Introduction to Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's popular Aironet family of wireless access points (APs) has evolved in step with Wi-Fi technology and has continually offered improvements in performance, density, coverage, security, manageability and dependability. Modern Aironet Wave 2 wireless APs can handle as many as 400 users per device and deliver transfer rates in excess of 5 Gbps. Deployments of Aironet access points integrated with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure design model allow you to build multi-site Wi-Fi LANs with 18,000 access points supporting up to 64,000 clients, all under unified management. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi experts can provide remote or on-premises consulting and debugging services to assist your organization to design, deploy, upgrade, optimize, monitor and debug Aironet Wi-Fi deployments of any size, indoors or outdoors.
Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi APs are offered for any WLAN venue
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi network infrastructure consultants offer remote or on-premises configuration and troubleshooting support to help your organization to plan, implement, upgrade, tune, administer and debug Aironet Wi-Fi AP environments of any scale or topology. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller consultants can also help you to combine your Wi-Fi ecosystem with your wired network and cloud-based resources to build an enterprise-wide connectivity foundation that is simple to administer and expand. Progent also offers affordable Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to determine the most efficient selection, placement and setup of Aironet wireless APs to work with your unique workplace layout, construction, and anticipated network traffic.
Cisco Aironet Wave 2 Indoor Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points feature significant enhancements over the initial generation of 802.11ac devices, called Wave 1. Enhancements include 2.34 gigabits/sec rather than 1.3 Gbps in the 5 GHz band, multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) for transmitting data to multiple devices , better signal coverage and scale, and the ability to use 160-MHz-wide channels and/or a fourth spatial stream to improve throughput and support more functionlity. For concentrated wireless deployments, nearly all Aironet Wave 2 Wi-Fi APs support Cisco Mobility Express, which allows 50 to 100 access points to be deployed rapidly without requiring a physical Cisco wireless controller appliance. Progent can assist you to evaluate the business advantages of upgrading your Wave 1 or legacy Aironet wireless APs and can also assist you to plan, deploy and manage a Wave 2 Aironet Wi-Fi AP solution that delivers maximum business value.
Cisco's Aironet 1810W Series wireless APs are compact Wave 2 wall-plate-mountable APs designed for use in multi-dwelling units like hotels and cruise ships. The Aironet 1810W features Dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz transceivers and a Bluetooth radio, features 2x2 multi-user MIMO technology with two spatial streams, and supports an aggregate data rate of 867-Mbps and a max user count of 400. Cisco's Aironet 1810W includes three local Gigabit Ethernet connections including one with Power over Ethernet Out for powering a device such as a VoIP handset, printer or surveillance camera. Cisco's Aironet 1818 adds a 10/100/1000BASE-T PoE uplink port and a pass-through RJ-45 port. Cisco's Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series AP is a Wave 2 802.11ac device that includes a mounting cradle and is designed to provide secure Wi-Fi connectivity for telecommuters and branch office employees. The Aironet 1810W Series OfficeExtend AP must be attached to a remote wireless network controller, which allows easy unified management of policies and eliminates the need for setting up home or remote-office firewalls. Cisco's Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series features the same performance and I/O ports as the Aironet 1810W Wireless AP.
The Aironet 1815 Series Wi-Fi access points are value-priced, low-profile Wave 2 appliances designed for small and medium-size businesses. The series includes four versions made for distinct applications. The Cisco 1815i Wi-Fi AP offers versatile alternatives for wall or ceiling mount. The 1815w wireless access point is a desktop device. Cisco's 1815t Wi-Fi access point features three Gigabit Ethernet ports to support telecommuters or workers in a micro branch office; and Cisco's 1815m Wi-Fi AP offers extra transmission power for greater coverage. All models in Cisco's 1815 Wireless AP family feature dual radios (2.4/5 GHz) and 2x2 multi-user MIMO technology with two spatial streams. All except the 1815t Wi-Fi AP can be managed with Cisco Mobility Express. Only the 1815t wireless access point supports OfficeExtend. Each 1815 Wi-Fi AP delivers an aggregate data transfer rate of 1 Gbps and can support up to 400 Wi-Fi users. All models except the 1815t feature a BLE radio, and only the 1815t includes a USB port and offers the option of PoE or AC/DC power.
