Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and technologies intended to provide continual access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobile services such as IP voice, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output via a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific 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 and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, capacity, performance, security and manageability required to support virtually any environment. These access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients on each access point and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered units designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single AP via an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle 32 active clients per radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point features a Gigabit Ethernet port and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has for years been the market leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the speed as well as superior distance and density compared to the previous generation of APs. The latest dual-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points range from budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor AP provides high-end features like plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities 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, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, see Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, configuration, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized management of wireless environments, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models including greater performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed across the wide-area network via FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and users, which allows nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit package, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, implementing security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller stops working, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable module can handle from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and onsite support for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These devices have built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series access point is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency environments such as factories or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family product is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh access points offer a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection requirements of public networking specialists. They support both P2P and P2MP implementations with excellent coverage and support for data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, doing away with the requirement for costly leased lines when connecting different offices. Because bridges have no periodic charges, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the initial hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can result in high startup expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 bridges offer fast, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include a durable enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small APs to offer enhanced throughput and high-end administration capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, security, and dependability that network managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and manage secure WLANs at branch offices. These wireless controllers supervise as many as a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to plan, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that offer the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to configure the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS features to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless Support.
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