Cisco Catalyst C9105AXI-EWC-D Access Point

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on C9105AX Access Point

Category : Wireless
Brand : Cisco
Model : C9105AXI-EWC-D


The Cisco® Catalyst® 9105 Series Access Points are the most versatile next generation access point in enterprise grade. They are resilient, secure, and intelligent.

Extending Cisco’s intent-based network and perfect for networks of all sizes, the Catalyst 9105 Access Points scale to meet the growing demands of IoT while fully supporting the latest innovations and new technologies. The Catalyst 9105 come in different mounting options: the Catalyst 9105i which can be mounted to the ceiling using a specifically designed mounting bracket or can be placed on the desk. The Catalyst 9105w is specifically designed to be mounted to the wall and is ideal for hospitality, residence halls and other multi-dwelling units.

With the emergence of many Wi-Fi compliant and IOT devices, most are connected over Wi-Fi. Since most apps are network dependent, bandwidth intensive and latency sensitive, we are more dependent on the wireless network than ever before. An increasing numbers of devices connect to the network every year, ranging from high-performance client devices to low-bandwidth IoT devices, which puts your current network at risk for slower speeds. The Catalyst 9105 Access Points provide a seamless experience anywhere for everyone, with high scaling and unmatched performance in diverse network deployments. Going beyond the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) standard, the Catalyst 9105 Access Points provides integrated security, resiliency, and operational flexibility as well as increased network intelligence.

With the Catalyst 9105 Access Points, you can secure remote workers or the micro-office. The Catalyst 9105 access point is perfect for teleworker deployment because of its small form factor and low power consumption. This easy-to-install teleworker access point provides secure wired and wireless access for organizations with employees who work from home. The Catalyst 9105 teleworker access points are bundled with necessary accessories for easy home deployment.

The Cisco Catalyst 9105 Series Access Points, paired with the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA), are enterprise-class products that will address both your current and future needs. They are the first step in updating your network to take better advantage of all of the features and benefits that Wi-Fi 6 provides.

Cisco User Defined Network, allows IT to give end users control of their very own wireless network partition on a shared network. End users can then remotely and securely deploy their devices on this network. Perfect for university dormitories or extended hospital stays, Cisco User Defined Network grants both device security and control, allowing each user to choose who can connect to their network.

Features and benefits

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

The IEEE 802.11ax emerging standard, also known as High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) or Wi-Fi 6, builds on 802.11ac. It delivers a better experience in typical environments with more predictable performance for advanced applications such as 4K or 8K video, high-density, high-definition collaboration apps, all-wireless offices, and IoT. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, unlike the 802.11ac standard.

Uplink/downlink OFDMA

OFDMA-based scheduling splits the bandwidth into smaller frequency allocations called Resource Units (RUs), which can be assigned to individual clients in both the downlink and uplink directions to reduce overhead and latency.

Downlink MU?MIMO technology

Supporting two spatial streams, MU-MIMO enables access points to split spatial streams between client devices to maximize throughput.

BSS coloring

Spatial reuse (also known as Basic Service Set [BSS] coloring) allows the access points and their clients to differentiate between BSSs, thus permitting more simultaneous transmissions.

Target Wake Time

A new power-saving mode called Target Wake Time (TWT) allows the client to stay asleep and to wake up only at prescheduled (target) times to exchange data with the access point. This offers significant energy savings for battery-operated devices, up to 3x to 4x the savings achieved by 802.11n and 802.11ac.

Intelligent Capture

Intelligent Capture probes the network and provides Cisco DNA Center with deep analysis. The software can track more than 240 anomalies and instantaneously review all packets on demand, emulating the onsite network administrator. Intelligent Capture allows for more informed decisions on your wireless networks.

Application Hosting on Catalyst 9100 Access

Application Hosting on Catalyst 9100 Access Points helps future-proof and simplify IoT deployments by eliminating the need to install and manage overlay networks. Utilizing the USB interface, containerized applications and hardware modules can be deployed to reduce cost and complexity. Adding Cisco DNA Center provides workflows and deployment-wide application lifecycle management.

Bluetooth 5

Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5 radio enables location-based use cases such as asset tracking, way finding or analytics.

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

The 9105AX Series Wi-Fi 6 access points is available with a built-in controller. The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst 9100 Access Points provides an easy-to-deploy and manage option that does not require a physical appliance. The control resides on the access point so there is no added footprint or complexity. And, because it uses Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series code, it’s easy to migrate your network as your needs grow. For more details refer to the EWC data sheet.

Container support for applications

Container support enables edge computing capabilities for IoT applications on the host access point.

Apple features

Apple and Cisco have partnered to create an optimal mobile experience for iOS devices on corporate networks based on Cisco technologies. Using new features in Apple iOS, in combination with the latest software and hardware from Cisco, businesses can now more effectively use their network infrastructure to deliver an enhanced user experience across all business applications.

At the center of the collaboration is a unique handshake between the Cisco WLAN and Apple devices. This handshake enables the Cisco WLAN to provide an optimal Wi-Fi roaming experience to Apple devices. Additionally, the Cisco WLAN trusts Apple devices and gives priority treatment for business-critical applications specified by the Apple device. This feature is also known as Fast Lane.

