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Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup
Secure and Easy to Deploy Wireless-N Networking with Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity

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Cisco Small Business 300 Series
Cisco WAP321 IEEE 802.11n 300 Mbit/s Wireless Access Point
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  • Provides selectable-band high-bandwidth 802.11n wireless connectivity for maximum performance
  • Supports high-speed connections with Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface for demanding applications
  • Single Point Setup simplifies the deployment of multiple wireless access points
  • Bridges wired LANs together wirelessly to reduce cabling and installation costs
  • Easy to set up and manage by using the configuration wizard
  • Safeguards business information with enhanced security, including advanced encryption, secure authentication, and rogue access point detection

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 Single Point Setup 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 on a single WAP321. With Single Point Setup, the wireless LAN can scale up to a total of eight WAP321 devices to provide broader coverage and to support additional users as business needs change.

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 WiFi Protected Access (WPA2), encoding all your wireless transmissions with powerful encryption. 802.1X RADIUS authentication helps keep unauthorised users out. Single Point Setup is a controllerless multi-access point deployment technology that allows you to deploy and manage multiple access points in a simple and cost-effective way across your premises.

Single Point Setup provides a unique centralized method to administer and control wireless services across multiple devices. Via one access point on the LAN, you have a single view of the whole WLAN to replicate configuration, security, and management across all access points.

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 1 shows a typical configuration using this wireless access point. Figures 2 and 3 show the front and back, respectively, of the Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup.

Figure 1. Typical Configuration

Figure 2. Front Panel


Figure 3. Back Panel

Features and Benefits:

  • 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.
  • Single Point Setup controllerless multi-access point deployment and management technology makes configuration simple.
  • 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.
  • Support for PoE enables easy installation without the expense of additional wiring.
  • Workgroup 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 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.

Technical Specifications:




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 PoE


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. (169.08 x 169.42 x 35 mm)


0.606 lb or 275g




Peak PoE power


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


802.1X supplicant




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)

Multi-Access Point Management

Single Point Setup


Maximum access points per cluster


Active clients per cluster



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 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz (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

2 dBi each antenna

Transmitted output power

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

Receiver sensitivity

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

Wireless Distribution System (WDS)




Fast roaming

802.11i preauthentication

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, and Voice profile

Operating Modes

Access point

Access Point mode, WDS bridging, Workgroup Bridge mode



12V 1A DC input, and IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE


FCC class B, CE, IC, Wi-Fi

Operating temperature

0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)

Storage temperature

-20° to 70°C (-4° to 158°F)

Operating humidity

10% to 85% noncondensing

Storage humidity

5% to 90% noncondensing

Mean time between failures (MTBF)

492281 hours

Package Contents

  Cisco WAP321 Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with Single Point Setup
  Ceiling/wall mounting kit
  User guide on CD-ROM
  Quick-start guide
  Ethernet network cable

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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Pricing Notes:

Cisco Products
Cisco Small Business 300 Series
Cisco WAP321 IEEE 802.11n 300 Mbit/s Wireless Access Point
Our Price: Request a Quote