In the time it takes to get up from your desk, walk down the hallway and make a cup of coffee, a Cisco Mobility Express enterprise-level wireless network can be configured and deployed. You don’t even have to be chained to your desk to configure the dashboard; it can all be done via a mobile app while you’re at the coffee machine.
Introduced on September 15th, Cisco Mobility Express is geared toward small to medium-sized organizations (about 150 employees) and delivers the same type of Cisco advanced features that larger companies get for a fraction of the cost. These preconfigured features are all based on Cisco best practices. Cisco Mobility Express has a virtualized control function on a master access point, which means that no physical WLAN controller appliance is required, with up to 24 APs serving as subordinates.
Following the recently introduced Cisco Aironet 1850 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point, we are introducing the Cisco Aironet 1830 Access Point. Both support the latest Wi-Fi standard: 802.11ac Wave 2. Due to an increase in bandwidth-intensive applications, Bring Your Own Device policies and the Internet of Things, studies show that within three years, wireless traffic is expected to triple. There is going to be a push for networks that support 802.11ac Wave 2 because they have the speed—three times faster than networks that support 802.11n—and bandwidth needed to support these extra devices. Both the Aironet 1850 and 1830 access points can run in Mobility Express mode and other Cisco deployment modes.
Cisco Aironet 1830 Access Point is the lowest-costing 802.11ac Wave 2 access point on the market today. The good news is that the access points are backwards compatible, so even if you don’t have the devices that support Wave 2 now, those devices which run on 802.11a/g/n and 802.11ac Wave 1 are covered.
Also included with the September 15 launch is the newest version of the Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) code: CMX 10.2. Two new analytical tools of the updated code pair perfectly with Cisco Mobility Express: Presence Analytics and Social Analytics that track historical and real-time visitor presence and dwell time and track social sentiment from social media, respectively. Like Cisco Mobility Express, these solutions are easy to deploy and will only takes around 20 minutes to set up and run. The simplicity of their deployment lies in the fact that neither a map overlay nor Cisco Prime is required. So if you want to have a snack with your coffee you can have a Wi-Fi, presence and analytics solution up and running in small to medium sized deployments.