|Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
|The IEEE 802.11ax emerging standard, also known as High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) or Wi-Fi 6, builds on 802.11ac. It delivers a better experience in typical environments with more predictable performance for advanced applications such as 4K or 8K video, high-density, high-definition collaboration apps, all-wireless offices, and IoT. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, unlike the 802.11ac standard.
|Cisco RF ASIC
|The Cisco RF Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is a fully integrated Software-Defined Radio (SDR) that can perform advanced RF spectrum analysis and delivers features such as Cisco CleanAir, Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), FastLocate, and Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) detection.
|Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA)-based scheduling splits the bandwidth into smaller frequency allocations called Resource Units (RUs), which can be assigned to individual clients in both the downlink and uplink directions to reduce overhead and latency.
|Uplink/downlink MU‑MIMO technology
|Supporting eight spatial streams, Multiuser Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) enables access points to split spatial streams between client devices to maximize throughput.
|Spatial reuse (also known as Basic Service Set [BSS] coloring) allows the access points and their clients to differentiate between BSSs, thus permitting more simultaneous transmissions.
|Target Wake Time
|A new power-saving mode called Target Wake Time (TWT) allows the client to stay asleep and to wake up only at prescheduled (target) times to exchange data with the access point. This offers significant energy savings for battery-operated devices, up to three to four times the savings achieved by 802.11n and 802.11ac.
|Intelligent Capture probes the network and provides Cisco DNA Center with deep analysis. The software can track more than 240 anomalies and instantaneously review all packets on demand, emulating the onsite network administrator. Intelligent Capture allows for more informed decisions on your wireless networks.
|Flexible Radio Assignment (FRA) with tri-radio mode
FRA allows the access points to intelligently determine the operating mode of serving radios based on the RF environment and traffic demands. The access points can operate in the following modes:
● Dual-radio mode: One 8x8 5 GHz and one 4x4 2.4 GHz. One radio will serve clients on the 5-GHz band, while the other serves clients on the 2.4-GHz band.
● Tri-radio mode: * Dual 4x4 5 GHz and one 4x4 2.4 GHz. With two 4x4 5-GHz and one 4x4 2.4-GHz radios (tri-radio) inside the access point, client device capacity can be increased on demand.
The access point’s default mode is dual radio with 8x8 5 GHz and 4x4 2.4 GHz. It has the ability to split the 8x8 radio into two separate 4x4 5-GHz radios through software, thereby enabling the benefits of FRA while allowing the 2.4-GHz radio to remain active.
|Industry first 8x8 external antenna access point with smart antenna connector
|The Cisco Catalyst 9130AX Series Access Points are the first in the industry to provide an 8x8 radio architecture with external antennas. Additionally, these antennas can be split into a dual 4x4 radio architecture. An intelligent physical antenna connector is included on the 9130AX Series with an external antenna. This connector provides advanced network design flexibility for high-density and large open-area environments such as auditoriums, convention centers, libraries, cafeterias, and arenas/stadiums.
|Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC)
|An Embedded Wireless Controller on the Catalyst 9130AX access points is designed for networks of all sizes, including small and medium-sized businesses and distributed enterprises. It provides industry-leading wireless LAN technology without the need for a physical wireless controller. For more details refer to the EWC data sheet.
|Application Hosting on Catalyst 9100 Access
|Application Hosting on Catalyst 9100 Access Points helps future-proof and simplify IoT deployments by eliminating the need to install and manage overlay networks. Utilizing the USB interface, containerized applications and hardware modules can be deployed to reduce cost and complexity. Adding Cisco DNA Center provides workflows and deployment-wide application lifecycle management.
|Multigigabit Ethernet support
|Multigigabit Ethernet provides uplink speeds of 5 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps, in addition to 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps. All speeds are supported on Category 5e cabling, as well as 10GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bz) cabling.
|Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5 radio enables location-based use cases such as asset tracking, wayfinding, and analytics.
|Container support for applications
|Container support enables edge computing capabilities for IoT applications on the host access point.
Apple and Cisco have partnered to create an optimal mobile experience for iOS devices on corporate networks based on Cisco technologies. Using new features in Apple iOS, in combination with the latest software and hardware from Cisco, businesses can now more effectively use their network infrastructure to deliver an enhanced user experience across all business applications.
At the center of the collaboration is a unique handshake between the Cisco WLAN and Apple devices. This handshake enables the Cisco WLAN to provide an optimal Wi-Fi roaming experience to Apple devices. Additionally, the Cisco WLAN trusts Apple devices and gives priority treatment for business-critical applications specified by the Apple device. This feature is also known as Fast Lane.