Overview of Cisco's Catalyst Series Wi-Fi 6 APs
The Cisco Catalyst line of 802.11ax (called W-Fi 6) wireless access points improve on prior version 802.11ac (aka Wi-Fi 5) APs by delivering lower latency and more consistent operation, supporting higher client density, having tighter cybersecurity, saving power for battery-based mobile devices, and providing more versatility for handling different types of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints.
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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Family of 802.11ax access points deliver the performance and capacity of the 802.11ax standard
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax wireless APs are intended for environments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density convention centers. Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points are based on the 802.11ax specification, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important enhancements supported by Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for improved reliability, TWT for conserving power usage in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for better spectrum use, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), handle up to 200 client users per radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software.
Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series Wi-Fi access point is a ceiling mount or desktop Wi-Fi 6 AP intended for use in home offices or in small to medium size networks. The Catalyst 9105AXi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and features dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios plus an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio supporting Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 and Zigbee. The Catalyst 9105AXi device features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO spatial streams and delivers a combined max data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The Catalyst 9105AXi comes with one 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet uplink interface with Power over Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 management port, and a pair of integrated 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 (EWC) activated, the 9105AXi AP allows you to manage up to 50 access points and 1,000 clients.
The Catalyst 9105AXw Series Wi-Fi AP is designed specially as a wall-mount appliance and is intended for hospitality, dormitories, and other multi-unit living spaces. The 9105AXw's performance is similar to the 9105AXi AP but has different antenna profiles and includes a set of interfaces not available on the 9105AXi unit. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) uplink port, three 10/100/1000 Ethernet downlink ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a passthru interface. One Ethernet downlink port supports 10.5W PSE Power Budget.
Cisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified wireless AP is intended for small to medium size organizations. The 9115AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and includes three Wi-Fi radios plus an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio that supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco 9115AX Series AP features 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and delivers a combined max data rate of 5 Gbps. Cisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series AP includes a fixed 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45) port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 port, integrated internal antennas, plus optional external antennas. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller installed, the Cisco 9115AX can manage up to 50 access points and 1,000 client users.
Cisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series wireless AP is intended for small to medium size businesses. 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 Catalyst 9117AX features 8x8 MIMO with eight spatial streams for the 5-GHz radio and 4x4:4 MIMO. Maximum aggregate throughput is 5 Gbps. Cisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series AP comes with a 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 console port, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. RAM includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) installed, the Catalyst 9117AX Series AP can manage up to 50 APs and 1,000 client users.
Cisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6 AP is targeted at for medium to large networks. The Cisco Catalyst 9120AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and includes four radios. Flexible Radio Assignment technology allows radios to run in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz mode. An Internet-of-Things radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 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 run in 5-GHz client serving mode. Cisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series AP includes 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45). The access point also works with PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. External antennas are optional. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller installed, the 9120AX Series AP can manage 100 access points and 2,000 clients.
Cisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6 AP is designed for medium to large networks and high-density open environments 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. External antennas on the 9130AX access point may be split into two 4x4 Wi-Fi radios. An Internet-of-Things radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. Cisco's Catalyst 9130AX features a fixed 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port and delivers an aggregate max data rate of 5.38 Gbps. The device also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. The 9130AX access point includes an intelligent antenna connector that gives you the versatility to configure an external antenna to handle challenging environments. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) installed, the 9130AX Series AP can manage up to 100 access points and 2,000 clients.
Cisco's EWC on Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 Access Points
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) is a software image running on Cisco IOS XE and offered on most Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 access points. Cisco's EWC supports most functions, but not the scale, of Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controller devices. Access points running EWC can concurrently service Wi-Fi client users. (Catalyst 9105AXW APs can be part of an EWC LAN and support client users but are not able to provide EWC management functions.) The Embedded Wireless Controller can be managed via Cisco DNA Center 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 available. EWC features include high availability by deploying active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates for live patching, auto configuration, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Flexible Radio Assignment.
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