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Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Power over Ethernet
Secure Wireless-N Networking with Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity
  • Provides selectable-band high-bandwidth 802.11n wireless connectivity for maximum performance
  • Supports high-speed connections with Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface for demanding applications
  • Bridges wired LANs together wirelessly to reduce cabling and installation costs
  • Easy to set up and use with wizard-based configuration
  • Safeguards business information with enhanced security, including advanced encryption, secure authentication, and rogue access point detection
Figure 1. Front Panel of the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable Access Point with PoE
Product Overview

As business applications become more powerful and sophisticated, organizations are looking for new ways to extend the performance and reach of their office networks. Delivering secure, high-speed wireless connectivity to employees, partners, and guests anywhere in the office is key. The Cisco® WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with PoE makes it easy to deliver advanced 802.11n wireless networking with business-class features - at an affordable price. This flexible solution is perfect for connecting up to 20 employees and can be expanded to accommodate additional users and changing business needs.

Built specifically for small businesses, the Cisco WAP321 offers selectable-band 802.11n wireless technology to deliver high throughput and extended range throughout your office. Advanced quality-of-service (QoS) features let you prioritize traffic to support bandwidth-sensitive applications. This sophisticated control enables you to take advantage of voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) to place or receive calls over the wireless LAN infrastructure.

Designed for growing organizations, the Cisco WAP321 offers the ability to smoothly scale your network by bridging wired LANs together wirelessly, to reduce cabling and installation costs. It supports multiple Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs) to enable you to segregate traffic for different departments, users, and communication devices.
For companies that need to provide secure wireless guest access, the Cisco WAP321 offers captive portal support that lets you create a wireless hotspot with visitor authentication.
The Cisco WAP321 is simple to set up and use, with intuitive wizard-based configuration to get you up and running in minutes. A sleek, compact design with flexible mounting options enables the access point to smoothly blend into any small business environment. Power over Ethernet (PoE) support makes the device easy to install without the need for separate power plugs or expensive new wiring.

To enhance reliability and safeguard sensitive business information data, the Cisco WAP321 supports Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2), encoding all your wireless transmissions with powerful encryption. 802.1X RADIUS authentication helps keep unauthorized users out.
With the Cisco WAP321, you can build on your existing network to deliver high-performance wireless access - with the scalability you need as your business grows and evolves.
Figure 2 shows a typical configuration using this Wireless Access Point.
Figure 2. Typical Configuration
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  • Highly secure, high-speed 802.11n wireless networking delivers enhanced throughput and extended range for bandwidth-intensive applications.
  • Wizard-based setup and configuration enables fast, simple deployment.
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface provides high-speed connectivity for faster downloads and demanding applications.
  • Selectable-band wireless access lets you switch bands to minimize interference from other office devices and improve performance.
  • Robust security, including WPA2, 802.1X with RADIUS secure authentication, and rogue access point detection, helps protect sensitive business information.
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) support enables easy installation without the expense of additional wiring.
  • Client bridge mode lets you expand your network by wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet network.
  • Elegant, compact design with internal antennas and versatile mounting kit enables installation on a ceiling, wall, or desktop.
  • Intelligent quality of service (QoS) prioritizes network traffic to keep critical network applications running at top performance.
  • Power-saving sleep mode and port control features help maximize energy efficiency.
  • Highly secure guest access enables safe wireless connectivity for visitors.
  • Support for IPv6 lets you deploy future networking applications and operating systems without costly upgrades.
Figure 3. Back Panel of the Cisco WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point with PoE
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Table 1 lists the specifications, package contents, and minimum requirements for the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N access point.
Table 1. Specifications for the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point




IEEE 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3, 802.3u, 802.1X (security authentication), 802.1Q (VLAN), 802.11i(WPA2 security), 802.11e(wireless QoS), IPv4 (RFC 791), IPv6 (RFC 2460),


Ethernet, Power


Power button (on/off)



