Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and software tools intended to enable continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from simplified deployment, predictable performance, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues such as business headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of security, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. This technology includes built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables companies to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity through a mobile and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or on-premises expertise to help you to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and install a wireless network with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, protection and ease of management needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and offering throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video apps.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from one device through an intuitive browser-based tool. All of the models include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for connecting to another network.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs for each cluster.

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

The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac APs incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.

The Aironet Line of Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignMeraki Wireless Access Points System DesignThe Aironet line of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. The current portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers triple the throughput plus greater distance and density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.

The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of APs and can help you to maintain your current Aironet wireless environment or move smoothly to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet APs consulting.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Meraki AP ConsultantsMeraki Access Point Configuration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides high-end capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor access point also incorporates two powerful radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Cisco's Meraki APs planning and support.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless controllers cut the time and expense required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, tracking and optimizing network performance, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable module can support up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)

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

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high 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 datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high numbers of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is designed for regulated locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more problematic RF situations such as factories or above suspended ceilings which often call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family product is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside wireless mesh access points provide an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile devices.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges ConsultantsCisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the security demands of WAN professionals. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for far less cost, eliminating the requirement for costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since wireless bridges have no periodic charges, savings on leased-line bills quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable often result in considerable up-front expenses in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized cover and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.

Cisco 1400 wireless bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They include a durable enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can function in broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Support ServicesCisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced performance and advanced management functions.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and dependability that system managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and control secure wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise as many as twelve Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a broad range of wireless products that provide the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build security into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more complex environments.

For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.

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