libraries and eating areas. Cisco's 2800 Wi-Fi access point features two GE interfaces and an RJ-45 management console port. A BLE radio can be added by means of a USB dongle.
The Aironet 3800 Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points are designed for high-density sites such as large offices or warehouses. The Aironet 3800 has three different antenna options. The 3800i comes with internal antennas, the 3800e has external antennas, and the 3800p has high-power external antennas to handle crowded indoor scenarios such as arenas and convention centers. All 3800 series Wi-Fi APs support 4x4 MU-MIMO technology with three spatial streams, and their dual radios can operate in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz 802.11ac mode. Total throughput can be up to 5.2 Gbps in Dual 5-GHz mode. The Aironet 3800 Wi-Fi access point can handle up to 400 users and comes with two 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet interfaces, one 100/1000BASE-T RJ-45 auxiliary port, and an RJ-45 management console port.
The Cisco Aironet 4800 Wi-Fi access point, intended for large organizations requiring high throughput and advanced security, is the high end of the Aironet family, featuring dual 2.4/5 GHz or dual 5 GHz radios and 4x4 multi-user MIMO radio designs with three spatial streams. The 4800 Wi-Fi AP can handle as many as 400 Wi-Fi users. The device includes two Multigigabit Ethernet ports, an RJ-45 management console interface, and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio. By having a fourth radio, Cisco's 4800 wireless access point can assign key Aironet operations across more radios so they can execute simultaneously. These core functions include built-in Flexible Radio Assignment, Hyperlocation, and Bluetooth Low Energy. The 4800 Wi-Fi access point's fourth radio adds enhanced security and in-depth analytics for performance and location. Using four radios also enables the two Wi-Fi radios outfitted with Flexible Radio Assignment to run in 5 GHz client serving mode, supporting 5.2 Gbps Wi-Fi throughput and increasing user capacity.
Cisco Aironet Wave 1 Indoor Wi-Fi Access Points
The Wi-Fi 802.11ac specification operates in the 5-GHz band, utilizes 80-MHz channels for higher throughput, and allows wireless radios to use spectrum more efficiently, send data faster, and surrender spectrum more rapidly than earlier Wi-Fi standards. This optimizes speed, mitigation, scalability, and roaming for high-concentration Wi-Fi networks. Even though the 802.11ac specification was approved at the start of 2014, Cisco developed crossover Aironet 802.11ac access points before then. These transitional devices offer many of the key advantages of 802.11ac technology and Cisco refers to them as Wave 1 access points. Cisco's Wave 1 dual-band Aironet APs incorporate 2.4 GHz radios to communicate with legacy Wi-Fi clients.
Cisco's entry-level Aironet 1700 Series is an economical wireless access point based on 802.11ac Wave 1 technology, offers 3x3 multiple input-multiple output equalization with two spatial streams, delivers a maximum connection speed of 867 Mbps, and can handle up to 200 clients. The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series is a wall-mountable wireless AP intended for midsize or large organizations and features four internal or external antennas. The Cisco 2700 Series Wi-Fi access point offers a 3x4 MIMO radio design with three spatial streams, delivers a top connection rate of 1.3 Gbps, and supports 200 802.11ac clients and up to 128 802.11n users. Cisco's Aironet 3700 Series wireless access points are wall-mountable devices available with an internal antenna, an external antenna, or in a special Aironet 3700p model with a narrow-beam, high-gain antenna. Cisco's 3700 Series Wi-Fi AP features a 4x4 MIMO design with three spatial streams and delivers a maximum connection speed of 1.3 Gbps. The modular construction of the 3700 Series Wi-Fi access point accepts Cisco's Wireless Security add-on module and the 3G Small Cells module.
Cisco Aironet 802.11n Indoor wireless AP
The 802.11n specification made it realistic for people to use Wi-Fi as their main LAN connection, nominally supporting 390 Mbps throughput and single-user MIMO (multiple input multiple output) in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Cisco continues to offer a portfolio of wireless APs based on this popular Wi-Fi technology. Progent can provide remote and on-premises consulting and debugging support for Cisco's current 802.11n Wi-Fi APs as well as discontinued Aironet APs, and Progent's consultants can assist you to assess the benefit to your company of moving from your outdated Wi-Fi environment to the modern generation of 802.11ac wireless access points.
