Benefits of Upgrading to Cisco Wireless Access Points

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Network requirements for the Digital Organization Feature Wi-Fi 3 Cisco® Aironet® Access Points Wi-Fi 4 Cisco Aironet Access Points Wi-Fi 5 Cisco Aironet Access Points Wi-Fi 6 Cisco Catalyst Access Points Benefits
1600/2600/3600 Series 1700/2700/3700 Series 1800/2800/3800/ 4800 Series 9100 Series
Insights and Experiences
Insights and Experiences
Maximum data rate 450 Mbps
(3600 Series)
1.3 Gbps
(2700 and 3700 Series)
5.2 Gbps
(2800, 3800 and 4800 APs)
Up to 9.6 Gbps Users will gain a better experience through a better- performing network
Cisco DNA Spaces Analyze visitor behavior, make guest Wi-Fi access easier, track assets quickly and accurately, and provide visitors with a better experience
Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) No Visibility into 1000+ applications for capacity planning and prioritization
Future-ready modularity 3600 Series only 3700 Series only 3800 Series only No Prepare for next- generation technology today
OFDMA No No No Allows scheduling which splits the bandwidth into smaller chunks called Resource Units (RU). These RUs can be allocated to individual clients only in the downlink direction to reduce overhead and 50% less latency resulting in faster working apps
Target Wake Time No No No Future A power savings mode called this lets users determine pre-scheduled times to exchange data with the AP. This allows for significant energy savings for batteryoperated devices, up to 3-4x versus prior 802.11n and 802.11ax
Multi gigabit uplink support No No 3800 and 4800 only Supports up to 5Gbps with NBase-T and IEEE 802.3bz Ethernet compatibility to seamlessly offload network traffic without bottlenecks. Existing Cat 5e or Cat 6 cabling to achieve speeds up to 5 Gbps which provides higher throughputs and saves money by conserving existing cabling
BLE Radio No No 4800 only Proximity technology to enhance location services for mobile devices
Intelligent Capture No No 2800, 3800 and 4800 APs only 9130 Series only Probes the network and provides the Cisco DNA Center with deep data analysis
Automation and Assurance
Automation and Assurance
Cisco High Density Experience (HDX) No Future – on select models Automatically manages the airwaves and improves Wi-Fi performance
Flexible, softwaredefined, dual radios, 5 GHz No No 2800 and 3800 Series only

(4800 has four radios)
9120 and 9130 Series only Automated support for client surges with dual 5-GHz radios
Best practices No Advanced features easily enabled through Mobility Express and WLAN Express Setup
Apple FastLane No Enables iOS devices to intelligently communicate and fast-track a connection to the best-suited access point, quickly and efficiently, all while saving battery power
Cisco Jabber®/ Lync SDN API No Allows employees to access instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing from anywhere
Cisco DNA Center No No Simplifies network management by reducing risk and allowing for automating device deployment. Not only that but it lowers costs too
Security and Compliance
Security and Compliance
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) A next-generation identity and access control policy platform that enforces compliance, enhances infrastructure security, and streamlines service operations
NetFlow No Provides a key set of services for IP applications, including network traffic accounting, usage-based network billing, network planning security, denial-of-service monitoring capabilities, and network monitoring
Cisco Stealthwatch No Enables advanced network visibility, analytics, and protection by showing everything that happens across your network and data center

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To assist in your transition to next-gen Wireless with end-end Intent-Based Networking, review this table:

Aironet 11ac Wave 2 Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 series Applications
AIR1830 C9115AX or C9117AX Small and Medium-size deployment
AIR1850 C9115AX or C9117AX Small and Medium-size deployment
AIR2800 C9120AX Large-size deployment
AIR3800 C9130AX Large-size deployment, mission-critical

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