Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies engineered to enable anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the current paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and advanced security.

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Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite locations such as business headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical level of security, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows organizations to build wireless environments that improve the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a wireless LAN with customized access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco and Meraki Access Points (APs) Support ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, protection and ease of management needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more clients on each AP and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video applications.

Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of access points from one device through an intuitive web browser interface. All versions support Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP 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 per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs per cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 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 Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.

Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 access points on each cluster.

The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Access Point ConsultingMeraki Access Points Consulting ServicesCisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac technology, which delivers triple the speed as well as greater distance and user density than the previous generation of APs. The latest dual-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.

The earliest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet APs consulting.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultingMeraki Wireless AP Integration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include value-priced devices for general use to advanced units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted reception as well as a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Cisco's Meraki APs planning and support.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like setting up APs, enforcing single-point policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe latest versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and branches. This value-priced and scalable module can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers ConsultantsThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments 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 appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to assess the financial justification for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are designed for conventional workplaces and other venues which have little environmental variability. These access points include built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The 1130G family WAP is offered for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more challenging RF environments like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The 1240G family wireless access point is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.

Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that need access for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless Bridges Support ServicesCisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured solution for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro situation or public access network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security requirements of WAN professionals. These devices manage both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployments with good range and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput several times faster than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, erasing the requirement for costly leased lines when linking separate offices. Since wireless bridges have no periodic costs, savings on connection bills quickly pay for the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable can result in very expensive startup costs if they are impeded by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.

Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough enclosure and provide fast, economical wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.

Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-speed, reliable outdoor bridging for LOS applications. They include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outdoor conditions and can operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers ConsultingCisco Wireless Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced throughput and advanced management capabilities.

Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, security, and fault tolerance that IT managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an affordable solution to deploy and control secure WLANs at satellite locations. These products manage up to 12 Cisco APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management support.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to plan, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can help you to configure the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more complex situations.

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