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Cisco Small Business WAP121-A-K9-NA Wireless-N Access Point w/ PoE

  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE802.3af
  • Ethernet Port
  • 1 x 10/100M, DC jack
  • 2.4GHz
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Learn more about the Cisco Small Business WAP121-A-K9-NA

Model

Brand
Cisco Small Business
Model
WAP121-A-K9-NA

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE802.3af
Device Management
Web-Based
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
WPA/WPA2/WEP
Access control
Secure management
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
SSID broadcast
Rogue access point detection
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Frequency Band
2.4GHz
Channels
1 to 13 (depending on country)
Channels 1 through 11 (FCC)
Channels 1 through 13 (ETSI)
Antenna
Internal fixed PIFA antenna, 2dBi
Transmitted Power
802.11b@11Mbps: 17dBm
802.11g@54Mbps: 13 dBm
802.11n@HT20HT40, MCS15: 13dBm
Receiver Sensitivity
802.11b: 11Mbps@-86dBm
802.11g: 54Mbps@-71dBm
802.11n: 300Mbps@-64dBm
System Requirements
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n wireless adapter with TCP/IP protocol installed per PC
Switch/router with PoE support or PoE injector when used with PoE
Web-based configuration: Java-enabled web browser
Interface
Ethernet Port
LEDs
Power, WLAN, LAN
Buttons
Reset, Power
Ports
1 x 10/100M, DC jack
Power Adapter
12V, 0.5ADC input
IEEE802.3af compliant PoE
Dimensions
4.89" x 4.89" x 1.38"
Weight
0.37 lbs.
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 85%, Non-Condensing

Features

Features
Operating system: Linux

Cabling type: Category 5e or better

Lock slot: Slot for Kensington lock

VLAN support: Yes

Layer 2: 802.1Q-based VLANS, 4 active VLANS plus 1 management VLAN

Recommended user support: Up to 16 connected users, or 10 active users.

Operating Modes: Access Point mode, WDS bridging, Client Bridge mode

Highly secure, high-speed 802.11n wireless networking delivers enhanced throughput and extended range for bandwidth-intensive applications.

Wizard-based setup and configuration enables fast, simple deployment.

Robust security, including WPA2, 802.1X with RADIUS secure authentication, and rogue access point detection, protects sensitive business information.

Support for PoE enables easy installation without expensive additional wiring.

Client bridge mode lets you expand your network by wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet network.

Elegant, compact design with internal antennas and versatile mounting kit enables installation on a ceiling, wall, or desktop.

IntelligentQoS prioritizes network traffic to help keep critical network applications running at top performance.

Power-saving sleep mode and port control features help maximize energy efficiency.

Highly secure guest access enables safe wireless connectivity for visitors.

Support for IPv6 lets you deploy future networking applications and operating systems without costly upgrades.

Packaging

Package Contents
Cisco WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point with PoE
Ceiling/wall mounting kit
User guide on CD-ROM
Quick-start guide
Ethernet network cable
12V, 0.5A power supply

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Cisco Small Business WAP121-A-K9-NA

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  • Joakim W.
  • 4/11/2014 1:44:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsStill not Working

Pros: NA

Cons: I reviewed this 1.5 years ago - this is an update

Update April 2014:

One and a half year has passed and Cisco has still not solved this problem. If I were the only one experiencing issues I could understand that Cisco would ignore this. But looking at various web-forums, including Cisco's own web support forum, shows that I am not alone. I am very disappointed that Cisco is releasing a product that does not fulfill the basic function it is sold for, in this case a Wireless N access point, and one and a half years later the issues are still not resolved. I have since long moved on, as I needed a working system. I am very happy with the EnGenius EAP600 AP's I bought. I have installed 3 of them and they have worked without any problems - recommended.

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  • Maxine G.
  • 2/22/2013 8:14:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWork great, firmware 1.0.2.3

Pros: Inexpensive and easy to setup, has most of the features needed for small business wireless.

Cons: Web GUI not always the snappiest, and no CLI available. Wired ethernet only 10/100 and no Captive Portal (integrated Radius) - have to go with WAP321 if you want that.

Other Thoughts: Purchased 2 of these despite negative reviews. They shipped with an old firmware version 1.0.0.3 so first thing done was upgrade to latest 1.0.2.3 and have had zero problems with setup or use.

