The 1540 Series
Outdoor Access Point is being introduced with Cisco Wireless release version
This guide will
focus specifically on the 1540 Series.
For a deeper dive on
Mesh Access Point Design and Deployment. For example defining roles and
configurations, See the following URL
Cisco® Aironet® 1540
Series outdoor access points offer the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 functions in a
rugged, ultra-low-profile housing that service providers and enterprises can
Aironet AP-1540 Series
Figure 1. Features–Cisco
Aironet AP-1540 Series
Comparing 1540 models
Differences in the
If the goal is to
cover a mostly Omni-Directional coverage relative to the position the AP is
pointing (roughly 120-130 degrees) the AP1542i is designed to do this using its
Given the antenna is
integrated within the device, a true Omni-directional pattern is not possible
however, this AP was in such a way as to favor the direction it is pointed yet
provide (radiate) in a good semi-omnidirectional pattern. If a true 360 degree
Omni-directional pattern is required, the AP-1560 with external antennas can be
used as this Access Point was designed for compact size and does not support
The AP-1542D has a
more directional integrated antenna approximately 55 degrees and is designed
where the goal is to achieve a greater distance in the direction that the
Access Point is facing.
Let's examine the
antenna specifications and patterns.
|Azimuth Beamwidth (3dB)
| Elevation Beamwidth (3dB)
| # of Elements
| Front-to-Back Ratio (dB, min)
| Isolation (dB)
Two lines are
shown "red and blue" as this unit as additional polarized antenna elements.
The AP-1540 is
designed to take advantage of existing brackets used on the AP1530/1560 Series
Access Points. This simplifies stocking (single part number) and allows for
upgrades without having to replace the bracket.
allows for pole and flat surface mounting and optional bracket permits tilting.
consisting of Console, Reset and PoE. This AP is completely sealed and
therefore the device does not need to be opened to install cabling eliminating
the opportunity for water ingression from improperly sealed cable connections.
Ports on the
bottom of the AP-1540 Series.
The AP accessory
kit Cisco Part Number AIR-ACC1540-KIT1= consists of a grounding lug, two dust
caps (to cover Ethernet/Console ports) and five Ethernet termination connectors
(plastic waterproof connectors that allow standard CAT-5 connectors to attach
to the AP).
"Paintable Cover" sometimes referred to as a "solar shield" is available Cisco
Part Number AIR-ACC1540-CVR may be used should there be a desire to change the
color or have the AP blend into the environment better.
|AP1540 Mounting Kits and
||Standard Pole/Wall Mount Kit for AP 1530/1560 series
ordered as option under AP PID or as spare
||Pole mount kit for AP 1530/1560 series with tilt adjustment.
||Cover and solar shield for AP1540 Series
||Spares kit for AP1540
Points have the same dimensions in mm and the device weighs 1.25 kg.
(center) is Cisco's smallest most compact 802.11ac outdoor Access Point.
is designed to run from standard IEEE 802.3af (15.4W power). There is no local
power jack so when connecting to a source of AC power, a mid-span injector is
|802.3af, Standard PoE
|Cisco Power Injector AIR–PWRINJ5=(15W)
||AIR–PWRINJ5= is not outdoor–rated, must be indoors or in an
|Cisco Power Injector AIR–PWRINJ–60RGD1=(60W)
||Outdoor rated, North America AC plug
|Cisco Power Injector AIR–PWRINJ–60RGD2=(60W)
||Outdoor rated, International, unterminated AC input
This is the
CDP/LLDP value the AP requests, typically the switch increments another 2–3W
for typical cable loss at 100m
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