Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and software tools intended to provide continual access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco Converged Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. This technology includes integrated mobility services like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants offers remote or onsite support to help your organization to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs) Consulting FirmCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management required to support virtually any scenario. These APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs capable of supporting 200 or more clients on each access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to handle sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-based devices engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one device through a simple web browser tool. All versions support Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows 4 access points per cluster.

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

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point features one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki Wireless Access Points ConsultantsThe Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the speed plus superior distance and density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-band Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki AP ConsultantsCisco Meraki AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two high-power client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides 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 withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless controllers cut the effort and cost required to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network health, implementing security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable module can support from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the deployment and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Online ConsultingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high numbers of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can represent significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are designed for offices and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These access points have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family access point is available for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more difficult RF environments like factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series AP is available for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh LAN access points provide an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Wireless Bridges Consulting ServicesCisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection demands of public networking professionals. These bridges handle both PTP and PMP configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, eliminating the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Since bridges have no periodic charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly cover the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often result in considerable initial costs when they are separated by obstacles like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.

Aironet 1300 outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a durable cover and provide fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.

Cisco 1400 wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outside bridging for LOS environments. They include a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for harsh outdoor conditions and function within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting FirmCisco Wireless Network Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end control functions.

Wireless LAN Controllers offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and dependability that network managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical way to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These devices supervise up to a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad range of wireless products that provide the same protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design security into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides significant business value.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more complex environments.

For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.

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