Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and software tools engineered to enable anywhere, anytime connections to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families 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 experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.

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Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity across local or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of protection, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity via a mobile and collaborative workforce.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers online or on-premises expertise to assist you to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs) ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable organizations to integrate wired/wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and manageability needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting 200 or more clients per access point and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be clustered to deliver the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many models in Cisco's Small Business line of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, control and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP that can support 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Poe port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band AP includes one Gigabit Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignMeraki Access Points Consulting ServicesCisco's Aironet line of wireless APs has for years been the market leading access point solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet line span several generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802 standard. The latest line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the performance plus superior distance and density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy units 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 APs and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Access Point ConsultantsCisco Meraki Wireless AP Integration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly models for general use to advanced products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual high-power radios with boosted reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management tools, see Meraki APs consulting services.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks like setting up access points, applying consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesThe current generation of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This affordable and expandable module can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and come with an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller with up to 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 an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput 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 enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist organizations to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family access point is offered for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.

Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are designed for more challenging RF situations such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G Series access point is designed for regulatory domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.

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

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges Support ServicesCisco wireless bridges provide a high-speed and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the security needs of public networking specialists. These devices manage both point-to-point and PMP implementations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, doing away with the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because wireless bridges carry no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly pay for the initial equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of metal or optical cable can require high up-front expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and provide high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.

Cisco 1400 Series wireless bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. They include a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultingCisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver superior throughput and advanced control capabilities.

Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, security, and resilience that system managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These devices supervise as many as a dozen Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide array of wireless products that offer the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability features built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and expense, or on premises for more complex situations.

For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.

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