Cisco Aironet 1530 Series Outdoor Access Point-Features & Models

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We know that today’s Cisco Aironet Outdoor access points include Cisco Aironet 1570 Series, Aironet 1550 Series, Aironet 1530 Series. In the last article we introduced Aironet 1570 Series, you can read the “The New Cisco Aironet 1570 Series Access Point” to know more about this Outdoor AP.

If enterprise customers are looking to expand their wireless coverage and provide seamless network access from indoor to outdoor areas, they can consider the Cisco 1530 outdoor access points. They are small enough and light enough to be unobtrusively mounted on street light poles or building facades. The integrated antenna version is just 9 x 7 x 4 inches (23 x 17 x 10 cm) and weighs 5 pounds (2.3 kg). A solar shield/cover option is also available, and can be painted to match its surroundings to allow the access point to be even less noticeable.

Cisco Aironet 1530

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series with Solar Shield/Cover

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series with Solar Shield

A fully operational system requires at least the following items:

  • Access point
  • Power source
  • Antennas: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or dual band (Cisco Aironet 1532E Outdoor Access Point only)
  • Mounting bracket
  • Software selection

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series is available in two models:

Cisco Aironet 1532I (internal antennas): The Cisco Aironet 1532I Outdoor Access Point is a low-profile, lightweight model in the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series. The smaller size and sleeker look helps it blend in with the surrounding environment. The Cisco Aironet 1532I access points are dual-radio systems with internal antennas and comply with IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) and 802.11a/n (5 GHz) standards. The 2.4-GHz radio is a 3×3 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) radio that supports up to three spatial streams. The 5-GHz radio is a 2×3 MIMO radio that supports two spatial streams.

Cisco Aironet 1532E (external antennas): The Cisco Aironet 1532E Outdoor Access Point is also a low-profile and lightweight model, but it supports a flexible radio coverage area through the use of external antennas. With the unique Cisco Flexible Antenna Port technology, the antenna ports can be software configured for dual-band or single-band operation.

Cisco Aironet 1530E with Flexible Antenna Port Antenna Technology

Cisco Aironet 1530E with Flexible Antenna Port Antenna Technology


Cisco Aironet 1530 Series Models

Part Number Description
AIR-CAP1532I-x-K9 802.11n Low-Profile Outdoor AP, Internal Ant., x Reg Dom.
AIR-CAP1532E-x-K9 802.11n Low-Profile Outdoor AP, External Ant., x Reg Dom.

The “x” in the above table is a placeholder for the regulatory domain designator. Please see to determine which regulatory domain is used in your country. Note that the regulatory domain used in your country might differ depending on access point model and that some models are not available for all countries.

The following items are included with every model:

  • Access point
  • Grounding lug
  • DC power connector
  • One liquid-tight adapter for sealing the cable ingress connection
  • Sealant for the antenna connections
  • Antiseizing compound for the mounting brackets


The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points can connect to the network wirelessly or through a wired Ethernet connection.

  1. Wireless: An access point that connects to the network through another access point over a wireless backhaul is known as a mesh access point (MAP). The backhaul radio is built in, and no wired connection is needed for MAPs. An access point that acts as the gateway for mesh nodes is known as a root access point (RAP). RAPs connect to the network through a wired Ethernet connection. In these cases, a liquid-tight adapter is provided with the access point to seal the cable entry.
  2. Ethernet: The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series supports 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet using a shielded RJ-45 connector with minimum Category 5 cable. Please see your local supplier for an outdoor-rated cable and shielded connectors.

Powering Options for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number AC DC Power over Ethernet (PoE)
AIR-CAP1532I-x-K9 AC/DC adapter 24-57 VDC UPoE or PoE+(802.3at)*
AIR-CAP1532E-x-K9 AC/DC adapter 24-57 VDC PoE+(802.3at)

*When the Cisco Aironet 1532I is powered using Enhanced PoE (PoE+) power, the access point will automatically disable one of the 2.4-GHz transmitters.

AC Power: To power the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series from an AC power source, an external AC/DC power adapter is required. When powering the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series from streetlight power, please note that the maximum voltage is 277 VAC and requires the power adapter and the street light tap. Table 3 lists the power adapter and tap part numbers.

AC/DC Power Adapter and Streetlight Tap

Part Number Description
AIR-PWRADPT-1530= Power Adapter (AC/DC) – Outdoor AP1530 Series
AIR-PWRADPT2-1530= Power Adapter (AC/DC) – Outdoor AP1530 Series, for Japan only
AIR-PWR-ST-LT-R3P= Power cord, 4 ft, Streetlight Tap


Power over Ethernet: The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series can be powered over the Ethernet connection. Power can be sourced directly from an appropriately powered switch port or from an inline power injector.

Power Injector for Use with Power over Ethernet

Part Number Description
AIR-PWRINJ1500-2= 1520/1550/1530 Series Power Injector
AIR-PWRINJ-30= Power Injector – 30W for AP1530 – Spare

You must also specify the country type power cord for the power injector. The AIR-PWRINJ1500-2= and AIR-PWRINJ-30= power injectors are for indoor environments only.

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points use a standard RJ-45 Ethernet connector. Cisco does not provide an Ethernet cable for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series. You will need to source an outdoor-rated, Category 5 or better Ethernet cable and shielded RJ-45 connectors from a local supplier. A liquid-tight gland is provided with the access point to seal this cable entry point from weather.

