Introduction to of Cisco's Catalyst Line of Wi-Fi 6/6E Access Points
The Cisco Catalyst series of 802.11ax (referred to as Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E) access points improve on previous version 802.11ac (aka Wi-Fi 5) APs by offering less latency and more consistent operation, supporting higher client density, providing greater security, conserving energy for battery-based handheld devices, and offering more configurability for handling different types of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Cisco's Wi-Fi 6E products include support for the 6-GHz radio-frequency band, offering an additional 1200 MHz of bandwidth for over double the Wi-Fi bandwidth as the 5-GHz band.

Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi network consultants offer remote or on-premises integration and debugging services to assist you to design, configure, update, tune, administer and debug Catalyst Wi-Fi AP environments of any scale or architecture. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller consultants can also assist you to combine your Wi-Fi environment with your wired network and cloud-hosted resources to create an enterprise connectivity solution that is easy to administer and scale. Progent also can provide affordable Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to determine the most appropriate selection, location and configuration of Aironet Wi-Fi APs to accommodate your unique office design, construction, and expected network traffic.

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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wireless APs support the performance and capacity of the 802.11ax standard

Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 access points are intended for deployments ranging from home offices to high-density convention centers. Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Headline enhancements incorporated in Catalyst 9100 Series APs include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for better reliability, Target Wake Time for reduced power consumption in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive sensitivity thresholds for better 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 (EWC), handle up to 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software.

Catalyst 9105i Wi-Fi 6 AP Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series Wi-Fi AP is a ceiling mount or desktop Wi-Fi 6 AP intended for use by at-home workers or in small to midsize networks. The Catalyst 9105AXi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and includes dual 2.4/5 GH radios and an IoT radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 and Zigbee. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi device features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO and provides an aggregate max data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The 9105AXi AP includes a 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet uplink interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console port, and a pair of internal 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 access points and 1,000 clients.

Catalyst 9105AXw Wireless Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9105AXw Series wireless access point is designed specially as a wall-mount device and is targeted at hospitality, residence halls, and other high-occupancy living spaces. The 9105AXw's capability is similar to Cisco's 9105AXi access point but has special antenna profiles and features a variety of ports not available on the 9105AXi device. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) uplink, three 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet downlink ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a passthru port. One Ethernet downlink interface has 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

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

Catalyst 9117 Wireless Access Points Planning and Deployment ExpertsThe Cisco Catalyst 9117AX Series wireless access point is targeted at small to medium size networks. The Wi-Fi 6 appliance complies with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards and includes three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio that supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9117AX features 8x8:8 MIMO for the 5-GHz band and 4x4 MIMO with four spatial streams for the 2.4-GHz {radio. Maximum combined data rate is 5 Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst 9117AX includes one 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 interface, and built-in internal antennas. System memory 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 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified access point is designed for for mid-size to large enterprises. The Catalyst 9120AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi and incorporates four radios. Flexible Radio Assignment technology allows radios to operate either in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz mode. An Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. Cisco's 9120AX Series AP features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO spatial streams and supports an aggregate max throughput of 5.2 Gbps when both Wi-Fi radios operate in 5-GHz mode. Cisco's Catalyst 9120AX comes with 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45). The device also works with PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. External antennas are an option. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With the EWC image installed, the 9120AX Series AP can manage 100 APs and 2,000 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9130 Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified AP is intended for medium to large networks and high-density public venues like convention centers and arenas. The Catalyst 9130AX supports 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 radios. An Internet-of-Things radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. The Catalyst 9130AX includes a built-in 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink interface and supports an aggregate top throughput of 5.38 Gbps. The access point also supports PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. Cisco's 9130AX AP includes an intelligent physical antenna connector that gives you the flexibility to set up an external antenna to handle challenging deployments. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller installed, the 9130AX Series AP can manage up to 100 access points and 2,000 client users.

Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E APs Planning and Deployment ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9136 Series represents an innovative family of access points designed for enterprises looking for the enhanced speed, capacity, and cybersecurity brought about by the 6-GHz spectrum addition defined by the Wi-Fi 6E specification. By adding 1.2 GHz of contiguous and clean spectrum in the 6 GHz band, the Wi-Fi 6E standard supported by Catalyst 9136 Series APs more than doubles the bandwidth available to earlier model Wi-Fi clients. Catalyst 9136 access points work with older generation 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi client devices designed for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands as well as the modern generation of 6 GHz Wi-Fi devices. MU-MIMO operation support up to 8x8:8 at 5 GHz and 4x4:4 at 2.4/6 GHz. Aggregate top data rate is 10.2 Gbps. Also included are a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 radio for IoT plus a scan radio. Built-in antennas antennas support 2.4 GHz, 5-GHz, and 6 GHz operation. Catalyst 9136 access points have two integrated 5 Gbps mGig (RJ-45) Ethernet ports. Channel width is 20 MHz at 2.4 GHz and 20/40/80/160 MHz at 5/6 GHz. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. Power options include PoE, PoE+, and UPoE.

Cisco Catalyst 9166 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9160 Series Wi-Fi 6E APs are the first Cisco access points that have the option to be managed either on-prem with Cisco DNA Center or from the cloud using Meraki Dashboard management tools. This allows organizations to transition to cloud-based or hybrid deployments on their own timetable. All Catalyst 916x access points support the a/b/g/n/ac/ax and 6E wireless specifications and include support for the new 6-GHz band. Each AP has 5 radios and allows up to 400 clients on each radio. Each model also comes with a dedicated radio for Cisco CleanAir Pro for reducing wireless interference, comes with a USB 2.0 port, and supports Bluetooth Low Energy. Cisco's entry-level Catalyst 9162 Series AP is suited for small businesses, incorporates three 2x2 radios, and includes 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet support.

Catalyst Access Points Solutions Planning and ConfigurationCisco's Catalyst 9163E Wi-Fi 6E AP is designed for harsh outdoor venues such as campus environments or municipal Wi-Fi. The 9163E includes three client serving 2x2 radios, one IoT radio, and a tri-band scanning radio. Interfaces include 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet (RJ-45), a management console port (RJ-45), 4x N-Type Wi-Fi antenna connectors, and a GPS/GNSS antenna connector. The AP works with Omnidirectional Dipole Self-Identifying Antennas. Cisco's Catalyst 9164 Series access point is designed for small and mid-size enterprises, has one 2x2 radio and two 4x4 radios, and features 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet support. The Catalyst 9166 Series Wi-Fi access point is intended for large and mid-sized organizations, has three 4x4 radios, and features 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G mGig Ethernet connectivity. The 9166 also has environmental sensors that measure air quality, temperature, and humidity.

Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) on Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller is a software image powered by Cisco IOS XE and available for most Catalyst 9100 wireless APs. Cisco's EWC supports the majority of management functions, but not the expandability, of Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi controller appliances. Access points running EWC can concurrently support Wi-Fi client users. (Cisco Catalyst 9105AXW access points can join an EWC LAN and support client users but cannot run EWC management functions.) Cisco's EWC can be managed via Cisco DNA Center (DNAC) for multi-site networks, or via a browser or mobile app for single-site environments. All Cisco DNAC Automation and Assurance features are available. EWC features include high availability with active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates (SMUs) for hot patching, auto setup, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Site Survey.

How Progent Can Help You with Catalyst 802.11ax APs
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a Wi-Fi solution that includes Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs. Progent can help you to manage legacy wireless APs from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ax. Progent's Cisco wireless controller integration consultants can help you to assess whether your Wi-Fi environment should incorporate Cisco wireless controller appliances or can be managed with Cisco's virtual appliances and utilities such as the Embedded Wireless Controller.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design security into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.

Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more complex situations.

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