Cisco Systems offers an extensive line of wireless networking devices and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their tethered and untethered environments to achieve easy configuration, consistently high throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced protection.

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The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues such as enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of security, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. This technology incorporates integrated mobile services such as IP voice, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables companies to create wireless environments that improve the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and connected workforce.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or onsite support to help you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs) ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, security and manageability needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's access points start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video applications.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of access points from one AP through a simple browser-based tool. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 active 802.11n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point Consulting ServicesMeraki Wireless Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet line span multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving 11x standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the performance plus superior range and density compared to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points planning and support.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Access Point ConsultantsMeraki Wireless Access Point Integration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit 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, 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, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless controllers cut the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system performance, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingThe latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Online ConsultingThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high numbers of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can assist in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for offices and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These access points include integrated antennas that offer predictable radio coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G family wireless access point is offered for regulated locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more challenging RF situations like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Aironet 1240G family access point is available for restricted locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.

Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points deliver an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless Bridges Consulting ServicesCisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection needs of public networking professionals. They support both PTP and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the need for costly leased lines when linking separate offices. Since bridges have no periodic charges, savings on connection bills rapidly cover the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable often require very expensive initial costs if they are separated by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and provide high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.

Cisco Aironet 1400 bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices include a durable cover that can hold up to harsh outside conditions and can operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco Wireless Controllers are centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key functions such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with small wireless access points to offer superior performance and high-end management capabilities.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and reliability that system managers need to create safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and manage secure WLANs at branch locations. These devices manage as many as a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide array of wireless products that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more complex facilities.

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