Cisco Aironet 2700 Series: High Density Experience and 802.11ac

On March 26, 2014, Cisco announced the launch of 802.11ac-enabled Cisco Aironet 2700 Series Access Point.

The main attraction is that it supports the next-generation Wi-Fi standard (802.11ac) and customers to accelerate their path to Gigabit Wi-Fi that will be the foundation for a secure wireless Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructure to support many mobile devices, apps and data running in high-density customer environments.

Aironet 2700 series AP

The Aironet 2700 series supports both a 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n and a 802.11ac radio that provides a connection rate of up to 1.3 Gbps, three times the performance offered by today’s high-end Access Points. 802.11ac is backwards compatible with 802.11a and 802.11n 5GHz clients.

The 2700 Series Access Point operates on a purpose-built, innovative chipset with a best-in-class RF architecture that provides a high-density experience for enterprise networks designed for mission-critical, high-performance applications.

Key Highlights of the Aironet 2700 Access Point

Support for the Next-Generation Wi-Fi (802.11ac): The Aironet 2700 series supports both a 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n and a 802.11ac radio that provides a connection rate of up to 1.3 Gbps, three times the performance offered by today’s high-end Access Points. 802.11ac is backwards compatible with 802.11a and 802.11n 5GHz clients.

High Density Experience (HDX): Building on the Cisco Aironet heritage of Radio Frequency (RF) excellence, the 2700 Series Access Point operates on a purpose-built, innovative chipset with a best-in-class RF architecture that provides a high-density experience for enterprise networks designed for mission-critical, high-performance applications. Part of Cisco’s HDX Technology includes patented features such as CleanAir and ClientLink that have been enhanced for 802.11ac environments, as well as new features such as Turbo Performance and optimized roaming. 

Note: More about Cisco High Density Experience (HDX)

  • Cisco HDX technology is a suite of solutions combining a feature set designed specifically to alleviate the introduction of more clients, more access points, bandwidth-hungry applications, and high-density network strain while providing an unparalleled user experience.
  • HDX helps optimize performance, mitigation, scalability, and roaming for high-density wireless networks. Additionally, HDX is a hardware-based solution on a Wi-Fi chipset designed by and for Cisco. It is not simply a set of software features based on a merchant silicon Wi-Fi chipset. It is a purpose-built application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that allows networks to get the most out of 802.11ac while also improving the overall performance of their wireless network.

Cisco HDX Technology: Ideal for 802. 11ac Networks

Ideal for 802. 11ac Networks-Cisco HDX

Industry’s Most Comprehensive 802.11ac Portfolio: The addition of the Aironet 2700 Series Access Point rounds out Cisco’s growing 802.11ac portfolio. This includes the Best-In-Class Aironet 3700 Series Access Point with its modular design for future expansion to other technologies such as 802.11ac wave 2. Also included is the MR34 Access Point for Cloud Managed Enterprise networks that require high performance.

The starting price of 802.11ac-enabled Cisco Aironet 2700 Series Access Point is $1,095 in the U.S., one of the main markets for Cisco.

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