The Cisco® Aironet® 1250 Series is the first enterprise-class access point to support the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard. 802.11n offers combined data rates of up to 600 Mbps to provide users with mobile access to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications regardless of their location.
Through the use of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology, 802.11n also provides reliable and predictable WLAN coverage to improve the end-user experience for both existing 802.11a/b/g clients and new 802.11n clients.
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The robust Cisco Aironet® 1250 Series Access Point (Figure 1) is a modular platform designed to be easily field-upgradeable to support a variety of wireless capabilities. This modularity allows businesses to deploy existing wireless technologies today with the confidence that their network investment will extend to support emerging and future wireless technologies.
The platform was specifically engineered to support the power, throughput, and mechanical requirements of higher-speed WLAN technologies, including 802.11n. Currently, the platform provides both 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz modules compliant with the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard. As technology evolves, the platform is flexible to support future radio modules designed to deliver intelligent RF services, further enhancing the performance and reliability of the wireless network. The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series is a rugged indoor access point designed for both office and challenging RF environments such as factories, warehouses, hospitals and large retail establishments that require the antenna versatility associated with connectorized antennas, a rugged metal enclosure, and a broad operating temperature range. With a Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) interface, the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series delivers line-rate throughput for higher-speed WLAN technologies such as 802.11n. The access point offers the flexibility of inline as well as local power options.
The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series is part of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. The Cisco Unified Wireless Network is a comprehensive solution that unifies the wired and wireless network to deliver a common set of services and applications, providing users a single experience for any mode of network connectivity, and offering IT simplified operational management. The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series integrates seamlessly with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. It extends the same industry-leading RF and network management capabilities as currently available across the breadth of Cisco wireless solutions.
The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series has two deployment options: controller-based (unified) or standalone (autonomous). Access points using the Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP) work in conjunction with Cisco wireless LAN controllers and optionally with the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS). When configured with LWAPP, the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series simplifies operations by automatically detecting the best-available Cisco Wireless LAN Controller and downloading appropriate policies and configuration information with no manual intervention. When deployed as a standalone access point, the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series delivers a baseline set of features and can later be software-upgraded to take advantage of the full benefits of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network.
The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series is a modular platform that is compliant with the 802.11n draft 2.0 standard and is the first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 access point. Furthermore, the platform has been tested extensively to ensure simple, secure interoperability with IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard devices. The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series provides additional investment protection with its modular, field-upgradeable design and easy-to-install radio modules. Cisco is committed to standards, and the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series provides a path for compliance to the final IEEE 802.11n standard, once ratified. Businesses with an immediate need to enhance the performance of their WLANs can deploy the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard radio modules now with the confidence that their investments are protected. These modules can be easily field-upgraded should this be required by a shift in standards evolution.
The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series supports industry-standard wireless security protocols, including 802.11i, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2, and 802.1X, along with numerous Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types. The access point delivers hardware-accelerated Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption designed to meet the most stringent enterprise and government encryption requirements without compromising performance. As part of the Cisco Secure Wireless Solution, Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Points operating with LWAPP enable comprehensive wired and wireless intrusion prevention and detection. Each access point can scan the RF environment and report on suspicious or unauthorized wireless activity, effectively allowing businesses to create a comprehensive threat defense across 802.11a/b/g and now 802.11n. Additionally, the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Point supports management frame protection for the encryption of 802.11 management frames by the wireless network infrastructure. This allows the network to completely remove the threat from man-in-the-middle and spoofing attacks. If an access point detects a malicious attack, an alarm will be generated and reported to the network administrator.
Cisco incorporates unique capabilities within its wireless solution that address the operational challenges of deploying business wireless networks. At the heart of these capabilities are intelligent Radio Resource Management (RRM) algorithms designed to consistently fine-tune WLAN parameters to best meet ongoing performance requirements. RRM allows the Cisco Unified Wireless Network to continuously analyze the existing RF environment and automatically adjust access point power and channel settings to help mitigate such things as co-channel interference and signal coverage problems. Unlike conventional 802.11a/b/g products, the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series uses multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology to take advantage of the effects of RF multipath propagation in order to improve the reliability and predictability of the wireless signal. The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series supports the latest U.S. and European requirements for Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS), ensuring the access point accurately detects radar events and makes full use of the available 5-GHz spectrum. In addition, the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series supports a Software Defined Radio (SDR) enabling it to be upgraded in the field to support new frequencies and power levels as they are approved for use. These RF management capabilities increase system capacity, perform automated self-healing to compensate for RF dead zones and access point failures, and provide a comprehensive way to manage one of your most precious assets, your corporate spectrum.