Introduction to of Cisco's Catalyst Series Wi-Fi 6/6E APs
The Cisco Catalyst line of 802.11ax (referred to as W-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E) access points build on prior generation 802.11ac (aka Wi-Fi 5) APs by delivering lower delay and more consistent operation, allowing higher client user density, having tighter cybersecurity, conserving power for battery-dependent mobile client devices, and offering more flexibility for handling new types of IoT endpoints.

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Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Access Points Experts

Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Line of Wireless APs support the throughput and scale of 802.11ax technology

The Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs are designed for environments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density enterprise campuses. Catalyst 9100 access points are based on the 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Headline enhancements supported by Catalyst 9100 Series APs include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better reliability, Target Wake Time for reduced power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller, handle as many as 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software.

Catalyst 9105i Wireless AP Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series Wi-Fi AP is a compact Wi-Fi 6 access point designed for use in home offices or in small to medium size networks. The 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 5.0 and Zigbee. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi device supports 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO spatial streams and provides an aggregate maximum data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The 9105AXi AP comes with one 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet uplink interface with Power over Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console port, and a pair of 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 installed, the 9105AXi AP can manage up to 50 access points and 1,000 clients.

Catalyst 9105AXw Wireless APs Planning and Deployment ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9105AXw Series wireless access point is a wall-mount appliance and is intended for hospitality, residence halls, and other high-occupancy living spaces. The 9105AXw's capability is similar to Cisco's 9105AXi Wi-Fi access point but has different antenna options and features a variety of interfaces not available on the 9105AXi device. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) port, three 10/100/1000 Ethernet downlink ports, a USB 2.0 interface, and one passthru interface. A downlink port has 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

Catalyst 9115AX Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ExpertsThe Cisco Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-compliant LAN AP is intended for small to midsize organizations. Cisco's 9115AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios plus an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio that supports (BLE) 5.0. Cisco's 9115AX includes 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and supports an aggregate maximum data speed of 5 Gbps. Cisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series AP comes with a fixed 100/1000/2500 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port with Power-over-Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 management interface, a USB 2.0 interface, integrated antennas, plus optional external antennas. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) activated, Cisco's 9115AX Series AP lets you manage as many as 50 APs and 1,000 clients.

Catalyst 9117 Wireless APs Solution Design ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 9117AX Series Wi-Fi AP is designed for small to midsize organizations. The Wi-Fi 6 appliance works with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax specifications and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things radio covering (BLE) 5.0. The Catalyst 9117AX Series AP features 8x8:8 MIMO for the 5-GHz band and 4x4 MIMO with four spatial streams for the 2.4-GHz {radio. Max aggregate throughput is 5 Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst 9117AX Series AP comes with one 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. RAM includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With EWC activated, the Catalyst 9117AX Series AP can manage as many as 50 access points and 1,000 clients.

Cisco Catalyst 9120AX Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6 AP is targeted at for medium to large enterprises. The Catalyst 9120AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and incorporates four radios. Flexible Radio Assignment technology allows radios to work either in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz mode. An IoT radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. Cisco's 9120AX features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO and delivers an aggregate top data rate of 5.2 Gbps when both radios operate in 5-GHz mode. The Cisco Catalyst 9120AX comes with 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45). The access point also works with PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 interface, and built-in internal antennas. External antennas are an option. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With the EWC image activated, the 9120AX can manage up to 100 APs and 2,000 clients.

Cisco Catalyst 9130 Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6 access point is intended for mid-size to large enterprises and high-density open environments like auditoriums and arenas. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX supports 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 can be split into two 4x4 Wi-Fi radios. An IoT radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX features a built-in 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet uplink port and delivers an aggregate maximum data rate of 5.38 Gbps. The access point also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 interface, and built-in internal antennas. The Catalyst 9130AX Series AP includes a smart antenna connector that offers you the flexibility to set up an external antenna to handle special environments. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, the 9130AX Series AP can manage 100 access points and 2,000 clients.

Cisco Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E Access Points Solution Design ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9136 Series represents an innovative family of access points targeted at enterprises who need the enhanced speed, capacity, and security enabled by the 6-GHz spectrum expansion introduced with the Wi-Fi 6E specification. By opening up 1.2 GHz of contiguous and interference-free RF spectrum in the 6 GHz band, the Wi-Fi 6E technology implemented in Cisco Catalyst 9136 Series access points more than doubles the spectrum that can be used by the latest Wi-Fi clients. Catalyst 9136 APs support older generation 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi devices designed for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands in addition to the newer generation of 6 GHz Wi-Fi client devices. Concurrent MU-MIMO spatial streams support up to 8x8:8 at 5 GHz and up to 4x4:4 at 2.4/6 GHz. Combined top data rate is 10.2 Gbps. Also featured are a Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 radio for IoT and a scan radio. Internal omnidirectional antennas support 2.4 GHz, 5-GHz, and 6 GHz operation. Catalyst 9136 access points come with 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 for the 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. Power options include PoE, PoE+, and UPoE.

Cisco's EWC on Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) is a software image running on Cisco IOS XE and available for most Catalyst 9100 wireless access points. Cisco's EWC includes the majority of features, but not the expandability, of Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi controller appliances. Access points running EWC can concurrently service Wi-Fi clients. (Catalyst 9105AXW APs can be part of an EWC network and service clients but cannot provide EWC management functions.) The EWC can be managed via Cisco DNA Center (DNAC) for multi-location networks, or by means of a web browser or mobile app for a single location. All Cisco DNA Center Automation and Assurance use cases are supported. Embedded Wireless Controller features include high availability by deploying active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates (SMUs) for hot patching, automatic configuration, Application Visibility and Control, and Flexible Radio Assignment.

How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi 6/6E APs
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a wireless solution that includes Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless access points from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current Wi-Fi 6. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller solutions experts can assist you to determine whether your Wi-Fi network should incorporate Cisco wireless controller hardware or can be managed using Cisco's virtual appliances and utilities like the Embedded Wireless Controller.

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Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to accommodate IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult environments.

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