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Do you know the difference between the OmniAccess Stellar AP1101 & the AP1201?

What are the main differences between these devices? Read our article to discover what’s new on the OmniAccess Stellar AP1201 and find answers thanks to our FAQ

Post on 03.09.2019 by Louise

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has a very wide range of equipment, in this article you will find a focus on the Access Points OmniAccess Stellar and more specifically on the specifications and differentiation between the AP 1101 and the AP1201.


What are the main differences between these devices?


The main differences between the AP1101 and the AP1201 are the waves.


What differs wave 2 from wave 1?

The product that supports wave 2 has channels that would mostly move from 80 Mhz to 160 Mhz, this is a big difference when you know that 80 Mhz is the high end of the wave 1 channels. Having 160 Mhz provides a better bandwidth.

Wave 2 products has 4 spatial streams that upgrade the performance by a third compared to wave 1 products.

Wave 2 products can transmit to 4 single stream devices like smartphones that support MU-MIMO technology. The Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output is a part of wave 2 products such as the AP1201, it allows a base station to transmit and receive data from up to 4 users at the same time, thanks to this the comfort of the users improves.

So, what’s new on the 1201?

The AP has integrated support for BLE5.0 /ZigBee/ Thread, making it ideal for broad scope of IoT end-points and applications.

We switched wave 1 from the AP1101 for wave 2.

We add the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), this is the activity for a network infrastructure equipment to analyze the content of a network packet to derive statistics, filter them, or detect intrusions, spam or other predefined content.

Also, as we can see it, At first glance those Aps looks the same, that’s true for the front but not for the back and the sides. Indeed, the back and the sides of the AP 1101 are totally white whereas the ones of the AP 1201 are grey.

Frequently asks questions about these APs


What’s the max number of associated clients on the 1101?

There is a maximum of 128 clients per radio on the 1101 (there are two radios 2,4Ghz and 5Ghz)

What’s the max number of associated clients on the 1201?

There is a maximum of 256 clients per radio on the 1201 (there are two radios 2,4Ghz and 5Ghz)

Are they both managed by the Omnivista Cirrus Cloud platform?

Yes, you can manage the AP1101 and the AP1201 on Omnivista Cirrus Cloud platform.

Can I make an AP cluster with 1101 and 1201?

Yes, you can make a mixed models AP cluster it scales up to 256.


If you want more information about these APs here are the links:


OmniAccess Stellar AP1101:

OmniAccess Stellar AP1201:

OmniAccess Stellar AP1201H:



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  1. Dear Louise, to complement your post: the AP1201 is a 2×2:2 accesspoint so supports 2 spatial streams per radio. MU-MIMO in 802.11ac is only in the downstream direction. There can be four stations in a MU-MIMO group but this is downstream only. Downstream and upstream MU-MIMO is supported in the 802.11ax standard.

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