Hello Friends,

As you can tell, we enjoy sports. With Justin Thomas winning his first golf major of his career, the PGA Championship, at Quail Hollow. In tennis, the final major of 2017 will be starting shortly at Flushing Meadow, the US Open. We will see if #1 in the world Rafa Nadal (back to #1 since 2014) or perennial favorite, Roger Federer or any others from the strong field will prevail.

In these times, I feel it is best to look at and point out the positive. So with that, the Product Team is extremely excited to announce two things today: Cisco FindIT Network Management 1.1 and the new WAP581 are now available.

Let’s start with the new Wireless Access Point.

Take a look Cisco.com for the product feature ad!

As you all can imagine, the entire Product Team is super excited for our Wireless Team. This product was created, developed, tested and proven for the Small Business. It is truly is purpose-built for the Small and Medium Business.

Yes, the Cisco WAP581 is now shipping!

The Cisco WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Access Point with 2.5GbE LAN is a high performance access point it supports 4 x 4 multi- user multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) technology for faster multi user throughput and better overall user experience. It offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports one with 2.5GbE (mGig) and the second with 1GbE PoE to facilitate flexible installation and provide maximum speed. The WAP581 supports business-class features such as RF Spectrum Analyzer to detect and troubleshoot nearby interference. Guest Access Portal which allows for customized roles and rights like limiting bandwith and total data usage. The WAP581 comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Brian Nicklin, Wireless Product Manager, comments, “The all-wireless office is now a reality and available to SMBs at an affordable cost.  The new Cisco WAP581 Access point incorporates new advancements such as Wave 2 and Multigigabit (MGig) technologies to enable a next-gen mobile experience.  Now devices can get on and off the network faster, enabling a higher density of device support and greater efficiencies enabling users to achieve new levels of productivity.” Wireless Product Manager, Nasser Tarazi adds, “With the growth of mobile devices, small and medium businesses are now looking for a more secure and reliable WiFi network to support new applications and provide better user experience to their clients and employees. The Cisco WAP581 brings to businesses the latest WiFi technology with high performance and outstanding user experience at affordable price.”

Here is a short WAP Product Video, take a look. This video along with our others are located in our Cisco Video Portal, so please bookmark the webpage.

The next part of our story today is the availability of the Cisco FindIT 1.1.

As you know, Cisco FindIT Network Management is purpose-built for managing networks of Cisco 100 to 500 Series devices. It lets you proactively manage the network instead of just reacting to events. FindIT Network Management is the perfect addition to your business’s network.

This new release brings a myriad of new features and functionality including:

  • New wireless reporting and monitoring capability
  • Support for Cisco Network Plug and Play (Zero-Touch Deployment)
  • Many enhancements to network discovery and the topology
  • Numerous usability enhancements
  • More options for easier deployment and upgrading
  • Cisco Smart Licensing support

There is much more to this new release. Please take a look at the Cisco FindIT Product Page to review the entire release.  And do not forget to download the software today!

Questions? Please contact your local Cisco Partner! Or feel free to email ask-eng-small-business@cisco.com.

The entire Cisco Small Business is quite proud of these two releases. We hope you do too.

Let’s see if Roger the Great One can make a push to win the final major of the year. Or perhaps Rafa will dominate once more at Billie Jean National Tennis Center.

Thank you for spending some time with us. We greatly value your support.

Marc and the Cisco Small Business Product Team.


Marc Nagao

Product Manager

Small Business RV Series Routers