Overview of Cisco's Catalyst Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E Access Points
The Cisco Catalyst line of 802.11ax (referred to as W-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E) wireless access points build on previous generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) access points by offering lower delay and more predictable operation, allowing higher client density, having greater cybersecurity, conserving power for battery-dependent mobile devices, and providing more flexibility for supporting new kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints.

Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi network experts can provide remote or onsite configuration and debugging support to assist your organization to plan, implement, upgrade, tune, administer and troubleshoot Catalyst Wi-Fi access point environments of any scale or topology. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller experts can also help you to combine your Wi-Fi environment with your wired network and cloud-based resources to build an enterprise connectivity solution that is simple to manage and expand. Progent also can provide affordable wireless site surveys to help you to determine the most efficient selection, placement and configuration of Aironet Wi-Fi access points to work with your specific office layout, construction, and expected workloads.

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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs deliver the throughput and density of the 802.11ax standard

Cisco's Catalyst 9100 family of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax APs are designed for deployments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density stadiums. Catalyst 9100 access points are based on the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important enhancements incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series APs include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for improved dependability, TWT for conserving power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum utilization, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller, handle as many as 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software.

Cisco Catalyst 9105i Wireless AP Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series wireless access point is a compact Wi-Fi 6 access point designed for use in home offices or in small to midsize businesses. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and features dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios and an Internet-of-Things radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 and Zigbee. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi AP features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO and provides an aggregate maximum data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The Catalyst 9105AXi includes a 10/100/1000 Base-T uplink port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console port, and two built-in antennas. Channel width for the 2.4 GHz radio is 20 MHz and 20/40/80 MHz for the 5 GHz radio. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, the Catalyst 9105AXi allows you to manage 50 APs and 1,000 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Wi-Fi 6 Access Points Planning and Deployment ExpertsThe Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Series Wi-Fi AP is designed specially as a wall-mount appliance and is intended for hospitality, residence halls, and other high-occupancy dwellings. The 9105AXw's performance is similar to the 9105AXi Wi-Fi access point but has special antenna options and includes a set of interfaces not offered on the 9105AXi unit. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) uplink, three 10/100/1000 Ethernet downlink interfaces, a USB 2.0 port, and a passthru port. One downlink interface supports 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

Catalyst 9115 Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-compliant LAN access point is intended for small to midsize organizations. The Cisco 9115AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and includes three Wi-Fi radios plus an Internet-of-Things radio that supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. Cisco's 9115AX Series AP includes 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and supports a combined maximum data rate of 5 Gbps. The Catalyst 9115AX comes with one 100/1000/2500 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 interface, built-in internal antennas, plus extra-cost external antennas. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With the EWC image installed, Cisco's 9115AX Series AP can manage as many as 50 access points and 1,000 client users.

Catalyst 9117AX Wireless APs Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series Wi-Fi AP is designed for small to midsize organizations. The Wi-Fi 6 device complies with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax specifications and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios plus an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio covering (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9117AX features 8x8:8 MIMO for the 5-GHz band and band. Top aggregate data rate is 5 Gbps. The Catalyst 9117AX Series AP comes with a 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. RAM includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With EWC installed, the Catalyst 9117AX Series AP can manage up to 50 access points and 1,000 clients.

Catalyst 9120AX Wireless APs Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified AP is targeted at for medium to large networks. The Cisco Catalyst 9120AX complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi and incorporates four radios. Flexible Radio Assignment technology allows radios to operate in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz mode. An Internet-of-Things radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco 9120AX Series AP features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO spatial streams and delivers an aggregate maximum data rate of 5.2 Gbps when both Wi-Fi radios run in 5-GHz client serving mode. The Cisco Catalyst 9120AX Series AP includes 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45). The access point also works with PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 interface, and integrated internal antennas. External antennas are an option. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With EWC installed, the 9120AX Series AP can manage up to 100 access points and 2,000 clients.

Catalyst 9130AX Wireless Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6 access point is designed for medium to large networks and high-density open venues such as auditoriums and stadiums. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and features 8x8:8 MU-MIMO. External antennas on the 9130AX access point can be divided into two 4x4 Wi-Fi radios. An Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio supports (BLE) 5.0. The Catalyst 9130AX features a built-in 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet uplink interface and supports an aggregate top throughput of 5.38 Gbps. The device also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management interface, a USB 2.0 interface, and integrated internal antennas. Cisco's 9130AX access point includes an intelligent physical antenna connector that gives you the versatility to configure an external antenna to accommodate challenging environments. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, the 9130AX can manage 100 APs and 2,000 clients.

Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E APs Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9136 Series represents an innovative family of access points intended for enterprises looking for the enhanced performance, capacity, and security brought about by the 6-GHz spectrum addition defined by the Wi-Fi 6E specification. By adding 1.2 GHz of uninterrupted and interference-free RF spectrum in the 6 GHz band, the Wi-Fi 6E technology implemented in Cisco Catalyst 9136 Series APs delivers over twice the bandwidth that can be used by new Wi-Fi clients. Catalyst 9136 access points work with legacy 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi clients designed for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands in addition to the modern generation of 6 GHz Wi-Fi clients. Concurrent MU-MIMO operation support up to 8x8:8 at 5 GHz and up to 4x4:4 at 2.4 GHz and 6 GHz. Aggregate top data rate is 10.2 Gbps. Also featured are a Bluetooth BLE 5.0 radio for IoT and a scan radio. Built-in omnidirectional antennas allow 2.4 GHz, 5-GHz, and 6 GHz operation. Catalyst 9136 access points have two integrated 5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) Ethernet interfaces with redundant powering. Channel width is 20 MHz for the 2.4 GHz band and 20/40/80/160 MHz at 5/6 GHz. System memory consists of 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. Power options include PoE, PoE+, and UPoE.

Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) on Catalyst 9100 Series Wireless APs
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller is a software image running on Cisco IOS XE and offered on most Catalyst 9100 wireless APs. Cisco's EWC includes the majority of management functions, but not the scale, of Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controller appliances. Access points running EWC can concurrently service Wi-Fi clients. (Cisco Catalyst 9105AXW access points can participate in an EWC LAN and support client users but cannot provide EWC functions.) The Embedded Wireless Controller can be managed via Cisco DNA Center (DNAC) for multi-location networks, or by means of a browser or mobile app for a single location. All Cisco DNA Center Automation and Assurance features are supported. Embedded Wireless Controller features include always-on by deploying active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates for live patching, auto configuration, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Site Survey.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Catalyst 802.11ax Access Points
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to design, install, maintain and repair a wireless solution that includes Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 access points. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation wireless access points from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller solutions consultants can help you to evaluate whether your wireless network should incorporate Cisco wireless controller hardware or can be managed using Cisco's software-based management tools like the Embedded Wireless Controller.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.

Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more challenging situations.

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