Cisco HWIC-AP WLAN Module for Cisco 1800 (Modular), 2800 and 3800
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Updated:March 13, 2015
The Cisco HWIC-AP 802.11G and HWIC-AP 802.11A/B/G are Wireless LAN interface cards in the HWIC (High-Speed WAN Interface Card) form factor providing integrated Access Point functionality in the Cisco 1800 (Modular), Cisco 2800, and Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers. Enterprise branch office and small-to-medium business customers can run concurrent services of Layer 3 routing, security, Layer 2 switching and now IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN functionality in a single platform. This combination offers ease of configuration, deployment, and management while delivering high performance, security and rich set of services.
The Cisco 802.11 WLAN Interface Card provides Cisco 1800 Modular, 2800 and 3800 Integrated Services Routers the following:
• Integrated Secure WLAN Access Point Functionality for Cisco's Modular Integrated Services Routers
• Single Band 802.11b/g or Dual Band 802.11a/b/g radios
• Support for fixed or external dipole or dual mode antennas
The x denotes one of the following: A = Americas (FCC) for HWIC-AP-G-x and B= Americas (FCC) for HWIC-AP-AG-x, E = Europe (ETSI), J = Japan (Telec 2.4 GHz) P = Japan (Telec 5GHz) N= 5Ghz Australia/NZ
The HWIC-AP-G-x has one onboard radio operating in the 2.4 GHz band meeting IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g standards. It supports data rates of up 54 Mbps with three non-overlapping channels. The HWIC-AP-AG-x comprises of 2 individual onboard radios for simultaneous 5 GHz IEEE 802.11a and 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g operation. Each radio supports data rates of up to 54 Mbps and up to fifteen non-overlapping channels (pending country specific regulatory approvals) which simplifies deployments for high capacity wireless networks. Both models feature 802.11g radios which are backward compatible with legacy 802.11b clients providing investment protection for existing equipment.
A pair of removable RP-TNC Swivel-mount Omnidirectional Dipole antennas included with the HWICs provides adequate range and coverage for most wireless installations. A variety of non-captive single band Cisco 2.4 GHz and multiband 2.4/5 GHz antennas are available as options to accommodate wireless installation-specific range and coverage requirements.
The 802.11 interfaces associated with these HWICs can be configured as a IEEE 802.1d bridge or layer 3 routed interface.
Multiple Access Point Deployments
The Cisco HWIC access points are designed for single access point deployments. Only one HWIC is supported per Cisco Integrated Services Router. If multiple access points are needed for a deployment, Cisco Aironet
® Series access points are recommended. Cisco 2600XM, 2691, 2800, 3700, and 3800 series integrated Services Routers support Cisco Aironet multiple access point deployments. Refer to the individual Integrated Services Routers data sheets for additional information.
Figure 1. Cisco HWIC Access Point Interface Card
Key Features and Benefits
Table 2. Key Features of the Cisco HWIC Access Point Interface Cards
Integrated IEEE 802.11 g or 802.11 a/b/g Access Point
• Single 802.11g or Dual 802.11a and 802.11g Radios provide wireless LAN capacity and backward compatibility with legacy 802.11b clients
• Fewer devices to manage at remote and small branch offices
RP-TNC Antenna Connectors for Both Single Band 2.4 GHz and Dual Band 2.4/5GHz Radio Operation
Antenna connectors support a variety of Cisco single band 2.4 GHz and dual band 2.4/5 GHz antennas providing range and coverage versatility
Support for the Cisco Wireless Security Suite and WPA including:
• ·802.1x per-user, per-session mutual authentication with a variety of EAP types, including Cisco LEAP, PEAP-Microsoft Challenge Authentication Protocol Version 2 (PEAPMSCHAPv2), PEAP-GTC, EAP-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS), EAP-Flexible Authentication via Secured Tunneling (EAP-FAST), EAP-SIM, EAP-MD5, EAP-TTLS
• Radius Accounting
• AAA Radius Server per SSID
• Preshared key (PSK)
• MAC address and standard 802.11 authentication mechanisms
• User database for survivable local authentication using LEAP & EAP-FAST
• TKIP encryption enhancements: key hashing (per-packet keying), message integrity check (MIC), and broadcast key rotation via WPA TKIP
• Support for static and dynamic IEEE 802.11 WEP keys of 40 bits and 128 bits
• 802.1p QoS (Traffic Prioritization) provides support for quality of service (QoS) based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) class of service (CoS)
• Wireless Multimedia Certification (WWM)
• 16 VLANs unencrypted
• 16 VLANs encrypted
• VLANs allow for secure segmentation of network resources. Using VLANs, the network administrator can define broadcast domains and segregate broadcast/multicast traffic between user groups assigned to different VLANs. This concept is similar to the VLAN feature found in Layer 2 switches. VLANs are recommended so that a network administrator does not need to install additional WLAN infrastructure to segment traffic between user groups or device groups
• 16 SSIDs and 16 MBSSIDs
• SSID Globalization
• Offers support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Management Information Base (MIB) manageable via a MIB browser
Cisco IOS Command-Line Interface (CLI)
• Provides configuration through Cisco IOS CLI and provides common user interface for all the router functions
• Manageability is enabled through CiscoWorks network management software which provides a common management interface for Cisco routers, switches, and hubs.
