Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless LAN products and software tools that enable continual access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or onsite support to help you to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients per access point and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to handle environments with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP via a simple browser-based tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like 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-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the leading AP product. Aironet APs range from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the speed plus greater coverage and density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes dual powerful radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, see Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like setting up APs, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable module can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses 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 amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist organizations to evaluate the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family access point is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series device is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points provide a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor wireless solution for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the security requirements of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges support both P2P and PMP deployments with good range and the ability to handle traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput several times higher than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, doing away with the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because bridges carry no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often require considerable startup costs if they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a tough cover and provide fast, economical wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 Series bridges offer fast, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. They are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to harsh outdoor environments and function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of common functions including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with small access points to offer superior throughput and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, expandability, protection, and resilience that system managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations an affordable way to implement and control secure WLANs at satellite locations. These products manage up to a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to deploy the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more challenging facilities.
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