Overview of Cisco's Catalyst Series Wi-Fi 6 Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst series of 802.11ax (referred to as W-Fi 6) wireless access points improve on prior version 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) access points by delivering less latency and more consistent performance, supporting higher client density, providing greater security, conserving power for battery-based mobile devices, and providing more versatility for supporting different kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints.

Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi expertsCisco CCIE Wi-Fi network infrastructure consultants offer remote or onsite configuration and debugging support to help your organization to plan, implement, upgrade, optimize, manage and debug Catalyst wireless AP environments of any size or topology. Progent's Cisco wireless controller experts can also assist you to integrate your wireless environment with your wired network infrastructure and cloud-based resources to create a seamless enterprise connectivity solution that is simple to manage and expand. Progent also offers affordable Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to determine the most appropriate selection, placement and configuration of Aironet wireless APs to accommodate your specific office layout, construction, and anticipated workloads.

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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax access points deliver the throughput and scale of the 802.11ax standard

The Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax APs are intended for environments ranging from home offices to high-density convention centers. Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points are based on the 802.11ax specification, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important enhancements incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for improved dependability, increased device sleep time for reduced power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for better spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 wireless APs support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller, accommodate up to 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software.

Catalyst 9105i Wi-Fi 6 AP Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series wireless access point is a ceiling mount or desktop Wi-Fi 6 AP intended for operation in home offices or in small to medium size businesses. The Catalyst 9105AXi AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and features dual 2.4/5 GH radios plus an Internet-of-Things radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 and Zigbee. The Catalyst 9105AXi device features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO spatial streams and delivers an aggregate top data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The 9105AXi AP includes a 10/100/1000 Base-T uplink port with Power over Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 management interface, 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 the EWC image installed, the Catalyst 9105AXi can manage up to 50 APs and 1,000 clients.

Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ExpertsThe Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Series wireless access point is a wall-mount appliance and is targeted at hospitality, residence halls, and other high-occupancy dwellings. The 9105AXw's performance is similar to Cisco's 9105AXi Wi-Fi access point but has different antenna profiles and features a set of ports not available on the 9105AXi unit. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) uplink, three 10/100/1000 Ethernet downlink ports, a USB 2.0 interface, and a passthru interface. A Ethernet downlink interface has 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

Cisco Catalyst 9115 Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified wireless access point is designed for small to medium size businesses. The Cisco 9115AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and includes three Wi-Fi radios plus an Internet-of-Things radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco 9115AX includes 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and supports a combined max data rate of 5 Gbps. The Catalyst 9115AX comes with one 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45) port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 port, integrated internal antennas, and optional external antennas. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, Cisco's 9115AX Series AP can manage up to 50 APs and 1,000 client users.

Catalyst 9117AX Wireless Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series wireless access point is targeted at small to medium size enterprises. The Wi-Fi 6 appliance works with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things radio covering (BLE) 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. Top aggregate data rate is 5 Gbps. Cisco's Catalyst 9117AX comes with one 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 console port, a USB 2.0 interface, and built-in internal antennas. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller installed, the Catalyst 9117AX can manage as many as 50 APs and 1,000 client users.

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

Catalyst 9130AX Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified AP is targeted at medium to large networks and high-density open venues such as auditoriums and arenas. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi and features 8x8:8 MU-MIMO spatial streams. External antennas on the Catalyst 9130AX access point may be split into two 4x4 radios. An Internet-of-Things radio supports (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX includes a 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet uplink port and supports a combined top throughput of 5.38 Gbps. The access point also works with PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. The Catalyst 9130AX access point includes a smart physical antenna connector that gives you the flexibility to set up an external antenna to handle challenging venues. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, the 9130AX Series AP can manage up to 100 access points and 2,000 clients.

Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller is a software image running on Cisco IOS XE and available for most Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs. Cisco's EWC supports the majority of functions, but not the expandability, of Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controller devices. APs running EWC can simultaneously service Wi-Fi clients. (Cisco Catalyst 9105AXW access points can be part of an EWC network and service client users but cannot run EWC functions.) Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller can be managed via Cisco DNA Center (DNAC) for multi-location deployments, or by means of a browser or mobile app for single-site environments. All Cisco DNAC Automation and Assurance use cases are supported. EWC features include always-on with active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates for live patching, auto setup, Application Visibility and Control, and Site Survey.

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Catalyst Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Access Points
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a wireless environment that includes Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi access points from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ax. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller integration consultants can help you to evaluate whether your Wi-Fi environment should incorporate Cisco Wi-Fi controller hardware or can be managed with Cisco's virtual appliances and utilities such as Cisco's EWC.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design security into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.

Progent's Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your environment, offering a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS features to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult facilities.

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