Catalyst Access Points: Intelligence at the RF Layer


Every Wi-Fi performance boost since 1997 has focused on the same three things: modulation, spatial streams, and channel bonding.

So what’s different about the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard? Quite a bit actually. Especially when it comes to all new capacity, performance, and scale.

How well can you explain Wi-Fi 6?

Watch “Fundamentals of Wi-Fi 6: Capacity Is the New Metric”

Now, take that same Wi-Fi 6 and pair it with the new Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points. This brings 4x capacity gains, IoT scalability, intelligence and innovation at layer 1 with the Cisco RF ASiC.

Three wireless experts join us on this episode: Anupam Upadhyaya, Cristian Raducanu, and Frederick Niehaus.

Watch Wi-Fi 6 and the Cisco Access Points That Support It

What to do now? Join us for a LIVE interactive workshop on Wednesday, July 31 at 10 AM PDT. (CLICK HERE FOR THE REPLAY) Even if you can’t make the live session, register now to make sure you get quick access to the recorded replay.

Get More Out of Your Wi-Fi with Cisco DNA Spaces

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Do you have visibility into how people and things interact in your physical properties, the kind of real-time insights to drive business outcomes? Probably not. Physical spaces are a data blind spot for most enterprises. Not anymore, with Cisco DNA Spaces.

Cisco DNA Spaces uses your existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to digitize physical locations, including people (visitors, guests, employees) and things (sensors, smart devices, assets). It simplifies how location services are consumed by bringing all location products and applications together onto one cloud platform. You can turn on thousands of Wi-Fi locations easily and quickly, and control everything through a single dashboard.

Join us and learn how to avoid ‘digital blind spots’: Cisco DNA Spaces: Eliminating Your Data Blind Spot.

Your wireless network can be used for more than just connectivity. Cisco DNA Spaces is a location cloud platform that will transform your Wi-Fi network into a powerful sensor that can unlock insights and trends about the people and things in your spaces. It also provides the tools to turn this data into action.

Rajesh Reddy covers:

  • July Systems and the mobile experience
  • The pivot from scalable mobility to location services
  • Extracting as much information about your physical visitors as you can with web visitors
  • No new sensor network - everything is accomplished with your existing infrastructure
  • Physical world analytics with examples from
    • Hospitality: staff notifications when a high-value guest arrives
    • Retail
  • Activation within hours - low risk

Darryl Sladden in the lab:

  • See, Act and Extend
    • See: visibility into people and things using the existing Wi-Fi as the detection mechanism
    • Act: rules engines so you can set up actions that occur when certain conditions are met
    • Extend: normalized data provided to 3^rd^ parties with API’s, App Store
  • Drive specific behaviors
  • Conduct historical comparisons over time and between locations
  • Rules of engagement: Operational Insights on a previous TechWiseTV:
  • Free trial for Meraki or Catalyst Wireless customers:

Applications on Network Switches?

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It starts with acknowledging just how much data we are all dealing with. Massive. That data needs to be collected and analyzed so that it can be acted upon. Faster.

It's become unwieldy to do this processing in remote servers. Collecting and analyzing data at the edge and making decisions locally rather than in centralized servers significantly reduces the latency and bandwidth of the network. But it also assumes a level of intelligence, or context that can be shared with the network.

(Watch the WORKSHOP REPLAY right now)

Powered by an x86 CPU, the application hosting solution on the Cisco Catalyst 9000 series switches provides the intelligence required at the edge. Native docker engine support on Catalyst switches enables you to build and bring your own applications without additional packaging.

Cisco DNA Center now provides consistent workflows to manage the entire application lifecycle across multiple Catalyst 9000 series switches through the “App Hosting” dashboard.

Two special guests:

  • Surya Raju, Product Manager will walk us through

    • Key reasons for doing application hosting on your network switches, from monitoring, troubleshooting and security.

    • Storage and compute options, what you need to know

    • 3rd party support options as part of the switching application eco-system

    • Supported platforms

    • ‘Other’ switch vendors and their ability to host applications

    • New DevNet resources you can play with in our Application Hosting Sandbox, a free 24/7 hosted development lab for integrating and working with code:

  • Sai Zeya, Technical Marketing Engineer will give us a live demonstration with specifics on the Docker workflow. From pulling the right image, uploading and deployment…plus un-installation. GUI or CLI…both will be covered.

Plus…live Q&A

Don’t miss the ‘Code for Catalyst challenge:

Watching the episode first: Application Hosting on Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches