Cisco Wi-Fi controllers streamline the administration of Wi-Fi environments by centralizing the configuration and control of wireless APs, maximizing wireless performance by reducing the effects of RF congestion, improving Wi-Fi availability with rapid auto-failover, and tightening security by detecting cyber threats and filtering traffic content based on client ID and location.

Cisco's wireless controllers integrate with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate as many as 6,000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients. Cisco's family of wireless controllers are offered at prices and with capabilities appropriate for networks that run from small offices to service provider systems, multi-site enterprises, and dense campus environments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and wireless access points are engineered to deliver the high standard of protection, speed and reliability that users are accustomed to in their wired environments. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobility support such as IP voice, HD video, and protected guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture makes it possible for organizations to build systems that combine wired and Wi-Fi networks into a centrally managed ecosystem that provides a consistent and productive user experience.

Progent's certified wireless experts can help you to assess the business benefits of deploying Cisco Wi-Fi controllers to administer wireless environments of any size. Progent can assist you to maintain and debug your existing Cisco wireless ecosystem or assist you to plan and implement a smooth migration from earlier generation wireless controllers to current products to get enhanced performance and security and to simplify administration.

Cisco WiFi Controller Consultants

Cisco's latest model wireless controllers have the performance needed to support 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Progent's Cisco-certified integration consultants offer low-cost remote consulting expertise across the U.S. to help you to create and refine Wi-Fi solutions. Progent can also provide on-premises consulting in major metropolitan areas across the United States and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers affordable online and onsite wireless Site surveys to help you to plan a Wi-Fi network with access points located and configured efficiently for your particular site layout, application workloads, and user density.

Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, provisioning, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but networks with a large number of wireless access points are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older models such as greater performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.

Cisco 3504 Wi-Fi Controller Configuration ConsultantsThe Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop form factor and intended for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and remote offices managed across the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wi-Fi Controller Configuration ConsultantsCisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.

Cisco 8540 Wi-Fi Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsCisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.

Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, implementing security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers ConsultantsThe Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from one location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

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