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Wireless Solution Overview

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Introduction

With users expecting an immersive experience coupled with IoT becoming the new mobile, we are now more dependent on Wi-Fi than ever before.

Immersive experiences on mobile are becoming the new normal. We are seeing doctors who can practice surgeries with virtual reality technology. Students using augmented reality to live an experience by learning history and science while engineers can troubleshoot problems remotely from the manufacture floor.

With the explosion of IoT, everything is connected wirelessly including lighting, heating, badging, security cameras. In hospitals, lifesaving medical equipment is connected, in retail robots are restocking shelves while manufacturing is connecting heavy machinery, in the corporation VIPs can enter a room and have a personalized experience. IoT is enabling the business and since machines are less tolerant of downtime than even humans, they must be always-on and always secure.

With all this opportunity comes risk. Mobility and IoT will expand the attack surface since more these devices are unmanaged. As attackers innovate, you need to be one step ahead with a smarter more secure solution that have deep visibility into traffic patterns and the latest intelligence to protect and defend the business. Your wireless future begins now with a wireless network that is more than just access points and controllers. It is part of an end-to-end networking solution that connects all devices securely while providing high quality performance that adds more value to business.

Key benefits

With powerful, customizable solutions for companies of all sizes, the Cisco wireless portfolio helps you manage the growing number of connected wireless devices. From IoT to a growing inventory of applications, the Cisco wireless network provides an always-on, always-available solution with the following benefits:

Comprehensive security:

      Detect encrypted threats with Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA)

      Multi-lingual access points that provide visibility and communications with not only Wi-Fi but Zigbee and BLE

      Cisco SD-Access provides automated end-to-end segmentation and group-based policy that is used to separate user, device and application traffic without completely redesigning the network. The group based policies are also automated so that organizations can make sure that the correct policies are set up for any user or device with any application across the network

      Trustworthy solutions allows for security to be implemented holistically. This solution allows for constant security enhancements of the network to protect against ever evolving cyber attacks

Data-optimized intelligence:

      Streaming telemetry and contextual data from every access point and controller on the network provides complete visibility

      Automatically detect and prioritize issues with complex event processing with a series of analytics engines to find anomalies instantly

      Correlated insights and contextual cognitive analytics accurately pinpoint root cause

      Guided remediation allows for single-click resolution, allowing automation to close the loop

IoT services for smart buildings:

      Discover, deploy, and monitor IoT devices and activate partner apps, all from Cisco DNA Spaces as a single cloud dashboard

      Enable use cases including asset management, environmental monitoring, space utilization, and indoor wayfinding

      Deploy a wide variety of IoT devices, suitable for multiple industries and use cases, in the IoT Device Marketplace

Reliability beyond Wi-Fi 6:

      Custom RF ASIC provides Flexible Radio Assignment (FRA), CleanAir, Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) and DFS detection

      Deterministic capacity at scale with Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 is the newest generation of Wi-Fi that adds both flexibility and scalability while allowing new and existing networks the ability to power next-generation applications

      Software updates with minimal disruption. Being always on allows for bug fixes, access point deployments at multiple sites, network upgrades and more to be handled without rebooting the controller or impacting network operations

Overview: Cisco next-generation wireless stack

Cisco® wireless solutions are resilient, have the integrated security you need, and employ adaptive and insightful intelligence providing useful insight into your network. With intent based networking built on Cisco Digital Network Architecture, our wireless solutions go beyond the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard and are ready for the growing user expectations, IoT devices, and next-generation cloud-driven applications. With the ability to handle the increased mobile traffic as well as support IoT at scale, Cisco’s first Wi-Fi 6 access points with superior RF innovations will expand wireless access with intelligence and provide a secure, reliable high-quality wireless experience for all networks. Cisco DNA Spaces IoT Services for the Cisco Catalyst® Wi-Fi 6 access points and Catalyst 9000 switches allow you to deploy IoT devices and activate partner apps for outcomes at a significantly lower TCO.

Unlock the power of your network and drive IoT outcomes at scale

Figure 1.            

Unlock the power of your network and drive IoT outcomes at scale

Cisco Wireless Solutions

Cisco DNA Spaces

Whether Cisco Catalyst or Meraki, all location data is able to by synthesized via Cisco DNA Spaces to deliver location-based services

Figure 2.            

Whether Cisco Catalyst or Meraki, all location data is able to by synthesized via Cisco DNA Spaces to deliver location-based services

The network has traditionally been used only for connectivity. Cisco DNA Spaces lets you take your existing network beyond connectivity and drive digitization for your physical spaces.

How? By synthesizing location data from access points, switches, Cisco Meraki® cameras, Webex® devices, and Wi-Fi and IoT devices to deliver location-based services at scale. This information can be used to drive workplace safety, space optimization, behavior analytics, contactless experiences, operational efficiency, and much more.

Cisco DNA Spaces, with gateway-enabled Catalyst 9000 family access points and switches, along with Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controllers, acts as middleware that supports multiple vendors, allowing customers to choose end devices suitable for their intended use cases. Customers can easily order these devices from the IoT Device Marketplace, onboard them, manage them, and make them work with partner applications from the App Center to realize industry-specific outcomes. These devices include not just Wi-Fi, but also BLE beacons and lighting and environment sensors. As a result, customers can deploy a large range of devices and use cases with greater scalability and lower TCO.

