CISCO AIRONET 2600

61uzfr0pfzl-_sl1200_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.

The local cable company has has installed over 40,000 of these access points for their customers. They are mostly installed for mobile phone customers however many wooden apartment buildings also have them installed in utility rooms.

The local cable company throttles the service to around 5 Mbps which is enough for most users. The 1 Mbps upstream speed is comparatively fast so using a mobile device with a camera will work well. They are deployed for the BYOD now that tablets and mobile phones are becoming widespread. The 2600 however has a 3×4 radio configuration which could deliver much more bandwidth. It also capable of 3 spatial stream. The 2600 also can have additional antennas installed to improve the radius of the service however our local provider does not appear to be using them.

Installing one of the 2600 access points in the attic of a wooden house is practical. Several access points are needed for concrete buildings. Larger homes may need 2 access points depending the signal quality

 

CABLE WAN SERVICE DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0
BAND 2.4 GHz. 5.0 GHz
WIRELESS PROTOCOLS 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WIRELESS SPEED 150 Mbps maximum
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AIRONET 3700

Cisco now has a faster Aironet 3700 model with 802.11ac capability. Apple and other vendors are already using wireless-ac in mobile devices. Adoption of wireless-ac has been slower mainly as internet bandwidth is still relatively slow. The mounting brackets are the same so retrofitting is easy to do.