Cabling type

Category 5e or better


Power, Wireless, LAN

Operating system


Physical Interfaces


Gigabit Ethernet, 12V DC power with support for 802.3af PoE

Power supply

Not included with access point, but supports external power 12V DC power jack (Energy Star 2.0 compliant with Efficiency Level 5) and 802.3af Power over Ethernet


Power (on/off) push button; Reset button

Lock slot

Slot for Kensington lock


Power, Wireless, Ethernet

Physical Specifications

Physical dimensions (W x D x H)

6.66 x 6.67 x 1.38 in or 169.08 x 169.42 x 35 mm


0.606 lb or 275g

Network Capabilities

Network protocols

IEEE 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3, 802.3u, 802.1X (security authentication), 802.1Q (VLAN), 802.11i (WPA2 security), 802.11e (wireless QoS), IPv4 (RFC 791), IPv6 (RFC 2460), RADIUS, syslog, HTTP/HTTPS, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

VLAN support


Number of VLANs

1 management VLAN plus 8 VLANs for SSID

Multiple SSIDs






SSID to VLAN mapping


Auto channel selection


Spanning tree


Load balancing




IPv6 Host support
IPv6 RADIUS, syslog, Network Time Protocol (NTP), etc.

Layer 2

802.1Q-based VLANS, 8 active VLANS plus 1 management VLAN



Yes, including Enterprise authentication

Access control

Yes, management access control list (ACL)plus MAC ACL

Secure management


Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Yes (soft WPS, no hardware push button)

SSID broadcast


Rogue access point detection


Mounting and Physical Security

Multiple mounting options

Desktop installation; mounting bracket included for easy ceiling or wall mounting

Physical security lock

Kensington lock slot

Quality of Service

Quality of service (QoS)

Wi-Fi Multimedia, Traffic Specification (WMM TSPEC)


Wireless throughput

Data rate =300 Mbps , actual client throughput will vary.

Recommended user support

Up to 32 connective users, 20 active users


Web user interface

Built-in web user interface for easy browser-based configuration (HTTP/HTTPS)


Management protocols

Web browser, SNMP v3, Bonjour

Remote management


Event logging

Local, remote syslog, email alerts

Network diagnostics

Logging and packet capture

Web firmware upgrade

Firmware upgradable through web browser, imported/exported configuration file

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

DHCP client

IPv6 host


HTTP redirect

Yes, and captive portal



Selectable-band 2.4GHz or 5GHz (not concurrent)

Radio and modulation type

Single radio, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)



Operating channels

1 to 13 (depending on country)

Wireless isolation

Wireless isolation between clients

External antennas


Internal antennas

Internal fixed PIFA antenna

Antenna gain in dBi

2dBi each antenna

Transmitted output power

802.11b@11Mbps: 17dBm
802.11g@54Mbps: 13dBm
802.11n@HT20HT40, MCS15: 13dBm

Receiver sensitivity

802.11b: 11Mbps @ -86dBm
802.11g: 54Mbps @ -71dBm
802.11n: 300Mbps @ -64dBm

Wireless distribution system (WDS)




Fast roaming

802.11i pre-authentication

Active WLAN clients

Same as number of users. 32 max connected users, 20 active users recommended

Multiple SSIDs


Wireless VLAN map


WLAN security


Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)

Yes, with automatic power save

Operating Modes

Access point

Access Point mode, WDS bridging, Client Bridge mode



12V 1ADC input, and IEEE802.3af compliant PoE


FCC class B, CE, IC, Wi-Fi

Operating temperature

0 to 40C (32 to 104F)

Storage temperature

-20 to 70C (-4 to 158F)

Operating humidity

10% to 85% noncondensing

Storage humidity

5% to 90% noncondensing

Package Contents

Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with PoE
Ceiling/wall mounting kit
User guide on CD-ROM
Ethernet network cable
Registration card

Minimum Requirements

802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n wireless adapter with TCP/IP protocol installed per PC
Switch/router with PoE support or PoE injector when used with PoE
Web-based configuration: Java-enabled web browser


Access point

Limited lifetime



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