Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points Data Sheet

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The Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points (AP) allow you to choose between on-premises and cloud management. They are the next-generation APs perfect for mission-critical deployments and support the new 6-GHz band for Wi-Fi. It is resilient, secure, and intelligent.

Catalyst 9164I access point

Figure 1.               

Catalyst 9164I access point

With the flexibility to choose between cloud- and on-premises management, the Catalyst 9164 Series Access Point ensures network investment protection and unlocks the power of hybrid work. The Wi-Fi 6E-compliant access point takes advantage of the 6-GHz band expansion to produce a network that is more reliable and secure, with higher throughput, more capacity, and less device interference. The access points come with three 4x4 radios and provide a host of cutting-edge features.

With the industry’s leading network architecture (Catalyst) joining the industry’s leading cloud IT platform (Meraki), this access point provides an unparalleled network experience. For organizations that need solutions to power hybrid work, and that allow their people to work anywhere at any given time with elevated, secure, and connected experiences, the Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points are the best choice.

Operational management is not static, as customers are able to change their network management whenever they want. If a network with Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points was originally an on-premises deployment, it can be changed to cloud-based management without the need to purchase and redistribute additional hardware.

Table 1.           Catalyst 9164 Series features and benefits



Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)

The IEEE 802.11ax 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 the Internet of Things (IoT). Wi-Fi 6E is Wi-Fi 6 “extended” into the 6-GHz frequency band.

AP power optimizations (AP Power Save Mode)

AP Power optimizations (AP Power save mode) allows the access point to reduce its power consumption by e.g. shutting off radios during off-hours and weekends – whilst still being smart enough to re-engage all features should they be needed. This both saves power and reduces the carbon footprint of running a wireless network.

CleanAir Pro

CleanAir Pro extends Cisco’s industry leading RF Interference detection and classification into the 6 GHz band.

Band steering

Enhanced to help clients that are 6-GHz capable to leave the 5-GHz radio and connect to the 6-GHz one. Wi-Fi 6E clients are automatically directed to connect to the 6-GHz radio to take advantage of the benefits that it offers and free up the 2.4- and 5-GHz radios for legacy clients.

Uplink/downlink OFDMA

Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (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.

Uplink/downlink MU‑MIMO technology

Supporting the highest number with 12 spatial streams, multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) enables the 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

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 three to four times 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

Application hosting helps simplify IoT deployments and ready them for the future by eliminating the need to install and manage overlay networks. Using 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 5.1

The integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.1 radio enables location-based use cases such as asset tracking, wayfinding, and analytics.

Container support for applications

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

Choice of management mode

Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points can be managed either on-premises with Catalyst 9800 Wireless Lan Controllers (WLC) or cloud-managed through the Meraki dashboard. Customers have the flexibility to deploy these access points in one management mode and shift to a different management mode in the future.

For more details about Catalyst 9164 Series feature support, see Cisco's Feature Matrix.

Secure infrastructure

Trustworthy systems built with Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies provide a highly secure foundation for Cisco products. With the Cisco Catalyst 9164 Access Points, these technologies enable assurance of hardware and software authenticity for supply chain trust and strong defense against man-in-the-middle attacks that compromise software and firmware. Trust Anchor capabilities include:

     Image signing

     Secure Boot

     Cisco Trust Anchor module

Cisco Meraki Cloud Management

Pairing the Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points with the Meraki cloud platform gives organizations a unified IT experience for network monitoring and management. The Meraki dashboard provides an intuitive and interactive web interface connecting your network to the industry’s leading cloud IT platform.

Through the dashboard, Meraki provides sophisticated and scalable tools to automate network optimization, deploy policy and segmentation configurations across thousands of sites and devices, and manage a full-stack network from SD-WAN to Access to IoT technologies. The platform supports over 3.5 million active networks around the world.

Working together, the Catalyst 9164 Series and Cisco Meraki offer such features as:

     Cisco Spaces

     Cisco Identity Services Engine

     Meraki Health intelligent optimization and assurance

     Meraki Vision, smart cameras, and sensors for network closet monitoring

Note:       For information about Cisco Meraki, refer to

Cisco DNA support

Pairing the Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points with Cisco DNA allows for a total network transformation. Cisco DNA allows you to truly understand your network with real-time analytics, quickly detect and contain security threats, and easily provide networkwide consistency through automation and virtualization. The Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series supports Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), Cisco’s leading enterprise architecture.

Working together, the Catalyst 9164 Series and Cisco DNA offer such features as:

     Cisco Spaces

     Cisco Identity Services Engine

     Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance along with Intelligence Capture (iCAP)

The result your network stays relevant, becomes digital ready, and is the lifeblood of your organization.

Note:       For information about Cisco DNA, refer to the Cisco DNA Solution Overview.

Product specifications

Table 2.           Specifications



Part numbers

Cisco Catalyst access points

  CW9164I-x: Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series

Regulatory domains: (x = regulatory domain)

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

Not all regulatory domains have been approved. As they are approved, the part numbers will be available on the Global Price List and/or regional price lists.

  CW9164I-MR: Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series, w/Meraki

Cloud-managed version using Meraki Dashboard

Cisco wireless LAN services

  For details on optional WLAN services, visit Services for Wireless and Mobility


Catalyst 9164 Series

  Cisco IOS XE Software Release 17.9.1 or later

Supported wireless LAN controllers

  Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers (physical or virtual)

802.11n version 2.0 (and related) capabilities

  4x4 MIMO with four spatial streams
  Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC)
  802.11n and 802.11a/g
  20- and 40-MHz channels
  PHY data rates up to 1.5 Gbps (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


  4x4 downlink MU-MIMO with four spatial streams
  802.11ac beamforming
  20-, 40-, 80-channels
  PHY data rates up to 1.73 Gbps (4x4 80 MHz on 5 GHz)
  Packet aggregation: A-MPDU (transmit and receive), A-MSDU (transmit and receive)
  802.11 DFS
  CSD support
  Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) 3 support


Catalyst 9164 Series

  4x4 uplink/downlink MU-MIMO with four spatial streams (5 GHz and 6 GHz)
   2x2 uplink/downlink MU-MIMO with two spatial streams (2.4 GHz)
  Uplink/downlink OFDMA
  BSS coloring
  802.11ax beamforming
  20-, 40-, 80-, and 160-MHz channels (6 GHz)
  20-, 40-, 80-, channels (5 GHz)
  20-MHz channels (2.4 GHz)
  PHY data rates up to 7.49 Gbps (4x4 160 MHz on 6 GHz, 4x4 80 MHz on 5 GHz, and 2x2 20 MHz on 2.4 GHz)
  Packet aggregation: A-MPDU (transmit and receive), A-MSDU (transmit and receive)
  802.11 DFS
  CSD support
  WPA3 support

Integrated antenna

  2.4 GHz: Peak gain 3 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth
  5 GHz: Peak gain 5 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth
  6 GHz: Peak gain 4 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth


   1x 100M/1000M/2.5G Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
  Management console port (RJ-45)
  USB 2.0 at 4.5W


  Status LED indicates boot loader status, association status, operating status, boot loader warnings, and boot loader errors

(W x L x H)

  Access point (without mounting brackets):

      Catalyst 9164 Series: 9.5 x 9.5 x 2.2 in. (241.3 x 241.3 x 56.9 mm)


Catalyst 9164 Series

  3.54 lb. (1.60 kg)

Input power requirements

  802.3bt, Cisco Universal PoE (Cisco UPOE), 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)
  Cisco power injectors: AIR-PWRINJ7=, AIR-PWRINJ6=, MA-INJ-6
  802.3af PoE (only for configuration staging, all radios off)
  DC power input (54V/MA-PWR-50WAC)

Catalyst 9164

Power Source

2.4-GHz radio

5-GHz radio

6-GHz radio (LPI)

Link speed


Max PoE Power Consumption

802.3bt (UPOE)





Y (4.5W)


802.3at (PoE+)







802.3af (PoE)




DC power





Y (4.5W)


Note: Actual power consumption may vary depending on AP usage. It is recommended that you ensure that LLDP/CDP is enabled to allow proper power negotiation.


