Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and software tools intended to provide continual connections to data and other resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations such as enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture includes built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows organizations to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and improve output via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or onsite expertise to help you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, performance, security compliance and manageability required for virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps designed for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Small Business Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from one device via a simple browser-based tool. All versions support Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a GE port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can handle as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band access point includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless APs has for years been the leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 standard. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the throughput as well as superior range and density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and expense needed to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow AP and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable module can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The 2500 Series wireless controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high densities of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the financial justification for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family product is available for regulated locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more problematic RF situations such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family device is intended for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that meets the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges manage both P2P and PMP implementations with good range and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates several times higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, eliminating the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since bridges carry no recurring costs, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the initial hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable can result in very expensive initial costs when they are separated by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and provide high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 Series wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor connections for LOS environments. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor environments and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to deliver superior performance and high-end control functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers need to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations an economical solution to deploy and manage protected WLANs at satellite locations. These products supervise up to a dozen Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a wide range of wireless products that offer the identical protection, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to manage legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging environments.
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