• SNMPv1, v2, and v3 (non-crypto) and Telnet interface support delivers comprehensive in-band management, and a command-line-interface (CLI) management console provides detailed out-of-band management.
• Support is provided by the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution.
Secure Router and Device Manager (SDM) Express Setup
• Simplifies initial configuration of the Access Point via a Web browser, eliminating the need for more complex terminal emulation programs and CLI knowledge.
• Reduces the cost of deployment by enabling less-skilled personnel to set up Access Points in a quick and simple manner.
Universal Client Mode
• Allows radio to connect router to external WLAN network
WLAN Bridging (Root Mode & Non-Root))
• Allows radio to be configured as a root bridge or non root bridge for point to point wireless bridging between networks
Routing and 802.1d Bridging
• The 802.11 interfaces associated with the HWIC-AP can be configured like a regular bridged or a routed interface.
WLAN Coverage in Enterprise Branch Offices
A Cisco Access Point HWIC in an enterprise branch data deployment scenario provides the flexibility of integrated IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN, routing and switching functions in one unit. This deployment provides high-speed connections between individual IEEE 802.11 wireless lan clients (PDAs, laptops, desktops) and the wired lan based servers, and other network resources for IEEE 802.11g or IEEE 802.11 a/b/g based access point services and allows WAN connection at Layer 3 through the Cisco Modular access router.
Converged IP Communications in a Small-to-Large Enterprise Branch with Data Devices and IP Phones
The Access Point HWICs when combined with analog or digital voice modules for the Cisco 2800/3800 series routers provide a small branch office infrastructure for IP Telephony deployments. This solution can be combined with Cisco CallManager Express IP Telephony and the Cisco IOS Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRS Telephony) solution. SRS Telephony runs on the local branch office router allowing it to automatically detect a failure in the network, and initiates a process to intelligently auto-configure the router to provide call-processing backup redundancy for the IP phones in that office.
The Cisco Access Point HWIC supports separate wireless VLAN configuration for wireless IP Phones. Separate wireless VLANs allow network administrators to segment wireless IP phones into separate logical networks even though the data and voice infrastructures are physically present on the same network platform.
Figure 2. Converged IP Communications with Wireless IP Phones
HWIC-AP-G-x and HWIC-AP-AG-x
1 are IEEE 802.11 Access points in a High Speed Wan interface card (HWIC) form factor for the Cisco 1800 (Modular), Cisco 2800, and Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers Series. The HWIC-AP-G-x and HWIC-AP-AG-x come in a single-wide form factor. The HWIC-AP-G-x supports IEEE 802.11g and has a single radio which operates in the 2.4 GHz band. The HWIC-AP-AG-x supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g and has two radios for simultaneous operation in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
When installed in a Cisco 1841, Cisco 2800 or Cisco 3800 router, the Cisco Access Point HWIC meets the standards (regulatory compliance, safety, EMC) of the router itself. See data sheets for the Cisco 1841, Cisco 2800 and Cisco 3800 series routers for more details:
For more information about the Cisco 1800 Series, including Cisco 1700 Series to Cisco 1800 Series migration aids, visit
http://www.cisco.com/go/1800. Table 4 provides ordering information for the Cisco 802.11 g and 802.11 a/b/g Access Point HWIC cards.
Table 4. Ordering Information
Cisco 802.11 B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for the Americas (FCC configuration)
Cisco 802.11 B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for the Americas (FCC configuration), spare
Cisco 802.11 B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Europe (ETSI configuration)
Cisco 802.11 B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Europe (ETSI configuration), spare
Cisco 802.11 B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Japan (TELEC configuration)
Cisco 802.11 B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Japan (TELEC configuration), spare
Cisco 802.11 A/B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for the Americas (FCC configuration)
Cisco 802.11 A/B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for the Americas (FCC configuration), spare
Cisco 802.11 A/B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Japan (TELEC configuration)
Cisco 802.11 A/B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Japan (TELEC configuration), spare
Cisco 802.11 A/B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Australia/NZ
Cisco 802.11 A/B/G Access Point High Speed Wan Interface Card for Australia/NZ, spare
Cisco IOS Software Support
The Access Point HWICs
2 are supported in the following platforms based on the corresponding minimum Cisco IOS Software Image as indicated in Table 5.
Integrated Services Router
Minimum Cisco IOS Software Release
Cisco 1800 (Modular) Series
1st release of Cisco IOS 12.4(2) T
Cisco 2800 Series
1st release of Cisco IOS 12.4(2) T
Cisco 3800 Series
1st release of Cisco IOS 12.4(2) T
The Access Point HWICs are supported in all of the "K9" Cisco IOS feature sets.
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For More Information
For more information about the Cisco Integrated Services Routers, visit
http://www.cisco.com or contact your local account representative.
1The x denotes one of the following A =Americas (FCC) for HWIC-AP-G-x and B = Americas (FCC) for HWIC-AP-AG-x, E = ETSI (Europe), J = Telec (Japan).
2HWIC-AP-AG-P and HWIC-AP-AG-N require Cisco IOS 12.4(11)XJ or later. HWIC-AP-AG-B require Cisco IOS 12.4(11)XW1 or later.