Cisco wireless controllers streamline the management of Wi-Fi environments by centralizing the deployment and management of wireless APs, optimizing Wi-Fi performance by minimizing the impact of radio congestion, enhancing Wi-Fi uptime with rapid auto-failover, and hardening protection by detecting cyber threats and filtering content based on user ID and location.

Cisco's WiFi controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate up to 6,000 Wi-Fi APs and 64,000 users. Cisco's family of Wi-Fi controllers are offered at price points and with capabilities appropriate for networks that run from small offices to service provider systems, multi-site enterprises, and dense campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and APs are designed to provide the same level of security, performance and robustness that companies are accustomed to in their wired environments. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform allows organizations to implement systems that combine wired and Wi-Fi networks into a unified ecosystem that delivers a seamless and productive work environment.

Progent's seasoned Wi-Fi consultants can help your organization to assess the business value of installing Cisco wireless controllers to manage wireless environments of any scale. Progent can assist your business to maintain and debug your existing Cisco-based Wi-Fi solution or help you to plan and implement an efficient migration from older Wi-Fi controllers to modern products to get enhanced functionality and security and to simplify management.

Cisco Wireless Controller Consultants

Cisco's new model wireless controllers have the speed needed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Progent's Cisco-certified integration consultants can provide low-cost remote consulting expertise throughout the U.S. to help businesses to build and refine Wi-Fi solutions. Progent also offers on-premises consulting in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers economical online and onsite Wi-Fi Site surveys to help you to design a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points placed and set up optimally for your specific site environment, traffic volume, and client density.

Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime data exchange, deployment, management, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for unified administration of wireless environments, but systems with many wireless access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and earlier models such as higher throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated protection.

Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultingCisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in 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 administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be connected to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for APs and clients, which provides high availability for applications. As with other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller Integration ConsultingCisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit form factor, is designed for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.

Cisco 8540 Wi-Fi Controller Integration ConsultingThe Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.

Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like provisioning access points, applying single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing system health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module ConsultantsCisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Online ConsultingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.

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