Cisco's Aironet 1830 Series wireless access point is intended for small and medium-size networks and includes 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, features 3x3 MU-MIMO technology with two spatial streams, includes a 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ-4 port with PoE, supports a combined data rate of up to 867-Mbps on the 5-Ghz radio, and can handle a maximum of 400 clients. The 1830 Series Wi-Fi access point also accepts a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio by means of a USB dongle. The BLE radio can be used for applications like navigation, proximity marketing, and inventory.
Cisco's Aironet 1850i wireless access point is designed for small and medium-sized businesses and features 4x4 multi-user MIMO supporting up to four spatial streams (when in single-user MIMO mode, three spatial streams in multiuser mode), includes a GE Power over Ethernet (PoE) interface, a GE port for link aggregation, and an RJ-45 management console port. Cisco's Aironet 1850i Wi-Fi access point supports a total aggregate dual-radio data rate of 2 Gbps and a maximum client count of 400. A BLE radio can be attached to the 1850i Series Wi-Fi access point by means of a USB dongle.
Cisco's Aironet 2800 Series Wi-Fi access point is intended for large enterprises and can optimize performance by dynamically assigning its dual radios as one 2.4 and one 5 GHz radio or as dual 5 GHz radios, delivering combined throughput as high as 5 Gbps. The Cisco Aironet 2800 Wi-Fi AP features 4x4 MU-MIMO with three spatial streams and can handle up to 400 clients. An extra antenna connector is included for challenging sites such as high-ceiling auditoriums, libraries and eating areas. Cisco's 2800 Wi-Fi AP includes two GigE interfaces and an RJ-45 management console interface. A Bluetooth radio can be added by using a USB dongle.
The Aironet 3800 Wave 2 wireless access points are designed for high-density environments such as large offices or warehouses. The Aironet 3800 has three different antenna options. The Aironet 3800i comes with internal antennas, the 3800e has external ones, and the 3800p offers high-power external antennas to support crowded indoor scenarios like arenas and convention centers. All 3800 series wireless access points support 4x4 MU-MIMO technology with three spatial streams, and their two 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 gigabits/sec in Dual 5-GHz 802.11ac mode. Cisco's Aironet 3800 Wi-Fi AP can serve as many as 400 Wi-Fi clients and includes two 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet ports, one 100/1000BASE-T RJ-45 auxiliary port, and an RJ-45 management console port.
Cisco's Aironet 4800 wireless AP, intended for large enterprises in need of high throughput and advanced security, is the high end of Cisco's Aironet family, featuring dual 2.4 and 5 GHz or dual 5 GHz radios and 4x4 multi-user MIMO with three spatial streams. The Cisco 4800 wireless AP can support as many as 400 Wi-Fi clients. The device includes two Multigigabit Ethernet ports, an RJ-45 management console port, and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio. By having a fourth radio, The Cisco 4800 wireless access point can distribute core Aironet operations to more radios so they can execute simultaneously. These core functions include built-in Flexible Radio Assignment, Hyperlocation, and BLE. The Cisco 4800 Wi-Fi access point's fourth radio adds enhanced security and in-depth analytics for throughput and location. Using four radios also allows the two Wi-Fi radios with Flexible Radio Assignment to operate in 5 GHz client serving mode, supporting 5.2 Gbps wireless data rates and increasing client capacity.
Aironet Wave 1 Indoor Wi-Fi Access Points
The 802.11ac standard operates exclusively in the 5-GHz band, utilizes 80-MHz channels for higher throughput, and allows wireless radios to utilize spectrum more efficiently, transmit data faster, and relinquish spectrum more rapidly than previous standards. This improves speed, recovery, expandability, and hand-offs for high-concentration Wi-Fi deployments. Even though the 802.11ac specification was approved at the start of 2014, Cisco designed crossover Aironet 802.11ac access points prior to that. These crossover products deliver many of the major 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 Wi-Fi AP that supports 802.11ac Wave 1 technology, offers 3x3 multiple input-multiple output with two spatial streams, delivers a maximum connection rate of 867 Mbps, and can handle 200 clients. Cisco's Aironet 2700 Series is a wall-mountable wireless AP intended for midsize or large enterprises and is offered with four internal or external antennas. Cisco's 2700 Series wireless access point has a 3x4 MIMO radio design with three spatial streams, delivers a maximum connection speed of 1.3 Gbps, and supports 200 802.11ac client devices and 128 802.11n users. The Cisco Aironet 3700 Series wireless APs are wall-mountable units offered with an internal antenna, an external antenna, or in the Aironet 3700p model with a narrow-beam-width, high-gain antenna. The Cisco 3700 Series wireless access point has a 4x4 MIMO radio design with three spatial streams and supports a maximum connection rate of 1.3 Gbps. The modular design of the 3700 Series Wi-Fi access point supports Cisco's Wireless Security add-on module and Cisco's 3G Small Cells module.
