Overview of Cisco's Catalyst Family of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's Catalyst line of 802.11ax (referred to as W-Fi 6) wireless access points build on previous generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) APs by delivering lower delay and more predictable operation, allowing increased client user density, providing tighter cybersecurity, conserving energy for battery-based mobile client devices, and offering more versatility for handling different kinds of Internet-of-Things endpoints.

Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi consultantsCisco CCIE-certified wireless network infrastructure experts can provide remote or onsite integration and debugging support to help your organization to design, implement, upgrade, tune, administer and troubleshoot Catalyst Wi-Fi access point environments of any scale or architecture. Progent's Cisco wireless controller consultants can also help you to combine your wireless ecosystem with your wired network and cloud-hosted resources to build an enterprise connectivity foundation that is easy to administer and expand. Progent also offers affordable Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to determine the most efficient selection, placement and setup of Aironet wireless APs to accommodate your unique office layout, building structure, and anticipated workloads.

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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Line of Wi-Fi 6 APs support the throughput and capacity of the 802.11ax standard

The Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax access points are intended for environments ranging from home offices to crowded convention centers. Cisco Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important technologies incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for better reliability, TWT for reduced power consumption in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for better spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series wireless APs can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), accommodate as many as 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software.

Cisco Catalyst 9105i Wireless AP Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series Wi-Fi AP is a low-profile Wi-Fi 6 AP intended for operation in home offices or in small to medium size organizations. The Catalyst 9105AXi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and includes dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios as well as an IoT radio supporting Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 and Zigbee. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi device supports 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO spatial streams and delivers an aggregate max data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The 9105AXi AP comes with one 10/100/1000 Base-T uplink interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management 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 EWC installed, the 9105AXi AP can manage up to 50 access points and 1,000 clients.

Catalyst 9105w Wireless Access Points Planning and Deployment ExpertsThe Catalyst 9105AXw Series Wi-Fi access point is a wall-mount appliance and is intended for hospitality, residence halls, and other high-occupancy dwellings. The 9105AXw's performance is like Cisco's 9105AXi AP but has special antenna options and features a variety of interfaces not offered on the 9105AXi device. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) uplink port, three 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet downlink interfaces, a USB 2.0 interface, and a passthru port. One downlink interface supports 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

Cisco Catalyst 9115 Wireless Access Points Solution Design ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-compliant LAN AP is intended for small to medium size organizations. Cisco's 9115AX Series AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things radio covering (BLE) 5.0. The 9115AX features 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and supports an aggregate combined data rate of 5 Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst 9115AX Series AP comes with a fixed 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 port, built-in internal antennas, plus extra-cost external antennas. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller installed, Cisco's 9115AX can manage up to 50 access points and 1,000 client users.

Catalyst 9117AX Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series LAN access point is designed for small to medium size enterprises. The Wi-Fi 6 appliance complies with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax specifications and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 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. Top combined data rate is 5 Gbps. The Catalyst 9117AX includes one 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink interface with Power-over-Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 console port, a USB 2.0 interface, and integrated internal antennas. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With the EWC image installed, the Catalyst 9117AX Series AP can manage up to 50 APs and 1,000 client users.

Catalyst 9120 Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6 AP is designed for for medium to large networks. The Catalyst 9120AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi and incorporates four radios. Flexible Radio Assignment technology permits radios to run 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. The Cisco 9120AX features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO spatial streams and delivers an aggregate maximum data rate of 5.2 Gbps when both radios run in 5-GHz mode. Cisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series AP comes with 100/1000/2500 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45). The access point also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 interface, and built-in internal antennas. External antennas are optional. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) activated, the 9120AX Series AP can manage up to 100 access points and 2,000 clients.

Catalyst 9130 Wi-Fi 6 Access Points Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified access point is targeted at medium to large networks and dense public venues like auditoriums and arenas. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi and features 8x8:8 MU-MIMO. External antennas on the 9130AX device may be split into two 4x4 radios. An IoT radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX includes a fixed 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port and delivers an aggregate top data rate of 5.38 Gbps. The access point also works with PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. Cisco's 9130AX AP includes a smart antenna connector that gives you the flexibility to configure an external antenna to accommodate challenging venues. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, the 9130AX Series AP can manage up to 100 APs and 2,000 clients.

Cisco's EWC on Catalyst 9100 Series Wireless APs
Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller is a software image powered by Cisco IOS XE and offered on most Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs. Cisco's EWC supports most management functions, but not the expandability, of Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controller devices. APs running EWC can simultaneously service Wi-Fi client users. (Cisco Catalyst 9105AXW access points can join an EWC network and service clients but cannot run EWC management functions.) Cisco's EWC can be managed via Cisco DNA Center (DNAC) for multi-location networks, or by means of a browser or mobile app for single-site environments. All Cisco DNAC Automation and Assurance features are supported. Embedded Wireless Controller features include always-on by deploying active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates for hot patching, automatic setup, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Flexible Radio Assignment.

How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Company with Catalyst Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Access Points
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant 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 legacy wireless APs from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ax. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller solutions experts can help you to determine whether your wireless environment should include Cisco Wi-Fi controller hardware or can be managed with Cisco's software-based management tools like Cisco's EWC.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to build security into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to set up the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers significant business value.

Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more difficult facilities.

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