Cisco Meraki CW9164
High Performance Wi-Fi 6E Wireless
Our Price: $1,471.39
High Performance Wi-Fi 6E wireless
Tri-band 802.11ax-compliant access point with separate radios dedicated to security, RF management, and Bluetooth® coupled with a USB port for added connectivity options.
Flexible Deployment Options
With the flexibility to choose between cloud- and on-premises management, the Catalyst 9164 Series Access Point ensures network investment protection and unlocks the power of hybrid work. The Wi-Fi 6E-compliant access point takes advantage of the 6-GHz band expansion to produce a network that is more reliable and secure, with higher throughput, more capacity, and less device interference. The access points come with one 2x2:2 and two 4x4:4 radios and provide a host of cutting-edge features.
With the industry’s leading network architecture (Catalyst) joining the industry’s leading cloud IT platform (Meraki), this access point provides an unparalleled network experience. For organizations that need solutions to power hybrid work, and that allow their people to work anywhere at any given time with elevated, secure, and connected experiences, the Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points are the best choice.
Operational management is not static, as customers are able to change their network management whenever they want. If a network with Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points was originally an on-premises deployment, it can be changed to cloud-based management without the need to purchase and redistribute additional hardware.
6 GHZ Radio Architecture
Tri-band configuration unlocks the use of the new spectrum in the 6GHz frequency range. This provides additional channels to increase throughput and reduce interference and noise from legacy devices. 6GHz support ensures that the CW9164 supports future technologies.
Designed for next-generation deployments in offices, schools, hospitals, retail shops, and hotels, the CW9164 offers high throughput, enterprise-grade security, and simple management.
The CW9164 provides a maximum of 7.49 Gbps* aggregate frame rate with concurrent 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6GHz radios. A dedicated fourth radio provides real-time WIDS/WIPS with automated RF optimization, and a fifth integrated IoT radio delivers Bluetooth scanning and beaconing.
With the combination of cloud management, high-performance hardware, multiple radios, and advanced software features, the CW9164 makes an outstanding platform for the most demanding of uses. This includes high-density deployments and bandwidth or performance-intensive applications like voice (Cisco WebEx) and high-definition video.
CW9164 and Meraki cloud management
Management of the CW9164 is through the Meraki cloud, with an intuitive browser-based interface that enables rapid deployment without time-consuming deployment complexity and time-consuming staging process. Since the CW9164 is self-configuring and managed over the web, it can be deployed at a remote location in a matter of minutes, even without on-site IT staff.
24x7 monitoring via the Meraki cloud delivers real-time alerts if the network encounters problems. Remote diagnostic tools enable immediate troubleshooting over the web so that distributed networks can be managed with a minimum of hassle.
The CW9164’s firmware is automatically kept up to date via the cloud. New features, bug fixes, and enhancements are delivered seamlessly over the web. This means no manual software updates to download or missing security patches to worry about.
- 2x2:2 and 4x4:4 MU-MIMO 802.11ax compatible
- 7.49 Gbps tri-radio aggregate frame rate
- 24x7 real-time WIDS/WIPS and spectrum analytics via dedicated fourth radio
- Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon and scanning radio
- 1x 2.5 Gbps mGig Ethernet port
- USB 2.0 host interface (Type A connector) with a 4.5W power budget
- Enhanced transmit power and receive sensitivity
- Full-time Wi-Fi location tracking via dedicated 3rd radio
- Integrated enterprise security and guest access
- Application-aware traffic shaping
- Optimized for voice and video
- Self-configuring, plug-and-play deployment
- Sleek design blends into office environments
Tri–radio aggregate frame rate of up to 7.49 Gbps*
A 6 GHz 4x4:4, 5 GHz 4x4:4, and 2.4 GHz 2x2:2 radio offer a combined tri–radio aggregate frame rate of 7.49 Gbps*. Technologies like transmit beamforming and enhanced receive sensitivity allow the CW9164 to support a higher client density than typical enterprise-class access points, resulting in better performance for more clients from each AP.
Multi User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO)
With support for features of 802.11ax, the CW9164 offers DL and UL MU-MIMO and OFDMA for more efficient transmission to multiple clients. Especially suited to environments with numerous mobile devices, MU-MIMO and OFDMA enable multiple clients to receive data simultaneously. This increases the total network performance and improves the end-user experience.
