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Jul 11 2015   9:30PM GMT

Cisco is offering Gigabit Wi-Fi

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan


With the introduction of Aironet 1850 Series access points Cisco is offering Gigabit Wi-Fi for small and medium networks. The Aironet 1850 Series access points works on the latest Wi-Fi technology (802.11ac Wave 2). This access point can be integrated with Cisco Wireless controllers and most importantly the access points comes with dual Giga Ethernet card which are capable of supporting Link Aggregation Group (LAG).

Cisco AP

The Aironet 1850 Series access points works on both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz range, but it worth to note for Network Architects and Network Designers that the Aironet 1850 Series access points offer Gig Speed only on 5 GHz range not on 2.4 GHz range.

Some of the specifications are as follows (Source Cisco)


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)


It’s interesting to see how this AP is going to perform in real world Environment with RF interference. It’s a good move from Cisco and may add some value to mobile users.

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  • CAllenCognilytics
    Great, but are they also offering compatible cards enabling PCs and laptops to take advantage of this speed?
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  • Yasir Irfan
    Cisco is not into this business of providing compatible cards for PCs and laptops. There are many laptops and PCs work in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
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  • CAllenCognilytics
    Not at Gigibit speeds there aren't
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  • CAllenCognilytics
    And Cisco IS in the business of providing compatible cards. I recently bought a Cisco USB Wi-Fi adapter.
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