Don't Let the Shift to -B Domain Cisco Access Points Confuse You

When the FCC released its official document (FCC 14-30A1) in April of 2014, wireless manufacturers were given two years to cease the sale of the old standard 5 Ghz radio spec. This is what led Cisco to shift from the -A part number to the -B part number now present in their wireless access points.

The change from -A to -B is not a simple matter, but this video can help clear up some questions you may have.

Understand the changes

As noted in the video, several changes have come about due to the new FCC regulation:

  • UNII 1 band adds four channels
  • UNII 1 band increases power output by one watt
  • Terminal Doppler bands add three channels
  • Extra requirements in UNII 3 band

What does it mean to you?

There are several factors we all need to be aware of when it comes to the shift from -A domain to -B domain Cisco access points:

  • New controller IOS requirements (8.0.132, 8.2.110, and 8.3.102)
  • Loss of compatibility
  • -A and -B access points can coexist
  • No forced upgrade

Hopefully this helped clear up some questions about the migration to Cisco -B domain access points.

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