Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the current model of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered environments to achieve simplified configuration, predictable performance, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility across central or offsite venues like enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobile services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises expertise to assist you to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless LAN with customized wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and manageability needed to support practically any scenario. These access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb intended for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business line of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device through a simple web browser tool. All of the versions support POE and feature QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated 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 switch and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point includes one GE interface and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet family cover several generations of models compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which offers triple the speed plus superior range and user density compared to the previous generation of APs. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced models for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end features such as self-configuring installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, see Meraki APs planning and support.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, activating security tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable module can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and management of wireless networks for SMBs and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 APs and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can support 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and control wireless environments for large campuses or service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that support high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio coverage profiles. The 1130G family wireless access point is designed for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are intended for more challenging RF situations like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which typically call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series AP is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh access points deliver an economical, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi solution for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security needs of WAN professionals. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP implementations with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates dramatically faster than E1/T1 lines for far less expense, erasing the need for costly leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable can require high startup expenses when they are separated by obstacles such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and provide fast, economical wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide fast, dependable outside connections for LOS applications. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of common technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight access points to offer superior performance and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, protection, and reliability that system managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable solution to deploy and manage secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These wireless controllers manage as many as a dozen Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a broad range of wireless devices that provide the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more challenging situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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