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Cisco Aironet 1560 Series Access Points: Wi-Fi for the Great Outdoors

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If you’ve been following the Mobility Blogs lately, you’ve heard all about the cool new 802.11ac Wave 2 capable indoor access points and I bet you’ve been wondering “Hey, what about the outdoor space?”.  Well, wonder no more.  We are launching the Cisco Aironet 1560 Series Outdoor Access Points here at CiscoLive in Las Vegas. 

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The AP1560 is based on the same rugged, compact housing as the AP1530, but provides numerous new enhancements. We’ve added two new product models to address specific use cases, added SFP support for fiber backhaul, and added the award winning CleanAir and ClientLink capabilities. Oh, and we’ve updated the radio to 802.11ac Wave 2.  All this while keeping the price very attractive.

Let’s look at each of the 4 models in the series a little closer. The AP1562I is a dual (2.4 and 5 GHz) radio with 3x3 MIMO supporting up to 3 spatial streams.  With the MU-MIMO capability of the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, the 1532I can support simultaneous downstream transmission to up to three Wave 2 clients. This will improve the spectrum efficiency, as more clients can get their data off the air faster and leave time for other clients. 


The AP1562E is 2x2 MIMO with 2 spatial streams.  The flexible antenna port technology first introduced in the AP1530 and subsequently incorporated in the AP1570 is also supported on the AP1560.  This allows the user to configure the antenna ports to support dual-band antennas or via simple SW command, support 5 GHz on the top two ports and 2.4 GHz on the bottom ports. The end user is thus fully empowered to select the antennas that best suit his requirement, be it omnidirectional, directional, or separate coverage for 2.4 and 5 GHz radios.

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Bringing something new to the party, the AP1562D address the need for easy to deploy access point for high density outdoor applications like stadiums, shopping malls, or university campuses. For high density areas, it is important to limit the co-channel interference from neighboring APs.  Having the directional antenna built-in to the AP, deployment is made simple and the visual impact is minimized.  The 1562D can also be used as a simple, easy to deploy, point-to-point bridge.


The final member of the 1560 family is the AP1562PS.  It is similar to the AP1562E, but the 5 GHz radio is replaced with a dedicated 4.9GHz radio.  In some countries (the United States, Canada, and Australia), the 4.9 GHz spectrum is allocated for licensed use by public safety agencies (fire departments, police departments, etc.) and certain critical infrastructure (utilities).  The AP1562PS supports this public safety band for those countries.  In Japan, under 802.11j, the 4.9 GHz band is also available for WiFi usage there.


So there you have it. Stop wondering about when Wave 2 is coming to the outdoor products.  It’s here.

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Beginner

Does the AP1560 series support lightweight AP mode using Cisco wireless controllers? If so, what wireless controllers does support it? It's not clear in the datasheet. What date is the product going to be generally available?

Cisco Employee

Hi Fletcher,

The AP1560 will operate in lightweight mode on the 8500/5500/2500 controller families. It will also be supported on the switches with controller functionality (3650/3850) as well ashte virtual controller (vWLC).

It will also be capable of running Mobility Express with the built-in controller functions.

First customer shipment (FCS) is planned for end of Sept.

-David

Beginner

David,

For the 1562D as a simple, easy to deploy, point-to-point bridge,  Does it have a standalone autonomous type mode or does it have to be setup with a LAN Controller?

Cisco Employee

AP1562D will not have standalone autonomous mode.  In a upcoming SW release early in CY17, we will have mesh mode and you can do PtP via the RAP to MAP link, but you will need a controller.  Still later, we plan to add Mobility Express plus Mesh mode so you will not need a external controller.

Beginner

David,

We have been attempting to determine Wireless LAN controller Software compatibility with the new AP1560 access points, but the matrix listed here Cisco Wireless Solutions Software Compatibility Matrix - Cisco doesn't even list any of the AP1560 models on it, despite being updated Jan 11, 2017. Can you provide the lowest supported wireless controller software version that supports the AP1560 models?

Cisco Employee

Fletcher,

The AP1560 is first supported for local, flex and Mobility Express mode in SW 8.3MR1.  Mesh support will come in SW release 8.4.

Beginner

David,

Is the irradiation diagram of the omni integrated and directional integrated antenna available?

Beginner

Is mesh support coming out soon for 1562s? I need to bridge two 1562s using a 5520 WLC. One 1562 is a remote APs bridged to the other.

Cisco Employee

Mesh support for AP1560 is coming in 8.4MR1. Beta code is available today if you would like to try it out.

-David

Beginner

I can confirm mesh works in beta code.with a vWLC small edition.

Any ballpark release data on 8.4MR1?  Would love to see 1560 mesh with Mobility Express.

Beginner

Is there a link to the Beta Code? Found it: https://supportforums.cisco.com/discussion/13237656/84-beta-available

Beginner

You have to apply for the beta program: https://supportforums.cisco.com/discussion/13237656/84-beta-available

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Beginner

Is there beta software release for 3650/3850 switch platforms to support the 1560? We have these radios and really need to deploy asap

Beginner

Is Flex+Bridge or Flex+Mesh going to be supported? I have a customer that wants to deploy them in a Mesh at a remote site, He has a virtual controller at his main site.

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