Every day, the world is becoming more and more connected. And that’s good; being connected allows for people to trade ideas easier, monitor their health more efficiently and get things done quicker. In today’s mobile world, a typical user brings up to four devices to work: a smartphone, a laptop, a tablet, and a smart watch. What does each of these devices have in common?

No wired Ethernet ports!

This means that all of these devices connect to your wireless network and all of these devices need a piece of your bandwidth. Multiply those four devices with the amount of employees in your organization and you’ll see the problem: there isn’t enough bandwidth to go around. Now add in the data being transferred to and from those devices (a lot of video) and you see where this is going; even more bandwidth bottlenecks.

The good new is: Cisco has designed the New Aironet 3800 Series and 2800 Series Access Points specifically to break these bottlenecks. The better news is that we’re excited to announce that both the Aironet 3800 and 2800 Access Points are shipping!

These new products address the following customer trends:

• Increased number of clients per user
• More clients preferring the 5GHz band
• Mobility and quality of client roaming ensures customer satisfaction
• Greater overall traffic generated on the network, requiring greater backhaul capability

The Cisco Aironet 3800 and 2800 series Access Points provides bandwidth for IOT devices as they join your network, a great high density experience for open office spaces and allows your customers easy access to your network.

The Cisco Aironet 3800 Series and 2800 Series Access Points are changing the industry standards by increasing client capacity and improving performance with features such as:

• 802.11ac Wave 2, 160MHz channel support – The industry’s only three-spatial stream that is three times the speed of the nearest competitor. The access point allows up to 2.34Gbps with a single client or 2.6Gbps with multiple clients. When operating in Dual-5GHz mode, the access points provide up-to 5.2Gbps over-the-air.

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• Multi-Gigabit Ethernet support – With over-the-air data rates approaching 5.2Gbps per access point, you need a backhaul to support these data rates. The Aironet 3800 Series Access Point supports Multi-Gigabit Ethernet capable of 5G, 2.5G, 1G, and 100M. This is the industry’s only 5Gbps capable mGig access point.

For a complete Cisco end-to-end solution that improves the overall network experience, directly connect the Cisco Aironet 3800 Access Point to the Cisco Catalyst 4500, Cisco Catalyst 3850, or the compact C3560-CX switches. This will provide Mutli-gigabit speeds throughout your network.

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• Multi User, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) – Supporting three spatial streams, MU-MIMO enables access points to split spatial streams between client devices, to maximize throughput. MU-MIMO provides up to a 1.9% increase in overall performance efficiency.

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• Flexible Radio Assignment (FRA) – the access points automatically determine the operating mode of serving radios based on the RF environment.

Below, a three-access point deployment provides 2.4GHz coverage and 5 x 5GHz radios, focusing on providing capacity and performance. Other wireless providers would need 5 access points to provide similar overall coverage.

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• Dual-5GHz – Enables both radios to operate in 5GHz client serving mode, allowing an industry leading 5.2Gbps (2 x 2.6Gbps) over the air speeds while increase client capacity

• High Density Experience (HDX) – Best-in-Class RF Architecture, which provides high performance coverage for a high density of client devices giving the end user a seamless wireless experience. HDX leverages custom hardware in 802.11ac Wave 2 radios, CleanAir 160MHz, ClientLink 4.0, and an optimized client roaming experience to provide an excellent client experience.

• Modularity –New side-mount connection allows companies to add and remove modules as needed without having to dismount the access point from the ceiling. Modules can range from a 3G/LTE small cell offload, video surveillance, or potential partner built modules

The Cisco Aironet 3800 and 2800 Series access points are supported on the AirOS code base, download the new code now!

For more information on the Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points, click here. For more information on the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Point, click here.


Brian Levin

Product Manager, Engineering

Platform WLAN - US