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Cisco Small Business WAP321-A-K9 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point w/ PoE and Gigabit Ethernet

  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.3af
  • Ethernet Port
  • Selectable-band 2.4GHz or 5GHz (not concurrent)
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Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Power over Ethernet

WAP321

Flexible, High-Performance Wireless Connectivity

The Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup is a sleek, affordable, and easy-to-deploy device that delivers fast, highly secure wireless connectivity. It supports high-speed connections with Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface for demanding applications. The Cisco WAP321 bridges wired LANs together wirelessly, making it easier for small businesses to expand their networks.

Overview
As business applications become more powerful and sophisticated, organizations are looking for new ways to extend the performance and reach of their office networks. Delivering secure, high-speed wireless connectivity to employees, partners, and guests anywhere in the office is key. The Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup makes it easy to deliver advanced 802.11n wireless networking with business-class features - at an affordable price. This flexible solution is perfect for connecting up to 20 employees on a single WAP321. With Single Point Setup, the wireless LAN can scale up to a total of eight WAP321 devices to provide broader coverage and to support additional users as business needs change.

Built specifically for small businesses, the Cisco WAP321 offers selectable-band 802.11n wireless technology to deliver high throughput and extended range throughout your office. Advanced quality-of-service (QoS) features let you prioritize traffic to support bandwidth-sensitive applications. This sophisticated control enables you to take advantage of voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) to place or receive calls over the wireless LAN infrastructure.

Designed for growing organizations, the Cisco WAP321 offers the ability to smoothly scale your network by bridging wired LANs together wirelessly, to reduce cabling and installation costs. It supports multiple Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs) to enable you to segregate traffic for different departments, users, and communication devices.

For companies that need to provide secure wireless guest access, the Cisco WAP321 offers captive portal support that lets you create a wireless hotspot with visitor authentication.

The Cisco WAP321 is simple to set up and use, with intuitive wizard-based configuration to get you up and running in minutes. A sleek, compact design with flexible mounting options enables the access point to smoothly blend into any small business environment. Power over Ethernet (PoE) support makes the device easy to install without the need for separate power plugs or expensive new wiring.

To enhance reliability and safeguard sensitive business information data, the Cisco WAP321 supports Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2), encoding all your wireless transmissions with powerful encryption. 802.1X RADIUS authentication helps keep unauthorized users out. Single Point Setup is a controllerless multi-access point deployment technology that allows you to deploy and manage multiple access points in a simple and cost-effective way across your premises.

Single Point Setup provides a unique centralized method to administer and control wireless services across multiple devices. Via one access point on the LAN, you have a single view of the whole WLAN to replicate configuration, security, and management across all access points.

With the Cisco WAP321, you can build on your existing network to deliver high-performance wireless access with the scalability you need as your business grows and evolves.

Figure 1 shows a typical configuration using this wireless access point. Figures 2 and 3 show the front and back, respectively, of the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup.

Figure 1. Typical Configuration
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Figure 2. Front Panel of the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup

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Figure 3. Back Panel of the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup

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Features and Capabilities

WAP321 With the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point, you can easily set up highly secure wireless and wired guest access. Among its other benefits, this access point:

  • 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.
  • Single Point Setup controllerless multi-access point deployment and management technology makes configuration simple.
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface provides high-speed connectivity for faster downloads and demanding applications.
  • Selectable-band wireless access lets you switch bands to minimize interference from other office devices and improve performance.
  • Robust security, including WPA2, 802.1X with RADIUS secure authentication, and rogue access point detection, helps protect sensitive business information.
  • Support for PoE enables easy installation without the expense of additional wiring.
  • Workgroup 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.
  • Intelligent QoS prioritizes network traffic to 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.

