New Cisco WAP351 Wireless Model, PoE PD & PoE PSE…

Recently, Cisco’s new WAP351 has been introduced to room users. It is perfect for conference rooms, classrooms, hospitality and other flexible deployments. The new WAP351, its full name is the Cisco WAP351 Wireless-N Dual Radio Access Point with 5 Ports Switch. It offers Dual Radio (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) wireless N connectivity, a 5-port Switch with PoE PD and PSE support, Single Point Setup, Captive Portal and comes with Limited Lifetime Warranty. The WAP351 provides speeds up to 300 Mbps to help businesses increase productivity and run new business applications. The power-device (PD) port (power in) allows the access point to be powered by a backbone switch, and the power-sourcing-equipment (PSE) port (power out) allows the access point to power an IP device. The WAP351 advanced features will help simplify the deployment of wired and wireless devices.

More Notes: PoE Powered-Device (PD) is the ability to power the device through an PD-capable Ethernet port. PoE PSE (Power Sourcing Equipment) is the ability to supply power a device connected to a PSE-capable Ethernet port. In terms of power, a standard PoE port can support a maximum output of 15W, while a PoE+ port supports up to 30W.

The Cisco WAP351 supports both PD and PSE. This means if the WAP351 is connected to a PoE+ switch like the SG300-10PP, the WAP351 can be power through PD-capable Ethernet port, while at the same time powering a standard PoE device like a phone or another AP, like the WAP131 through the WAP351’s designated PSE-capable Ethernet port.

Cisco WAP351 Wireless-N Dual Radio Access Points are easy to set up and use, with intuitive wizard-based configuration to get you up and running in minutes. An attractive design with flexible mounting options enables the access points to smoothly blend into any small business environment.

To enhance reliability and safeguard sensitive business information, the Cisco WAP351 Wireless-N Dual Radio Access Point supports both Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) Personal and Enterprise, encoding all your wireless transmissions with powerful encryption. In addition, 802.1 X RADIUS authentications help keep unauthorized users out.

Designed to scale smoothly as your organization grows, the access points feature controllerless Single Point Setup that simplifies the deployment of multiple access points without additional hardware. With the Cisco WAP351, you can extend business-class wireless networking to employees and guests anywhere in the office, with the flexibility to meet new business needs for years to come.

The following figure shows a typical Wireless Access Point configuration.

Typical Configuration-Cisco WAP351

Front Panel of Cisco WAP351 Wireless-AC/N Dual Radio Access Point with 5-Port Switch

The New Cisco WAP351

Back Panel of Cisco WAP351 Wireless-N Dual Radio Access Point with 5-Port Switch

the WAP351

Back Panel of Cisco WAP351 Wireless-N Dual Radio Access Point with 5-Port Switch

More on Wireless Access Points and PoE:

  • PoE: Power over Ethernet. PoE enables Power and Data to be combined onto a single Ethernet cable to power devices such as access points, IP phones, or IP cameras
  • PSE on a WAP is exclusive to the new WAP351
  • A WAP with PSE is attractive for verticals such as education, hospitality, and smaller offices and meeting rooms where both wired and wired access is required
  • PoE enables WAP’s or other endpoint devices to be installed where power typically is not available, such as on a wall or ceiling. This allows for greater flexibility during deployments.
  • All Cisco Small Business WAP’s support PoE PD
  • Dual-Radio WAPs requiring 802.3af PoE power = WAP131, WAP351, WAP561
  • Dual-Radio WAPs requiring 802.3at PoE+ power = WAP371, WAP351 when using the PSE with full power budget
  • The WAP351 can be powered by 48V/1.25A external DC power if a 802.3af/t PoE switch is not used or available
  • The WAP351 can provide 6w of PSE when using 802.3af

After reading the main points of Cisco WAP351, can you list some keywords about the features of the new WAP351? Let’s try: support up to 300 Mbps per radio to maximize capacity and coverage; Single Point Setup; WPA2, 802.1X with RADIUS secure authentication; both PD and PSE support; IP devices and the AP to be powered by a backbone switch allowed; anything else?

So if you wanna consider the new WAP351, you can visit the Cisco’s page of Cisco WAP351 Wireless-N Dual Radio Access Point with 5-Port Switch

More topics about the Cisco Access Points you can read here: http://blog.router-switch.com/category/reviews/cisco-wireless-ap/

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