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Cisco 1600I Coverage

Posted on 2013-11-12
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http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/technology/apdeploy/Cisco_Aironet.html

Does any one have experience with the Cisco AP 1600I, I am looking to get a good idea on what sort of range should be expected.

And any other good or bad review would be awesome too!
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The 1600i has great indoor coverage.  Obviously it depends on the type of environment it's going to be installed in, but typically you'll see a range of anywhere up-to 30m at its lowest data-rate in open-space.

I wouldn't ever suggest doing that though unless your bandwidth requirement is minimal and you only have one or two clients connecting to the AP.

If you want 300Mbps at 5GHz using this AP you'd probably want to be within 20-30ft of the AP at most.
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craigbeck, thanks for the reply.  We are a retail organization, and we currently deploy an ISR /with build in WIFI .
The Problem we face is that in some locations the ISR in the back room, which doesn't always provide enough coverage to the front of the store. My intention would be use place a 1600 center of the store, as an extension to an ISR, or depending on the size of the location use an ISR with out WIFI and place one ore more 1600's on the show room floor to ensure the coverage is strong.
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I'd go with APs on the shop floor - forget about the AP in the ISR.
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What do you think about the 1600I vs the 1600E?
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The 1600E is the same unit, just with a different enclosure rating, and external antenna connectors.

Unless you have to mount the AP at a huge height, or you need to take it outside, the 1600i will be fine in a wide-open space if mounted horizontally (as in on a table or ceiling).

The 1600E is usually used in rugged environments such as warehouses for example.
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