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CISCO 1000 SERIES LIGHTWEIGHT ACCESS POINTS

What are Cisco® 1000 Series lightweight access points? Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points are dual-band, zero-touch configuration and management access points. Using the Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP), Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points can automatically locate Cisco wireless LAN controllers over any Layer 2 or Layer 3 infrastructure. Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points handle real-time 802.11 radio functions within a Cisco centralized wireless LAN system, including radio transmit and receive, client probe requests, and air monitoring. These devices act as the eyes and ears of the wireless network, feeding valuable information to Cisco wireless LAN controllers and Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) for system-wide decisions. In addition, Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points handle time-sensitive functions such as Layer 2 encryption and client probe requests, enabling Cisco wireless LANs to easily and securely support voice, video, and data applications. Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points combine simultaneous data forwarding and air monitoring functions to provide real-time RF management and intrusion prevention functions in conjunction with traffic delivery. This eliminates the need for additional dedicated monitoring nodes, thereby reducing the cost and complexity of wireless LAN deployment. Will Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points function without a wireless LAN controller? No. Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points must be used in conjunction with a Cisco wireless LAN controller, which is responsible for handling system-level wireless LAN functions such as security, RF management, wireless LAN configuration, and mobility. By splitting Media Access Control (MAC) functions between lightweight access points and wireless LAN controllers, wireless LAN control can be centralized for better scalability, reliability, performance, and ease of use. Which wireless LAN controllers support 1000 Series lightweight access points? Cisco Systems currently offers Cisco 2000 Series and 4100 Series wireless LAN controllers, which work in conjunction with the 1000 Series lightweight access points. What models are available in the Cisco 1000 Series? What are the differences between them? All 1000 Series models are dual-band 802.11a/b/g lightweight access points that support integrated antennas in the 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. The 1020 model is equipped with RP-TNC antenna connectors in addition to dual-band internal antennas. The 1030 Remote-Edge Access Points (REAP) support the same antenna options as 1020 model lightweight access points, but can be connected over a WAN to a centrally located wireless LAN controller. The 1030 model is ideal for extending unified wireless LAN services to remote enterprise facilities. What is unique about the Cisco 1030 Remote-Edge Access Point? What is unique about the Cisco 1030 Remote-Edge Access Point? What types of applications are better suited to remote-edge access points as compared to other access point models? The Cisco 1030 remote-edge access points are ideal for customers that deploy many small, geographically distributed wireless LAN sites. In these situations, locally deploying individual wireless LAN controllers in addition to lightweight access points is suboptimal. Cisco 1030 remote-edge access points allow customers to locally deploy only access points, which are then connected over a WAN to a centrally located wireless LAN controller.

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Which IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN standards does the Cisco 1000 Series support? The Cisco 1000 Series supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/i standards. In addition, the quality of service (QoS) capabilities of Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points are Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)-compliant, with future software upgrades available for 802.11e compliance when the standard is completed. For more information, visit: http://www.wi-fi.org Is the Cisco 1000 Series compliant with Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)? Yes. WPA2 is the second generation of WPA specified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, and is based on the IEEE 802.11i standard for wireless LAN security. The Cisco 1000 Series is backward-compatible with WPA clients, as well as with clients certified for the original Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security standard. For more information on WPA2, visit: http://www.wi-fi.org What ships with the Cisco 1000 Series? Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points are shipped with a mounting base, including standard T-bar clips. Wall mount brackets, ceiling mount bezels, power supplies, power injectors, and power cords must be ordered separately as spares. What accessories are available for the Cisco 1000 Series? Accessories that can be ordered for the Cisco 1000 Series are 802.3af power injectors, power supplies, and power cords. The 802.3af power injector and power supply both require use of the power cord. Wall-mount (bracket) and ceiling-mount (bezel) kit options are also available for the Cisco 1000 Series. What antenna options are available for the Cisco 1000 Series? The Cisco 1010 model lightweight access points come with integrated 802.11a/b/g antennas designed for offices and similar RF environments. The 1020 model comes with internal 802.11a/b/g antennas, and also support externally antenna connectors, providing the greatest deployment flexibility. Cisco 1030 remote-edge access points have the same antenna capabilities as Cisco 1020 lightweight access points, but they are designed for small, remote offices. External antennas for the 1020 model and 1030 model are optional, and must be ordered separately. High-gain omnidirectional, narrow-beam directional, diversity, and nondiversity antennas are available for both operating bands. For more information on antenna options, visit: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps469/index.html Does the Cisco 1000 Series support the Cisco Wireless IP Phone 7920? Yes. The Cisco Wireless IP Phone 7920 is Wi-Fi-compliant and will interoperate with any Wi-Fi-compliant access point, including Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points. 802.11g is backward-compatible with 802.11b; Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points may be configured to communicate with 802.11b-compliant IP phones. What QoS capabilities does the Cisco 1000 Series support? The Cisco 1000 Series supports over-the-air traffic shaping for real-time and data traffic. Administrators can provision the sustained and burst-rate bandwidth available for data and voice per user. Individual access points, working in conjunction with the wireless LAN controller in the network, adjust per-user bandwidth based on congestion, client association rates, and load. This enables IT managers to deploy voice over wireless LANs in their enterprises and to meet expected service levels. These capabilities closely mirror the emerging IEEE 802.11e standard; when completed, the wireless LAN system will be fully compliant with this specification via a software upgrade. Is the Cisco 1000 Series UL 2043 plenum rated? Yes. UL 2043 is a standard specified by the Underwriters Laboratories. In the United States, most municipal building codes require certain UL certifications for equipment used in buildings. Municipalities often specify UL 2043 certification for equipment used in plenum air spaces. Municipalities also define what they considered to be plenum air space. In some U.S. municipalities, the plenum air space only includes the area above a suspended ceiling. In others, the area below the suspended ceiling may also be considered the plenum area.