The Aironet 700W Series Wi-Fi AP is an 802.11n unit designed for multi-dwelling environments such as college dorms and can be installed on a wall junction box. The dual-radio Aironet 700W has 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams, can handle 100 wireless clients, comes with four 10/100/1000BASE-T ports (one with PoE), and delivers data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Aironet 1600 Series is a value-priced Wi-Fi AP intended for small and midsize companies and includes 802.11n 3x3 MIMO with two spatial streams, can support 128 Wi-Fi users, and delivers throughput as high as 300 Mbps. The Cisco Aironet 2600 Series wireless access point is intended for high-density sites and features 802.11n 3x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, supports 200 wireless clients, and delivers throughput up to 450 Mbps.
Aironet Outdoor and Industrial Wireless APs
Cisco's Aironet family of Wi-Fi APs includes Wave 2, Wave 1, and 802.11a/b/g/n units designed to be deployed in outdoor environments that range campuses and municipalities to severe industrial sites such as rail, mining, or oil and gas. Progent's Wi-Fi consultants can help your organization to select, deploy and administer Cisco Aironet outdoor and industrial Wi-Fi access points to fit your functional needs and IT budget. Progent's security experts can also assist your organization to define and enforce policies for your outdoor Wi-Fi infrastructure or validate the security of your Aironet wireless access points.
The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series outdoor 802.11b/g/n wireless APs are Wave 1 dual-radio, carrier-grade devices offered in an IP67-compliant body to withstand dust, moisture, shock and temperature extremes. The wireless access points have a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port and a GE uplink interface and support data rates as high as 300 Mbps. Cisco's Aironet 1530I incorporates built-in antennas and supports 3x3:2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology with three spatial streams on the 2.4 GHz radio and 2x3 MIMO with two spatial streams on the 5GHz radio. The Cisco Aironet 1530E outdoor Wi-Fi access point supports 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams on each radio and includes software-configurable dual- or single-band external antennas.
The Cisco Aironet 1540 Series outdoor Wi-Fi AP is a Wave 2 unit that provides performance of up to 867-Mbps on the 5 GHz radio. This allows maximum data rate of up to 1.1 Gbps. The 1540 wireless AP features 2x2 MU-MIMO and supports up to two spatial streams. For networks with up to 50 wireless access points, you can run Cisco Mobility Express Solution for fast and easy deployment without requiring a Cisco wireless Wi-Fi controller appliance. Among Cisco's most compact outdoor Wi-Fi access points with built-in antennas, the 1540 is offered with either a directional or a semi-omni directional antenna, giving you flexibility in choosing antenna patterns to match different RF conditions.
Cisco's Aironet 1552S outdoor/industrial wireless access point is engineered for hazardous sites such as refineries and has an integrated ISA100-standard backbone router to communicate with Wi-Fi sensor networks, offering an all-in-one package for Wi-Fi user support and access to sensor devices. The Cisco Aironet 1552WU is packaged in a Div 2/Zone 2 hazardous location-compliant enclosure, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, delivers data rates as high as 300 Mbps, and provides a Gigabit Ethernet port, a 10/100/1000 BaseT port, and a fiber Small-Form-Factor Pluggable uplink port. Cisco's Aironet 1552WU Wi-Fi AP is engineered for dangerous sites and includes a built-in WirelessHART gateway for communicating wirelessly with industrial sensors. Cisco's Aironet 1552WU Wi-Fi access point comes in a hazardous location-compliant enclosure, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, supports performance as high as 300 Mbps, and offers GE and 10/100/1000 BaseT uplink options.
