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Ciscos 1200 Series Advanced Performance Wireless LAN Access Point Solution:

Cisco Aironet 1200 Series Access Points deliver the security, manageability, upgradeable and reliability to create high-performance, enterprise-class Wi-Fi wireless LANs (WLANs).

With simultaneous support for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series preserves existing IEEE 802.11b investments and provides a migration path to future IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11g technologies. Its modular design supports single- and dual-band configuration, plus field upgradeable to change these configurations as requirements change and technologies evolve. Investment protection is further provided by large storage capacity and support for Cisco management tools, delivering the capacity and means to upgrade firmware and deliver new features as they become available.

The cast-aluminum-cased device provides the ruggedness required in factories and warehouse installations, while still meeting the aesthetic requirements of a corporate lobby. The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series supports both in-line power over Ethernet (PoE) and local power, features an integrated mounting system for wall and ceiling mounting, leverages Cisco's broad line of antennas, and delivers an extended operating temperature range. All this and more makes the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series the most flexible Access Points available, ideal for deployment in a wide range of industries, facilities, and orientations.


  • Designing and Deploying Higher Speed Wireless LANs TechTalk
    8/7/02 TechTalk covering: Designing 802.11a WLANs, Designing dual band WLANs (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Considerations for migrating to future technologies, Rules and regulations regarding WLAN deployments and Update on WLAN security and IEEE standards.

Product Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
Modular platform for single or dual band operation This flexible, dual-band design protects existing investments in 802.11b technology and provides an easy migration path for emerging technologies like 802.11a. Dual radios allow simultaneous operation of 2.4- and 5-GHz wireless networks offering the greatest number of available channels and, therefore, the greatest system capacity and scalability.
Field upgradeable radios The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series platform takes advantage of existing 802.11b wireless infrastructure and clients, and offers investment protection through field-upgradeable card bus and mini-PCI radios. Standard 802.11b radios can be purchased to meet current needs, and then an 802.11a module can be added as bandwidth requirements grow.
Eight megabytes of Flash memory Memory space for future firmware upgrades supports new 802.11 standards and advanced features.
Support for Cisco Discovery Protocol and Software Image Manager (SWIM) This support allows centralized and automatic upgrade of firmware on remote access points across the enterprise.
Standard 802.11b radio with 100-mW maximum transmit power and 85-dBm receive sensitivity at 11-Mbps data rate The 2.4-GHz radio in the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series offers superior radio performance that results in industry-leading range. The greater the range of the access point, the fewer access points needed, resulting in lower total system cost.
Industry-leading security, network management, and software feature set The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series software builds on the feature-rich, customer- driven Cisco Aironet software, including 802.1X support with mutual authentication and dynamic encryption keys and management through SNMP, Telnet, and Web browsers. The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series features are fully compatible with existing Cisco Aironet 340 and 350 Series products.
Two reverse-polarity threaded navel connectors (RP-TNC) for external antenna connection These connectors provide diversity support for the 2.4-GHz radio to improve reliability in high-multipath environments. The RP-TNC connectors are compatible with the Cisco Aironet optional antennas, enabling WLAN architects to customize radio coverage for specific deployment scenarios.
Support for both line power over Ethernet and local power (see below) The Cisco Aironet 1200 Series may be powered over the Ethernet cable by Cisco line power-enabled switches, multiport midspan power panels, or single-port power injectors. In instances where AC power is available at the installation location, the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series can be simply plugged into the electrical outlet. These flexible powering options simplify installation and decrease total cost of ownership.
Aesthetically pleasing cast aluminum case, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2043 certification, and extended operating temperature (-20 to 55C or -4 to 131F) The contemporary, yet rugged design of the Cisco Aironet 1200 Series provides flexibility for deployment in a variety of settings. The cast aluminum case meets the aesthetic requirements of enterprise companies. The rugged features support deployment in factories, warehouses, and the outdoors (in a NEMA enclosure). The broad operating temperature range and UL 2043 certification for plenum rating requirements set by local fire codes supports installation in environmental air spaces such as areas above suspended ceilings.
Multipurpose mounting bracket for wall, ceiling, and desktop installations The flexibility provided by the multipurpose mounting bracket ensures IS professionals numerous deployment options for site-specific requirements. The included mounting bracket can be installed on a wide variety of building materials, including drywall, cinderblock, and suspended ceilings.
Two separate locking mechanisms for the access point and radio Theft deterrence has become a requirement as wireless LANs proliferate into public areas. Additional investment protection is provided with built-in locking mechanisms. The customer's choice of off-the-shelf padlocks or laptop security cables ensures that the access point and radios are secure.

The Cisco Aironet 1200 can utilize a Cisco Catalyst 3524-PWR XL for its power.

A Cisco Catalyst Inline Power Patch Panel may be used to power the access point.

Cisco also offers a power injector to power the Cisco Aironet 1200.


