Cisco 300 Model Comparison-WAP321 vs. WAP371

Besides the new WAP351, the Cisco Small Business 300 family also has the WAP321 and WAP371. The Small Business 300 Series Wireless Access Points are easy to deploy in a wireless network. These Cisco 300 Wireless APs for small business offer 802.11n or 802.11n/ac wireless connectivity with a dual concurrent radio or a selectable single radio. They deliver faster Wi-Fi and guest access services that are affordable, highly secure, and reliable—without a hardware controller. In this article, we will compare the two Small Business 300 wireless AP models, the Cisco WAP321 and WAP371. Before comparing, let’s have a quick look at the main bright features of them.

Key features and benefits-Cisco WAP371:

  • Provides 802.11ac wireless connectivity up to three times the 802.11n speed
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface with Power over Ethernet (PoE) supports flexible installation
  • Captive portal allows for highly secure guest access with customized roles and rights
  • Single Point Setup requires no controller for easy deployment of multiple access points
  • Works right out of the box with easy installation and simple web-based configuration and wizard

WAP371-More Specifications

Cisco WAP371 Specs

Cisco 300 Model Comparison-WAP321 vs. WAP371

wap321 vs.wap371-

Product WAP321 WAP371
Device type Wireless access point Wireless access point
Built-in devices N/A N/A
Ruggedized design N/A N/A
Width 6.7 in 9.05 in
Depth 6.7 in 9.05 in
Height 1.4 in 1.69 in
Weight 9.7 oz 1.18 lb
Localization United States United States
Processor / Memory / Storage
Hard drive None None
RAM installed (max) 64 MB 64 MB
Flash memory installed (max) 16 MB 32 MB
Networking    
Form factor None metal None metal
Connectivity technology Wireless N Wireless AC
Data transfer rate 300 Mbps 300 Mbps for 802.11n 850 Mbps for 802.11ac
Line coding format N/A N/A
Data link protocol IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac
DFS support No No
Spread spectrum method OFDM OFDM
Remote management protocol Telnet, SNMP 3, HTTP, HTTPS, SSH Telnet, SNMP 3, HTTP, HTTPS, SSH
Network / transport protocol DHCP, Bonjour DHCP, Bonjour
Frequency band 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
MIMO 2×3 3×3 for 5 GHz and 2×2 for 2.4 GHz
Maximum active WLAN clients 32 32
Number of access points supported per cluster 8 8
Status Indicators Power, WLAN, LAN Power, WLAN, LAN
Features DHCP support, load balancing, VLAN support, Syslog support, email alert, IPv6 support, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) support, firmware upgradable, wall mountable, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) support, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support, access control list (ACL) support, quality of service (QoS), RADIUS support, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), Multiple SSID support, wireless bridge mode, IPv4 support,rogue access point detection, captive portal, Single Point Setup DHCP support, load balancing, VLAN support, Syslog support, email alert, IPv6 support, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) support, firmware upgradable, wall mountable, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) support, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support, access control list (ACL) support, quality of service (QoS), RADIUS support, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), Multiple SSID support, wireless bridge mode, IPv4 support, rogue access point detection, captive portal, Single Point Setup
Roaming 802.11r (when supported by driver) 802.11r (when supported by driver)
Encryption algorithm WPA, WPA2 WPA, WPA2
Authentication method RADIUS, Radio Service Set ID (SSID) RADIUS, Radio Service Set ID (SSID)
Compliant standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.3af, IEEE 802.11d, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.11e, IEEE 802.11n, Wi-Fi Protected Setup IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.3af, IEEE 802.11d, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.11e, IEEE 802.11n, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Antenna    
Antenna Internal integrated Internal integrated
Antenna quality N/A N/A
Directivity N/A N/A
Gain level 2 dBi 2 dBi
Expansion / connectivity    
Interfaces 1 x network / power – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45 1 x network / power – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX – RJ-45
Miscellaneous    
Cables included 1 x network cable 1 x network cable
Mounting kit Included Included
Compliant standards FCC Class B certified, IC FCC Class B certified, IC
Power    
Power over Ethernet (PoE) supported 802.3af 802.3af/at
Power device Power adapter – external ( not included) Power adapter – external (not included)
Voltage required DC 12 V1A DC 12 V2A
Software / system requirements    
OS provided Linux Linux
Mean time between failure (MTBF) 68248 50,000
Manufacturer warranty Limited lifetime warranty Limited lifetime warranty
Service and support Cisco Small Businees Support Center (SBSC) Cisco Small Businees Support Center (SBSC)
Service and support details Cisco Small Business Support Service Cisco Small Business Support Service
Environmental parameters    
Minimum operating temperature 32° F 32° F
Maximum operating temperature 104° F 104° F
Humidity range operating 10 – 85% (non-condensing) 10 – 85% (non-condensing)

 

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