Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the current model of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered networks to achieve simplified deployment, predictable performance, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced security.

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Cisco's Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite locations like enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical level of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide online or onsite support to assist you to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent offers value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Aironet and Meraki Access Points Consulting ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable businesses to converge wired/wireless networks to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, security and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.

Cisco Small Business Family of APs
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered units designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one AP through a simple web browser tool. All models include Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Poe port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes one Gigabit Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 access points on each cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Access Point Consulting ServicesCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Aironet line of wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet wireless access points range from entry-level models to advanced APs. The Aironet series span multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers triple the speed as well as greater distance and density than the previous generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.

Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Configuration ConsultingCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual 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 at line rate.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and expense needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of functions such as setting up APs, applying consistent policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingThe current generation of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that support high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist companies to evaluate the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family access point is designed for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are ideal for more problematic RF environments such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often require flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G family AP is intended for restricted domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs deliver an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges ConsultingCisco wireless bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security requirements of public networking specialists. They manage both point-to-point and PMP implementations with good range and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates several times faster than E1/T1 connections for far less expense, erasing the need for costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges have no periodic costs, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable can result in high up-front expenses in cases where they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.

Cisco Aironet 1300 outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and provide fast, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.

Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside connections for LOS environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor conditions and operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting FirmCisco Wireless LAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to offer superior throughput and advanced management functions.

Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that system managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an affordable way to implement and control protected wireless LANs at branch locations. These controllers supervise up to 12 Cisco APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)

How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to assist you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a wide array of wireless products that provide the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to manage legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides significant business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to handle IP video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more challenging facilities.

For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.

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