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This document is not restricted to specific software and hardware versions.
The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, ensure that you understand the potential impact of any command.
Feature Introduction Per Version
Note: The Cisco 1040 Series, 1140 Series, and 1260 Series Access Points (APs) have feature parity with Cisco Wireless Release 8.0. Features introduced in Cisco Wireless Release 8.1 and later are not supported on these access points.
Support enabling/disabling 802.11ax support per WLAN
Random MAC filtering. It is now possible to configure the rejection of clients with random MAC addresses
USB support for IW6300
Larger memory and NAND flash upgrade for IW6300
Advanced Scheduling Request : support for clients specifying their bandwidth requirements for OFDMA
Support for ECDHE_RSA_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 cipher
From this release, new SSID and WLAN profile names can have up to four leading spaces. If there are more than four leading spaces in an SSID or WLAN profile name, an error message is displayed.
Support for Type-5 Encryption Protocol for Management Password
Support for 9105 access point
Support for 9130 tri-radio dynamic mode
Uplink MU-MIMO for 9130
Support for stronger ciphers in Cisco access points
AP 4800 prioritizes wips mode
Stronger username and passwords requirements for controller and AP users.
new AP image bundle for 9117
reliable WGB downstream broadcast for multiple VLANs
DNA Center Assurance Wifi6 dashboard (EFT)
LAG support extended to 1850
SNMP support for NTP server configuration on AP group
Controller now sends the full certificate chain via HTTPS for management
9115 and 9120 support for hardware DTLS decryption
Spectrum Intelligence support on 9115
UL and DL OFDMA support for 9130
Regulatory domain changes in Bahrain, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan.
Support for Power-On-Self test of crypto components on AP bootup for FIPS certification
FT over-the-DS is now disabled by default on new WLANs
Reliable multicast and broadcast for WGBs
IW6300 features : RAP daisy chaining, multiple ethernet ports handling,
Anchoring support per profile name instead of per WLAN name
IP Source Guard enforcement on Flex Local switching when DHCP required is enabled
RLAN local switching in flex standalone mode
9130 static tri-radio mode
Support for Catalyst 9130-AXE
Static BSS coloring
FastLocate on Wifi6 APs
Antenna monitoring and detection system
Auto enrollment of certificates for Wave 2 APs in WGB mode
Secure UDI certificate for AP authentication
TLS 1.2 for EAP-FAST in local EAP authentication
Console access to the AP using the default username and password is not supported. You must explicitly configure the controller AP global credentials with non-default username and password to get access to the AP console.
APs in sensor mode are not supported anymore
Support for 9130-AXI
support for 9120AXE, 9120AXP
Mesh mode on wave 2 APs
Airtime fairness support on wave 2 APs
Intelligent capture support added to more APs - 1800s, 9115, 9117, 9120, IW3700, Cisco 6300 Embedded AP
Enhanced Open support
Wi-Fi Alliance Agile Multiband (MBO) support
SNMP traps via SNMPv3
Support for -P domain
Sending access points events through radius accounting
per AP group NTP server
Support for Catalyst 9120-AXI access point
Support for Catalyst 9115 and 9117 access points
Support for HE PHY layer (and new MCS rates)
No new features
No new features
Support for -P domain
Support for Bluetooth Low energy (BLE) USB dongles