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1242AG LWAP Replacement

Hello!

We currently have about 15 1242AG LWAP's and 2dBi omni-dirctional ceiling antenna's connected to our 4402 controller.  Next year we plan to replace the controller with a 5508 device and also want to move to wireless N capabilities as well. 

The question I have would be what would be a good "future proof" replacement for a 1242AG right now?  I used my last spare with a new office and wanted to pick another one up however it would be nice to get something that will work with the 5508 controller and support wireless N.  Are the 1260's the direct upgrade path for the 1242's?  What about the 1140's or 3500's?  I could go either way on internal or external antenna support.  Any thoughts?  Thanks!

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Re: 1242AG LWAP Replacement

The question I have would be what would be a good "future proof" replacement for a 1242AG right now? 

Depends.  Unfortunately, I don't know the layout of your office so I wouldn't know the logic or philosophy to use a WAP with external antenna in an OFFICE environment.  I'm not saying it's NOT best practice but there are specific reasons why you want to use external antennas.

Are the 1260's the direct upgrade path for the 1242's?

Do you want 802.11n AND external antennas?  Then your upgrade paths are the following:  1260, 3500 or 3600.

What about the 1140's or 3500's?

The cheapest 802.11n WAP with internal antenna is the 1040.  This is followed by the 1140.  The 3500 and the 3600 both have internal and external antenna models.  The 3500 and 3600 are "unique" in the wireless industry because both of these models support CleanAir.  The 3600, however, is the newest model (released November 2011) and can support 4 x 4 MIMO.

Which direction you want to go will depend entirely on your budget.  It's very good that you have set aside the idea of purchasing a 5508 because both the 3500 and the 3600 will require a WLC.  One thing to consider, if you plan to install your WAPs in an environment with dense (to heavy) Wi-Fi interferrence from your neighbor's Wi-Fi network (or in your case, possible Wi-Fi interferrence from YOUR network) then consider the 3500 or the 3600.

Have you seen this document before:  Cisco Aironet Access Point Comparison Chart

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Re: 1242AG LWAP Replacement

I would be upgrading into the 3502e/i series APs. I wouldn't deploy anything other than CleanAir APs at this point if you are looking for maximum ROI. Even if you don't use Event Driven RRM (EDRRM) you will still benefit from seeing interferers and be able to use the AP as a remote sensor for Cisco Spectrum Expert for troubleshooting.

Unfortunately until you get a newer WLC the latest AP (3600) is out of the question as it requires 7.2 code.

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1242AG LWAP Replacement

Hi,

This will depend on the amount of $$ you want to spent or your companys budget  and also the location design if a unit with build in antenna would work or if you need to use an external antenna.

The 1260 would be the replacement for the 1240 since both use external antennas and the 1260 supports N.

Here is the data sheet of the 1140s, so you can check on its specs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10092/datasheet_c78-502793.html

Here is the data sheet of the 3500, so you can check on its specs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10981/data_sheet_c78-594630.html

Here is the data sheet for the 1260, so you can check on its specs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10980/data_sheet_c78-593663.html

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: 1242AG LWAP Replacement

The question I have would be what would be a good "future proof" replacement for a 1242AG right now? 

Depends.  Unfortunately, I don't know the layout of your office so I wouldn't know the logic or philosophy to use a WAP with external antenna in an OFFICE environment.  I'm not saying it's NOT best practice but there are specific reasons why you want to use external antennas.

Are the 1260's the direct upgrade path for the 1242's?

Do you want 802.11n AND external antennas?  Then your upgrade paths are the following:  1260, 3500 or 3600.

What about the 1140's or 3500's?

The cheapest 802.11n WAP with internal antenna is the 1040.  This is followed by the 1140.  The 3500 and the 3600 both have internal and external antenna models.  The 3500 and 3600 are "unique" in the wireless industry because both of these models support CleanAir.  The 3600, however, is the newest model (released November 2011) and can support 4 x 4 MIMO.

Which direction you want to go will depend entirely on your budget.  It's very good that you have set aside the idea of purchasing a 5508 because both the 3500 and the 3600 will require a WLC.  One thing to consider, if you plan to install your WAPs in an environment with dense (to heavy) Wi-Fi interferrence from your neighbor's Wi-Fi network (or in your case, possible Wi-Fi interferrence from YOUR network) then consider the 3500 or the 3600.

Have you seen this document before:  Cisco Aironet Access Point Comparison Chart

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Re: 1242AG LWAP Replacement

I would be upgrading into the 3502e/i series APs. I wouldn't deploy anything other than CleanAir APs at this point if you are looking for maximum ROI. Even if you don't use Event Driven RRM (EDRRM) you will still benefit from seeing interferers and be able to use the AP as a remote sensor for Cisco Spectrum Expert for troubleshooting.

Unfortunately until you get a newer WLC the latest AP (3600) is out of the question as it requires 7.2 code.

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