Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and technologies engineered to enable continual connections to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite locations like business headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services can provide online or onsite support to help your organization to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent offers economical remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless networks to provide the coverage, capacity, throughput, protection and manageability needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting hundreds of clients per AP and offering throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support environments with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions support POE and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 wireless clients per 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 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both units support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet series cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the performance plus greater coverage and density than the previous generation of APs. The current multi-band Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's support for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from value-priced devices for general use to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities like plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with multi-site control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as provisioning APs, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 APs and 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and control wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support services for a broad array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are intended for conventional workplaces and other locations which have little environmental variability. These access points include built-in antennas that provide dependable radio coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series device is available for regulated locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are intended for more difficult radio frequency situations like factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for flexible external antennas and ruggedized cases. The 1240G Series AP is intended for restricted domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh LAN access points deliver an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security requirements of public networking professionals. These bridges handle both PTP and point-to-multipoint configurations with good range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates several times faster than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the expense, eliminating the need for costly leased lines when linking different offices. Because bridges require no periodic costs, savings on leased-line services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable can result in very expensive initial costs in cases where they are impeded by obstacles like freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 family bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside connections for LOS environments. They include a durable enclosure that can withstand severe outside conditions and function in wide 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 deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with small wireless access points to offer superior performance and advanced management functions.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and dependability that IT managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to offer support for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations an economical solution to implement and manage protected wireless networks at branch locations. These products supervise as many as twelve Aironet APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a wide array of wireless products that provide the identical protection, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to design protection into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to deploy the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more difficult environments.
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