Thursday, 17 December 2009

Cisco 802.11n router runs Linux

Cisco announced a Linux-based WiFi router to be the first 802.11n dual-band clustering access point. The Cisco AP 541N Wireless Access Point includes 802.11n, gigabit Ethernet, "robust" security, voice roaming, and clustering technology, enabling a single point of administration for multiple access points.

Applications for the Cisco AP 541N include mobile data, voice over wireless LAN, wireless video monitoring, and highly secure guest access, says Cisco. The router can be used as a standalone access point in small wireless environments, or it can be deployed as part of a larger data and communications network, such as the Cisco Smart Business Communication System (SBCS), says the company.

Specifications listed for the Cisco AP 541N include:

* Memory -- 64MB RAM
* Flash -- 32MB
* Networking -- 1 x gigabit Ethernet
* WiFi -- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Draft 2.0 compliant with 2.4GHz / 5GHz transceiver
* Antennas:
o 2.4GHz and 5GHz operation
o 2.0 dBi gain
o 360 degree horizontal beam width
o Supports 2T3R MIMO single radio module with 3 x antenna ports
* Security:
o WEP 64-bit/128-bit, WPA-Pre-Shared Key (WPA-PSK), WPA2-PSK, WPA-ENT, WPA2-ENT
o Wireless connection control, MAC-based
o SSID broadcast enable/disable
o Supports wireless client isolation between and within SSIDs
o Wireless clients can be authenticated via IEEE 802.1X
* Status LEDs -- Power, PoE, Diag, Speed, LAN, and WLAN 2.4G or WLAN 5G
* Power:
o 100 to 240 VAC; 50 to 60 Hz
o 12VDC, 1.25A
o 9.9 W max. power draw
o PoE capable
* Operating temperature -- 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
* Dimensions -- 12.1 x 1.7 x 7.1-inches (308 x 44 x 180mm)
* Weight -- 3 lbs
* Operating system -- Linux

Link on CISCO is h3r3

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