Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and software tools designed to enable continual connections to information and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by integrating their wired and wireless networks to achieve easy deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility across central or offsite venues such as business campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical level of security, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture includes built-in mobile services like IP voice, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve output through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide online or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers affordable remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to plan and install a wireless network with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable you to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb intended for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients per AP and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered devices designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device via a simple web browser interface. All models include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs support 32 clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series span several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the throughput plus greater range and density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet wireless access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, in-depth protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and management, see Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks such as setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds 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 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to manage wireless environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are ideal for offices and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio range profiles. The Aironet 1130G family device is offered for restricted locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are intended for more difficult RF situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series AP is available for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh APs deliver an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that meets the protection requirements of WAN specialists. They handle both PTP and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, erasing the need for costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges carry no ongoing charges, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or optical cable can result in very expensive startup expenses when they are separated by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and provide fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide fast, dependable outside connections for LOS applications. They include an all-weather cover that is optimized for harsh outside environments and can function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the control of common functions such as integrated IPS, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer superior throughput and advanced management functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and resilience that IT managers need to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These wireless LAN controllers supervise as many as a dozen Cisco wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to design, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the same protection, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to build security into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network provides continuing business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to handle IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite for more difficult facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting Services.
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