Cisco Aironet 802.11n G2 Series Indoor Access Point Comparison

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Generally, Cisco Aironet 802.11n G2 access points include Cisco Aironet 3600, Aironet 2600, Aironet 1600 Series, Cisco Aironet 700w, 700 Series, and Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend.

All Cisco Aironet 802.11n access points support:

•A limited lifetime hardware warranty

•5- or 10-unit Eco-Pack bundles with a single, easy-to-open carton that streamlines the staging and installation process and reduces packaging waste by 50 percent

Cisco has true enterprise-class RF technology designed to maximize 802.11n performance. Cisco technologies such as Cisco CleanAir Express, Cisco ClientLink 2.0, and Cisco VideoStream, plus optimized access point radios and antennas, improve performance regardless of where client devices are located.

The benefits of deploying Cisco Aironet access points with a Cisco Unified Wireless Network extend from investment protection and future-proofing to better scalability and reliability of the enterprise network. 

Designed with rapidly evolving mobility needs in mind, Cisco offers several 802.11n-based access points for small and midsized networks. The Cisco Aironet 1600 Series is an entry-level access point with advanced features. With the Aironet 1600 Series, customers can modernize their network to handle today’s explosion of more clients, applications, and bandwidth demands. The Cisco Aironet 700 Series offers a compact dual-radio 802.11n access point ideal for value-minded customers.

Cisco Aironet 802.11n G2 Series Indoor Access Point Comparison

Cisco Aironet 802.11n G2 Series Indoor Access Point Comparison

From Left to Right: Cisco 600 Series, 700W, 1600 Series, 2600 Series, and 3600 Series


Cisco Aironet 1600 Series: Enterprise Class

Cisco Aironet 1600 AP

The Cisco Aironet 1600 Series is an entry-level, enterprise-class 802.11n-based access point designed to address the wireless connectivity needs of small and midsize enterprise networks.

•With at least six times the throughput of existing 802.11a/g networks, the 1600 Series offers the performance advantage of 802.11n enterprise-class performance with 3 x 3 MIMO technology with two spatial streams

• Cisco CleanAir Express for proactive spectrum intelligence to address RF interference problems

•Cisco ClientLink 2.0 for better downlink performance and range and longer battery life on mobile devices

•The 1600 Series includes standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE)

•The 1600i model has integrated antennas for typical office deployments

• The 1600e model is for RF-challenging indoor environments and requires external dual-band antennas.


Cisco Aironet 2600 Series: Mission-Critical

Cisco Aironet 2600 Series AP

The Cisco Aironet 2600 Series Access Point is BYOD-optimized for connectivity to any client device. Second only to the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series in performance and features, the Cisco Aironet 2600 Series sets the new standard for enterprise wireless technology. This mission-critical access point delivers Cisco’s RF excellence features such as Cisco CleanAir and ClientLink 2.0 technology for any small, medium-sized, and large enterprise network.

Delivers the most advanced features in its class, with great performance,functionality, and reliability at a great price

Includes 802.11n-based 3 x 4 MIMO with three spatial streams

Includes Cisco CleanAir, ClientLink 2.0, and VideoStream technologies to help ensure an interference-free, high-speed wireless application experience

Supports standard 802.3af PoE

The 2600i model has integrated antennas for typical office deployments

The 2600e model is for RF challenging indoor environments and requires external dual-band antennas.


Cisco Aironet 3600 Series: Best in Class

Cisco Aironet 3600 AP

The Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point delivers the highest level of 802.11n performance. It is the industry’s first and only 802.11n 4 x 4 MIMO access point with three spatial streams. It offers an expansion capability for emerging technologies such as 802.11ac or advanced services such as a Wireless Security Module or Cisco’s 3G Small Cell Module. The 3600 Series offers better 802.11n coverage and security in dense-client networks that support applications such as HD video streaming.

The Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point also supports Cisco ClientLink 2.0, which optimizes performance for tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Supports standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches the 3600i model features integrated antennas for typical office deployments.

The 3600e model is for challenging indoor RF environments and supports external dual-band antennas.


Cisco Aironet 802.11n G2 Series Indoor Access Point Comparison, Details & Features

Cisco Aironet 802.11n G2 Series Indoor Access Points 600 Series 700W Series 1600 Series 2600 Series 3600 Series
Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Ideal for Remote worker Hospitality, university residence halls Small or midsize enterprises, midmarket Small, midsize, large enterprises and mid-market Midsize or large enterprises
Site type Home Multidwelling units Indoor office, small warehouse Indoor office, medium-sized warehouse Large office, midsize or large warehouse
Application performance profile Consumer data
Deployment flexibility
In-room wired and wireless access device,
designed to be mounted on wall junction boxes
Any Device/BYOD optimized
Client scalability
RF interference mitigation
High client density
HD Video/VDI
802.11ac* migration
Comprehensive security
Future-proof modularity Yes
802.11ac Module
WSM (Wireless Security Module)
or 3G Small Cell
Or 802.11ac Wave 2* Module
Crowded areas Yes Yes
Number of radios Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) Tri Radios
2.4GHz for 802.11g/n
5GHz for 802.11a/n
5GHz 802.11ac Module for 802.11a/n/ac
Max data rate 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 300 Mbps 450 Mbps 1.3 Gbps (with 802.11ac module)
MIMO radio design: spatial streams 2 x 3:2 2 x 2:2 3 x 3:2 3 x 4:3 802.11n: 4 x 4:3
802.11ac: 3 x 3:3
Client count/ClientLink client count 15
No ClientLink support
100 wireless and 4 wired;
no ClientLink support
128/32 200/128 802.11n: 200/128
802.11ac Module: 50/7 (ECBF)
Autonomous access point option Yes* Yes Yes Yes
ClientLink 2.0 Yes Yes Yes
ECBF with 802.11ac clients
CleanAir CleanAir Express Yes Yes
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
(Integrated- antenna models only)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
FlexConnect Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power 100 to 240 VAC,
50-60 Hz
802.3at/af, AC adapter,
PoE out on one port
802.3af, AC adapter 802.3af, AC adapter 802.11n: 802.3af, AC adapter
802.11ac*: Enhanced PoE,
802.3at or Universal PoE (UPOE)
Temperature range 0 to 40°C 0 to 40°C 1600i: 0 to 40°C
1600e: -20 to 50°C
2600i: 0 to 40°C
2600e: -20 to 55°C
3600i: 0 to 40°C
3600e: -20 to 55°C
3600p: -20 to 55°C
Antennas Internal Internal 1600i: Internal
1600e: External
2600i: Internal
2600e: External
3600i: Internal
3600e: External
3600p: External (US only)
Limited lifetime warranty Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

*Planned for future support


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