Since Meraki is owned by Cisco, a lot of what you know about Meraki access points is true of Cisco devices, as well. And that applies to the Cisco Catalyst CW9162 Wi-Fi 6E access point.
But why are we talking about Cisco access points?
Sheer practicality. But why should you, a Meraki customer, care that you will soon be able to acquire Cisco access points? Because of course, Cisco owns Meraki. As a result, Cisco access points are compatible with Meraki hardware and the Meraki cloud operating system.
That means they can be substituted for Meraki access points. Easily.
Catalyst plus Meraki equals WOW!
Catalyst is arguably the industry’s leading network architecture. And Meraki’s is arguably the leading cloud IT platform. Combining them will simply give you an unparalleled network experience. Need to power hybrid work from anywhere at any given time with elevated, secure, and connected experiences? The Cisco Catalyst CW9162 Wi-Fi 6E is a phenomenal choice.
Operational management is not static, as customers are able to change their network management whenever they want. If a network with the 9162 was originally an on premises deployment, it can be changed to cloud-based management easily. Without the need to purchase and redistribute additional hardware.
The Cisco Catalyst CW9162 Wi-Fi 6E can also be paired with Catalyst 9800 WLC and Cisco DNA Center. Cisco DNA Center allows you to understand your network with real time analytics. You will quickly detect and contain security threats, and easily provide network wide consistency through automation and virtualization.
Meraki Cloud Management
Pairing the Cisco Catalyst access points with the Meraki cloud gives you a unified IT experience for network management. The Meraki dashboard provides an incredibly intuitive and easy-to-use web interface.
Cisco Catalyst CW9162 by the numbers
As stated already, the CW9162 is a Wi-Fi 6E compliant. Tri-band configuration unlocks the use of the new spectrum in the 6GHz frequency range. This provides additional channels to increase throughput and reduce interference and noise from legacy devices. 6GHz support ensures that the CW9162 supports future technologies.
The CW9162 provides up to 3.9 Gbps aggregate frame rate. It has concurrent 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6GHz radios. A dedicated fourth radio provides real-time WIDS/WIPS, and a fifth integrated IoT radio delivers Bluetooth scanning and beaconing. It has 1x 2.5 Gbps mGig Ethernet port.
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