Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced security.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility across local or remote locations such as enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. This technology includes integrated mobile services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables companies to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they do business and enhance productivity through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or onsite support to help your organization to plan, configure, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to design and install a Wi-Fi network with customized wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients per AP and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to handle sites with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-powered devices designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device through a simple browser-based interface. All of the models support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point able to handle 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points per cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced APs. The Aironet family span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 11x standard. The current portfolio of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the throughput plus greater range and user density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. The current multi-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of access points and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning APs, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and features a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco 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 able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended 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 accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These access points include built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series access point is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are designed for more problematic radio frequency situations such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Aironet 1240G family AP is intended for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh APs deliver a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection needs of WAN specialists. These bridges manage both PTP and PTMP deployments with excellent range and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, doing away with the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no ongoing charges, savings on connection bills quickly cover the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in considerable startup expenses in cases where they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight environments. These devices include a ruggedized cover that can hold up to harsh outdoor conditions and operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of common functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and high-end management capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, security, and resilience that IT managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to implement and control secure wireless LANs at branch offices. These products supervise as many as 12 Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad range of wireless technologies that offer the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a robust WLAN customized for your environment, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to support IP video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more difficult environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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