Industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E for large, high-density deployments 

  • Six radios: 2.4 GHz (4x4), 5 GHz (8x8 and 4x4), 6 GHz (4x4), scanning radio, and BLE/IoT
  • Cisco CleanAir Pro for interference-free Wi-Fi  
  • Dual uplink Ethernet ports for resiliency
  • Embedded environmental sensors

The Cisco Catalyst 9136 Series Access Points are the next generation of enterprise access points supporting the new 6-GHz band for Wi-Fi. They are resilient, secure, and intelligent.

Cisco Catalyst 9136
Figure 1.
Catalyst 9136I access point
The Wi-Fi 6E-compliant Catalyst 9136 Series 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 two 4x4 radios and one 8x8 radio and provide a host of features.  
Wi-Fi 6E technology extends Wi-Fi 6 into the 6-GHz spectrum, bringing faster speeds and lower latency while also providing more security to the network. As apps become increasingly vital for getting work done, clients need unencumbered access to them. Wi-Fi 6E provides that direct access.  
Wi-Fi 6E features:
  • Network speed increases due to the new 6-GHz spectrum and additional bandwidth.
  • A new standard of reliability and predictability of connection that is shortening the gap between wireless and wired connections. Wi-Fi 6E devices won’t have to share the same spectrum with any devices that are not Wi-Fi 6E compliant and will have an additional 1.2 GHz of no-interference spectrum to themselves.
  • Greater network security than ever before, due to mandatory WPA3 security.

 Table 1.           Catalyst 9136 Series features and benefits



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.

Environmental sensors

These built-in sensors measure air quality (Total Volatile Organic Compounds [TVOC]), temperature, and humidity, and help ensure a safe working environment, avoiding the need to install an overlay of difficult-to-manage independent sensors.

Dual 5G Multigigabit Ethernet

Dual Multigigabit Ethernet provides power-redundant uplink ports, each with speeds up to 5 Gbps. All speeds are supported on Category 5e cabling, as well as 10GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bz) cabling. Redundant powering provides hitless performance during failover.

Smart AP

Smart AP causes the access point to change its power consumption to reflect its current client load. An access point will typically operate on the radios provided to it irrespective of how many clients are connected. With Smart AP, if there is a small enough number of clients, the access point will automatically reduce the radio stream count, saving power. (Available with a future software upgrade.)

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 that radio 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 16 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.

Flexible Radio Assignment (FRA) with quad-radio mode (with future software SW upgrade)

FRA allows the access points to intelligently determine the operating mode of serving radios based on the RF environment and traffic demands. The access points can operate in the following modes:

  Tri-radio mode: One 4x4 6-GHz radio, one 8x8 5-GHz radio, and one 4x4 2.4-GHz radio.
  Quad-radio mode: One 4x4 6-GHz radio, Dual 4x4 5-GHz radios, and one 4x4 2.4-GHz radio. With four total 4x4 radios (quad-radio) inside the access point, client device capacity can be increased on demand.

The access point’s default mode is tri-radio with 8x8 5-GHz and 4x4 for 6-GHz and 2.4-GHz. It has the ability to split the 8x8 radio into two separate 4x4 5-GHz radios through a future software upgrade, thereby enabling the benefits of FRA while allowing the 2.4- and 6-GHz radios to remain active.

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

The integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5 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.

For more details about Catalyst 9136 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 9100 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 DNA support

Pairing the Cisco Catalyst 9136 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 9136 Series supports Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), Cisco’s leading enterprise architecture.  

Working together, the Catalyst 9136 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 9136I Access Point: Indoor environments, with internal antennas

  C9136I-x: Cisco Catalyst 9136 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.

