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New Aironet 1700 Series Access Point

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Aironet 1700 Series AccessPoint

The entry-level Cisco Aironet 1700 Series Access Points take advantage of the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Designed to meet the growing needs of today’s small and medium-sized, wireless, enterprise networks, the Aironet 1700 Series Access Point offer the right value to help customers ease into 802.11ac networking.More information about this AccessPoint can be found below in this blog or at the following webpage:

With this new AccessPoint Type we’re introducing an additional model into our IEEE 802.11ac portfolio.
We’re now offering quite broad portfolio of different AccessPoints and it becomes more and more important to understand the differences between the models.

The following questions we already received from customers and Cisco Partners in regards to the Cisco Aironet 1700 Series:

Q: Does the AP1700 use the same mounting brackets than the other Cisco APs?
A: Yes, the AP1700 uses the same brackets as most current Cisco Indoor APs.
The only exceptions are the OEAP600, AP700 and AP702W – these 3 AccessPoints use specific mounting options
Q: The picture of the AP1700 looks exactly like the AP2700 – is this the same Hardware?
A: AP1700 and AP2700 indeed look pretty similar, but they are not identical.
The color of the AP1700 is a slightly darker grey and also within the AP there are several differences.
Please also see the following questions or the datasheet referenced below
Q: Is CleanAir supported on the AP1700?
A: The AP1700 series supports CleanAir Express like the AP1600.
For detailed information about CleanAir and CleanAir Express, please visit the following document:
Q: What performance can I expect from the AP1700?
A: The AP1700 series supports 802.11ac Wave 1 standard capabilities and utilizes a MIMO 3×3:2 setup.
That includes a theoretical connection rate of up to 867 Mbps!
Q: Does the AP1700 work with standard PoE?
A: IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet is sufficient to power the AP1700.
Q: Is a module slot available on the AP1700?
A: No, module-support is only available on Aironet 3600 and 3700 Series AccessPoints.
Q: There is a second GE-Port available on the AP – what can this be used for?
A: Like with the AP2700 the second GE-Port can be used to connect additional downstream devices


For more technical details, please consult the Datasheet:


First Customer Shipment (FCS) has already happened and the product is available with Standard-Lead-Times.

The product will requires at least SW-Version AireOS (usually referred just as 8.0 ) on WLAN-Controllers, which is also downloadable from
IOS-XE-Support for Converged Access Deployements is scheduled for an Maintenance-Release of IOS-XE 3.6, to be published in near future.
The autonomous IOS image for this AccessPoint is also already available and bundled with the centralized image, when ordering a new AP.

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