NEW Cisco Aironet 1850 Series Access Points Focus on Wave 2 Wifi

The first 802.11ac Wave 2 access point-Cisco Aironet 1850 Series was introduced last week in the Cisco Live in San Diego. It is the first Access Point to support the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac Wave 2.

The introduction of 802.11ac Wave 2 marks the first time that Wi-Fi has the throughput ability to move beyond the 1Gps barrier. The significance in not only because this is a nice large number but as the adoption of Wave 2 devices grows, Wi-Fi bandwidth will exceed the capacity of the wired infrastructure.

That Cisco Aironet 1850 Series Access Point, due to ship in July, can offer users a data rate of 1.7Gbps using both of the main Wi-Fi frequency bands. It can also transmit to three users at a time so they don’t have to share time on the network. That’s far short of what 11ac Wave 2 will ultimately deliver, with a theoretical speed of 6.8Gbps, but a big step up from Wave 1, which tops out at 1.3Gbps.

But the 1850 Series AP doesn’t come with the new multigigabit Ethernet ports that are expected to help make Wave 2 Wi-Fi reach its potential. Instead of the new interfaces that can operate at 2.5Gbps or 5Gbps, the new Cisco APs come with two regular Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The 1850 Series is designed for medium-size customers or the lower end of large enterprises. The size of their deployments and the density of use at their sites isn’t likely to generate more than 2Gbps of uplink traffic through the AP, Cisco said.

The APs will balance the traffic load between the two Gigabit Ethernet ports to take advantage of their combined capacity, Cisco says. However, making that work would require two Ethernet cables out to the AP.

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What are the main features of the new Aironet 1850 Series? Let’s check what the Aironet 1850 Series can offer customers:

Flexible deployment modes.

  • Controller-based deployments support small and medium networks
  • Integrated and external antenna models are available for various deployment environments

Better Wi-Fi coverage and performance with the latest Wi-Fi technology.

  • Supports 802.11ac Wave 2 (dual radio, 80 MHz channel size) and 4X4 MIMO

Improved client performance with multi-user multiple input and multiple output (MU-MIMO).

  • Get MU-MIMO with three spatial streams for 802.11ac Wave 2 clients
  • Transmit beam-forming for a better client experience

Fast offload to a wired network.

The 1850 Series provides two Gigabit Ethernet ports to support Link Aggregation Group (LAG).

 

NEW Cisco Aironet 1850 Series Access Points-Specifications at a Glance

Key Features Details
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11ac Wave 2
Radios Dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, up to 80 MHz maximum bandwidth
Maximum PHY data rate Total aggregate maximum PHY rate = 2021 Mbps

  • 5 GHz: 1733 Mbps
  • 2.4 GHz: 288 Mbps
MIMO radio design: spatial streams 2.4 GHz: 3×4:3SS SU-MIMO
5 GHz: 4×4:4SS SU-MIMO, 4×4:3SS MU-MIMO
Max. associated clients 200 per radio, 400 maximum per access point
Beamforming Transmit beamforming
Interfaces
  • Uplink: 1x 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45, PoE)
  • 1x 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) for Local or Uplink use (No PoE)
  • USB 2.0
  • Management console port (RJ-45)

 

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Cisco Aironet 802.11ac G2 Series Indoor Access Points

 

Compare Cisco Aironet 802.11ac G2 Series Indoor Access Points

Cisco Aironet 802.11ac G2 Series Indoor Access Points 1700 Series 1850 Series 2700 Series

3700 Series

Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Wave 2) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Ideal for Small and midsize enterprises Small and midsize enterprises Midsize or large enterprises that require advanced features Midsize or large enterprises that require mission-critical traffic
Site type Small and midsize offices, schools, warehouses Small, Midsize office, school or warehouse Midsize office, school or warehouse Large office, midsize, or large warehouse
Application performance profile 802.11ac migration 802.11ac migration High client density environments
802.11ac migration
High client density HD Video/VDI
802.11ac* migration
Comprehensive security
Future-proof modularity N/A N/A N/A Yes
WSM
or 3G Small Cell
or 802.11ac Wave 2* Module
Crowded areas     Yes Yes
Number of radios Dual (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)
Max data rate 867 Mbps 1.7 Gbps 1.3 Gbps 1.3 Gbps
MIMO radio design: spatial streams 3 x 3:2 4 x 4:4 (SU-MIMO),
4 x 4:3 (MU-MIMO)
3 x 4:3 4 x 4:3
Client count/ClientLink client count 200/- 200/(n/a) 200/128 200/128
Autonomous access point option Yes No Yes Yes
ClientLink 3.0 Transmit beamforming with 802.11ac clients Transmit Beam forming (Tx BF) ClientLink 3.0, adding 802.11ac support for enhanced connectivity with 802.11 a/g/n/ac clients ECBF with 802.11ac clients
ClientLink 3.0, adding 802.11ac support for enhanced connectivity with 802.11a/g/n/ac clients
ClientLink and ECBF to 11ac clients concurrently
ECBF with 802.11ac clients
ClientLink and ECBF to 11ac clients concurrently
CleanAir 2.0 CleanAir Express — with 80 MHz channel support Spectrum Analysis* Yes — with 80 MHz channel support Yes – 80 MHz channel support
GPS        
Backhaul        
DOCSIS3.0 capability        
LTE Coexistence        
VideoStream Yes Yes Yes Yes
BandSelect Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rogue access point detection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adaptive wireless intrusion protection system (wIPS) Yes Yes Yes Yes
OfficeExtend
(Integrated- antenna models only)
Yes Yes* Yes Yes
FlexConnect Yes Yes* Yes Yes
Power 802.3af, 802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE 802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE
802.3af (reduced capabilities)
802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE 4 x 4:3 operation: 802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE, Universal PoE (UPOE)
3 x 3:3 operation: 802.3af PoE
Temperature range 1700i: 0 to 40°C 1850i: 0 to 40° C
1850e: -20 to 50° C
2700i: 0 to 40°
2700e: -20 – 50° C
3700i: 0 to 40°C
3700e: -20 to 55°C
3700p: -20 to 55°C
Antennas 1700i: Internal 1850i: Internal
1850e: External
2700i: Internal
2700e: External
3700i: Internal
3700e: External
3700p: External
Limited lifetime warranty Yes Yes Yes Yes

*Planned for future support

 

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