Overview of Cisco's Catalyst Family of Wi-Fi 6 APs
The Cisco Catalyst family of 802.11ax (referred to as W-Fi 6) wireless access points improve on previous version 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) APs by offering less latency and more consistent performance, supporting higher client density, providing greater cybersecurity, conserving energy for battery-based handheld client devices, and offering more configurability for handling new types of IoT endpoints.
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Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs deliver the throughput and scale of 802.11ax technology
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of 802.11ax wireless access points are intended for deployments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density arenas. Cisco Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Headline technologies incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better dependability, increased device sleep time for reduced power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for better spectrum utilization, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points can run Cisco's EWC, accommodate up to 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software.
Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi Series wireless AP is a compact Wi-Fi 6 access point designed for use by at-home workers or in small to midsize enterprises. The 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 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 and Zigbee. Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXi device features 2x2:2 MU/SU-MIMO spatial streams and provides a combined max data rate of 1.2 Gbps. The Catalyst 9105AXi comes with a 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet uplink interface with Power over Ethernet 802.3at, an RJ-45 management interface, 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 Embedded Wireless Controller installed, the Catalyst 9105AXi allows you to manage 50 APs and 1,000 clients.
Cisco's Catalyst 9105AXw Series wireless access point is designed specially as a wall-mount device and is intended for hospitality, dormitories, and other high-occupancy living spaces. The 9105AXw's performance is similar to the 9105AXi Wi-Fi access point but has different antenna profiles and features a set of ports not offered on the 9105AXi unit. These include a 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) port, three 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet downlink interfaces, a USB 2.0 interface, and one passthru port. One Ethernet downlink port supports 10.5W PSE Power Budget.
The Cisco Catalyst 9115AX Series Wi-Fi 6-compliant wireless access point is designed for small to medium size businesses. Cisco's 9115AX Series AP supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and includes three Wi-Fi radios plus an IoT radio that supports (BLE) 5.0. The 9115AX Series AP includes 4x4:4 + 4x4:4 spatial streams and supports a combined maximum data speed of 5 Gbps. Cisco's 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 interface, a USB 2.0 port, built-in antennas, and optional external antennas. System 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 LAN AP is intended for small to medium size enterprises. The Wi-Fi 6 device 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 8x8:8 MIMO for the 5-GHz band and 4x4:4 MIMO. Maximum combined performance is 5 Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst 9117AX Series AP comes with one 100/1000/2500/5000 Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink interface with PoE 802.3at, an RJ-45 management interface, a USB 2.0 interface, 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 APs and 1,000 clients.
Cisco's Catalyst 9120AX Series Wi-Fi 6-certified AP 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 permits radios to run either in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz mode. An Internet-of-Things radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. Cisco's 9120AX Series AP features 4x4:4 MU-MIMO spatial streams and supports an aggregate max data rate of 5.2 Gbps when both radios run in 5-GHz mode. The Catalyst 9120AX Series AP includes 100/1000/2500 Ethernet (RJ-45). The device also works with PoE 802.3at and includes an RJ-45 management console port, a USB 2.0 port, and integrated internal antennas. External antennas are optional. Memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash memory. With Embedded Wireless Controller installed, the 9120AX Series AP can manage up to 100 access points and 2,000 client users.
Cisco's Catalyst 9130AX Series Wi-Fi 6 AP is targeted at medium to large enterprises and dense public environments such as auditoriums and arenas. The Catalyst 9130AX complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax and features 8x8:8 MU-MIMO. External antennas on Cisco's 9130AX device may be split into two 4x4 radios. An Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX includes a fixed 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) uplink port and delivers a combined top throughput of 5.38 Gbps. The access point also supports PoE 802.3at and comes with an RJ-45 management port, a USB 2.0 interface, and integrated internal antennas. Cisco's 9130AX access point includes a smart antenna connector that offers you the flexibility to configure an external antenna to accommodate challenging venues. System memory includes 2048 MB DRAM and 1024 MB flash. With the EWC image activated, the 9130AX can manage 100 access points and 2,000 clients.
Cisco's EWC on Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's EWC is a software image powered by Cisco IOS XE and available for most Catalyst 9100 Series wireless access points. EWC includes most features, but not the expandability, of Catalyst 9800 family of wireless controller devices. Access points running EWC can simultaneously service Wi-Fi client users. (Catalyst 9105AXW APs can be part of an EWC network and service clients but are not able to provide EWC functions.) Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller can be managed via Cisco DNA Center (DNAC) for multi-site deployments, or via a web browser or mobile app for single-site environments. All Cisco DNAC Automation and Assurance use cases are available. Embedded Wireless Controller features include always-on with active and standby controllers, software maintenance updates (SMUs) for hot patching, auto configuration, Application Visibility and Control, and Flexible Radio Assignment.
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst 802.11ax APs
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, install, manage and repair a wireless environment that incorporates Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi APs from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest Wi-Fi 6. Progent's Cisco wireless controller integration experts can help you to assess whether your Wi-Fi environment should include Cisco wireless controller hardware or can be managed using Cisco's software-based management tools like the EWC.
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