Cisco Aironet 1200 Series meets the needs of today's applications and protect future investments in network infrastructure. The modular design of the AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 offers high performance 802.11g configured access point that allows a single radio configuration or double. Although the access point 802.11g is configured to meet the needs of most customers and applications that may not have a current need for 802.11a, a kit for easy 802.11a upgrade is available to increase the scalability and performance with complete backward compatibility for legacy clients .

AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 supports 802.11i, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), WPA and numerous Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types. WPA and WPA2 are the Wi-Fi Alliance certification for interoperable network settings, standards-based wireless LAN security. These certifications support IEEE 802.1X user authentication, Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), WPA encryption and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), WPA2 encryption. These certificates help to ensure the interoperability of WLAN devices with Wi-Fi certification from different manufacturers.

AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 hardware AES encryption supports enterprise-class acceleration, the government secure encryption on the wireless LAN without compromising performance. IEEE 802.1X authentication ensures that only authorized users are allowed on the network. The series also provides backward compatibility and support for WPA client devices running TKIP, using the RC4 encryption algorythm.

Cisco Aironet 1200 Series Access Points operating with LWAPP support Cisco Unified Intrusion Detection System / Intrusion Prevention System (IDS / IPS), a software feature is part of the Cisco Self-Defending Network and is the first solution integrated wired and wireless security. Cisco Unified IDS / IPS takes a comprehensive approach to safety at the end wireless, wired edge, WAN edge, and the data center. When an associated client sends malicious traffic through the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, a Cisco wired IDS device detects the attack and sends requests to flee Cisco WLAN controllers, which is then separated from the client machine.

Autonomous or unified Cisco Aironet 1200 Series Access Points support the security management framework for the verification of 802.11 management frames to the wireless network infrastructure. This allows the network to identify counterfeit frames of base stations, or malicious users impersonating infrastructure such as base stations. If the access point detects a malicious attack, the case sees to produce the base station and reports collected by the Cisco Wireless LAN controller, Cisco WCS, or CiscoWorks WLSE.

With large storage capacity and support for Cisco management tools, the AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 provides the capacity and means to improve and offer new features as they become available. For additional investment protection, the AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 comes with an integrated mounting system that keeps the device via the customers choice of laptop security cables or standard padlocks. The reliability of the 802.11g solution makes the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series a wise investment for the companys customers. It offers field-proven reliability with a Cisco Aironet fifth-generation 2.4 GHz radio module An update available 802.11a radio enhances the capacity and performance, delivering up to 54 Mbps data rate in all the 12 channels available and allow the wireless network to expand to accommodate a large number of users.

With the AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 single access point you can run a radio 802.11b / g clients, while supporting new users by adding another radio to 802.11a network performance and capacity scale. Installation options increase the flexibility of the AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 access point and integrated mounting systems are designed to be mounted on walls, ceilings, and with its metal casing above suspended ceilings. With its range of operating temperatures and broad-cast aluminum, this unit is the required strength in factories, warehouses and harshest environments. Supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) and local power maximizes teeth allow for some flexibility.

All available radios (802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g) provide a variety of transmit power settings to adjust coverage area size. To increase the flexibility of deployments, the 802.11a radio module is available in two versions (Figure 1). Both versions offer up to 12 non-overlapping channels in the 5 GHz band (subject to local regulations), 11 others will be available in 2005 with a firmware upgrade on the floor. One version provides two antenna connectors for use with a wide variety of Cisco antennas to achieve greater reach and coverage of specific applications. The second has an integrated antenna design that incorporates omnidirectional diversity (5 dBi) and patch antennas (9 dBi). For the ceiling, desk or other horizontal installations, the integrated omnidirectional antenna provides optimum coverage pattern and maximum range.

For wall mounting, the patch antenna provides a hemispherical coverage pattern that uniformly directs the radio energy from the wall and across the room. Both omni-directional and patch antennas offer diversity for maximum reliability, even in environments with high multiples such as offices and other indoor environments. Coupled with the broadest range of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz antennas in the industry, offering users unprecedented flexibility in cell size and coverage patterns.


Source by Carl Spitzweg