Cisco Aironet 1562 model outdoor Wi-Fi APs are offered with three antenna options to match various usage scenarios. The high-performance 1562I wireless access point has internal omnidirectional antennas for conventional scenarios like a school campus. The 1562E has powerful external omni antennas for environments such as outdoor warehouses or shopping malls where businesses can select the needed signal coverage. The Aironet 1562D wireless AP features an internal directional antenna suitable for high-density venues or for environments that need wireless point-to-point bridging like parks or sports stadiums. All three 1562 models can handle a maximum of 400 clients, offer 48 VDC and PoE power, and feature fiber SP optics and cable modem backhaul. The Aironet 1562E and 1562D models feature 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with 2 spatial streams and support data rates as high as 867 Mbps. The 1562I features 3x3 MU-MIMO technology with 3 spatial streams and delivers performance as high as 1,300 Mbps.
The Cisco Aironet 1570 Series is an enterprise-class Wi-Fi access point that was at one time the fastest performing outdoor wireless access point available. The Aironet 1570 comes with internal or external antennas, supports 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, supports performance of up to 1.3 Gbps, and has Fiber/SFP, Gigabit Ethernet, and Cable Modem uplink connections. Models include the Aironet 1572EAC with an external antenna with AC-power, the Aironet 1572IC with integrated antennas with cable modem, and the Aironet 1572EC which includes an external antenna with cable modem.
The Aironet Industrial Wireless 3700 (IW3700) Series is the first industrial/outdoor wireless access point to provide 4x4 MIMO technology with three spatial streams plus beamforming. The Aironet Wave 1 IW3700 Wi-Fi access point has a rugged IP67-rated enclosure, includes a dual-band radio compliant with 802.11ac (5 GHz) and 802.11n (2.4 GHz) standards, provides aggregate data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps, and serves a maximum of 200 Wi-Fi clients.
Legacy Aironet Wi-Fi APs Supported by Progent
The dramatic enhancements in Wi-Fi speed and capacity enabled by 802.11ac technology, coupled with the increase in BYOD users running bandwidth-hungry apps with streaming video, has made older families of wireless infrastructure products out of date. Even though many companies run wireless workloads that are reasonably supported by existing 802.11n environments, the fact that discontinued Wi-Fi networking products like APs have reached, or are about to reach, end-of-life status can have serious consequences for compliance, the continued availability of technical support, and the difficulty of future expansion.
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless technology experts can provide a full range of consulting support services to assist businesses of any size maintain and troubleshoot their legacy Aironet solution, evaluate the potential benefits for upgrading to the latest generation of Aironet access points, and design a budget-friendly strategy to migrate seamlessly to a unified wireless solution that provides the speed. performance, security, manageability and reliability expected of a modern wireless ecosystem. Examples of legacy Aironet access points for which Progent continues to offer online and on-premises support include:
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental instability. These products include built-in antennas that provide predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for regulated domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are designed for more problematic radio frequency situations like factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which tend to require adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family product is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points deliver an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require access for portable phones or computers.
The Cisco Aironet 600 OfficeExtend Series wireless AP is an 802.11n device designed for telecommuters. The Aironet 600 Wi-Fi access point features a dual 2.4/5 GHz radio, uses 2x3 MIMO technology with two spatial streams, serves a maximum of 15 Wi-Fi clients, and provides data rates up to 300 Mbps.
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points
Progent offers cost-effective online or onsite support from a certified CCIE network infrastructure consultant to assist your organization to design, install, manage, tune, update or repair a Wi-Fi environment that includes Cisco's Aironet Wi-Fi APs. Progent can assist you manage and debug legacy Aironet devices or move smoothly to Cisco's latest lineup of Wave 2 wireless APs based on 802.11ac technology. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller consultants can assist you to see whether your wireless network should include Cisco Wi-Fi controller hardware or can be configured and maintained with software tools such as Cisco Mobility Express.
Progent's online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys can help you to identify the most appropriate selection and placement of Cisco Aironet wireless access points to handle your user density, provide the coverage you require, and keep up with your most demanding workloads. Progent's certified cybersecurity consultants can assist you to design, implement and test a compliant security strategy that covers network policies, remote network monitoring, and unified management. Progent's disaster preparedness consultants and business continuity consultants can help your organization to incorporate fault-tolerance and recoverability into your Cisco product deployments to maximize the productivity of your converged wired/wireless network infrastructure.
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