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What are the inline power options for the Cisco 1000 Series? Is the Cisco 1000 Series 802.3af-compliant? The Cisco 1000 Series supports local or inline power. Inline power is provided via a Cisco 802.3af inline power-capable switch or by using the 802.3af Cisco 1000 Series Power Injector. The Cisco 1000 Series does not support Cisco prestandard Power over Ethernet. Can I power Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points if I have Cisco prestandard Power over Ethernet equipment? Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points require local power or 802.3af Power over Ethernet for operation. What client devices are compatible with the Cisco 1000 Series? The Cisco 1000 Series is interoperable with any 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi-certified client. In which countries is the Cisco 1000 Series available? Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points operate in both the 2.4- and 5-GHz frequency bands. While the 2.4-GHz band is universally available for unlicensed use for devices such as wireless LANs, not all countries allow operation in the 5-GHz band. As a result, the Cisco 1000 Series is certified for use only in select countries. To determine the availability of the Cisco 1000 Series for your country, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/go/aironet/compliance When will the Cisco 1000 Series support the expanded channel set within the FCC regulatory domain? The Cisco 1000 Series initially supports the 12 channels in the UNII 1, 2, and 3 bands within the 5-GHz spectrum. It will support the 802.11h standard in the first quarter of 2005. In Europe, devices supporting the 802.11h standard are compliant with regulations for operating in the 5.47to 5.725-GHz band. When the Cisco 1000 Series supports the 802.11h standard, it will be operable in the 5.47- to 5.725-GHz band in Europe. For operation in the 5.47- to 5.725-GHz band, the FCC requires that equipment implement a radar detection function similar to that defined by 802.11h. However, the FCC has not currently defined how radar detection is to be achieved. When the FCC finalizes these radar detection requirements, Cisco will support these regulatory requirements and provide support for operation in the 5.47- to 5.725-GHz band in the United States. The FCC is expected to finalize these radar detection requirements in the second half of 2005. Can I operate Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points in Europe? Yes. The Cisco 1000 Series is operable in Europe under interim regulations. Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points are dual-band; it operates in the 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. According to the ECC Decision ECC/DEC(04)08, wireless LAN devices operating in the 5-GHz band must implement the Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) requirement, which includes radar detection. Awaiting the completion of the IEEE 802.11h standard and the applicable European ETSI standard EN 301 893, many countries in Europe have adopted interim regulations that allow the use of wireless LAN devices in the absence of DFS. Under these interim regulations, most countries allow operation without DFS in either the 5.15- to 5.25-GHz or 5.25- to 5.35-GHz band. No European countries allow use in the 5.470- to 5.725GHz bands unless DFS is fully enabled. As part of these interim regulations, most countries limit the equivalent isotropic radiated power (EIRP) of the radio to below that allowed when the appropriate DFS capabilities are enabled. At release, Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points are not fully compliant with ECC/DEC(04)08 or EN 301 893; however, they do support limited operations in the 5.15- to 5.25-GHz and 5.25- to 5.35-GHz bands under the interim regulations. EN 301 893-compliant and 802.11hcompliant support for DFS and Transmit Power Control (TPC) will be enabled in the first quarter of 2005 via a software release. At that time, customers will be able to upgrade their access point firmware to support the 5.470- to 5.725-GHz band and use the full power capabilities of the access points. This release will be freely available to customers with a valid Cisco.com login. For country-specific information on frequency and power applicable under the interim regulations, see the compliance document that ships with the product.

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