Product Specifications

  With 802.11b radio installed Platform only
Part number Configurable:
AIR-AP1200 and AIR-MP20B-x-K9 (x=Regulatory Domain)


C=MII (China)
J= TELEC (Japan)
Not all regulatory domains have been approved. As they are approved, the part numbers will be available on the Global Price List.
Form factor Mini-PCI  
Data rates supported 1, 2, 5.5, and 11 Mbps  
Network standard 802.11b  
Uplink Autosensing 802.3 10/100BaseT Ethernet Autosensing 802.3 10/100BaseT Ethernet
Frequency band 2.412 to 2.462 GHz (FCC)
2.412 to 2.472 GHz (ETSI)
2.412 to 2.484 GHz (TELEC)
2.412 to 2.462 GHz (MII)
2.422 to 2.452 GHz (Israel)
Network architecture type Infrastructure, star topology Infrastructure, star topology
Wireless medium Direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS)  
Media Access Protocol Carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA)  
Modulation DBPSK @ 1 Mbps
DQPSK @ 2 Mbps
CCK @ 5.5 and 11 Mbps
Operating channels ETSI: 13; Israel: 7; North America: 11; TELEC (Japan): 14; MII: 11  
Nonoverlapping channels Three  
Receive sensitivity 1 Mbps: -94 dBm
2 Mbps: -91 dBm
5.5 Mbps: -89 dBm
11 Mbps: -85 dBm
Delay spread 1 Mbps: 500 ns
2 Mbps: 400 ns
5.5 Mbps: 300 ns
11 Mbps: 140 ns
Available transmit power settings 100 mW (20 dBm)
50 mW (17 dBm)
30 mW (15 dBm)
20 mW (13 dBm)
5 mW (7 dBm)
1 mW (0 dBm)

Maximum power setting will vary according to individual country regulations.

Range (typical @ maximum transmit power setting, 2.2 dBi gain diversity dipole antenna) Indoor:
130 ft (40m) @ 11 Mbps
350 ft (107m) @ 1 Mbps

800 ft (244m) @ 11 Mbps
2000 ft (610m) @ 1 Mbps

Compliance Standards:
  • UL 1950; CSA 22.2 No. 950-95; IEC 60950; EN 60950
  • Radio approvals:
    • FCC Part 15.247; Canada RSS-139-1 & RSS-210; Japan Telec 33B; Europe
    • EN-330.328; FCC Bulletin OET-65C; and Industry RSS-102
  • EMI and susceptibility:
    • FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109 Class B; ICES-003 Class B (Canada); CISPR 22 Class B
    • AS/NZS 3548 Class B; VCCI Class B; and EN 301.489-1 and -17
  • Other:
    • IEEE 802.11 and 802.11b
    • Microsoft WHQL
  • UL 1950; CSA 22.2 No. 950-95; IEC 60950; EN 60950
  • Operates license free under FCC Part 15 and complies as a Class B device
  • DOC regulations
  • UL 2043
  • EMI and susceptibility:
    • FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109 Class B; ICES-003 Class B (Canada); CISPR 22 Class B
    • AS/NZS 3548 Class B; VCCI Class B; and EN 301.489-1 and -17
SNMP compliance MIB1 I and MIB II MIB I and MIB
Antenna Two RP-TNC connectors (antennas optional, none supplied with unit) Two RP-TNC connectors (antennas optional, none supplied with unit)
Security architecture client authentication 802.1X support, including LEAP and EAP-TLS, to yield mutual authentication and dynamic, per-user, per-session WEP2 keys

Authentication by MAC3 address and by standard 802.11 authentication mechanisms

Encryption: Support for static and dynamic IEEE 802.11 WEP keys of 40 bits and 128 bits; support for WEP enhancements such as key hashing (per-packet keying) and MIC

Status LEDs Three indicators on the top panel report association status, operation, error/warning, firmware upgrade, and configuration, network/modem, and radio status. Three indicators on the top panel report association status, operation, error/warning, firmware upgrade, and configuration, network/modem, and radio status.
Automatic configuration support CiscoWorks RME4, CiscoWorks SWIM5, BOOTP, and DHCP6 CiscoWorks RME, CiscoWorks SWIM, BOOTP, and DHCP
Remote configuration support Telnet, HTTP, FTP,7 TFTP,8 and SNMP Telnet, HTTP, FTP, TFTP, and SNMP
Local configuration Direct console port (RJ-45 interface) Direct console port (RJ-45 interface)
Dimensions 6.562 in. (16.67 cm) wide; 7.232 in. (18.37 cm) deep; 1.660 in. (4.22 cm) high

Mounting bracket adds 0.517 in. (1.31 cm) to the height

6.562 in. (16.67 cm) wide; 7.232 in. (18.37 cm) deep; 1.660 in. (4.22 cm) high

Mounting bracket adds 0.517 in. (1.31 cm) to the height

Weight 25.6 oz (724g)

add 6.4 oz (181g) for mounting bracket

24 oz (680g)

add 6.4 oz (181g) for mounting bracket

Environmental -4 to 131F (-20 to 55C), 10 to 90% humidity (noncondensing) -4 to 131F (-20 to 55C), 10 to 90% humidity (noncondensing)
Input power requirements 48 VDC +/- 10%; 6 watts RMS 48 VDC +/- 10%; 6 watts RMS

A 110-220V power supply ships with the AIR-AP1200.

Warranty One year One year

Product System Requirements

Feature System requirement
Standard 802.1X-compliant user-level authentication and dynamic encryption keying One of the following RADIUS servers:
  • Cisco Secure Access Control Server Version 3.0 or greater
  • Cisco Access Registrar Version 1.7 or greater
  • Funk Software Steel Belted RADIUS Server Version 3.0 or greater
  • Interlink Networks RAD-Series RADIUS Server Version 5.1 or greater
CiscoWorks RME/SWIM CiscoWorks LMS1 or RWAN2
Line power over Ethernet support (2.4-GHz radio only) Cisco AIR-PSINJSYS1200= single-port power injector

Cisco Catalyst 3524-PWR XL Switch

Cisco Catalyst 4006 and 6500 Series Switches with inline power

Cisco WS-PWR-PANEL Midspan Power Patch Panel


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