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Mobile Cisco WLAN Access Point (AP) Aironet Devices

By Edward Tetz

Cisco Aironet mobile WLAN access points are designed to support a variety of environments from indoor to outdoor. The lightweight access points allow users to make use of all mobility features of Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network and support all the standards of 802.11a/b/g/n.

These devices offer reliable and secure communications using either single or double radios. The greatest advantage is with “zero-touch” configuration, which allows you to deploy APs right out of the box with no initial prep work.

Having a choice between two radios in an AP allows you to support twice as many wireless clients on one RF frequency (2.4 or 5 GHz) or to support clients on both frequencies at the same time. When using only one radio, you can support clients only on one of the two frequencies, and if you want to support clients on the other frequency, you must install a second AP.

So having two radios in the same AP effectively gives you two APs in a single unit. Do not confuse this support for multiple service set identifiers (SSIDs), as even with a single radio, you can support multiple SSIDs.

Cisco’s product line of APs include the following:

  • Cisco Aironet 1040 Series is designed as an entry-level device and includes integrated antennas.

  • Cisco Aironet 1140 Series is designed for indoor office environments and includes integrated antennas.

  • Cisco Aironet 1260 Series is designed for challenging RF indoor office environments and includes external antennas.

  • Cisco Aironet 3500 Series are for high-performance and mission-critical environments. They offer models with either internal or external antennas which would depend on the RF challenges in your environment.

    These systems can be retrofit into 1130 and 1240 series mounting brackets for easy deployment.

  • Cisco Aironet 1250 Series APs are based on the IEEE 802.11n specifications and provide reliable coverage for all standards based on 802.11 a/b/g/n. This support allows for the use of high bandwidth applications, such as voice. These APs offer rugged metal cases with external antennas and are designed for factories and warehouses.

  • Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points are the ideal solution for outdoor areas.