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Cisco Aironet Active Sensor Data Sheet

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The Cisco Aironet Active Sensor is a dedicated wireless network sensor designed for assuring optimal performance across the network.

Cisco Aironet Active Sensor

Figure 1.               

Cisco Aironet Active Sensor

Product overview

The Cisco® Aironet® Active Sensor (Figure 1) is a compact network sensor designed to monitor your wireless network.

With the Aironet Active Sensor, your IT department can simulate real-world client experiences so that it can validate wireless performance for critical venues and high-value locations such as conference halls and meeting rooms. Also, a scheduled test by the sensor helps make sure that your network can handle an influx of VIP clients so that they are able to have a smooth wireless experience free of drops and lag time. How does this device do all of this? Thanks to Cisco AirProbe, the Aironet Active Sensor can proactively test and accurately predict the user’s experience.

This means that your wireless network won’t be caught short when an increased number of devices connect to the network. You’ll already know how much bandwidth is available immediately before the event, and you can adjust accordingly.

Not only does the Active Sensor brilliantly simulate and predict wireless performance, but it’s also the perfect device for making sure that your network is running to its fullest potential. Using the Active Sensor, you can test your network with proactive monitoring capabilities. This capability allows you to learn about potential issues before it’s too late.

Only Cisco can provide high-fidelity insight at the ground level.

The Active Sensor can be plugged in anywhere. Other sensor products are often at ceiling level, sometimes providing IT with a less-than-accurate network assessment, since most clients are at eye level. When installed at the level where most mobile devices are apt to be, the Active Sensor allows for a better understanding and a more comprehensive simulation of real clients.

The Aironet Active Sensor is fully compliant with the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard and has full Cisco DNA Assurance support with Cisco DNA Center. It comes with multiple powering options:

     Direct AC power plug

     Power over Ethernet (PoE)

     Micro USB power

The Aironet Active Sensor makes troubleshooting easier and enhances the context shown in Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance puts your data to work, gets 360-degree contextual insights across users, devices, and applications, and assures network performance with real-time and historical data analytics, to learn, adapt, and even detect problems before they happen. You can learn more at: CS.co/dnacenter

Features and benefits

The Active Sensor supports reliable wireless connections that provide a robust, mobile end-user experience. Table 1 lists the sensor’s features and benefits.

Table 1.           Features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

802.11ac Wave 2 support

The Active Sensor can simulate clients that support 802.11ac Wave 2 and multiuser multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO). MU-MIMO allows simultaneous data transmission to multiple Wave 2–capable clients to improve the client experience. Prior to MU-MIMO, 802.11n and 802.11ac Wave 1 access points could transmit data to only one client at a time. This was typically referred to as Single-User MIMO (SU-MIMO). The Active Sensor can also simulate clients that are 802.11ac Wave 1 compliant.

Integrated Bluetooth 4.1

Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 4.1 radio for location and asset tracking (future availability).

Product specifications

Table 2 lists the specifications for the Cisco Aironet Active Sensor. Table 3 lists the RF specifications.

Table 2.           Specifications

Item

Specification

Authentication and security

  Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)
  802.1X, RADIUS Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA)
  802.11r
  802.11i

Software

  Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software with AireOS Wireless Controllers Release 8.5 or later  and IOS-EX 16.12.1s or later

Maximum clients

  Wireless network sensor acts as a client

802.11ac

  2x2 single-user and multiuser MIMO with two spatial streams
  Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC)
  20-, 40-, and 80-MHz channels
  PHY data rates up to 866.7 Mbps (80 MHz on 5 GHz)
  Packet aggregation: A-MPDU (Tx/Rx), A-MSDU (Rx)
  802.11 Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS)
  Cyclic Shift Diversity (CSD) support

Ethernet ports

  When AIR-MOD-POE is installed, provides backhaul capability to Cisco DNA Center

Bluetooth (future availability)

  Integrated Bluetooth 4.1 (including BLE) radio
  Maximum transmit power: 4 dBm
  Antenna gain: 2 dBi

Data rates supported

802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps

802.11b/g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps

802.11n data rates on 2.4 GHz:

MCS index1

GI2 = 800 ns

GI = 400 ns

20-MHz rate (Mbps)

20-MHz rate (Mbps)

0

6.5

7.2

1

13

14.4

2

19.5

21.7

3

26

28.9

4

39

43.3

5

52

57.8

6

58.5

65

7

65

72.2

8

13

14.4

9

26

28.9

10

39

43.3

11

52

57.8

12

78

86.7

13

104

115.6

14

117

130

15

130

144.4

 

802.11ac data rates on 5 GHz:

MCS index

Spatial streams

GI = 800 ns

GI = 400 ns

 

 

20-MHz rate (Mbps)

40-MHz rate (Mbps)

80-MHz rate (Mbps)