Cisco Wireless LAN Services

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


Catalyst 9136I

  Cisco IOS XE Software Release 17.7.1 or later

Supported wireless LAN controllers

  Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers (physical or virtual)
  Cisco Catalyst 9k switches with Embedded Wireless Controller in SDA mode

802.11n version 2.0 (and related) capabilities

  4x4 MIMO with four spatial streams
  Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC)
  802.11n and 802.11a/g beamforming
  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


  8x8 downlink MU-MIMO with eight spatial streams
  802.11ac beamforming
  20-, 40-, 80-, and 160-MHz channels
  PHY data rates up to 3.4 Gbps (8x8 80 MHz or dual 4x4 80+80 MHz on 5-GHz)
  Packet aggregation: A-MPDU (transmit and receive), A-MSDU (transmit and receive)
  802.11 DFS
  Cyclic Shift Diversity (CSD) support
  Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) 3 support


  8x8 uplink/downlink MU-MIMO with eight spatial streams (5-GHz)
  4x4 uplink/downlink MU-MIMO with four spatial streams (2.4 and 6-GHz)
  Uplink/downlink OFDMA
  BSS coloring
  802.11ax beamforming
  20-, 40-, 80-, and 160-MHz channels (6-GHz)
  20-, 40-, 80-, 80+80-MHz (5-GHz)
  20-MHz channels (2.4-GHz)
  PHY data rates up to 10.2 Gbps (4x4 160 MHz on 6 GHz, 8x8 80 MHz on 5-GHz, and 4x4 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 4 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth
  5-GHz: Peak gain 5 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth
  6-GHz: Peak gain 6 dBi, internal antenna, omnidirectional in azimuth


  2x 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G Multigigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
  Management console port (RJ-45)
  USB 2.0 at 9W


  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):

      9.9 x 9.9 x 2.2 in. (25.1 x 25.1 x 5.6 cm)


Catalyst 9136I

  3.6 lb. (1.65 kg)

Input power requirements

  802.3bt Cisco Universal PoE (Cisco UPOE), 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)
  Cisco power injector, AIR-PWRINJ7=
  802.3af PoE (only for configuration staging, all radios off)

Catalyst 9136I

Power Source

2.4-GHz radio

5-GHz radio

6-GHz radio

Link speed


Max PoE Power Consumption

802.3bt (UPOE)




2x 5G

Y (9W)


802.3at (PoE+)




1x 2.5G



802.3af (PoE)

1x 1G



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 9136I

  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)

Note: When the ambient operating temperature exceeds 40°C (104°F), the access point will shift from 8x8 to 4x4 on the 5-GHz radio, and uplink Ethernet will downgrade to a single 1G; however, the USB interface will remain enabled.

System memory

  2048 MB DRAM
  1024 MB flash


Limited lifetime hardware warranty

Available transmit power settings

2.4 GHz

  23 dBm (200 mW)
  -4 dBm (0.39 mW)

5 GHz

  26 dBm (400 mW)
  -1 dBm (0.79 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 in 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

      EN 61000-3-3:2013+A1:2019

      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

      QCVN 118:2018/BTTTT


      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 (18:2014)

      QCVN 112:2017/BTTTT

      KS X 3124:2020

      KS X 3126:2020

      EN 61000-6-1:2019

      EN 60601-1-2:2015+A1:2021


      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




      LP0002 (109)

      Japan Std. 66, and Std. 71

  RF safety:

      EN 50385:2017

      AS/NZS 2772 (rev. 2016)

      47 CFR Part 2.1091


  IEEE standards:

      IEEE 802.3

      IEEE 802.3ab

      IEEE 802.3af/at

      IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax

      IEEE 802.11h, 802.11d


      802.11i, (WPA2, WPA3)


      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

Antenna Profiles
Antenna Profiles
Antenna Profiles

Figure 2.

Antenna profiles  


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

Warranty information  

The Cisco Catalyst 9136 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 10-day advance hardware replacement and ensures that software media are defect-free for 90 days. For more details, visit  

Cisco environmental sustainability  

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.  

Reference links to information are below.

Sustainability topic


Information on product material content laws and regulations


Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries, and packaging

WEEE compliance

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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 9136 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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