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Cisco rolls 802.11a/g APs, enhances security support

Posted: 16 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cisco systems? wlan access point? 1130ag? access point? 802.11g?

Cisco Systems has expanded its line of WLAN access points with the release of two dual-band systems that support 5GHz 802.11a and 2.4GHz 802.11g operation.

Targeted at indoor deployments, the 1130AG access point can simultaneously operate in 802.11g and 802.11a mode, supporting up to 15 non-overlapping channels. Cisco will also provide a dynamic frequency selection software upgrade for the system in the first half of next year that will allow the system to operate in the 5.4GHz to 5.7GHz range, thus pushing the number of non-overlapping channels to 26.

The 1230AG is a ruggedized version of the 1130AG that can be used in indoor and outdoor environments. Additionally, unlike the 1130AG, which is equipped with an omni-directional antenna, the 1230AG comes with two connectors that designers can equip with different antenna technologies, said Shripati Acharya, director of product management in Cisco's Wireless Networking Business Unit.

Both units support the 802.11i and Wi-Fi protected access 2 (WPA2) security standards. The systems also comply with the Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) quality of service (QoS) standard, thus allowing them to support services like voice-over-WLAN (VoWLAN).

To increase security further, Cisco has struck a deal with intrusion detection system (IDS) developer AirDefense. Through the pact, AirDefense' IDS product can directly configure a Cisco AP as a scanner. The AP then sends information obtained from scanning the channel back to a server. AirDefender's system works with Cisco's network management system to determine if the user is an intruder. If the user is an intruder, the network management system will then instruct a Cisco switch to cut off access to the intruder.

The 1130AG will start shipping this month and will be priced at $699. The 1230AG, on the other hand, will start shipping in December and will be available for $999.

- Robert Keenan

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