Cisco Systems offers an extensive line of wireless LAN devices and software tools that provide continual connections to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to achieve easy deployment, predictable performance, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at local or remote locations such as business headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobile services like VoIP, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers remote or on-premises expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide economical remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco 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 accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management required for practically any environment. These wireless access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients on each access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single device through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP that can handle 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a GE interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point features one GE port and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both wireless access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has for years been the market leading access point product. Aironet APs range from value priced devices to advanced APs. The Aironet line span multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 11x specification. The latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the speed as well as superior distance and density compared to the prior generation of APs. The latest multi-band Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet APs consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management tools, refer to Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The current versions of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup 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 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high numbers of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the financial justification for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have little environmental instability. These access points include integrated antennas that offer predictable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family device is available for regulated domains that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are intended for more difficult radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G Series wireless access point is available for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points provide an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured solution for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection needs of WAN professionals. These bridges support both PTP and point-to-multipoint implementations with good coverage and the ability to handle data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 links for far less expense, doing away with the need for expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Because bridges have no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable can require very expensive startup costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 Series wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in a durable cover that can hold up to severe outdoor conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced management functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, protection, and dependability that system managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These controllers supervise up to twelve Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem integrating a wide range of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to deploy the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or on premises for more complex situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Help.
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