Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN products and software tools intended to enable anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their wired and wireless environments to achieve simplified deployment, predictable performance, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and advanced security.

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

Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility across local or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical level of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance productivity through a dynamic and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers remote or onsite expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs) ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management required for practically any scenario. Cisco's APs range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac access points capable of supporting hundreds of clients per access point and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP via a simple browser-based interface. All models include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for connecting to a second network.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE LAN interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.

Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access points that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both devices support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Access Point System DesignCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the market leading AP product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 802 specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers triple the speed as well as greater range and density compared to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-frequency Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet access points are legacy devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, see Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.

Meraki Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultingMeraki Access Point Integration ConsultingCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features like plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Meraki APs consulting services.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingThe latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 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 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Online ConsultingThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage 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 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are intended for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These access points include integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G family access point is offered for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.

Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are designed for more challenging RF situations like factories or above suspended ceilings which commonly require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G Series product is available for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh LAN access points deliver an economical, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for portable devices.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges Support ServicesCisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the protection demands of public networking specialists. These devices handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with good coverage and support for data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, erasing the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because wireless bridges have no recurring charges, savings on leased-line services quickly pay for the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can result in very expensive initial expenses if they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.

Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.

Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside connections for LOS environments. These devices are housed in a durable cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultingCisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of common technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight APs to offer enhanced performance and high-end control functions.

WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that network managers require to create safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to offer accommodation for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and manage secure wireless networks at branch offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as a dozen Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)

How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that provide the identical security, extensibility, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to configure the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or on premises for more complex environments.

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

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