Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN devices and technologies designed to enable continual connections to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.

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The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity at local or remote locations like business headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobile services like VoIP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide online or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco and Meraki Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, security and ease of management needed for practically any environment. These access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs capable of handling 200 or more clients on each access point and delivering sustained throughput as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video applications.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based units designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports four access points per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.

Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio 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 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.

The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point Consulting ServicesMeraki Wireless Access Points ConsultantsThe Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. The Aironet series cover several generations of devices supporting the evolving 11x specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the throughput as well as superior coverage and user density than the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current multi-band Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Access Point ConsultantsMeraki Wireless AP Integration ConsultingCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points range from budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but systems with a large number of wireless access points are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages over Wave 1 and earlier models including higher throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated security.

Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller Integration ConsultingCisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller Integration ConsultingCisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU enclosure, is intended for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsCisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.

Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers cut the effort and expense required to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks like setting up APs, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service 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 businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesCisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and features 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 on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for 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 with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can handle 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.

To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are designed for offices and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The 1130G Series access point is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are designed for more difficult RF environments such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series product is available for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh APs deliver an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges Consulting ServicesCisco Aironet wireless 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 offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security demands of public networking specialists. These devices manage both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployments with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates significantly faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the need for costly leased lines when connecting different offices. Since wireless bridges have no recurring costs, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly pay for the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can result in high initial costs if they are impeded by obstacles such as highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast ROI.

Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.

Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include an all-weather cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of common functions including intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with small APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.

WLAN Controllers provide the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be clustered to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and manage secure WLANs at satellite offices. These devices supervise up to twelve Cisco APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a wide range of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, expandability, and manageability you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides non-stop return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more challenging situations.

For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Consulting.

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