Cisco DNA Center

Pictured, the command center for DNA Center and the features provided

Figure 3.            

Pictured, the command center for Cisco DNA Center and the features provided

The command center for your wireless network needs to be as reliable and secure as the devices it controls. From management to automation to analytics to security, Cisco DNA Center runs your network, provisioning and configuring all of your network devices in minutes. No more making sure that each device is up-to-date with what you need it to do; Cisco DNA Center takes care of all that, automatically.

That automation occurs as a result of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) that Cisco DNA Center provides your network. It’s the next step in terms of increased performance, better efficiency and greater cost savings. This allows for considerable network improvements in visibility, troubleshooting and even cybersecurity. AI/ML literally turns data into intuition, resulting in time savings and greater efficiency.

But Cisco DNA Center does so much more.

Cisco DNA Center uses advanced analytics via Cisco DNA Assurance to proactively monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize the network. And by integrating it with third-party systems, you can improve your operational processes. It provides a 360-degree contextual view of user, network and applications that allows it to isolate an issue and tell IT where to focus. If a malady slips by, you can go back in time so you don’t have to wait for the problem to occur again and follow guided remediation to fix the issue.

For organizations that utilize a shared network, Cisco DNA Center makes it easier for IT staff to provide end-users their own partitioned piece of the network. Cisco User Defined Network allows end-users the ability to remotely and securely deploy their devices on the network via an easy-to-use app. From there they have the ability to control who can and can’t access their devices.

Cisco Wireless Access Points

Cisco Access Points

Cisco Catalyst® 9100 Access Points: Going beyond the Wi-Fi 6 standard, the Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points provide integrated security, resiliency, and operational flexibility, as well as increased network intelligence. These access points extend Cisco’s intent-based network and scale to the growing demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) while fully supporting the latest innovations and newest technologies, making them perfect for organizations of all sizes.

Cisco Catalyst 9130

  Designed for large enterprise
  With four radios (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), FRA, unified RF engine and IOT-ready (BLE and Zigbee) and optimized for Wi-Fi 6 standard
  Equipped with Cisco RF ASIC to deliver Cisco CleanAir ®, WIPS, DFS detection and supports up to 200 clients per radio * (The Catalyst 9130 has three Wi-Fi interfaces in Tri-Radio mode)

Cisco Catalyst 9130 with integrated 9104 antenna

  Designed for use in large venues such as stadiums (both indoor and outdoor), concert halls and other large facilities
  Software configurable beam-steering to customize wireless coverage patterns
  Integrated design simplifies deployments and reduces points of failure

Cisco Catalyst 9120

  Designed for midsize to large enterprise
  With four radios (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), FRA, unified RF engine and IOT-ready (BLE, Zigbee, Thread) and optimized for Wi-Fi 6 standard
  Equipped with Cisco RF ASIC to deliver CleanAir, WIPS, DFS detection and supports up to 200 clients per radio

Cisco Catalyst 9115

  Ideal for small or midsized deployments
  With three radios (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and BLE) adheres to the Wi-Fi 6 standard
  Supports up to 200 clients per radio and is available with either an internal or external antenna

Cisco Catalyst 9105

  Designed for small or midsized deployments
  With three radios (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and BLE) adheres to the Wi-Fi 6 standard
  Supports up to 200 clients per radio and is available in two mounting options: ceiling and wall

Cisco Catalyst 9124

  Designed with a casing resistant to the elements for an outdoor deployment
  With three radios (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and BLE) adheres to the Wi-Fi 6 standard
  Supports up to 200 clients per radio and is available with either an internal, external or internal directional antenna.

Cisco Wireless Controllers

Cisco Controllers

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers: The Catalyst controllers streamline the best of RF excellence with open, programmable Cisco IOS® XE benefits, meaning you no longer have two operating systems to manage. These modular, reliable, and highly secure controllers are flexible enough to deploy anywhere—including your choice of cloud.

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80

  Great for large enterprise and service provider networks
  Adheres to Wi-Fi 6 standard with 80 Gbps throughput
  Supports 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients

Cisco Catalyst 9800-40

  Ideal for midsize to large enterprises
  Supports Wi-Fi 6 standard with 40 Gbps throughput
  Supports 2,000 access points and 24,000 clients

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L

  Perfect for small to medium-sized deployments and offers two different versions: copper and fiber uplinks
  Supports Wi-Fi 6 standard with 5 Gbps throughput
  Supports 250 access points and 5,000 clients

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL

  A virtual wireless controller that has multiple scale options, deployment on either on public or private cloud and is available VMWare ESXi, KVM, Cisco ENCS, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Marketplace
  Wi-Fi 6 compliant with 2 Gbps throughput
  Can support up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on AP

  Zero footprint option with no physical appliance
  Easy to deploy and manage via WebUI or mobile app
  Can support up to 100 access points and 2,000 clients

 

 

 

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