Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to information and other resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can help businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by integrating their wired and wireless networks to benefit from simplified deployment, predictable throughput, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.

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

Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations like enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired networks. This architecture incorporates integrated mobile services like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a dynamic and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers remote or onsite support to help you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to design and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco and Meraki Access Points (APs) Consulting ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow you to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, performance, security and manageability required to support practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for handling 200 or more clients per access point and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video applications.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one AP through a simple web browser tool. All versions support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, 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 support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points per cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio AP includes a GE interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki Access Points System DesignCisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the market leading access point solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of models compliant with the evolving 802 specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the throughput as well as superior coverage and density compared to the prior generation of APs. The latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move smoothly to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet access points consulting.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultantsCisco Meraki AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting services.

Cisco Wave 2 WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime communication, configuration, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but systems with many wireless access points typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and older models such as higher throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated security.

Cisco 3504 Wi-Fi Controller Integration ConsultingCisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for APs and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller Configuration ConsultingCisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is intended for larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller Configuration ConsultingThe Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.

Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing network health, implementing security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesCisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the backup wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about 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 small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can manage from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.

To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are intended for offices and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer dependable radio coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is offered for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more difficult RF environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series AP is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.

Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public venues that need access for portable devices.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges ConsultingCisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple LANs in a metro area or public access network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection requirements of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges manage both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent range and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 connections for far less expense, eliminating the need for costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges require no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services rapidly cover the startup hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines made of metal or optical cable often require high initial expenses if they are separated 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 outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and provide fast, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.

Aironet 1400 bridges offer fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight environments. They are housed in a ruggedized cover that can withstand severe outside conditions and can function in broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver superior throughput and high-end control functions.

WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to offer support for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical solution to implement and manage protected wireless networks at branch locations. These controllers manage as many as 12 Aironet wireless access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help you to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a broad range of wireless devices that offer the same protection, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing business value.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more challenging situations.

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

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