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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points Data Sheet

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Product overview

The Cisco® Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst® Access Points (EWC-AP) is the next-generation Wi-Fi solution, combining the most advanced controller – the Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers – with the latest Wi-Fi 6 access points – the Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points – creating a best-in-class wireless experience for your evolving and growing organization.

With the 9800 Series wireless controller embedded on the Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points, organizations can now benefit from enterprise-class resiliency, security, and IT simplicity for single or multisite enterprise deployments.

Built for intent-based networking and Cisco DNA, the EWC-AP helps you simplify complexity, optimize IT, and reduce operational costs by leveraging intelligence, automation, and human expertise that no other vendor can deliver, regardless of where you are in the intent-based networking journey.

Table 1.        Highlights

Metric

Value

Maximum number of access points

Up to 100

Maximum number of clients

Up to 2000

Maximum number of WLANs

16

Deployment modes

Cisco FlexConnect®

Maximum FlexConnect APs per site

100

License

Smart License enabled

Operating system

Cisco IOS® XE Software

Management

Cisco DNA Center 1.3.2, integrated WebUI, mobile app, and third party (open standards APIs)

Policy engine

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4

Access points

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points and Aironet® 802.11ac Wave 2 access points (operating in client serving mode only)

Table 2.        Features and benefits

Feature

Benefits

Resiliency

  With active and standby controllers running simultaneously on two 9100 access points, redundancy keeps your network, services, and clients always on, even in unplanned events
  Seamless software updates enable faster resolution of critical issues and introduction of new access points with minimal downtime

Security

  Rogue detection, classification, and containment
  802.1X supplicant support on EWC-AP
  Walled garden and DNS ACLs

Management

  Cisco DNA Center for Automation and Assurance
  Dashboard (web browser) and easy-to-use mobile app for deploying, provisioning, and monitoring
  Standards-based interoperability tools using programmable interfaces
  Open standards-based programmability with NETCONF and YANG

Guest

  Central web authentication, local web authentication, and BYOD
  Cisco DNA Spaces integration for personalized and relevant guest experience

Intelligent Capture

  Intelligent Capture probes the network and provides Cisco DNA Center with deep analysis. The software can track over 240 anomalies and instantaneously review all packets on demand, emulating the onsite network administrator. This feature allows for more informed decisions on your wireless networks

Apple features

  Apple and Cisco have partnered to create an optimal mobile experience for iOS devices on corporate networks based on Cisco technologies. Using new features in iOS 10, in combination with the latest software and hardware from Cisco, businesses can now more effectively use their network infrastructure to deliver an enhanced user experience across all business applications
  At the center of the collaboration is a unique handshake between the Cisco WLAN and Apple devices. This handshake enables the Cisco WLAN to provide an optimal Wi-Fi roaming experience to Apple devices. Additionally, the Cisco WLAN trusts Apple devices and gives priority treatment for business-critical applications specified by the Apple device. This feature is also known as Fast Lane

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and RF features

  Cisco RF Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC): On 9100 access points with the RF ASIC, the access point can perform advanced RF spectrum analysis and delivers features such as Cisco CleanAir ®, Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), Fast Locate, * and Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) detection
( * Future)
  Uplink/downlink OFDMA: Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA)-based scheduling splits the bandwidth into smaller chunks called Resource Units (RUs), which can be allocated to individual clients in both the downlink and uplink directions to reduce overhead and latency
  MU‑MIMO: Multiuser Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) enables access points to split spatial streams between client devices to maximize throughput
  BSS coloring: Spatial reuse (also known as Basic Service Set [BSS] coloring) allows the access points and their clients to differentiate between BSSs, thus permitting more simultaneous transmissions
  Target Wake Time (TWT): TWT is a new power-saving mode that allows the client to stay asleep and to wake up only at prescheduled (target) times to exchange data with the access point. This offers significant energy savings for battery-operated devices, up to 3x to 4x compared to 802.11n and 802.11ac
  Flexible Radio Assignment: Allows the access points to intelligently determine the operating mode of serving radios based on the RF environment

Aesthetically redesigned for the next-generation enterprise

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points is built from the ground up to leverage the new aerodynamic look and smooth finish, RF excellence and next-generation technologies of the Catalyst 9100 series of access points to provide a best-in-class wireless experience without compromise.

Cisco DNA support

Pairing the EWC-AP with the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) allows for a total network transformation. Cisco DNA allows you to truly understand your network with real-time analytics, quickly detect and contain security threats, and easily provide networkwide consistency through automation and virtualization.

Working together, the EWC-AP and Cisco DNA offer such features as:

      Cisco DNA Spaces

      Cisco Identity Services Engine

      Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

The result? Your network stays relevant, becomes digital ready, and is the lifeblood of your organization.

Licensing

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points requires mandatory Smart Licensing. If you’re not sure what Smart Licensing is or need more information, visit the Smart Licensing page. This provides ease of use for Cisco DNA license management, consumption, and tracking. It includes vastly simplified perpetual base network licenses (both Network Essentials and Advantage) and term-based software subscription licenses (Cisco DNA Essentials, Advantage, and Premier). The Cisco DNA software subscription licenses, in addition to on-box capabilities, also unlock additional functionality in Cisco DNA Center, enabling controller-based software-defined automation and assurance in your network.

In order to connect any access points to the embedded wireless controller, Cisco DNA software subscription licenses are required. Every access point connecting to the embedded wireless controller requires a Cisco DNA software subscription license. Subscription licenses are purchased when a customer buys an access point. In most cases, this is a mandatory attach.

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points supports three types of Cisco DNA software subscription: Cisco DNA Essentials, Cisco DNA Advantage, and Cisco DNA Premier. These licenses provide Cisco innovations on the AP, and are also bundled with the Network Essentials and Network Advantage perpetual licensing options, which cover wireless fundamentals such as 802.1X authentication, Quality of Service (QoS), Plug and Play (PnP), etc., plus telemetry and visibility, Stateful Switchover (SSO), and security controls. Cisco DNA subscription licenses are purchased for a 3-, 5-, or 7-year subscription term. Upon expiration of the Cisco DNA software subscription license, the Cisco DNA features will expire, whereas the Network Essentials or Network Advantage features will remain in effect.

Note that it is not required to deploy Cisco DNA Center just to use one of the above packages. Refer to https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/software/one-wireless-subscription/q-and-a-c67-739601.pdf for additional details about the Network Essentials and Advantage packages.

For information about feature support, please refer to the Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points Release Notes.

Managing licenses with Smart Accounts

Creating Smart Accounts by using the Cisco Smart Software Manager enables you to order devices and licensing packages and also manage your software licenses from a centralized website. You can set up the Smart Account to receive daily email alerts and to be notified of expiring add-on licenses that you want to renew. A Smart Account is mandatory for Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points. For more information on Smart Accounts, refer to https://www.cisco.com/go/smartaccounts.

Software requirements

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points runs on Cisco IOS XE Software version 16.12.2 or later.

Table 3.        Minimum software requirements

Part number

Description

Minimum software requirement

C9115AXI-EWC-x

C9117AXI-EWC-x

C9120AXI-EWC-x

C9130AXI-EWC-x

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points: Indoor environments, with internal antennas

(Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

Cisco IOS XE Software Release 16.12.2 or later

C9115AXE-EWC-x

C9120AXE-EWC-x

C9130AXE-EWC-x

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points: Indoor, challenging environments, with external antennas

(Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

Cisco IOS XE Software Release 16.12.2 or later

C9120AXP-EWC-x

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points: Indoor, professional installations

(Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

Cisco IOS XE Software Release 16.12.2 or later

Customers are responsible for verifying approval for use in their individual countries. To verify approval and to identify the regulatory domain that corresponds to a particular 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.

Warranty information

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points comes with a limited lifetime warranty that provides full warranty coverage of the hardware for as long as the original end user continues to own or use the product. The warranty includes 10-day advance hardware replacement and ensures that software media are defect-free for 90 days. For more details, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/warranty.

Your embedded software is subject to the Cisco End User License Agreement (EULA) (link available below) and/or any Supplemental EULA (SEULA) or specific software warranty terms for additional software products loaded on the device.

Cisco environmental sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

Reference links to information about key environmental sustainability topics (mentioned in the “Environment Sustainability” section of the CSR Report) are provided in the following table:

Sustainability topic

Reference

Information on product material content laws and regulations

Materials

Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries, and packaging

WEEE compliance

Cisco makes the packaging data available for informational purposes only. It may not reflect the most current legal developments, and Cisco does not represent, warrant, or guarantee that it is complete, accurate, or up to date. This information is subject to change without notice.

Cisco and partner services

With Cisco Services, you can achieve infrastructure excellence faster with less risk. From initial WLAN readiness assessment to implementation, full solution support, and in-depth training, our services for the Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points provide expert guidance to help you successfully plan, deploy, manage, and support your EWC access points. With unmatched networking expertise, best practices, and innovative tools, Cisco Services can help you reduce overall upgrade, refresh, and migration costs as you introduce new hardware, software, and protocols into the network. With a comprehensive lifecycle of services, Cisco experts will help you minimize disruption and improve operational efficiency to extract maximum value from your Cisco DNA-ready infrastructure.

Ordering information

Table 4.        Ordering information

Part number

Description

C9115AXI-EWC-x

C9117AXI-EWC-x

C9120AXI-EWC-x

C9130AXI-EWC-x

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points: Indoor environments, with internal antennas

(Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

C9115AXE-EWC-x

C9120AXE-EWC-x

C9130AXE-EWC-x

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points: Indoor, challenging environments, with external antennas

(Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

C9120AXP-EWC-x

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points: Indoor, professional installations

(Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

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