The latest Access Point from Cisco was announced this week, the Cisco 4800.
The 4800 provides the same Flexible Radio configuration (2.4+5GHz or dual-5GHz) 802.11AC WiFi capabilities as the 2800/3800 Access Points, but it now includes a third radio which provides native support for analytics, hyperlocation & improved BLE capabilities without the need for any additional modules, making it ideal for customers who want to provide location analytics services.
The 4800 needs v8.7 software so anybody on a 5508 WLC (or equivalent generation) will need to upgrade their WLC hardware to a current generation WLC (like a 5520) before they can use this Access Point. v8.7 doesn’t support some older Access Point models so if you have a mixed estate, ensure all of your AP & WLC hardware is supported accordingly. The 4800 also needs 802.3at PoE (30Watts) to work on a single 1Gbps interface, or UPOE (32W) for mGig functionality.
I love new hardware as much as the next technophile, but if I’m honest, this AP isn’t anything new. It’s a few existing, disparate features all in one box. For 99% of organisations who just want a reliable WiFi service to provide Voice & Data connectivity for Users in a Corporate environment, I’d stick with the 2800… it’s cheaper, proven to be reliable, and has fewer backwards-compatibility considerations.
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