Cisco’s newest 802.11ac product, the Aironet 3700 Series Access Point is now orderable and shipping in the next few weeks. The AP 3700 features an integrated 11ac radio with a 4x4 architecture and Cisco’s High-Density Experience (HDX) Technology. HDX is a suite of features specific to the AP 3700 that delivers the best possible user experience, especially in high client density networks. HDX is enabled by a combination of hardware and software features on the AP 3700, features including:
CleanAir 80 MHz – Interference detection and mitigation
ClientLink 3.0 – RF link quality
Smart Roam – Intelligent roaming handoff
Turbo Performance – Performance with high client density
Aruba recently launched their 802.11ac access point, the AP-220 series, featuring a 3x3 design.
Miercom recently published a third-party evaluation of the performance between the AP 3702i and the AP-225. The report consists of a diverse range of test cases meant to gauge real-world performance of the access points. The tests include; multi-client performance, single client rate vs. range, performance in the presence of interference, and performance on reduced power. Here are some of the highlights from the report.
The AP 3700 performed very well in the multi-client performance test, thanks impart to HDX Turbo Performance. With 60 clients, the AP 3702i had a 6x performance advantage over the AP-225. The AP-225 struggled to serve all the clients and only mustered 40 Mbps total. The AP 3702i was able to transmit a healthy 236 Mbps, while maintaining fair throughput to each client.
The test consisted of 60 11ac clients, all associated to the 5 GHz radio. The clients used were 10 Dell E6430 laptops with Broadcom 4360 three spatial-stream chips, 20 Apple Macbook Air two spatial-stream laptops, and 30 Dell E6430 laptops with Intel 7260 two spatial-stream chips. Clients were setup in an open office environment surrounding the AP. Distances varied from 10’ to 50’.
The first question you’ll want to ask yourself, is, if your switching infrastructure can handle 11ac? The answer probably is, yes. The things to consider are the port speed and power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. You’ll want the access point to have a gigabit uplink to the switch. Each 11ac access point could potentially dump several hundred megabits per second of traffic onto your wired network. It’s also not a bad idea to have 10 Gig uplinks on your access switches to distribution or your core. If you have even just a couple access points on a single access switch, you may quickly find yourself wishing you had 10 Gig uplinks.
Next you’ll need to consider how you will power the access points. If you are like the majority of our customers, you will use PoE from your switches. While 11ac access points require 802.3at (PoE+) for full functionality, the Aironet 3700 will run happily on standard 802.3af PoE. In fact, it remains 3 spatial-streams on both radios, so performance does not suffer because you have a PoE infrastructure.
How do you get a feel for things? Perhaps a little research online, a review or two, maybe a referral from a friend or co-worker. But big purchases, such as a new car may require more; more information. So you go to take a test drive. Well, we have something similar to a test drive.
As you may know, it is not often you get a chance to check out how an IT device’s graphical user interface (GUI) looks and feels. Sure you might see a couple of static screen capture and be able to point how the navigation menu is laid out. But beyond that, it is not until the device is purchased and in the installation process, that the real user experience is realized. It’s hard to get a grasp on on the level of complexity for set-up and deployment, let alone configure a VLAN or set-up a secure VPN.
Well, we have offered something better. Our team has delivered a set of device emulators, including switches, access points and routers. You can actually navigate through the actual menus, see how the wizards look and work, and truly get a sense of how easy the small business products are to configure, install, deploy and manage.
You will notice that all of the small business product user interfaces share the same look and feel, as well as similar general navigation principles. With our Small Business product line, we truly take to heart the need for a great user experience and are always looking to make our products easier to use.
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This is a guest blog post from Cisco Product Manager Marc Nagao. Marc has spent close to two decades in high tech, with a mix of storage, managed services and of course networking. He is currently managing the Small Business RV Series Routers.
Network connectivity is a pretty big concern for any business, let alone a small, growing business. How many small business owners do you know that have turned to IT-savvy Cousin Jimmy for help, or called a “computer expert” they found on Yelp, or tried to find the right network solutions doing only a few quick Google searches? Picking the right network solution can be a daunting task.
But that’s where right sizing a small business’ networking solution comes into play – it saves money now and saves more money in the future. Small businesses have the benefit of being nimble; a successful, single-person business can very quickly transform into a multiple-person small business, with an office and a warehouse and a dozen or even a few dozen folks. But that business’ network connectivity solution doesn’t seem to move as quickly. A consumer wireless router could probably do the job for a single person home office adequately. But for a business looking to use its network for more than just accessing the Internet, the choice is not so obvious.
Adrienne Meyer, ODVA, Manager of Member Services and Guy Denis, Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems, explain the value and integration that Cisco brings to ODVA for the past decade at Hannover Messe 2013.
Adrienne is asked about the value that Cisco brings to the ODVA, and how long Cisco has been working with the ODVA. Adrienne talks about the decade long relationship and how Cisco works with a number of the ODVA technical working groups. Adrienne goes on to talk about how the ODVA manages the development of the Ethernet IP technology that Cisco Supports, and how Cisco is showing the breadth of the technology that has been developed and is available at the event.
Guy Denis talks about the strategic nature of the relationship and how Cisco supports the open-standards-based approach of the ODVA. This is very important to Cisco, our partners, and, of course, to our customers. Cisco strongly believes in the open-standards approach to TCP-IP for industrial networking moving forward, for the benefit of all parties.