Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless networking products and technologies engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the 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 help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their wired and wireless environments to benefit from simplified deployment, predictable throughput, centralized control, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility across local or remote venues such as business headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. This technology includes built-in mobile services like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve productivity via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to assist you to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide economical remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and deploy a wireless LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow you to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required to support virtually any environment. These wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle environments with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a cluster of access points from a single device through an intuitive web browser tool. All versions support POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE interface and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band wireless access point includes one GE LAN interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points 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 outdoor model) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has for years been the market leading access point product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line span several generations of models supporting the evolving 802 specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput as well as superior distance and density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. The latest dual-band Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet access points are now outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points include value-priced devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual high-power radios with boosted reception plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and cost needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support services for a broad array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the business case for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that offer predictable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family access point is available for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are ideal for more problematic radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series AP is intended for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh access points offer a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public access network. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that meets the protection requirements of public networking professionals. These devices handle both point-to-point and PMP configurations with excellent range and support for data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, eliminating the necessity of costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Because wireless bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly cover the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable can result in high startup expenses when they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable cover and offer high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 family bridges provide fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for LOS environments. These devices include a ruggedized cover that can hold up to harsh outdoor environments and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the control of common technologies such as integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer enhanced performance and advanced management capabilities.
WLAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, security, and dependability that IT managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and manage secure WLANs at branch offices. These devices supervise as many as a dozen Cisco wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless products that provide the same security, scalability, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to build protection into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more challenging facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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