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CISCO SYSTEMS WAP321-A-K9Wireless N Selectable Band AP

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  • Selectable Band Access Point
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  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 7.9 x 2.6 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B007R1SIY0
  • Item model number: WAP321-A-K9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 3, 2012

Product Description

Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with PoE

Customer Reviews

They're great for seamless access points.
Mark Webb
Not IOS but the web interface is easy and straightforward.
Chris M. Schock
That being said, it is worth every penny.
Greg

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Nick S. on May 24, 2012
Verified Purchase
One Liner: Solid access point with rich features, but low dBm signal and only one (selectable) band. Not worth the cost.

This is one of Cisco's newest small business series APs, released in early 2012 along with the WAP121. It has an extremely rich set of features, including complex traffic priority settings and security options. It supports IPv6 and also provides captive portal features. That said, it seems overpriced for the feature set, even compared to Cisco's own lineup. I'm a huge Cisco fan, and was hopeful that the gear would be great, but I ended up returning my WAP321 because of signal issues.

Pros:
* Incredibly feature rich
* Captive portal support
* PoE & GigE support
* 8 VLANs & SSIDs (you probably don't need this many) [versus 4 for the WAP121]
* 32 connected clients [20 active] versus 20 [10 active] for the WAP121
* Sleek & professional appearance

Cons:
* Non-dual band (2.4 or 5, not both)
This is a big deal. Many new devices don't support 5 ghz (e.g. the Samsung Nexus S is only 2.4 ghz), making a 5ghz-only access point pretty useless. Even some of the Cisco/Linksys entry-level routers support simultaneous dual-band for half this cost.
* Price
Cisco is asking a lot (about twice the cost of the WAP121) for very few additional features. Plus they don't include a power adapter (but they do for the WAP121).

For approximately the same cost, you can get truly *enterprise-grade* access points, including others by Cisco!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wz25 on March 21, 2013
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Use case: urban small condo home office. Total square footage = ~1600. Relatively crowded 2.4 band but sparsely populated in the 5.2 space.

I've used (still do) several Aironet APs over the years, and currently run an 1140 for wireless-G; the thing refuses to die or even show a bit of stress under heavy usage (browsing with up to 7 concurrent usrs and single-user video streaming over the LAN). We work from home quite often, so network uptime is always a prime concern.

We used a Procurve M-200 for dedicated 5.2GHz wireless-N for a few years, and it performed admirably, if unexceptionally. Until very recently, it was almost as stable as our Aironet 1140, but demonstrated a few odd hiccups (certain clients/cards refused to maintain connections). For some reason, the V-M200 failed to pass traffic a few weeks ago, which required a reboot-- we'd get a few days of stable usage before the same thing happened. It was time to shop for a replacement WAP.

In the SMB space, there weren't many good replacement options for the V-M200 until Cisco brought the WAP321 to market. As others have pointed out, the WAP321 isn't a typical Aironet, but what it might lack in features required for a large enterprise, it makes up for (IMO) in ease of configuration and support for personal/SMB customers.

For starters, Cisco did an exceptional job with the web GUI. I'm not a network engineer by any means, and was able to stumble along with the clunky but functional 1140 GUI, which to be perfectly fair, was never intended as the primary means of configuration. The 321 on the other hand, is clearly designed to be web GUI managed, so kudos to Cisco for their efforts.

Our WAP321 is wall-mounted and POE-powered, with two VLANs configured.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By plp on July 22, 2012
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Although there have been some criticisms on cost and speed in prior reviews, I found this WAP321 to be a great access point. My home setup is a Cisco RV180 router with a Cisco SG300-10P POE GbE switch. I have 4 WAP321's around the house and enjoy great download/upload speeds on wifi.

The installs were a cinch, and I'm able to seamlessly roam around the house (the house is relatively long and narrow). One of the WAP321's I installed in the garage and the coverage in the patio/pool area outside the garage is great! I had tried using a Hawking wireless bridge but gave up after 2 or 3 tries.

I like seggregating traffic on multiple SSID's. Past the intiial (easy) configs, they'be been up and running for 3-4 months with no issues whatsoever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bangin-Fast-One on October 2, 2013
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Well I love Cisco. Purchase 30 of these for a project and they are worked flawlessly out of the box. No issues and no need for tech support. Cisco is the king of Networking
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ztrainz on April 20, 2013
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Great signal strength. Unfortunately it would keep disconnecting my devices. Galaxy Nexus, Droid X, Xoom, and iPad all regularly loose connection. It still would show full strength but would stop relaying packets to the internet. Cisco's community support pages have talked about this as an ongoing problem with no resolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Eckelman on February 16, 2014
I used the wizard to set up 3 of them, at least I tried. Every time I would change the password during the wizard dialog and then get locked out. I ended up using the normal menu system to change the admin password and configure the 3 APs in a cluster. Once that was done it was flawless. Just set one of them and the other 2 automatically assume the same settings. They all work together as one big AP with the same SSID seamlessly.

Yes. I had to buy AC adapters separately cause the switch doesn't provide POE. Bought them at RS.
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