Cisco Aironet 1240AG (AIR-LAP1242AG-A-K9) 802.11a/b/g Wireless Access Point Reviews

Cisco Aironet 1240AG (AIR-LAP1242AG-A-K9) 802.11a/b/g Wireless Access Point

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Professional-level product, feature rich, works well, expensive

Dec 30, 2007
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Pros:Flawless operation, up to date support for networking protocols and security

Cons:Price, expertise for configuring, firmware upgrades require subscription

The Bottom Line: Recommended as premium product for professional environment

This is an example of an access point that would typically be found in a large corporation's Enterprise environment. This model provides both 802.11b/g and 802.11a via two separate sets of antennas. In addition, the access point can be provided in two major ways: autonomous, and lightweight. As an autonomous access point, it can be programmed and functions much like a residential-level access point in a standalone fashion. As a LWAP, the unit must connect to a Cisco router which has a specialized module called a LWAP controller. The LWAP model provides additional features which are useful in an Enterprise network consisting of many AP's. The LWAP vs autonomous mode is determined by the software loaded on the AP.

Speaking of software, in order to use this product it's most handy to have a support contract with Cisco and online account allowing you to download new software. Cisco does not give away software updates for free for their Enterprise products, unlike the home product vendors like D-link, or Cisco's home line (Linksys).

Programming of the 1240AG can be done either via a web browser interface, or directly with the command line interface.

Documentation for this product is best-in-class, as Cisco's website is top notch. However, this product is not geared toward a home user, and a good degree of networking expertise and familiarity with Cisco products is required.

Note that I've only used this product as a lightweight access point. It did work flawlessly for my setup which was 802.11b/g with 802.1x external authentication with a Cisco server.

This is a very impressive product compared to the home routers I typically use.

Recommend this product? Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 350
Driver Availability: Other

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