Secure and Easy to Deploy Wireless-N Networking with Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity

Highlights

  • Provides selectable-band high-bandwidth 802.11n wireless connectivity for maximum performance
  • Supports high-speed connections with Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface for demanding applications
  • Single Point Setup simplifies the deployment of multiple wireless access points
  • Bridges wired LANs together wirelessly to reduce cabling and installation costs
  • Easy to set up and manage by using the configuration wizard
  • Safeguards business information with enhanced security, including advanced encryption, secure authentication, and rogue access point detection

Package Contents
WAP321
  • Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup
  • Ceiling- or wall-mounting kit
  • User guide on CD-ROM
  • Quick-start guide
  • Ethernet network cable

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


Customer Reviews of the Cisco Small Business WAP321-A-K9

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  • Neil W.
  • 11/3/2014 10:51:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy to set up, especially when using several

Pros: I've used this product in several installations. Its cluster configuration allows you to assign multiple access points to a group and when you change the configuration on one, they seamlessly propagate that change to all of the other access points in the group, which makes administration a breeze. All access points preset the same exact same network name to the client computers and have shown themselves to have good range

Cons: Who was the genius who decided to sell this without a power cord? That is sold separately. If you are planning to use this with power over ethernet, you won't miss it, but this is the kind of device you expect to have a power cord in it. Nothing worse than scheduling an installation, and arriving only to find out that you're missing a super basic item that isn't available in stores. This cost the product 1 star on the review, but I'm tempted to take off 2 stars because this issue is so offensive.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/30/2014 6:03:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVery intuitive setup!

Pros: -The GUI is well designed
-Clustering multiple WAPs is incredibly easy
-Small footprint and wall mountable (potential con below...)
-Price (for a Cisco product)

Cons: -Wall mount bracket is poorly designed
-Some connectivity issues when devices connect for the first time
-No power adapter included (I'm aware it's PoE)

Other Thoughts: As stated, these WAPs are wicked easy to setup. I purchased 5 of these in total (the limit for clustering), and have 3 running right now without issue. I will add 2 more to cover the entire lab sometime in the near future.

The range is quite impressive for a lower end WAP and I've noticed no interruption in connectivity when moving between the 3 areas the WAPs are located in.

I do have to say that the wall mount bracket is poorly designed. You would need a network cable that had 2 perfectly spaced right angles near the connector for this to work out of the box. As mentioned in an earlier review, I had to take an exacto knife to the cut-out to allow the cables to exit the mount without putting a ridiculous amount of sideways strain on them.

Also, some laptops took over a minute to make the initial connection. There was no rhyme or reason from what I could tell as to why only certain laptops were affected. All smartphones seemed to connect immediately without an issue.

Overall I think it's a worthy purchase if you want to provide wireless access to a small to medium size office, via clustering, on the cheap.

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  • Eric K.
  • 10/18/2014 10:42:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUsing for Open Access

Pros: Easy to setup.
Purchased 2 for Open Access and they seem to be working well.

Cons: Remember to purchase the power supply if not doing POE.

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  • Craig K.
  • 10/17/2014 12:30:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsCisco needs to address firmware issues

Pros: Solid hardware, small compact design, low power, and a simple GUI interface.

Cons: This WAP321 is the worst Cisco product I have had the displeasure to work on, and I have been working with various Cisco equipment sense early 1999. This Cisco WAP321 hardware is very solid, but Cisco’s total lack of responsibility to fix the software stability issues has me completely dumbfounded. Looking on the Cisco forums page this reliability issue has been going on for more than two years with no resolution.

I normally do not buy small business grade Cisco gear even for home. However my wife has been gently encouraging me to lower our total carbon foot print. So I bought this WAP321. This was to replace my Cisco wireless LAN controller and five Cisco APs which is total overkill for my 2.5k sq ft house.

