Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies intended to provide continual access to data and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the current model of BYOD computing by integrating their wired/wireless networks to achieve easy configuration, predictable performance, centralized control, uniform policy, high availability, and across-the-board security.

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The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite venues like enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables companies to build Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and improve output via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services can provide remote or on-premises expertise to assist your organization to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and deploy a wireless network with customized wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco and Meraki Wireless Access Points Consulting FirmCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable businesses to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, security and ease of management needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's APs range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb intended for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients on each access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video apps.

Cisco Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-based units engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, control and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one device via an intuitive web browser interface. All versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio AC/n AP that features a 1xGE Poe port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four access points for each cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight access points per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features a GE LAN interface and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N APs incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.

The Aironet Family of Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point ConsultingMeraki Wireless Access Points System DesignCisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet series span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the throughput plus greater coverage and user density than the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help your company to maintain your current Aironet wireless environment or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Aironet APs planning and support.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Meraki Wireless AP ConsultantsCisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Integration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, refer to Meraki access points system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, implementing security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesThe latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary 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 scalable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Online ConsultingCisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from a single location, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are ideal for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products have built-in antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family product is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.

Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are intended for more difficult RF environments like factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh APs deliver an economical, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi solution for campus areas and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Wireless Bridges ConsultingCisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured solution for integrating multiple LANs in a metropolitan situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the protection demands of wide-area networking specialists. They manage both point-to-point and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data rates up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates significantly higher than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, erasing the need for expensive leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because wireless bridges have no recurring costs, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly cover the startup equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines using metal or optical cable can require high initial costs if they are separated by obstacles like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast ROI.

Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 family bridges offer high-speed, dependable outdoor bridging for LOS environments. These devices include a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for severe outside conditions and function within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers Consulting FirmCisco Wireless Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key functions including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with small APs to deliver superior throughput and advanced administration capabilities.

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

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage secure WLANs at branch locations. These products supervise as many as a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the same security, expandability, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers significant business value.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite for more complex environments.

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