20-MHz rate (Mbps)

40-MHz rate (Mbps)

80-MHz rate (Mbps)

0

1

6.5

13.5

29.3

7.2

15

32.5

1

1

13

27

58.5

14.4

30

65

2

1

19.5

40.5

87.8

21.7

45

97.5

3

1

26

54

117

28.9

60

130

4

1

39

81

175.5

43.3

90

195

5

1

52

108

234

57.8

120

260

6

1

58.5

121.5

263.3

65

135

292.5

7

1

65

135

292.5

72.2

150

325

8

1

78

162

351

86.7

180

390

9

1

180

390

200

433.3

0

2

13

27

58.5

14.4

30

65

1

2

26

54

117

28.9

60

130

2

2

39

81

175.5

43.3

90

195

3

2

52

108

234

57.8

120

260

4

2

78

162

351

86.7

180

390

5

2

104

216

468

115.6

240

520

6

2

117

243

526.5

130

270

585

7

2

130

270

585

144.4

300

650

8

2

156

324

702

173.3

360

780

9

2

360

780

400

866.7

Maximum number of non-overlapping channels

A (A regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 11 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.700 GHz; 8 channels (excludes 5.600 to 5.640 GHz)
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

B (B regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 11 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.720 GHz; 12 channels
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

C (C regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

D (D regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 11 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

E (E regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.700 GHz; 8 channels (excludes 5.600 to 5.640 GHz)

F (F regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.745 to 5.805 GHz; 4 channels

G (G regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.745 to 5.865 GHz; 7 channels

H (H regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

I (I regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels

K (K regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.620 GHz; 7 channels
  5.745 to 5.805 GHz; 4 channels

N (N regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 11 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

Q (Q regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.700 GHz; 11 channels

R (R regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.660 to 5.700 GHz; 3 channels
  5.745 to 5.805 GHz; 4 channels

S (S regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 13 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.700 GHz; 11 channels
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

T (T regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 11 channels
  5.280 to 5.320 GHz; 3 channels
  5.500 to 5.700 GHz; 8 channels
(excludes 5.600 to 5.640 GHz)
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

Z (Z regulatory domain):

  2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 11 channels
  5.180 to 5.320 GHz; 8 channels
  5.500 to 5.700 GHz; 8 channels
(excludes 5.600 to 5.640 GHz)
  5.745 to 5.825 GHz; 5 channels

Note: This varies by regulatory domain. Refer to the product documentation for specific details for each regulatory domain.

Available transmit power settings

2.4 GHz

20 dBm (100 mW)

17 dBm (50 mW)

14 dBm (25 mW)

11 dBm (12.5 mW)

8 dBm (6.25 mW)

5 dBm (3.13 mW)

2 dBm (1.56 mW)

-1 dBm (0.78 mW)

5 GHz

20 dBm (100 mW)

17 dBm (50 mW)

14 dBm (25 mW)

11 dBm (12.5 mW)

8 dBm (6.25 mW)

5 dBm (3.13 mW)

2 dBm (1.56 mW)

-1 dBm (0.78 mW)

Note: The maximum power setting will vary by channel and according to individual country regulations. Refer to the product documentation for specific details.

Integrated antennas

  2.4 GHz, gain 2 dBi
  5 GHz, gain 3 dBi

Interfaces

  1 x 10/100/1000BASE-T autosensing (RJ-45), PoE (optional with AIR-MOD-POE)
  Management console port (4-pin connector)

Indicators

  Status LED indicates boot loader status, association status, operating status, boot loader warnings, boot loader errors

Dimensions (W x L x H)

  Access point (without mounting bracket): 3.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 in (89 x 140 x 31.5 mm)

Weight

  Access point without mounting bracket or any other accessories: 10 oz (280 g)

Environmental

  Operating
   Temperature: 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
   Humidity: 10% to 90% (noncondensing)
   Maximum altitude: 9843 ft (3000 m) @ 104°F (40°C)
  Nonoperating (storage and transportation)
   Temperature: -22° to 158°F (-30° to 70°C)
   Humidity: 10% to 90% (noncondensing)
   Maximum altitude: 15,000 ft (4500 m) @ 77°F (25°C)

System

  256 MB DRAM
  128 MB flash
  710 MHz quad-core

Powering options

  802.3af/at Ethernet switch
  AIR-MOD-AC-XX
  AIR-MOD-USB-XX

Power draw

  8.5W (maximum)

Physical security

  Kensington lock slot to lock device to mounting bracket

Mounting

  Included with the access point: mounting bracket AIR-AP-BRACKET-NS or AIR-MOD-AC-XX

Accessories

  AIR-MOD-POE for Ethernet and PoE powering
  AIR-MOD-AC-XX for direct electrical socket powering
  AIR-MOD-USB-XX for power via USB power source