The setup of the WAP321 was awesomely simple, in fact much easier than the enterprise counterpart. I was up and working in less than 10 minutes. However this was short lived about every 24 hours I would lose connectivity to both the wireless radio and wired administrative interface. To fix it I would simply reboot the device, I did this for two days before researching it. First I did just a googled search on it and was shock as to how many people are having similar if not the exact same issues. Many people suggested upgrading the firmware which would make sense if there was a memory leak of similar type of bug. The factory firmware on my WAP321 is 1.0.2.3 so I upgraded it to the next rev 1.0.3.4 but the problem still persisted. I thought it might be something in my environment so I have access to a testing lab with a separate set of switches very basic configuration within a Faraday cage. (For those of you that are unfamiliar with a Faraday cage it is an enclosed space that blocks all RF from leaving or entering.) When in the Faraday cage the problem still processed. I then took the device back home and tried firmware 1.0.4.2 the problem still persisted. Then I tried firmware 1.0.4.4 this rev I got a deferent reaction the problem went from having to reboot every 24 hours to having to do it every 4 hours.

At this point I was almost ready to admit defeat and go with a deferent competitor product or continue to use my enterprise Cisco solution despite my effort to reduce my carbon foot print. I looked on Newegg site and most reports were 5 stars but looking at the date the people could have only had the firmware prior to 1.0.2.3 which is 1.0.1.10. I downgraded my firmware to the version prior to what mine was factory shipped on. It has been working on 1.0.1.10 for 30 days now no issue. I happy it is working and my carbon footprint has been reduced. I am however very concerned that as new security threats emerge that I will not be able to upgrade this until Cisco fixes this reliability issue.

Other Thoughts: I would hope Cisco fixes the firmware reliability issue.

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  • Dennis C.
  • 10/15/2014 8:15:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnexpected Failures....

Pros: Easy configuration, guest network isolation, management features for MAC addressing, separate VLANS, POE support.

Cons: It doesn't last.....Had 3 out of 4 of these go bad within a year (get's stuck in a constant reboot). Not ideal for any networks over 25 clients.....Two of our replacements have already failed with similar result (constant reboot). All were running latest firmware at time of failure.

Other Thoughts: We really never use Cisco products....have Netgear and D-Link routers / access points forever until deciding on these....poor choice....too bad you have to spend high dollar for a reliable Cisco appliance.

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  • Ruben R.
  • 8/7/2014 10:44:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThese can cluster together

Pros: I love these access points. Easy to hang/mount. The cluster feature (easily setup via the setup wizard) is outstanding. I am very impressed with this product. My company has six of these setup spanning 5 buildings and they are rock solid. Did I mention I like the cluster feature?

Cons: I gave this product five stars. There really aren't any cons that I can think of. Just be sure you have a POE (power over ethernet) switch in your system.

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  • Blas R.
  • 6/20/2014 6:52:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly

Pros: The installation and setup was super easy to get started. I have three AP's setup as a cluster and as I'm walking around the building the system automatically switches me the the best performing AP.

Cons: No cons right now

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  • Nancy B.
  • 6/3/2013 9:58:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs5 Flawless

Pros: Stand alone AP
VLAN Support
802.11 a/b/g/n
10/100/1000
PoE

Cons: Requires seperate power supply purchase and or PoE injector purchase (to be expected)

Other Thoughts: I had the WAP4410N out of 13 I only have 3 left since they crash without warning and drop connections all the time. These WAP321 seem much much better. I have left two of them left on in high traffic areas without a reboot for about 8 months now running one back on lastest firmware as a test and they are running great!

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  • MARC M.
  • 1/22/2013 8:18:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMisleading Speeds

Pros: Great device in general. Lots of great options for a small business, including QoS and VLAN support.

Cons: The advertised speed of 300Mbps is misleading when used in the 2.4GHz range. If the 20/40MHz channel bandwidth setting is enabled, the device enforces a "good neighbor" policy if it detects a neighboring AP using a channel within +/- 40MHz (2 channels) of its own channel. What this means is that the AP drops to 20MHz and won't support speeds higher than 144Mbps. To Cisco's credit, this is compliant with the 801.11n-2012 spec and their tech support was great in helping me figure out the problem. But what it means is that older devices that don't have the 2012 regulations will support 40MHz (and 300Mbps) even though they will be considered "bad neighbors".

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  • Tion L.
  • 11/30/2012 5:13:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswap321

Pros: Gui is great for beginners.

Cons: no console port.

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