Introduction to of Cisco's Catalyst Line of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E APs
Cisco's Catalyst family of 802.11ax (referred to as Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E) wireless access points improve on previous generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) access points by delivering lower latency and more consistent operation, allowing higher client user density, providing greater security, saving energy for battery-based mobile devices, and providing more configurability for supporting new kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Cisco's Wi-Fi 6E devices include compatibility with the 6-GHz radio-frequency band, offering an extra 1200 MHz of bandwidth for more than double the Wi-Fi bandwidth as the 5-GHz band.

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

Cisco's Catalyst 9100 family of 802.11ax wireless APs are designed for deployments ranging from home offices to crowded arenas. Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, referred to 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 radio bands. Headline technologies supported by Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series APs include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for better reliability, TWT for reduced power usage in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for better spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs can run Cisco's EWC, handle as many as 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software.

Catalyst 9105i Wi-Fi 6 Access Points Solution Design ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series wireless AP is a ceiling mount or desktop Wi-Fi 6 access point intended for operation in home offices or in small to medium size organizations. The Catalyst 9105AXi AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and features dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios and an IoT radio supporting Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 and Zigbee. The Catalyst 9105AXi device features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO and provides a combined max data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The Catalyst 9105AXi includes a 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet uplink port 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 Catalyst 9105AXi can manage 50 APs and 1,000 client users.

Catalyst 9105AXw Wi-Fi 6 Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Series wireless AP is designed specially as a wall-mount device and is targeted at hospitality, dormitories, and other multi-unit dwellings. The 9105AXw's performance is like the 9105AXi Wi-Fi access point but has different antenna profiles and features a variety of ports not offered on the 9105AXi device. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) uplink, three 10/100/1000 Ethernet downlink ports, a USB 2.0 port, and one passthru interface. One downlink interface has 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

Catalyst 9115 Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless AP is designed for small to midsize organizations. The 9115AX Series AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and includes three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things radio that supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The Cisco 9115AX includes 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and delivers an aggregate maximum data rate of 5 Gbps. Cisco's Catalyst 9115AX comes with one 100/1000/2500 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 port, built-in internal antennas, plus optional external antennas. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) activated, Cisco's 9115AX lets you manage as many as 50 access points and 1,000 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9117AX Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 9117AX Series wireless AP is designed for small to medium size networks. The Wi-Fi 6 appliance works with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax specifications and includes three Wi-Fi radios as well as an IoT radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The Catalyst 9117AX features 8x8 MIMO with eight spatial streams for the 5-GHz radio and 4x4 MIMO with four spatial streams for the 2.4-GHz {radio. Max aggregate data rate is 5 Gbps. The Catalyst 9117AX includes one 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet (RJ-45) port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. RAM includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) activated, the Catalyst 9117AX can manage as many as 50 access points and 1,000 client users.

Catalyst 9120 Wireless APs Planning and Deployment ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6 AP is designed for for medium to large enterprises. The Catalyst 9120AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and incorporates four radios. Flexible Radio Assignment technology permits radios to work either in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz mode. An Internet-of-Things radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The 9120AX features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO and delivers a combined max throughput of 5.2 Gbps when both Wi-Fi radios operate in 5-GHz client serving mode. The Catalyst 9120AX comes with 100/1000/2500 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45). The device also supports PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. External antennas are optional. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) installed, the 9120AX can manage 100 access points and 2,000 clients.

Catalyst 9130AX Wireless APs Planning and Deployment ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified AP is intended for mid-size to large networks and dense open venues such as convention centers and arenas. The Catalyst 9130AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi and features 8x8:8 MU-MIMO. External antennas on Cisco's 9130AX access point can be split into two 4x4 radios. An IoT radio supports (BLE) 5.0. Cisco's Catalyst 9130AX includes a fixed 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port and delivers an aggregate maximum throughput of 5.38 Gbps. The access point also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management interface, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. The Catalyst 9130AX Series AP includes an intelligent antenna connector that gives you the flexibility to configure an external antenna to accommodate challenging deployments. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With EWC activated, the 9130AX can manage up to 100 APs and 2,000 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9136 Series is a breakthrough family of APs intended for enterprises looking for the enhanced speed, client density, and cybersecurity brought about by the 6-GHz spectrum addition introduced with the Wi-Fi 6E standard. By opening up 1.2 GHz of uninterrupted and interference-free spectrum in the 6 GHz band, the Wi-Fi 6E standard supported by Catalyst 9136 Series access points more than doubles the spectrum available to earlier model Wi-Fi clients. Catalyst 9136 APs support 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 newer generation of 6 GHz Wi-Fi devices. MU-MIMO spatial streams support up to 8x8:8 at 5 GHz and 4x4:4 at 2.4/6 GHz. Aggregate max performance rate is 10.2 Gbps. Also featured 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 APs have two integrated 5 Gbps mGig (RJ-45) Ethernet ports. 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. Power options include PoE, PoE+, and UPoE.

Cisco Catalyst 9166 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9160 Series Wi-Fi 6E access points are the first Cisco APs to offer the capability of being monitored and managed on-prem via Cisco DNA Center platform or through the cloud by deploying Meraki management tools. This allows organizations to move to cloud-centric or hybrid deployments on their own timetable. All Catalyst 916x access points support the a/b/g/n/ac/ax and 6E Wi-Fi specifications and support the 6-GHz band. Each device has 5 radios and supports up to 400 clients per radio. Each model also features a dedicated radio for Cisco CleanAir Pro for reducing interference, has a USB 2.0 port, and offers Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Cisco's entry-level Catalyst 9162 Series access point is designed for small organizations, has three 2x2 radios, and provides 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet support.

Catalyst APs Solutions Planning and ConfigurationCisco's Catalyst 9163E Wi-Fi 6E access point is intended for harsh outside deployments like campuses or municipal Wi-Fi. The 9163E comes with three client serving 2x2 radios, one IoT radio, and a tri-band scanning radio. Interfaces include 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G Multigigabit Ethernet, a management console port (RJ-45), 4x N-Type Wi-Fi antenna connectors, and an RP-SMA active GPS/GNSS antenna connector. The AP works with Omnidirectional Dipole Self-Identifying Antennas. The Catalyst 9164 Series AP is intended for small and middle-size enterprises, has one 2x2 radio and two 4x4 radios, and provides 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet. The Catalyst 9166 Series AP is designed for large and mid-sized organizations, has three 4x4 radios, and offers 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G mGig Ethernet support. The 9166 also has environmental sensors that measure air quality, temperature, and humidity.

Cisco's EWC on Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 Access Points
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) is a software image powered by Cisco IOS XE and offered on most Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 access points. EWC includes the majority of management functions, but not the scale, of Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi controller devices. APs running EWC can concurrently support Wi-Fi client users. (Catalyst 9105AXW APs can be members of an EWC network and support client users but are not able to run EWC functions.) The EWC can be managed via Cisco DNA Center for multi-location deployments, or via a web browser or mobile app for a single location. All Cisco DNAC Automation and Assurance features are supported. Embedded Wireless Controller features include high availability by deploying active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates (SMUs) for live patching, automatic configuration, Application Visibility and Control, and Site Survey.

How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Company with Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi 6/6E Wireless Access Points
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a Wi-Fi environment that incorporates Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 access points. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless APs from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6. Progent's Cisco wireless controller integration consultants can help you to determine whether your wireless environment should incorporate Cisco Wi-Fi controller appliances or can be managed with Cisco's virtual appliances and utilities like the EWC.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your wireless network and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to configure the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.

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