Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies that provide continual access to information and other resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from simplified deployment, consistent and fast performance, centralized control, uniform policy, high availability, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 connectivity across central or offsite venues such as business headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture incorporates built-in mobility services such as IP voice, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity via a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow businesses to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, performance, protection and manageability needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle sites with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of access points from a single device through a simple web browser interface. All versions include POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and can handle throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio AP includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both devices can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading access point product. Aironet access points range from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet line span multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802 standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers triple the speed plus superior coverage and user density than the prior generation of APs. The latest multi-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced products supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, see Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
The current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can handle 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present significant maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental instability. These devices have built-in antennas that provide predictable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family product is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are intended for more difficult RF situations such as factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to require adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G Series AP is available for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh access points offer an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco wireless bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection requirements of wide-area networking professionals. They handle both PTP and P2MP deployments with good range and support for data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, doing away with the necessity of costly leased lines when linking different offices. Since bridges require no recurring charges, savings on connection services rapidly cover the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often result in high startup costs when they are separated by obstacles like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 Series bridges provide high-speed, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for LOS applications. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that can hold up to harsh outdoor conditions and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of key functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to deliver superior performance and high-end management capabilities.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and dependability that system managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical solution to implement and manage protected WLANs at satellite offices. These controllers supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to plan, install, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the same protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to configure the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more complex environments.
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