Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN products and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote locations like business campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of security, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired networks. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or onsite support to assist you to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points allow businesses to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of clients per access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-powered devices intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the versions include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a GE port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band AP features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the leading AP solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the throughput plus superior distance and density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest dual-frequency Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are legacy devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet access points planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced models for general use to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor AP also includes two powerful radios with enhanced reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and expense required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as setting up access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, implementing security capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points 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 configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 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 throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family product is offered for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are ideal for more challenging radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family AP is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the protection needs of WAN professionals. They handle both point-to-point and PMP deployments with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, eliminating the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Since bridges require no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines using copper or optical cable often result in high up-front expenses in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and offer high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 Series bridges provide high-speed, reliable outdoor connections for LOS environments. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that is optimized for severe outside environments and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight access points to offer superior performance and high-end control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and dependability that network managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as a dozen Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless products that offer the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can show you how to design security into your WLAN and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to configure the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and costs, or on premises to deal with more complex facilities.
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