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New Aironet 2700 Series Access Points

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Aironet 2700 Series AccessPoint

The Aironet 2700 Series Access Point is the second family of IEEE 802.11ac Access Points in our portfolio.
It’s positioned slightly below the existing Aironet 3700 Series Access Point – more information about the differences you can read further down in this blog.More general information about this AccessPoint can be found at:

The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series Access Point is a very nice product to introduce IEEE 802.11ac features into your network.
It’s being delivered in two flavors – one version with internal antennas and one version with external antennas.

Both versions support 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios with 3×4:3 MIMO – what does that mean?
3×4:3 MIMO means 3 Senders, 4 Receivers and 3 Spacial Streams.

Now, 3 Spacial Streams require at least 3 Senders, so there is a clear relationship – 3 Spacial Streams in 802.11ac will allow up to 1.3Gbps.
To receive 3 Spacial Streams at least 3 Receivers are required – the additional receiver will give us more spacial redundancy and more information about the data, which will give us better signal and coverage.

As IEEE defined 802.11ac only for 5GHz we will use 802.11n-Radios on the 2.4GHz band.

One of the most obvious differences compared to the AP3700 is the missing module slot – if you want to use WSSI- or 3G-Modules, please go for the AP3700.

One new thing added on the AP2700 for the first time in the Aironet-AP-Portfolio is a second GE-Port, called “Auxiliary”.
It’s intended to connect further devices like a Projector or Printer downstream from the AP.
This port is currently unmanaged (more capabilities in future) and does not offer PoE.

For mor 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 (often called “7.6MR2”) on WLAN-Controllers, which is also downloadable from
In Summer the product will also be supported with the upcoming 8.0 SW-Release.
An Autonomous IOS for this Access Points is scheduled for later.

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