IoT and Bluetooth Low Energy Radio
An integrated Bluetooth radio provides seamless deployment of Bluetooth Low Energy beacon functionality and effortless visibility of Bluetooth devices. The CW9164 enables the next generation of location-aware applications while future-proofing deployments, ensuring it’s ready for any new customer engagement strategies.
Automatic cloud-based RF optimization
The CW9164’s sophisticated and automated RF optimization means that there is no need for the dedicated hardware and RF expertise typically required to tune a wireless network. The RF data collected by the dedicated fourth radio is continuously fed back to the Meraki cloud. This data is then used to automatically tune the channel selection, transmit power, and client connection settings for optimal performance under even the most challenging RF conditions.
Integrated enterprise security and guest access
The CW9164 features integrated, easy-to-use security technologies to provide secure connectivity for employees and guests alike. Advanced security features such as AES hardware-based encryption and Enterprise authentication with 802.1X and Active Directory integration provide wired-like security while still being easy to configure. CW9164 will also support 192-bit encryption along with WPA3 support for added security of the wireless network.
One-click guest isolation provides secure, Internet-only access for visitors. PCI compliance reports check network settings against PCI requirements to simplify secure retail deployments.
Dedicated scanning radio delivers 24x7 Air Marshal and RF analytics
There’s no need to choose between wireless security (AirMarshal), advanced RF analysis, and serving client data. A dedicated scanning radio means that all functions occur in real-time without impacting client traffic or AP throughput.
The CW9164’s dedicated tri-band scanning radio security radio continually monitors the environment, characterizing RF interference and containing wireless threats like rogue access points. Containment is only possible in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies as 6 GHz requires Protected Management Frames (PMF).
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) & Mobile Device Management (MDM) integration
Meraki Systems Manager natively integrates with the CW9164 to offer automatic, context-aware security. System Manager’s self-service enrollment helps to rapidly deploy MDM without installing additional equipment and then dynamically tie firewall and traffic shaping policies to client posture.
Application-aware traffic shaping
The CW9164 includes an integrated layer 7 packet inspection, classification, and control engine, enabling the configuration of QoS policies based on traffic type, helping to prioritize mission-critical applications while setting limits on recreational traffic like peer-to-peer and video streaming. Policies can be implemented per network, SSID, user group, or individual user for maximum flexibility and control.
Voice and video optmizations
Industry-standard QoS features are built-in and easy to configure. Wireless Multimedia (WMM) access categories, 802.1p, and DSCP standards support all ensure important applications get prioritized correctly, not only on the CW9164 but also on other network devices. Unscheduled Automatic Power Save Delivery (U-APSD) and Target Wait Time feature in 802.11ax clients ensure minimal battery drain on wireless VoIP phones.
Self-configuring, self-maintaining, always up-to-date
When plugged in, the CW9164 automatically connects to the Meraki cloud, downloads its configuration, and joins the appropriate network. Administrators can schedule automatic firmware upgrades for their Dashboard network seamlessly. This ensures the network is kept up-to-date with bug fixes, security updates, and new features.
CW9164 will support all the latest and greatest analytics to provide AI/ML anomaly detection, server root cause analysis, wireless client scoring based on performance and connectivity metrics, and network benchmarking for networks of similar size and vertical. Along with these features, CW9164 will provide advanced location analytics via API and graphs in the dashboard to provide a clear picture of client density and their movement across the floor plan.
Choice of Management Mode
Cisco Catalyst 9164 series access points can be managed either on-premises with Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers (WLC) or cloud-managed through the Meraki dashboard. Customers have the flexibility to deploy these access points in one management mode and migrate to the other in the future.
* Refers to maximum over-the-air data frame rate capability of the radio chipset, and may exceed data rates allowed by IEEE 802.11ax operation.
|802.11ax, 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11n capabilities||
|Quality of Service||
Note: Actual power consumption may vary depending on the AP usage.
|PoE power consumption||2.4 GHz radio||5 GHz radio||6 GHz radio||Link speed||USB||Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)|
|802.3bt (UPOE)||2x2||4x4||4x4||2.5Gbps||Y (4.5W)||30.5 W|
|802.3at (PoE+)||2x2||4x4||4x4||2.5Gbps||N||25 W|
|802.3af (PoE)||—||—||—||1Gbps||N||14 W|
Note: 802.3af PoE (only for configuration staging, all radios off)
* software features can be enabled via firmware updates
- Pricing and product availability subject to change without notice.
- *Rate is per month, per device with a 36-month term agreement
- Setup fees for Meraki as a Service may apply
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