We are excited to announce the immediate availability of CiscoWireless Release 8.8 a “Big Step In Intuitive Journey” for Cisco wireless access points and wireless LAN controllers.
Achieve real-time troubleshooting, Programmability, Telemetry and Mobility Express enhancements with AireOS 8.8
Aire OS 8.8 is an extended maintenance release (EMR) which brings in key software features on 3504, 5520, 8540 and vWLC
· Enables Intelligent Capture on the World’s Smartest AP 4800: Reduce the average time to resolve user issue from 72 hours to Minutes
· “Be at home” for Students in Dorm rooms: Get your private WLAN experience with iPSK point-to-point blocking.
· Public Wifi / Hotspot support through Service Providers and Managed Service Providers
· Federal and Public-Sector: Full FIPS and Common Criteria certifications
· Continued innovation on Software Defined Access Journey with Full Stack IPV6
· Full Featured Mobility Express: Enables Branch Deployments In Minutes
Cisco Wireless Release 8.8 is supported on the following platforms:
· Cisco Aironet access points running the Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP) protocol
· Lightweight access points: 3700, 2700, 1700, 702, 702W, 1800 series, 2800 series, 3800, 4800 series
· Cisco AP803 Integrated Access Point
· Integrated Access Point on Cisco 1100, 1101, and 1109 Integrated Services Routers
· Cisco ASA 5506W-AP702
· Outdoor and industrial access points: Cisco Aironet 1530, 1540, 1560, and 1570 Series, and Cisco Industrial Wireless 3700 Series
· Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller
· Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller
· Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller
· Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller (vWLC): VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) version 5.x or 6.x and KVM
· Cisco Mobility Express
· Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX)
· Cisco Virtual Mobility Services Engine (vMSE): VMware ESXi and KVM
Management support for Release 8.8 will be delivered as part of DNAC 1.2.5 and Cisco Prime® Infrastructure Release 3.5
Recommended Release for Production Deployments
Maintenance Deployment (MD) releases: These long-lived software releases provide bug fixes and ongoing software maintenance.
· Releases 8.5 is the next MD release trains
For additional details, including on early deployment releases, refer to the Guidelines for Cisco Wireless Software Release Migration Bulletin.
Wireless Solutions Compatibility Matrix
The Wireless Solutions Compatibility Matrix provides detailed information on compatibility across releases for Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Connected Mobile Experiences.
New Wireless Controller, Access Point, and Mobility Express Features
Table 1 New Wireless Controller, Access Point, and Mobility Express Features
Real-time Analytics and Advanced troubleshooting
IPSK p2p blocking
IPv6 complete solution for SDA including mobility, guest, and DNS ACL
IPv6 DNS filtering SDA-outdoor AP
IPv4 video streaming/MC2UC for SDA
WGB support on SDA
SP / MSP Features
IPv4/IPv6 Flex+Mesh support for AP1540/1560
Lawful intercept (LI) using Syslog server
Whitelisting of specific URLs
Captive portal configuration
Policy enforcement and monitoring usage
DHCP on AP with NAT (IPv4 only)
Mobility Express Enhancements
AP type default configuration to ME when Wave 2 AP with ME image joins an ME network
ME GUI for MC2UC
Make VRID configuration for ME
EoGRE support for ME
SFTP to use “Name” instead of IP address
No reboot of APss when AP joins AP group
ME UI Catchup for 8.7 Assurance features
Provide Option43 support for ME AP
AP Join Image download improvements
Support RFID tags for Mobility Express
Mobility Express Support 4800 A SKU
Conversion from CAPWAP to Mobility Express should support SFTP protocol
Note: Please consult the 8.8 Release notes for a detailed list of Wave1 AP features that are now supported in Wave2 APs
- Last release for new features on all wave 1 APs.
· No hardware EOL for Wave 1 in 8.8
Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.5*
Cisco Prime Infrastructure is a network management platform that supports lifecycle management of the entire network infrastructure from one GUI. It provides network administrators with a “single-pane-of-glass” solution for provisioning, monitoring, optimizing, and troubleshooting both wired and wireless devices. Robust GUIs make device deployments and operations simple and cost-effective.
Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.5 allows basic monitoring and management of Cisco Wireless Release 8.8 with technology packs to enable new feature support.
*Cisco PI 3.5 will be available soon.
Cisco Smart Licensing is a new way of thinking about Licensing. It is now possible to monitor and manage devices as well as licenses in real time. Automatic license activation and visibility into licenses purchased is now a reality. Starting 8.8, Smart Licensing is the default and the only available method to manage the licenses. Smart Licensing will provide customers with an easier, faster and a more consistent way to purchase, activate, manage, renew or upgrade their software products.
Read here to know more on Cisco Smart Licensing and related FAQ
Service and Support
Services from Cisco and our partners can help you assess, design, tune, and operate your wireless LAN to transparently integrate mobility services and take advantage of the systemwide capabilities of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network.
Our professional services help you align your interference management, performance, and security needs with your technical requirements to better use the self-healing, self-optimizing features built into the silicon-level intelligence of Cisco CleanAir® technology and the increased performance of the 802.11ac standard. These services can enhance deployment and operational efficiencies to reduce the cost and complexity of transitioning to new technologies.
Our Technical Support Services help you maintain network availability and reduce risk. Optimization services provide ongoing assistance with performance, secure access, and maintaining a strong foundation for business evolution and innovation.
For More Information
For more information about planning, building, and running services for Cisco CleanAir technology, Cisco 802.11ac, and the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, visit Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Professional Services at https://www.cisco.com/go/services.
For more information about Cisco wireless products, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/wireless.
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