Introduction to of Cisco's Catalyst Line of Wi-Fi 6/6E APs
Cisco's Catalyst series of 802.11ax (referred to as W-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E) wireless access points build on prior generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) access points by offering lower latency and more consistent performance, allowing increased client density, providing tighter cybersecurity, conserving power for battery-based handheld client devices, and offering more configurability for supporting different kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints.

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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wireless access points support the throughput and scale of 802.11ax technology

Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax access points are designed for environments ranging from home offices to crowded convention centers. Catalyst 9100 access points are compliant with the 802.11ax specification, known as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to use 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 improved dependability, TWT for reduced power consumption in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for better spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 wireless 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 AP Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series wireless AP is a compact Wi-Fi 6 AP designed for operation by at-home workers or in small to medium size enterprises. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/acW2/ax and features dual 2.4/5 GH radios and an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio supporting (BLE) 5.0 and Zigbee. The Catalyst 9105AXi device features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO spatial streams and provides an aggregate top data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The Catalyst 9105AXi comes with one 10/100/1000 Base-T uplink port with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management interface, and two 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) installed, the Catalyst 9105AXi allows you to manage 50 access points and 1,000 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Wi-Fi 6 Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 9105AXw Series wireless access point is designed specially as a wall-mount appliance and is targeted at hospitality, residence halls, and other high-occupancy living spaces. The 9105AXw's performance is like the 9105AXi AP but has different antenna profiles and features a variety 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 interfaces, a USB 2.0 interface, and a passthru interface. One downlink interface supports 10.5W PSE Power Budget.

Cisco Catalyst 9115AX Wi-Fi 6 APs Solution Design ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-compliant wireless access point is designed for small to medium size organizations. The Cisco 9115AX Series AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and incorporates three Wi-Fi radios as well as an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio covering Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco 9115AX Series AP features 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and delivers a combined max data speed of 5 Gbps. The Catalyst 9115AX Series AP includes a fixed 100/1000/2500 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port with Power-over-Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 port, built-in internal antennas, plus optional external antennas. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With EWC activated, the Cisco 9115AX Series AP lets you manage up to 50 APs and 1,000 clients.

Cisco Catalyst 9117 Wireless Access Points Planning and Deployment ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series LAN AP is designed for small to midsize enterprises. The Wi-Fi 6 appliance works with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards and includes three Wi-Fi radios plus an Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio that supports (BLE) 5.0. Cisco's Catalyst 9117AX Series AP features 8x8:8 MIMO for the 5-GHz band and 4x4:4 MIMO. Top aggregate data rate is 5 Gbps. Cisco's Catalyst 9117AX comes with a 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 console interface, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller activated, the Catalyst 9117AX can manage as many as 50 APs and 1,000 clients.

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 Catalyst 9120AX complies with 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 Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio supports (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco 9120AX Series AP features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO and delivers an aggregate maximum throughput of 5.2 Gbps when both Wi-Fi radios operate in 5-GHz mode. Cisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series AP includes 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45). The device also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management 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 EWC installed, the 9120AX can manage 100 access points and 2,000 client users.

Cisco Catalyst 9130 Wi-Fi 6 APs Planning and Deployment ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified access point is targeted at mid-size to large enterprises and dense public environments like convention centers 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 9130AX AP can be divided into two 4x4 radios. An Internet-of-Things radio supports (BLE) 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX features a built-in 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port and supports a combined maximum data rate of 5.38 Gbps. The device also works with PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management console interface, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in internal antennas. The 9130AX access point includes an intelligent antenna connector that gives you the flexibility to configure an external antenna to handle challenging environments. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) installed, the 9130AX Series AP can manage up to 100 APs and 2,000 clients.

Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E Access Points Solution Design ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9136 Series is a breakthrough family of access points designed for enterprises who need the enhanced speed, capacity, and security enabled by the 6-GHz spectrum addition defined by the Wi-Fi 6E specification. By opening up 1.2 GHz of uninterrupted and clean spectrum in the 6 GHz band, the Wi-Fi 6E standard implemented in Cisco Catalyst 9136 Series APs more than doubles the spectrum that can be used by the latest Wi-Fi clients. Catalyst 9136 APs work with legacy 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi client devices designed for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands as well as the modern generation of 6 GHz Wi-Fi clients. Concurrent MU-MIMO spatial streams support up to 8x8:8 at 5 GHz and 4x4:4 at 2.4 GHz and 6 GHz. Combined max performance rate is 10.2 Gbps. Also featured are a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 radio for IoT and a scan radio. Internal omnidirectional antennas allow 2.4 GHz, 5-GHz, and 6 GHz operation. Catalyst 9136 APs have two integrated 5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) Ethernet ports. Channel width is 20 MHz at 2.4 GHz and 20/40/80/160 MHz for the 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands. System memory consists of 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. Power options include PoE, PoE+, and UPoE.

Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) on Catalyst 9100 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 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs. EWC includes most features, but not the scale, of Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi controller devices. APs running EWC can simultaneously support Wi-Fi client users. (Catalyst 9105AXW APs can be part of an EWC LAN and service client users but are not able to provide EWC functions.) The EWC can be managed using Cisco DNA Center for multi-location networks, or via a browser or mobile app for a single location. All Cisco DNAC Automation and Assurance features are available. Embedded Wireless Controller features include high availability with active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates for hot patching, auto setup, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Flexible Radio Assignment.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Catalyst 802.11ax Wireless Access Points
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to plan, deploy, maintain and repair a wireless solution that incorporates Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless APs from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current Wi-Fi 6. Progent's Cisco wireless controller solutions consultants can assist you to determine whether your Wi-Fi environment should include Cisco wireless controller appliances or can be managed with Cisco's software-based management tools such as the Embedded Wireless Controller.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides non-stop return on investment.

Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises for more challenging situations.

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