Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and software tools engineered to provide continual connections to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by converging their wired/wireless networks to benefit from easy configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.

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

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues like enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of security, performance, and manageability for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. This technology includes built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected workforce.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can provide online or on-premises expertise to assist you to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide economical remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable you to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, performance, protection and manageability needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's access points start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients on each AP and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from one AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a GE interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units support 32 clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Aironet family of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line span several generations of models supporting the evolving Wi-Fi standard. The current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the speed as well as superior distance and user density compared to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade cost effectively to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Aironet APs consulting services.

Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco Meraki AP ConsultingMeraki Wireless AP Configuration 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 up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features such as plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions like provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, tracking and optimizing network performance, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesThe latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable module can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the deployment and management of wireless networks for SMBs and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the financial justification for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are ideal for offices and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These devices have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The 1130G Series product is available for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are ideal for more challenging RF environments such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly require flexible external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series product is intended for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges ConsultantsCisco wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security needs of public networking specialists. They support both point-to-point and PMP configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, doing away with the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Since bridges require no recurring costs, savings on leased-line bills rapidly cover the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable often require considerable up-front expenses if they are separated by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a durable cover and offer high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.

Aironet 1400 family bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight applications. They include a durable cover that can hold up to severe outdoor conditions and operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers Support ServicesCisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key functions including integrated IPS, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior throughput and advanced control capabilities.

WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and reliability that network managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable solution to implement and manage secure WLANs at satellite offices. These products supervise up to a dozen Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless products that provide the identical protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to set up the high availability (HA) features 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 robust WLAN optimized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS features to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult environments.

For a further look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.

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