Cisco Aironet 802.11n Indoor Wi-Fi AP
The 802.11n specification made it realistic for people to use Wi-Fi as their main network connection, delivering 390 Mbps data rates and single-user MIMO (multiple input multiple output) in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Cisco continues to offer an extensive catalog of Wi-Fi access points powered by this popular Wi-Fi standard. Progent can provide online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting expertise for Cisco's current line of 802.11n wireless access points as well as discontinued Aironet access points, and Progent's consultants can assist you to assess the value to your business of moving from your older AP environment to the current line of 802.11ac wireless access points.
The Cisco Aironet 700W Series Wi-Fi access point is an 802.11n unit designed for multi-dwelling environments like college dorms or hotels and can be mounted on a wall junction box. The dual-radio Aironet 700W features 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams, supports 100 wireless users, comes with four 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports (one with PoE), and offers data rates as high as 300 Mbps. Cisco's Aironet 1600 Series is an entry-level Wi-Fi access point intended for small and midsize companies and offers 802.11n 3x3 MIMO with two spatial streams, can handle 128 wireless users, and delivers throughput up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Aironet 2600 Series Wi-Fi AP is intended for high-density sites and features 802.11n-based 3x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, serves 200 Wi-Fi clients, and can handle performance as high as 450 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet Outdoor and Industrial Wi-Fi APs
The Cisco Aironet line of Wi-Fi access points includes Wave 2, Wave 1, and 802.11a/b/g/n units designed to be installed in outdoor sites that range campuses to extreme industrial environments such as transportation, mining, or gas. Progent's Wi-Fi consultants can assist your organization to select, deploy and manage Cisco Aironet outdoor and ruggedized Wi-Fi access points to fit your technical requirements and budget. Progent's security experts can also help you to define and enforce security policies for your outside wireless infrastructure or test and validate the security of your Aironet Wi-Fi access points.
The Aironet 1530 Series outdoor 802.11b/g/n wireless APs are Wave 1 dual-radio, carrier-grade devices available in an IP67-compliant body to withstand dust, humidity, vibration and temperature extremes. The Wi-Fi APs have a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a GbE WAN uplink port and deliver performance as high as 300 Mbps. The Cisco Aironet 1530I incorporates integrated antennas and supports 3x3:2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) with three spatial streams on the 2.4 GHz radio and 2x3 MIMO with two spatial streams on the 5GHz radio. Cisco's Aironet 1530E outdoor wireless access point offers 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams on each radio and includes software-configurable dual- or single-band external antennas.
The Aironet 1540 Series outdoor wireless AP is a Wave 2 unit that delivers performance of up to 867-Mbps on the 5 GHz radio. This allows an aggregate data rate of up to 1.1 Gbps. The 1540 wireless AP features 2x2 MU-MIMO technology and allows two spatial streams. For small to midsize networks with a maximum of 50 wireless access points, you can run Cisco Mobility Express Solution control software for fast and simple deployment without requiring a Cisco wireless Wi-Fi controller appliance. Among the smallest footprint outdoor wireless APs with built-in antennas, the 1540 AP is offered with either a directional or a semi-omni directional antenna, giving you versatility in choosing antenna patterns to fit different usage scenarios.
The Cisco Aironet 1552S outdoor/industrial wireless access point is intended for dangerous environments such as chemical plants and has a built-in ISA100-standard backbone router to interface with wireless sensor networks, providing an complete package for Wi-Fi user support and access to sensors. Cisco's Aironet 1552WU comes in a Class 1 Div 2/Zone 2 hazardous location-certified body, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, supports data rates as high as 300 Mbps, and includes a Gigabit Ethernet connection, a 10/100/1000 BaseT interface, and a fiber Small-Form-Factor Pluggable (SP) uplink port. The Cisco Aironet 1552WU Wi-Fi access point is designed for hazardous sites and has a built-in WirelessHART gateway for connecting wirelessly with industrial sensor devices. The Cisco Aironet 1552WU Wi-Fi AP comes in a hazardous location-compliant enclosure, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, delivers performance of up to 300 Mbps, and provides Gigabit Ethernet and 10/100/1000 BaseT uplink options.
