Cisco Aironet 5 GHz 54 Mbps


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Cisco Aironet 5 GHz 54 Mbps

Cisco Aironet 5 GHz 54 Mbps

The Cisco Aironet® 5 GHz 54 Mbps Wireless LAN client adapter is an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 802.11a-compliant CardBus adapter that operates in the UNII-1 and UNII-2 bands. The client adapter complements the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series 802.11a Access Point, providing a solution that combines performance and mobility with the security and manageability that enterprises require.

Wireless LAN client adapters can increase productivity by enabling mobile users to have network and Internet access anywhere within a building that is equipped with a wireless network infrastructure. Wireless client adapters connect a variety of devices to a wireless network either in ad hoc peer-to-peer mode or in infrastructure mode with access points. With this client adapter, you can quickly add new employees to a network, support temporary workgroups, or enable Internet access in conference rooms or other meeting spaces (Figure 1). And the Cisco Aironet client solution is easy to use, making the benefits of wireless mobility completely transparent.

Industry-Leading Enterprise Security Solution

With Cisco, you can confidently deploy a wireless solution that provides robust enterprise-class security. All Cisco Aironet products feature the award-winning Cisco Wireless Security Suite, which is based on the IEEE 802.1X standard for port-based network access.

The Cisco Wireless Security Suite takes advantage of the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) framework for user-based authentication. (Figure 2) It supports a variety of 802.1X authentication types including EAP Cisco Wireless (LEAP) and EAP-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS). The Cisco Wireless Security Suite is a scalable, centrally managed security solution that includes:

  • Mutual authentication to ensure that only legitimate clients associate with legitimate and authorized network RADIUS servers

  • Dynamic per-user, per-session encryption keys that can be set to automatically change on a regular basis to protect the privacy of the transmitted data

  • Several enhancements to strengthen WEP keys, both the static WEP keys and the dynamic keys that are derived as a result of a successful 802.1X authentication. These WEP enhancements include pre-standard Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), support for Message Integrity Check (MIC), per-packet key hashing, and broadcast key rotation

Enhanced Client Network Management Features

The Cisco Aironet Client Utility (ACU), with an intuitive graphical user interface, provides an easy way to configure, monitor, and manage the Cisco Aironet 5 GHz Wireless LAN Client Adapter (Figure 3). The ACU includes site-survey tools that present easy-to-understand detailed graphical information to assist in the placement of access points. Profile Manager allows you to create specific profile settings for various environments, such as the office or home, making it simple for telecommuters and business travelers to move from one environment to another. Profile settings include channel selection, service set identifier (SSID), wired equivalent privacy (WEP) key, and authentication method for different locations. A broad suite of device drivers provides support for all popular operating systems, including Windows 98/98SE, Windows 2000, Windows ME and Windows XP.

Enterprise-Class Performance

Cisco's innovative radio and antenna design delivers industry-leading 802.11a enterprise performance. It provides for maximum capacity and scalability across the enterprise through eight non-overlapping channels in the UNII-1 and UNII-2 bands. The integrated 5 dBi gain patch antenna optimizes range. The -68 dBm receive sensitivity at 54 Mbps provides high-data-rate range performance. Advanced signal processing in the Cisco Aironet 5 GHz Wireless LAN Client Adapter helps manage the multipath propagation often found in office environments and intelligent filtering addresses ambient noise and interference that can decrease network performance. Various transmit power settings on the Cisco Aironet client adapter enable you to select range capabilities.

Product System Requirements

A device that supports a CardBus Type II client adapter and operates one of the supported operating systems: Windows, 98/98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

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