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Here is a feature summary for the WAP121, which is very similar to the WAP321's:

  • AP/WDS Bridge/WDS Repeater modes
  • Client bridge mode (no WDS required)
  • Four SSIDs (vs. 8 on the WAP321)
  • SSID broadcast control
  • 1 management VLAN plus 4 VLANs for SSID
  • SSID to VLAN mapping
  • Auto-channel selection
  • Transmit power adjust
  • Multicast and Legacy Rate setting
  • MCS setting
  • Rogue AP detection
  • WAP and Station Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA) QoS (802.11e)
  • TSPEC support
  • Bandwidth utilization (% of AP bandwidth used before AP stops allowing associations)
  • Diffserv based client QoS
  • Client limit (16 maximum, 10 active recommended)
  • 802.11i preauthentication for fast roaming
  • IPv6 Host, RADIUS,syslog, NTP support
  • Wireless enable/disable scheduling per SSID
  • WiFi Protected Setup (no physical pushbutton)
  • WEP, WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise security
  • MAC address filtering
  • Management access control
  • IPv4, IPv6, MAC Deny/Permit ACL
  • HTTP/HTTPS/Telnet/SSH/Bonjour/SNMP v3 administration
  • Internal and syslog log support
  • LAN and WLAN traffic statistics
  • Packet capture
  • 802.1d Spanning Tree support

Now that I've made you read the list, Table 2 has what you really want to know—the difference between the WAP121 and WAP321's features.

  WAP121 WAP321
VLANs 1 management VLAN plus 4 VLANs for SSID 1 management VLAN plus 8 VLANs for SSID
SSIDs 4 8
Captive Portal No Yes
Client Limit 16 maximum , 10 recommended 32 maximum, 20 recommended
Bands 2.4 GHz 2.4 / 5 GHz, selectable
Table 2: WAP 121 / WAP321 Feature comparison

Figure 5 is a shot of the web admin interface so you can confirm that the Captive Portal option isn't there. The interface is otherwise the same as the WAP321's and many other Cisco small-biz products. It requires a wide format screen and therefore isn't tablet and notebook friendly. You'll find yourself doing a lot of horizontal scrolling, especially in the status screens.

WAP121 landing page

Figure 5: WAP121 landing page

Cisco unfortunately doesn't have an online emulator so that you can take the WAP121 for a test drive. There are a lot of features and nuances, so you might want to download the admin guide.

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