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Cisco Small Business 500 Series

Wireless Access Points

High-Performance,Easy-to-Deploy,SecureBusiness-ClassWireless-NConnectivity

Highlights

Provides cost-effectiveselectable or concurrentdual-radioWireless-Nconnectivity for high capacity and additional users

Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces with PoE enable flexible installation

SmartSignal Antenna technology optimizes wireless coverage and reception

Captive portal enables highly secure guest access with customized roles and rights

Single Point Setup requires no controller, for easy cost-effectivedeployment of multiple access points

Works right out of the box with easy installation and simple web-basedconfiguration and wizard

Product Overview

In today’s dynamic business environment, employees are becoming more mobile and collaborative than ever. To stay productive, they need dependable, business-classaccess to network applications throughout the office. The Cisco Small Business 500 Series Wireless Access Points provide a simple,cost-effectiveway to extend secure,high-performancemobile networking to your employees and guests, so they can stay connected anywhere in the office. This flexible solution lets you connect dozens of employees, and can scale to accommodate additional users and changing business needs.

The Cisco 500 Series access points use selectable or concurrent dual-bandradios for improved coverage and user capacity. Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support flexible installation and reduce cabling and wiring costs. Intelligentquality-of-service(QoS) features let you prioritizebandwidth-sensitivetraffic for voice over IP (VoIP) and video applications. SmartSignal Antenna technology enables you to extend the reach of your wireless network by optimizing coverage, reception, and performance.

To provide secure guest access to visitors and other users, the Cisco 500 Series access points support a captive portal with multiple authentication options and the ability to configure rights, roles, and bandwidth. A customized guest login page lets you present a welcome message and access details, and reinforces your brand with company logos.

The Cisco 500 Series access points are easy to set up and use, with intuitive wizard-basedconfiguration to get you up and running in minutes. An attractive design with flexible mounting options enables the access points to smoothly blend into any small business environment.

To enhance reliability and safeguard sensitive business information, the Cisco 500 Series access points support both Wi-FiProtected Access (WPA) Personal and Enterprise, encoding all your wireless transmissions with powerful encryption. In addition, 802.1X RADIUS authentication helps keep unauthorized users out.

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Designed to scale smoothly as your organization grows, the access points feature controllerless Single Point Setup that simplifies the deployment of multiple access points without additional hardware. With the Cisco 500 Series access points, you can extend business-classwireless networking to employees and guests anywhere in the office, with the flexibility to meet new business needs for years to come.

Figure 1 shows a typical Wireless Access Point configuration.

Figure 1. Typical Configuration

Figure 2. Front Panel of the Cisco WAP551/WAP561Wireless-NAccess Point with PoE

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Figure 3. Back Panel of the Cisco WAP551/WAP561Wireless-NAccess Point with PoE

Features

Selectable or concurrent dual-bandradios support up to 450 Mbps per radio to maximize capacity and coverage.

Single Point Setup, a controllerless technology, simplifies the deployment and management of multiple access points – without requiring additional hardware.

The Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface enables a high-speeduplink to the wired network.

Robust security, including WPA2, 802.1X with RADIUS secure authentication, and rogue access point detection, helps protect sensitive business information.

Captive portal support enables highly secure, customized guest access with multiple rights and roles.

SmartSignal Antenna increases the wireless coverage area by automatically optimizing the antenna pattern.

Simple installation and intuitive web-basedconfiguration and wizard enable fast, simple deployment and setup in minutes.

Support for PoE enables easy installation without expensive additional wiring.

Sleek design with 5 internal antennas on the WAP551 and 10 antennas on the WAP561, with a versatile mounting kit that enables installation on a ceiling or wall.

Intelligent QoS prioritizes network traffic to help keep critical network applications running at top performance.

Power-savingsleep mode and port control features help maximize energy efficiency.

Workgroup Bridge mode lets you expand your network by wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet network.

Support for IPv6 lets you deploy future networking applications and operating systems without costly upgrades.

Limited lifetime hardware warranty provides peace of mind.

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Specifications

Table 1 lists the specifications, package contents, and minimum requirements for the Cisco 500 Series access

points.

 

Table 1.

Specifications for the Cisco 500 Small Business 500 Series Wireless Access Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standards

 

IEEE 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3af, 802.3u, 802.1X (security authentication), 802.1Q (VLAN), 802.1D

 

 

 

 

(Spanning Tree), 802.11i (WPA2 security), 802.11e (wireless QoS), IPv4 (RFC 791), IPv6 (RFC 2460)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ports

 

LAN Gigabit Ethernet auto sensing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabling type

 

Category 5e or better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antennas

 

Internal antennas optimized for installation on a wall or ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED indicators

Power, WLAN, LAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating system

Linux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Interfaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ports

 

10/100/1000 Ethernet, with support for 802.3af PoE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttons

 

Reset button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lock slot

 

Slot for Kensington lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEDs

 

Power, Wireless, Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical dimensions (W x D x H)

9.05 x 9.05 x .98 in. (230 x 230 x 25 mm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight

 

WAP561: 1.51 lb or 685 g; WAP551: 1.41 lb or 640g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network Capabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VLAN support

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of VLANs

1 management VLAN plus 16 VLANs for SSIDs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.1X supplicant

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSID-to-VLANmapping

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auto channel selection

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanning tree

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load balancing

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IPv6

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

IPv6 host support

 

 

 

 

 

IPv6 RADIUS, syslog, Network Time Protocol (NTP), etc.

