Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools that provide continual access to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless networks to achieve easy deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and advanced security.

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Cisco's Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access

Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote locations such as business campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of security, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired networks. This architecture incorporates built-in mobile services like VoIP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants offers remote or on-premises expertise to assist you to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide economical remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Aironet and Meraki Access Points Support ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow organizations to converge wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, security and ease of management required to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of clients per access point and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle environments with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.

Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, manage and repair a cluster of access points from one device through a simple browser-based tool. All models support Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver throughput 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 wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features one GE LAN interface and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both units support 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.

The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignMeraki Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet access points range from entry-level models to advanced APs. The Aironet series span multiple generations of models supporting the evolving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the speed plus superior coverage and density compared to the previous generation of devices. The latest multi-frequency Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet access points consulting services.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultantsMeraki Wireless AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, see Meraki APs consulting services.

Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, configuration, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but systems with a large number of wireless APs are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.

Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller Configuration ConsultingCisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsCisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1RU package, is designed for larger enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsThe Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.

Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning APs, applying consistent policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing security capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module ConsultantsCisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features a built-in wireless controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can support 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 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 mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely rendered obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent significant service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are intended for offices and other locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more problematic RF environments such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family wireless access point is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Wireless Bridges ConsultingCisco wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured solution for connecting multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that meets the protection needs of public networking specialists. They support both point-to-point and PTMP deployments with excellent coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver data rates several times higher than E1/T1 connections for far less expense, erasing the need for expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Because bridges carry no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line services rapidly pay for the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in very expensive initial expenses if they are separated by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.

Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 wireless bridges offer high-performance, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight environments. They include an all-weather cover that can withstand severe outside environments and function in wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced management functions.

Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and resilience that system managers need to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage secure WLANs at satellite locations. These devices supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to plan, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide array of wireless products that offer the identical security, expandability, and manageability you demand from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to set up the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a robust WLAN optimized for your environment, providing a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more difficult environments.

For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Consulting Services.

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