I have a client that currently has the old 1020 /30 aps, now we think these are going end of sale soon & want to know if any particular reason exists technically why 11XX's are better, IE qos levels, etc any help is welcome
End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco Aironet 1000 Series Access Points
Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco Aironet 1000 Series Access Points. The last day to order the affected product(s) is March 11, 2008. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC), as shown in Table 1 of this EoL bulletin. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available until the termination date of the contract, even if this date exceeds the last date of support shown in Table 1.
The last software release that will support the Cisco Aironet 1000 Series Access Points (including Airespace AS-1250 access points) is Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.2 (including maintenance releases). Customers are encouraged to migrate from the Cisco Aironet 1000 Series (including Airespace AS-1250 access points) to the Cisco Aironet 1130 AG, 1240 AG, or 1250 Series Access Points for greater investment protection and enhanced functionality. Information about these products can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/index.html.
This is an object of much contention here. A little background history is in order.
1000 series APs were the original Airespace APs and as such were designed to compete against the much vaunted, and very pricey Aironet APs from Cisco. As such, the 1010 was meant to compete against the 1130 series, the 1020 against the 1240 series, and the 1030 had remote security credential cachng capabiltiy called h-reap or Remote Edge Access Point. The 1000 series APs include a pair of integrated direction patch antennae designed to keep the signal on a single floor and eliminate a large noise signal. They offered diversity, but in a slightly different fashion, that added range and signal control. The Airespace APs also supported 16 BSSIDs straight out of the box. All in all they were an equal AP for 1/3 of the price. Airespace OEM these APs for Nortel, Alcatel, and NEC and in less than 2 years the combined sales of these comprised nealry 40% of the enterprise market. In comes Cisco with a 460 million dollar offer and Airespace becomes the Aironet Unified Solution. Now Cisco has a dilemma, the 1000 series AP is in wide distribution with customers who understand the value of LWAPP and they are used to a lower costing AP. They also have a large customer base buying SWAN and the 1131 and 1242 APs. What to do? Who to make mad? Those were the questions. The answer was to let the 1000 series APs die a slow death due to lack of marketing. The argument has always been that the 1131 and 1242 have more memory and thus support enhanced features. This could have been solved easily with a slight memory upgrade in manufacturing but Cisco didn't want this due to eroded margins if such were that case. Anyway, long story short, it was a business decision to EOL the 1000 series and with the coming of .11n and the 1250 it is a moot point. In the interim, sell 1242 APs. The 1131 was never meant to be an enterprise class AP. It has no external antenna adapter, its case is not ruggedized, and it runs incredibly hot(nicknamed the toaster). The 1242, although more costly, is IOS based, supports external antennae, has plenty of memory for possible future Cognio enhancements, supports true diversity, and is a real enterprise AP.