Cisco Aironet 1562 model outdoor wireless APs are offered with three antenna choices to meet various usage scenarios. The high-throughput 1562I wireless access point has internal omnidirectional antennas for common venues like a school campus. The 1562E has powerful external omni antennas for environments such as outdoor warehouses or malls where businesses can select the required coverage. The Aironet 1562D wireless access point features a built-in directional antenna suitable for high-density venues or for environments that require wireless point-to-point bridging like parks or sports stadiums. All three 1562 versions can serve up to 400 Wi-Fi clients, offer 48 VDC and Power-over-Ethernet power, and feature fiber Small-Form-Factor Pluggable (SP) optics and cable modem backhaul. The Aironet 1562E and 1562D models incorporate 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with 2 spatial streams and deliver data rates as high as 867 Mbps. The 1562I features 3x3 MU-MIMO technology with 3 spatial streams and delivers performance of up to 1,300 Mbps.
Cisco's Aironet 1570 Series is an enterprise and carrier-class wireless access point that was at introduction the fastest outdoor wireless AP on the market. The Aironet 1570 comes with internal or external antennas, supports 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, supports data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps, and has Fiber/SFP, GbE, and Cable Modem uplink interfaces. Versions include the Aironet 1572EAC that has an external antenna with AC-power, the Aironet 1572IC which includes internal antennas with cable modem, and the Aironet 1572EC which has 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 with three spatial streams and beamforming. The Wave 1 IW3700 wireless AP has a hardened IP67-rated enclosure, incorporates a dual-band radio compliant with 802.11ac (5 GHz) and 802.11n (2.4 GHz) standards, delivers over-the-air data rates as high as 1.3 Gbps, and serves up to 200 users.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points Supported by Progent
The remarkable enhancements in Wi-Fi performance and density enabled by 802.11ac technology, coupled with the proliferation of BYOD users using bandwidth-hungry apps with streaming video, has made earlier families of wireless infrastructure devices out of date. Even though many organizations run Wi-Fi workloads that are well served by legacy 802.11n networks, the fact that end-of-life wireless infrastructure products like APs have reached, or are soon to reach, end-of-support status can have important implications for security, the continued availability of technical support, and the difficulty of future expansion.
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi solutions experts can provide advanced consulting services to help organizations of all sizes manage and support their legacy Aironet solution, assess the possible advantages for upgrading to the newest family of Aironet access points, and design a budget-friendly strategy to migrate seamlessly to a cohesive Wi-Fi environment that delivers the speed. performance, security, manageability and reliability required of a modern Wi-Fi ecosystem. Examples of legacy Aironet APs for which Progent can provide remote and on-premises expertise include:
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are designed for offices and similar sites which have minimal environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer dependable radio range patterns. The Aironet 1130G family WAP is engineered for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more challenging RF situations such as factories or above ceiling structures which often call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is intended for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside wireless mesh access points provide an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless solution for campus areas and for public sites that need access for portable devices.
Cisco's Aironet 600 OfficeExtend Series wireless AP is an 802.11n unit designed for home workers. The Aironet 600 Wi-Fi access point features a dual 2.4/5 GHz radio, incorporates 2x3 MIMO technology with two spatial streams, supports a maximum of 15 Wi-Fi users, and provides data rates up to 300 Mbps.
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points
Progent offers cost-effective remote or onsite help from a certified CCIE network infrastructure expert to assist you to design, install, manage, optimize, update or repair a wireless network that incorporates Cisco's Aironet wireless APs. Progent can help you manage and debug legacy Aironet APs or move efficiently to Cisco's latest lineup of Wave 2 wireless access points based on the 802.11ac specification. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller experts can help you to determine whether your wireless network calls for Cisco wireless controller hardware or can be configured and maintained with software tools such as Cisco Mobility Express.
Progent's remote and onsite wireless site surveys can assist you to identify the most appropriate selection and placement of Cisco Aironet wireless access points to support your client volume, offer the RF coverage you require, and deal with your most demanding workloads. Progent's cybersecurity experts can assist your organization to plan, deploy and validate a security and compliance strategy that covers network policies, remote network monitoring, and unified management. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to build fault-tolerance and recoverability into your Cisco product implementations to maximize the uptime of your seamless wired/wireless infrastructure.
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