Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to enable anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy configuration, predictable throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations such as business campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. This technology incorporates built-in mobile services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or onsite support to help your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points allow you to integrate wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and ease of management required to support virtually any environment. These access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of wireless 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.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser interface. All versions include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to support 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's 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 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and two 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 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet wireless access points range from value priced models to enterprise-class units. The Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 11x standard. The current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the speed as well as superior distance and user density compared to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current multi-band Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of APs and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet access points system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities like self-configuring installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two powerful radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management tools, see Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost needed to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning APs, enforcing consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating security capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The current generation of Cisco wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have an integrated wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and control wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely rendered obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that support high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are intended for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series wireless access point is available for restricted domains that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more challenging radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G Series device is intended for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the security demands of public networking professionals. They handle both PTP and P2MP deployments with good range and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, doing away with the requirement for costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since bridges require no recurring costs, savings on connection services quickly pay for the startup equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive startup expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a tough cover and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in an all-weather cover that is optimized for harsh outside environments and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with small wireless access points to deliver enhanced performance and advanced management functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and fault tolerance that IT managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to offer support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical solution to implement and control protected WLANs at satellite offices. These products manage up to 12 Cisco wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a broad range of wireless technologies that provide the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to design security into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Help.
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