Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking products and software tools engineered to provide continual access to information and other resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their wired/wireless environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility across local or remote venues such as business campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of security, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobile services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows companies to create wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants offers online or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs) ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points allow organizations to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-powered units intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device via an intuitive web browser interface. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.

Cisco's 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 clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual 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. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac APs that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both units can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Access Point Consulting ServicesMeraki Access Points System DesignThe Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of devices supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the performance plus superior range and user density compared to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.

Meraki Access Points
Meraki AP ConsultantsCisco Meraki Wireless AP Integration ConsultantsCisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation capabilities like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Meraki APs planning and support.

Cisco Wave 2 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, provisioning, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with a large number of wireless APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and older products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated security.

Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsCisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop body and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be attached to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller Setup and Troubleshooting ConsultantsCisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is intended for midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller Configuration ConsultingThe Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.

Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks like provisioning APs, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system health, implementing security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesCisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branch offices and have a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller can handle 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers ConsultantsCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help organizations to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are intended for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are designed for more problematic radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically call for flexible external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The 1240G Series device is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh LAN access points offer an economical, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that require access for portable devices.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges Consulting ServicesCisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection needs of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges manage both point-to-point and PMP deployments with excellent range and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on connection services rapidly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can require considerable up-front expenses when they are impeded by barriers like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.

Cisco Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outdoor conditions and operate in wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Support ServicesCisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key functions such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with small APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced administration functions.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, protection, and resilience that system managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical solution to implement and control protected wireless networks at branch offices. These controllers manage as many as 12 Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless devices that provide the same security, expandability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to design security into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to set up the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to support IP video, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more challenging environments.

For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.

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