Cisco offers an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and technologies that provide continual access to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, centralized management, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.

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Cisco Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking

Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to up to 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of protection, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that companies demand in their wired networks. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve output through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help you to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points Consulting FirmCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, density, performance, security and manageability required for practically any scenario. These wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, control and repair a group of access points from one AP via an intuitive web browser interface. All versions include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs for each cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Aironet Access Point System DesignMeraki Wireless Access Points Consulting ServicesThe Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points range from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet line span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 11x standard. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the throughput plus superior distance and user density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet APs are outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting services.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless AP ConsultingCisco Meraki Wireless AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include value-priced devices for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting 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, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, refer to Meraki APs consulting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and cost needed to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like setting up wireless access points, applying single-point policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingThe current versions of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to manage wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the business case for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series access point is designed for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are ideal for more challenging RF environments like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to require adjustable protruding antennas and durable cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh APs deliver an affordable, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile devices.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges ConsultantsCisco wireless bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public access network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the security demands of public networking specialists. These bridges support both point-to-point and P2MP configurations with excellent coverage and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Since wireless bridges require no recurring costs, savings on leased-line bills rapidly cover the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using metal or optical cable often require high startup costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Aironet 1300 Series outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.

Aironet 1400 bridges offer high-performance, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside conditions and function in broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting FirmCisco Wireless LAN Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of common functions including integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with small APs to offer superior performance and advanced management capabilities.

WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, security, and dependability that network managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and control protected wireless networks at branch locations. These devices supervise as many as 12 Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to help you to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that offer the same security, expandability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to set up the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure provides non-stop return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more challenging facilities.

For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Consulting Services.

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