Product specifications

  • Software
    • Catalyst 9105 AXI
    • Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 8.10.MR3 or later
    • Cisco IOS ® XE Software Release 17.3.1, or later
    • Catalyst 9105AXW
    • Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 8.10MR3 or later
    • Cisco IOS ® XE Software Release 17.3.1 or later
  • Supported wireless LAN controllers
    • Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
    • Cisco 3504, 5520, and 8540 Wireless Controllers and Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller
  • 802.11n version 2.0 (and related) capabilities
    • 2x2 MIMO with two spatial streams
    • Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC)
    • 802.11n and 802.11a/g
    • 20- and 40-MHz channels
    • PHY data rates up to 444.4 Mbps (40 MHz with 5 GHz and 20 MHz with 2.4 GHz)
    • Packet aggregation: Aggregate MAC Protocol Data Unit (A-MPDU) (transmit and receive), Aggregate MAC Service Data Unit (A-MSDU) (transmit and receive)
    • 802.11 Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS)
    • Cyclic Shift Diversity (CSD) support
  • 802.11ac
    • 2x2 downlink MU-MIMO with two spatial streams
    • MRC
    • 802.11ac beamforming
    • 20-, 40-, 80- MHz channels
    • PHY data rates up to 866.7 Mbps (80 MHz with 5GHz)
    • Packet aggregation: A-MPDU (transmit and receive), A-MSDU (transmit and receive)
    • 802.11 DFS
    • CSD support
    • WPA3 support
  • 802.11ax
    • 2x2 uplink/downlink MU-MIMO with two spatial streams
    • Uplink/downlink OFDMA
    • TWT
    • BSS coloring
    • MRC
    • 802.11ax beamforming
    • 20-, 40-, 80- channels
    • PHY data rates up to 1.488 Gbps (80 MHz with 5 GHz and 20 MHz with 2.4 GHz)
    • Packet aggregation: A-MPDU (transmit and receive), A-MSDU (transmit and receive)
    • 802.11 DFS
    • CSD support
    • WPA3 support
  • Integrated antenna
    • Catalyst 9105AXW
      • 2.4 GHz: Peak gain 3 dBi, internal antenna
      • 5 GHz: Peak gain 5 dBi, internal antenna
    • Catalyst 9105AXI
      • 2.4 GHz: Peak gain 4 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth
      • 5 GHz: Peak gain 5 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth
  • Interfaces
    • Catalyst 9105AXW
      • 1x 100/1000/2500 Base-T (Ethernet) Uplink Interface
      • 3x 10/100/1000 Base-T (Ethernet) Downlink Interface (LAN1,LAN2 and LAN3, LAN1 supports 10.5W PSE Power Budget)
      • Management console port (RJ-45)
      • USB 2.0 at 4.5W
      • Pass thru Port
    • Catalyst 9105AXI
      • 1x 10/100/1000 Base-T (Ethernet) Uplink Interface
      • Management console port (RJ-45)
  • Indicators
    • Status LED indicates boot loader status, association status, operating status, boot loader warnings, and boot loader errors
  • Dimensions (W x L x H)
    • Access point (without mounting brackets):
      • C9105AXW: 3.54 x 6.3 x 1.3 in. (90 x 160 x 32.66 mm)
      • C9105AXI: 5.9 x 5.9 x 1.18 in. (150 x 150 x 30 mm)
  • Weight
    • Cisco Catalyst 9105AXW
      • 0.8 lb. (373.2g)
    • Cisco Catalyst 9105AXI
      • 0.7 lb. (329.5g)
  • Input power requirements
    • 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), Cisco Universal PoE (Cisco UPOE ®)
    • Cisco power injector, AIR-PWRINJ6=
    • 802.3af PoE
    • Cisco power injector, AIR-PWRINJ5= (Note: This injector supports only 802.3af)
  • Catalyst 9105AXW 802.3af PoE
    • PoE power : 802.3af (PoE)
    • 2.4-GHz radio : 2x2
    • 5-GHz radio : 2x2
    • Link speed : 2.5G mGig
    • USB : Disabled
    • LAN1 PSE : Disabled
  • Catalyst 9105AXW 802.3at PoE+
      • PoE power : 802.3at (PoE+)
      • 2.4-GHz radio : 2x2
      • 5-GHz radio : 2x2
      • Link speed : 2.5G mGig
      • USB : Either USB or LAN1 PSE enabled.
      • LAN1 PSE : Either USB or LAN1 PSE enabled.
    • Environmental
      • Nonoperating (storage) temperature: -22° to 158°F (-30° to 70°C)
      • Nonoperating (storage) altitude test: 25?C, 15,000 ft (4600 m)
      • Operating temperature: 32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C)
      • Operating humidity: 10% to 90% (noncondensing)
      • Operating altitude test: 40?C, 9843 ft.(3000 m)
      • Note: When the ambient operating temperature exceeds 40°C, the access point will shift from 2x2 to 1x1 on the 2.4 GHz radio.
    • Available transmit power settings (Max/Min)
      • 2.4 GHz
        • 20 dBm (100 mW)
        • -7 dBm (0.2 mW)
      • 5 GHz
        • 20 dBm (100 mW)
        • -7 dBm (0.2 mW)
    • Regulatory domains
      • Note: Customers are responsible for verifying approval for use in their individual countries. To verify approval and to identify the regulatory domain that corresponds to a particular country, visit
      • For information about regulatory domain support, refer to the Cisco Regulatory Domain White Paper.