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  • Joakim W.
  • 12/17/2012 9:56:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNot a Wireless - N AP

Pros: See Below

Cons: Does not work as a Wireless - N access point

Other Thoughts: I have two WAP121 upgraded to the latest FW 1.0,2,3. I am using a Cisco RV4000 Gateway/Router with Comcast internet service. This has worked great for the last 5 years. That is until I decided to upgrade to 802.11 N with Cisco WAP121. Using WAP121 I get an internet download speed around 0,2 - 0.2 Mbit/s and upload speed around 6 Mbit/s. If I connect directly with Ethernet I get 25 Mbit/s down and 6 Mbit/s up. If I download my files from my local server using WAP121 I get 50 - 60 Mbit/s download speed without any problem. After reading this thread I followed the advice to turn off 802.11 N. With that I get 15 Mbit/S down and 6 Mbit/s up. My setup works fine with my old b/g AP's. It works fine 5Ghz 802.11N AP’s. So why is WAP121 not working?

Other than this WAP121 works great. The Single Point Setup – Multiple SSID’s that can have different VLAN’s and different security etc. It is all very useful if you don’t need a 802.11N AP that is.

I can’t help but feeling disappointed that Cisco is releasing a product where the main feature simply don’t work. For me the conclusion is that if you are interested in an 802.11N AP you should look elsewhere until Cisco have fixed this problem.

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  • David P.
  • 12/7/2012 5:49:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWAP121

Pros: very well designed package if everything worked - ease of setup an excellent features.

Cons: defective wireless N - I'll be returning this unit because wireless N functionality is broken without any means of repairing. Cisco support is awful as I cannot even open up a Cisco TAC case without jumping through many hoops.

Other Thoughts: not sure why Cisco keeps delivering these defective products? new egg should immediately take these off-the-shelf - or have Cisco provide an immediate fix.

this is awful where is our consumer protection?

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  • Gary H.
  • 12/1/2012 8:53:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsKnown defective Item

Pros: Easy to hookup. Good wizard.

Cons: The item simply has issues with download speeds. You can check the Cisco Site. It's been going on for since it's been built. No idea why they are still selling it. If you change the 802.1 settings you can get it to run at about half speed. I

Other Thoughts: I bought an Engenious 300 and it was twice the speed.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/26/2012 12:57:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsWhy only a fast Ethernet port?!?!

Pros: I considered purchasing for Cisco quality, sleek design, and just to go along with my 861 router added sg300 switch.

Cons: i nearly purchased this access point until noticing that it uses a 100mbps ethernet port which will prevent you from utilizing quite a bit of the bandwidth afforded by the 300mbps N wireless. Of course, in the real world the impact of this will be less notable than on paper, but you'll still always be stuck under 100 mbps! My old $40 wrt310n router is faster than that and its wireless radio is only half the speed of this!

Other Thoughts: I don't need all the extra features of the WAP321 but it looks like I'll have to shell out an extra $100 for the 321 to have a gigabit ethernet port and the possibility of 802.11n speeds. Total fail on this Cisco! Would cost them an extra dollar to use the appropriate port so people can get the speed they think they are buying!

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  • Todd F.
  • 8/30/2012 3:07:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReliable Device

Pros: Super Reliable
POE capable
No reboots in months
My Throughput Results of 150MB file on 150mbps negotiated connection:
70 mbps DL
80 mbps UL

Cons: Not gigabit, but I knew that when making the purchase.

Other Thoughts: This is the first wireless device that I have purchased that has been worth anything. I have had many wireless routers, but many of those would freeze up randomly and I would have to reboot them. I have a home network of 10 simultaneous wireless devices and have not had to reboot the WAP121 once. Laptop stays up on wireless all day reliably; voice and data.

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  • Norman D.
  • 8/9/2012 1:57:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Device

Pros: This device has a lot of features. Great GUI and I really like the help feature within the GUI that provide excellent details about the features

Cons: This device had so many features it took a little while to tweak my configurations but this is really not a con.

Other Thoughts: My old CISCO LINKSYS 54G was the best AP ever and I've been through many different APs to only be left disappointed and shortly returning to my highly dependable but old CISCO LINKSYS 54G. I think this Device is going to be a good replacement.

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  • Damon L.
  • 6/13/2012 7:44:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDO Not buy

Pros: none

Cons: Do a google search "wap12 slow speed" before you buy and be warned. Do not buy and get caught up Cisco support merry-go-round. Support has been no help. I am an IT manager and have such a bad taste over this product I will not be buying any more Cisco products in the future.

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  • Jason W.
  • 5/31/2012 10:51:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsFirst Impressions

Pros: The feature set on this is outstanding.
POE

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Im currently using a very basic setup single wireless net, no logging or access control/auditing features. Planning on setting up 3 on separate nets in the future

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