Catalyst 9164 Series

  Nonoperating (storage) temperature: -22° to 158°F (-30° to 70°C)
  Nonoperating (storage) altitude test: 25°C (77°F) at 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 (104°F) at 9843 ft (3000 m)

System memory

  2048 MB DRAM
  1024 MB flash


Limited lifetime hardware warranty (WARR-CW-LIFE-LTD)

Available transmit power settings

2.4 GHz

  23 dBm (200 mW)
  -4 dBm (0.39 mW)

5 GHz

  23 dBm (200 mW)
  -4 dBm (0.39 mW)

6 GHz

  23 dBm (200 mW)
  -4 dBm (0.39 mW)

Note: In countries where use of the 6-GHz band is not allowed or there is no current software support, the 6-GHz radio will be disabled. The radio may be enabled with future software, once the product is certified to operate at 6 GHz for that country.

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.

Compliance standards


      IEC 60950-1 / IEC 62368-1 Ed.3 (with Ed.2 Deviation annex)

      EN 60950-1 / EN 62368-1 Ed.3 (with Ed.2 Deviation annex)

      UL 60950-1 / UL62368-1 3rd (with Ed.2 Deviation annex)

      CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 / CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 62368-1 3rd (with Ed.2 Deviation annex)

      AS/NZS60950.1 / AS/NZS62368.1 Ed.3 (with Ed.2 Deviation annex)

      UL 2043

      Class III equipment


      CISPR 32 (rev. 2015) +AMD1:2019

      EN 55032:2015/A11:2020

      EN IEC 61000-3-2:2019/A1:2021


      AS/NZS CISPR32: 2015+AMD1:2020

      47 CFR FCC Part 15B

      ICES-003 (Issue 7, Class B)

      VCCI-CISPR 32:2016

      CNS 13438:2006 (95)

      KS C 9832:2019


      EN 55035: 2017+A11:2020

      KS C 9835:2019

  Emissions and immunity:

      EN 301 489-1 V2.2.3 (2019-11)

      EN 301 489-17 V3.2.4 (2020-09)

      QCVN 112:2017/BTTTT

      KS X 3124:2020

      KS X 3126:2020

      EN 61000-6-1: 2019

  EN 300 328 (v2.2.2)
  EN 301 893 (v2.1.1)
  EN 303 687 (v0.0.14, draft)
  AS/NZS 4268 (rev. 2017)
  47 CFR FCC Part 15C, 15.247, 15.407
  Japan Std. 66, and Std. 71
  RF safety:
  EN 50385:2017
  EN 62311:2020
  AS/NZS 2772.2 (rev. 2016)
  47 CFR Part 2.1091
  IEEE standards:
  IEEE 802.3
  IEEE 802.3ab
  IEEE 802.3af/at/bt
  IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  IEEE 802.11h, 802.11d

      WPA2-Personal (802.11i)

      WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1X

      WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise

      WPA3-Enhanced Open (OWE)

      Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

  Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types:
  EAP-Transport Layer Security (TLS)
  EAP-Tunneled TLS (TTLS) or Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (MSCHAP) v2
  Protected EAP (PEAP) v0 or EAP-MSCHAP v2
  EAP-Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling (EAP-FAST)
  PEAP v1 or EAP-Generic Token Card (GTC)
  EAP-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)


  Wi-Fi Alliance: Wi-Fi 6 (R2), Wi-Fi 6E, WPA3-R3, WPA3-Suite B, Enhanced Open Security
  Bluetooth SIG: Bluetooth Low Energy

Catalyst 9164 2.4-GHz and 5-GFz client serving radio

Catalyst 9164 2.4-GHz client serving radio


Catalyst 9164 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz scanning radio

Antenna profiles

Figure 2.               

Antenna profiles


For information about licensing and packaging, refer to Cisco Licensing.

Warranty information

The Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series Access Points come with a limited lifetime warranty that provides full warranty coverage of the hardware for as long as the original end user continues to own or use the product. The warranty includes 5-day advance hardware replacement and helps ensure that software media are defect-free for 90 days. For more details, visit

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Cisco Services

With Cisco Services, you can achieve infrastructure excellence faster with less risk. From an initial WLAN readiness assessment to implementation, full solution support, and in-depth training, our services for the Cisco Catalyst 9164 Series provide expert guidance to help you successfully plan, deploy, manage, and support your new access points. With unmatched networking expertise, best practices, and innovative tools, Cisco Services can help you reduce overall upgrade, refresh, and migration costs as you introduce new hardware, software, and protocols into the network. With a comprehensive lifecycle of services, Cisco experts will help you minimize disruption and improve operational efficiency to extract maximum value from your Cisco DNA-ready infrastructure.

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