DC Power: The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points support power from an external 24 to 57 VDC power supply with a minimum of 30 watts (W). A terminal block is included with your access point for this purpose, with liquid-tight adapter to weatherproof the connection. When using DC power, please consult the hardware installation guide for instructions on how to correctly assemble the connector.

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series can be installed with redundant power sources. When multiple power sources are available, the access point will use power in the following priority: DC power & PoE


Antennas: The Cisco Aironet 1532E access points are equipped with a combination of radios operating in the 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. Both radios can support two transmit and two receive streams using Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC), which takes advantage of multipath signals received across the two antennas to improve signal quality.

It describes the antennas available for the Cisco Aironet 1532E access points, listing part numbers for the antennas as well as gain and other details.

Antennas for the Cisco Aironet 1532E Access Point

Part Number Frequency Band Gain Type Required Quantity
AIR-ANT2547VG-N 2.4/5 GHz 4/7 dBi Omnidirectional 2
AIR-ANT2547V-N 2.4/5 GHz 4/7 dBi Omnidirectional 2
AIR-ANT2588P3M-N= 2.4/5 GHz 8/8 dBi Directional 1
AIR-ANT2450V-N 2.4 GHz 5 dBi Omnidirectional 2
AIR-ANT2480V-N 2.4 GHz 8 dBi Omnidirectional 2
AIR-ANT2413P2M-N= 2.4 GHz 13 dBi Directional 1
AIR-ANT5180V-N 5 GHz 8 dBi Omnidirectional 2
AIR-ANT5114P2M-N= 5 GHz 14 dBi Directional 1

For additional antenna specifications, see the Cisco Aironet Antenna and Accessories Reference Guide.

The access points are provided with a moldable sealant to protect the antenna connector from weather. Consult the installation guide for proper installation.

Lightning Arrestors: When you use cables between the antenna and the Cisco Aironet 1532E access point, Cisco recommends that you add lightning arrestors to each port, particularly when the deployment is in an area with high lightning activity. The lightning arrestor listed in the following table provides robust protection against induced currents in the RF cabling generated by nearby lightning strikes.

Note: The lightning arrestor does not protect against direct lightning strikes on the access point.


Lightning Arrestor for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number Description
AIR-ACC245LA-N= 2.4 and 5 GHz Lightning Arrestor, N Connector

Mounting Brackets

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series outdoor access points can be mounted on poles or walls.The standard vertical, pole-mounting brackets can be ordered as an option or as a spare. The mounting brackets with tilt mechanism can be ordered separately as a spare.

Mounting Brackets for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number Description
AIR-ACC1530-PMK1 (=) Standard Pole/Wall Mount Kit for AP1530 Series
AIR-ACC1530-PMK2= Pole Mount Kit for AP1530 Series with Tilt Adjustment

Both pole-mount kits include two sets of stainless-steel bands to fit poles from 2 to 8 inches in diameter. For larger poles, consult a local provider.

Software Requirements

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series requires the minimum software releases noted in the table as follows.

Minimum Software Releases

Part Number Minimum Software Release
AIR-CAP1532I-x-K9 Software Release 7.6 or later
AIR-CAP1532E-x-K9 Software Release 7.6 or later
Additional functions are available for the access points with more recent releases. Please see the applicable release notes for more information about features available with newer releases.

Software Ordering Option: Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points can be deployed in unified or autonomous mode. The access point boots in the default mesh mode and can reboot in autonomous mode with a command-line interface (CLI) command. Both unified and autonomous images are included in the software part number in the following Table.

Software Option for Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number Description
SWAP1530-CMB-A1-K9 1530 Series Combined Unified and Autonomous SW

Optional Items for Cisco 1530 Series Outdoor Access Points

Cover and Solar Shield: Cisco 1530 Series outdoor access points can be deployed with an optional paintable cover to enable the access point to blend into the surroundings.

Accessory Kit: Additional cable glands and other spare items are available in an accessory kit (Table 10). This kit contains the following items:

  • 10 cable glands
  • 1 console port cover
  • 2 Ethernet and power port covers
  • 1 DC power connector
  • 1 ground lug and screws


Cisco Aironet 1530 Series Accessories

Part Number Description
AIR-ACC1530-CVR= Cover and Solar Shield for AP1530 Series
AIR-ACC1530-KIT1= Spare accessory kit for AP1530 Series


More Cisco 1530 Model Comparison: 1532I vs. 1532E

Cisco Aironet Outdoor Access Points 1532I 1532E
Type Internal External
Antennas Internal Dual band or single band, software configurable
Fiber SPF optics
LAN port / PoE out
LAN port, no PoE out LAN port, no PoE out
Cable modem
(Class 1 Div2/Zone2)
Battery backup
Power options 24-48 VDC PoE 24-48 VDC PoE
Data rate 300 Mbps 300 Mbps
Radio design
3×3:3 (2.4 GHz)
2×3:2 (5 GHz)
BandSelect Yes Yes
VideoStream Yes/wired Yes/wired
Rogue AP detection Yes Yes
FlexConnect Yes/wired Yes/wired
Wireless mesh Yes Yes
Data uplink (Mbps) 10/100/1000 10/100/1000
Temperature range °C -30 to 65 -30 to 65
Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
GPS option No No
LTE Coexistence Yes Yes


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