Note: XX denotes destination country

Software License

Cisco DNA Endpoint software subscription licenses are required for the Active Sensor

  AIR-DNA-EP-3Y – 3 Year Cisco DNA Endpoint license
  AIR-DNA-EP-5Y – 5 Year Cisco DNA Endpoint license
  AIR-DNA-EP-7Y – 7 Year Cisco DNA Endpoint license

Warranty

1-year limited hardware warranty

Compliance

  Safety:
   UL 60950-1
   CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1
   UL 2043
   IEC 60950-1
   EN 60950-1
  Radio approvals:
   FCC Part 15.247, 15.407
   RSS-247 (Canada)
   EN 300.328, EN 301.893 (Europe)
   ARIB-STD 66 (Japan)
   ARIB-STD T71 (Japan)
   EMI and susceptibility (Class B)
   FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109
   ICES-003 (Canada)
   VCCI (Japan)
   EN 301.489-1 and -17 (Europe)
  IEEE standards:
   IEEE 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n, 802.11h, 802.11d
   IEEE 802.11ac
  Security:
   802.11i, WPA2, WPA
   802.1X
   AES
  Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types:
   EAP-Transport Layer Security (TLS)
   Protected EAP (PEAP) v0 or EAP-MSCHAPv2
   EAP-Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling (FAST)
  Other:
   FCC Bulletin OET-65C
   RSS-102
1 MCS Index: The Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) index determines the number of spatial streams, the modulation, and the coding rate and data rate values.
2 A Guard Interval (GI) between symbols helps receivers overcome the effects of multipath delay spreads.

Table 3.           RF specifications

Transmit power and receive sensitivity (1800S)

 

 

2.4-GHz radio

5-GHz radio

Spatial streams

Total Tx power (dBm)

Rx sensitivity (dBm)

Total Tx power (dBm)

Rx sensitivity (dBm)

802.11/11b

1 Mbps

1

17

-98

NA

NA

11 Mbps

1

17

-89

NA

NA

802.11a/g

6 Mbps

1

20

-94

17

-94

24 Mbps

1

20

-87

20

-87

54 Mbps

1

20

-78

18

-78

802.11n HT20

MSC0

1

20

-93

20

-93

MSC4

1

20

-83

18

-82

MSC7

1

20

-75

16

-75

MSC8

2

20

-90

20

-90

MSC12

2

20

-80

18

-79

MSC15

2

20

-72

16

-72

802.11n HT40

MSC0

1

 

 

20

-90

MSC4

1

 

 

18

-79

MSC7

1

 

 

16

-72

MSC8

2

 

 

20

-87

MSC12

2

 

 

18

-76

MSC15

2

 

 

16

-69

802.11ac VHT20

MSC0

1

 

 

20

-93

MSC4

1

 

 

18

-82

MSC7

1

 

 

16

-75

MSC8

1

 

 

15

-71

MSC0

2

 

 

20

-90

MSC4

2

 

 

18

-79

MSC7

2

 

 

16

-72

MSC8

2

 

 

15

-68

802.11ac VHT40

MSC0

1

 

 

20

-90

MSC4

1

 

 

18

-79

MSC7

1

 

 

16

-72

MSC8

1

 

 

15

-68

MSC9

1

 

 

15

-66

MSC0

2

 

 

20

-87

MSC4

2

 

 

18

-76

MSC7

2

 

 

16

-69

MSC8

2

 

 

15

-65

MSC9

2

 

 

15

-63

802.11ac VHT80

MSC0

1

 

 

20

-87

MSC4

1

 

 

18

-77

MSC7

1

 

 

16

-69

MSC8

1

 

 

15

-65

MSC9

1

 

 

15

-63

MSC0

2

 

 

20

-84

MSC4

2

 

 

18

-74

MSC7

2

 

 

16

-66

MSC8

2

 

 

15

-62

MSC9

2

 

 

15

-60

Note: The maximum power setting will vary by channel and according to individual country regulations. Refer to the product documentation for specific details.

Ordering information

Table 4 provides ordering information for the Cisco Aironet Active Sensor. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 4.           Ordering information

Product name

Part number and description

Cisco Aironet Active Sensor

  AIR-AP1800S-x-K9: dual-band, controller-based 802.11a/g/n/ac, Wave 2
   Regulatory domains:

Customers are responsible for verifying approval for use in their individual countries. To verify approval that corresponds to a particular country or the regulatory domain used in a specific country, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/aironet/compliance.

Not all regulatory domains have been approved. As they are approved, the part numbers will be available on the Global Price List.

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The Cisco Aironet Active Sensor comes with a 1-year limited warranty that provides full warranty coverage of the hardware. The warranty includes 10-day advance hardware replacement and ensures that software media is defect-free for 90 days. For more details, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/warranty.

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