Cisco Wi-Fi controllers simplify the management of Wi-Fi environments by centralizing the deployment and administration of Wi-Fi APs, maximizing Wi-Fi throughput by minimizing the effects of RF interference, improving Wi-Fi uptime with fast and automatic failover, and tightening protection by uncovering cyber threats and filtering content based on user ID and location.

Cisco's wireless controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. Cisco's line of wireless controllers are offered at price points and with capabilities appropriate for venues ranging from small or home offices to service provider networks, enterprises, and dense campus environments. Cisco's Wave 2 WiFi controllers and Wi-Fi access points are designed to provide the same level of security, performance and robustness that users are accustomed to in their wired environments. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility support like Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture allows businesses to build systems that integrate wired and wireless networks into a centrally managed solution that ensures a seamless and productive user experience.

Progent's seasoned Wi-Fi consultants can assist you to determine the business benefits of installing Cisco Wi-Fi controllers to administer wireless environments of any size. Progent can help your business to maintain and troubleshoot your existing Cisco-based wireless ecosystem or assist you to plan and carry out a smooth upgrade from older Wi-Fi controllers to modern products to deliver enhanced performance and protection and to streamline administration.

Cisco WiFi Controller Consultants

Cisco's latest generation wireless controllers have the speed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offer affordable remote consulting and support expertise throughout the U.S. to assist businesses to create and enhance Wi-Fi solutions. Progent can also provide onsite consulting and troubleshooting in major metropolitan areas across the United States and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite wireless Site surveys to help your company to design a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points located and configured efficiently for your particular office environment, application workloads, and client density.

Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but networks with many Wi-Fi APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.

Cisco 3504 Wi-Fi Controller Integration ConsultantsThe Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed across the WAN with FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultingCisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsThe Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.

Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like setting up APs, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 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 support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-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 able to handle up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can manage up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one location, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and control wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.

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