New Product Launches :: Cisco Unified Wireless Network

This week Cisco has added four new products to its Cisco Unified Wireless Network (CUWN) Portfolio.

  • Cisco 8500 series WLC
  • Cisco Virtual WLC
  • Cisco 2600 series AP
  • Cisco 1600 series AP

Cisco 8500 Series WLC

Wireless LAN Controller for huge deployments. It supports up to 6000 APs and 64000 users.

Comes with a RPS, Redundant Power Supply in 1RU form factor, with 2x10G uplinks.

Flexible RTU licensing model, that we used to enjoy in webex and UCs) On NPH until Nov12.

Cisco’s Virtual WLC

Cisco has launched a new virtual appliance version of WLC that can support up to 200 APs and 3000 FlexConnect clients.

It’s a Vmware edition supported in Vmware ESXi 4.x or 5.x.

Already we have Virtual ISE [Identity Services Engine], Virtual Prime [NMS], Virtual MSE [Mobility Services Engine]

Cisco 2600 Series Access Points

The above two new products are WLC. To accompany those WLC’s 2600 series APs are also introduced. Infact, when purchasing a 8500 series controller, you will get a option to buy 2600 APs as a single bundle, which will be cost effective.

It’s a indoor dual band wifi that supports IEEE 802.11 a/g/n.

Can support upto 450 mbps with 3×4 MIMO.

As my boss indicated AP2602 series will be cheaper than Ap1142 Series..!

Cisco 1600 Series Access Points

Cisco’s new 3×3 MIMO entry level low cost(as claimed by Cisco, yet to hit price lists) access point [C/S]AP1602.

In this Datasheet you can find a new word Cisco CleanAir Express, which will be available as future software upgrade. I found no doc related to that. Hope it will reach market soon.

Update : I got this info from Cisco. “As of this time, the Cisco Aironet 1600i Access Point (AIR-CAP1602I-xK910) is not yet orderable and we can only configure the access point in CCW once order-ability has been activated. The target order-ability of the product is on November 2012 with FCS in early December 2012. Please note that the date is subject to change without prior notice. The AP1600 will be released with a special (7.3.x) though 7.4 releases will be the recommended release.”

SKU Changes

As you can see, Cisco has changed the SKUs for new APs. Earlier AIR-[L]AP-xxxx to identify whether it is lightweight or standalone. Now the format is AIR-[C/S]AP-xxxx, to identify Controller and Standalone based APs.


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