 

 

 

Layer 2

 

802.1Q-basedVLANS, 16 active VLANS plus 1 management VLAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WPA/WPA2

 

Yes, including Enterprise authentication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access control

Yes, management access control list (ACL) plus MAC ACL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure management

HTTPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wi-FiProtected Setup (WPS)

Yes (soft WPS, no hardware push button)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSID broadcast

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rogue access point detection

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mounting and Physical Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple mounting options

Mounting bracket included for easy ceiling or wall mounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical security lock

Kensington lock slot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality of Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality of service (QoS)

Wi-FiMultimedia and Traffic Specification (WMM TSPEC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifications

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless throughput

 

Up to 450 Mbps data rate (real-worldthroughput will vary)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended user support

 

Up to 64 connective users, 30 active users per radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple-AccessPoint Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single Point Setup

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of access points per

 

16

 

 

 

cluster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active clients per cluster

480

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Configuration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web user interface

 

Built-inweb user interface for easybrowser-basedconfiguration (HTTP/HTTPS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management protocols

 

Web browser, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v3, Bonjour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote management

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event logging

 

Local, remote syslog, email alerts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network diagnostics

 

Logging and packet capture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web firmware upgrade

 

Firmware upgradable through web browser, imported/exported configuration file

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynamic Host Configuration

 

DHCP client

 

 

 

Protocol (DHCP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IPv6 host

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HTTP redirect

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequency

 

WAP551: Selectable radio band (2.4 or 5 GHz) WAP561: Dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5 GHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio and modulation type

 

Single radio (WAP551) or dual radio (WAP561), orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WLAN

 

802.11b/g/n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3x3 multiple-inputmultiple-output(MIMO) with 3 spatial streams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 and 40 MHz channels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHY data rate up to 450 Mbps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11 dynamic frequency selection (DSF), EU version only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data rates supported

 

802.11a/b/g:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9, 6, 11, 5.5, 2, and 1 Mbps

 

 

 

 

 

802.11n:

 

 

 

 

 

20-MHzbandwidth: MCS0-15for supported data rates

 

 

 

 

40-MHzbandwidth: MCS0-15for supported data rates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequency band and operating

 

802.11b

802.11a

 

 

channels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2412

5180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2437

5320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2462

5500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11g

5700

 

 

 

 

2412

802.11n 20 MHz (5 GHz band)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2437

5180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2462

5320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11n 20 MHz (2.4 GHz band)

5500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2412

5700

 

 

 

 

2437

5825

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2462

802.11n 40 MHz (5 GHz band)

 

 

 

 

802.11n 40 MHz (2.4 GHz band)

5190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2422

5510

 

 

 

 

2437

5795

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2452

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifications

Description

 

 

 

 

2.4 GHz

 

 

 

Nonoverlapping channels

 

 

 

 

802.11b/g

 

 

 

 

20 MHz: 3

 

 

 

 

802.11n

 

 

 

 

20 MHz: 3

 

 

 

 

5 GHz

 

 

 

 

802.11a

 

 

 

 

20 MHz: 24

 

 

 

 

802.11n

 

 

 

 

20 MHz: 24

 

 

 

 

40 MHz: 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless isolation

Wireless isolation between clients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External antennas

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal antennas

5 internal dipole antennas for the WAP551 and 10 antennas for the WAP561

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antenna gain in dBi

5 dBi each antenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receiver sensitivity

2.4 GHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11b/g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Mbps: –91dBm

 

 

 

 

11 Mbps: –85dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Mbps: –86dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54 Mbps: –69dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11n/20 MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS0: –86dBm

 

 

 

 

MCS7: –70dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS8: –85dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS15: –68dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11n/40 MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS0: –84dBm

 

 

 

 

MCS7: –66dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS8: –83dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS15: –65dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 GHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11a

 

 

 

 

6 Mbps: –82dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54 Mbps: –67dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11n/20 MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS0: –83dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS7: –68dBm

 

 

 

 

MCS8: –82dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS15: –66dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

802.11n/40 MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS0: –82dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS7: –64dBm

 

 

 

 

MCS8: –81dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCS15:–62dBm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless distribution system

Yes

 

 

 

(WDS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast roaming

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple SSIDs

WAP551: 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAP561: 16 x 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless VLAN map

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WLAN security

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wi-FiMultimedia (WMM)

Yes, with unscheduled automatic power save

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifications

Description

 

 

Operating Modes

 

 

 

Access point

Access Point mode, WDS Bridging, Workgroup Bridge mode

 

 

Environmental

 

 

 

Power options

IEEE 802.3af Ethernet switch

 

 

 

Cisco SB-PWR-INJ-xx

 

 

 

POE power:

 

 

 

Peak power:

 

 

 

WAP551: 7.872W

 

WAP561: 1.712W

Compliance

Safety:

 

UL60950-1

 

CAN/CSA-C22.2No.60950-1

 

IEC60950-1

 

EN60950-1

 

Radio approvals:

 

FCC Part 15.247, 15.407

 

RSS-210(Canada)

 

EN 300.328, EN 301.893 (Europe)

 

AS/NZS 4268.2003 (Australia and New Zealand)

 

EMI and susceptibility (Class B):

 

FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109

 

ICES-003(Canada)

 

EN301.489-1and-17(Europe)

Operating temperature

0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)

 

 

Storage temperature

–20°to 70°C(–4°to 158°F)

 

 

Operating humidity

10% to 85% noncondensing

 

 

Storage humidity

5% to 90% noncondensing

 

 

System memory

64 MB RAM

 

32 MB flash

 

 

Package Contents

 

 

 

Cisco WAP551 or WAP561 Wireless-Naccess point

Ceiling/wall mounting kit

User guide on CD-ROM

Quick-startguide

Ethernet network cable

Minimum Requirements

802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n wireless adapter with TCP/IP protocol installed per PC

Switch/router with PoE support or PoE injector

Web-basedconfiguration:Java-enabledweb browser

Warranty

Access point

Limited lifetime

 

 

Power supply

1 year warranty

 

 

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