Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking devices and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the current model of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, centralized control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues like business headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This technology includes built-in mobile services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. 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 consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to help your organization to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to design and deploy a wireless network with customized AP clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow you to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, protection and ease of management needed for practically any environment. These wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling hundreds of clients per AP and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business line of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single device via an intuitive web browser tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a GE port, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 active clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 active clients per radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP product. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced units. The Aironet line cover several generations of models compliant with the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. The current line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the performance plus greater coverage and density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. The current multi-frequency Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation features such as self-configuring installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of functions such as provisioning APs, applying single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby high-availability controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and have an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to manage Wi-Fi networks for very 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 Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the financial justification for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are designed for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range profiles. The 1130G family product is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are intended for more challenging RF environments such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often require flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family device is designed for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs provide a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security demands of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges manage both P2P and P2MP implementations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, doing away with the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because bridges require no periodic costs, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly cover the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable can result in considerable up-front expenses if they are impeded by obstacles like freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable cover and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor bridging for LOS environments. They are housed in a ruggedized cover that is optimized for harsh outside conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the control of key functions including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with small access points to offer enhanced performance and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and resilience that system managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations an affordable way to implement and manage protected WLANs at branch offices. These products manage up to twelve Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide array of wireless technologies that provide the same security, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to design security into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more complex environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.
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