Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies that provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from easy configuration, predictable performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or remote venues like enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers online or onsite support to help your organization to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers affordable online and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and install a wireless network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, performance, security and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to handle sites with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-based units intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single device via a simple web browser tool. All versions include Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features a GE LAN interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the market leading AP product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The current line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers triple the throughput as well as superior distance and user density than the previous generation of APs. The latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand 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 that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions like provisioning access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, implementing security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branches. This affordable and expandable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and have an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the deployment and management of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist organizations to evaluate the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These access points include built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The 1130G family device is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are ideal for more challenging radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which typically call for flexible external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G family device is available for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh APs provide a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the security demands of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with good range and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 links for far less cost, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges have no recurring costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly cover the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using copper or optical cable can require considerable up-front expenses when they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 Series wireless bridges provide fast, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. They are housed in an all-weather cover that can hold up to harsh outside conditions and can operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with small wireless access points to offer enhanced throughput and advanced management capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, security, and resilience that system managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and manage secure WLANs at branch offices. These controllers manage as many as 12 Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad range of wireless devices that provide the same protection, expandability, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to design protection into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi 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 performance and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more challenging situations.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Expertise.
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