Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies intended to provide continual access to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. 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 standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.

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

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical degree of protection, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture incorporates built-in mobile services such as IP voice, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or onsite expertise to assist your organization to plan, configure, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to design and install a wireless LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco and Meraki Access Points (APs) Consulting ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable organizations to integrate wired/wireless networks to provide the coverage, density, performance, protection and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb intended for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and offering sustained throughput as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered units engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from one AP via a simple web browser interface. All of the versions support 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-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, features a GE LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four APs for each cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can handle up to 32 active clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and two concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 APs for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac access points incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting ServicesThe Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The current line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the throughput plus greater range and density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet access points are now legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of APs and can assist your company to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting services.

Meraki Access Points
Cisco Meraki AP ConsultingCisco Meraki Wireless AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include value-priced models for small businesses to advanced units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two powerful radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware 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 cloud management, refer to Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like setting up access points, applying single-point policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system health, activating intrusion prevention tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA controller to synch with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of access points and clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can handle from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that support high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can present significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and onsite support services for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are ideal for offices and other locations which have little environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that offer predictable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series access point is available for regulated locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are intended for more problematic radio frequency environments such as factories or above suspended ceilings which typically call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G Series product is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside wireless mesh access points deliver an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor wireless technology for campus areas and for public sites that require access for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges ConsultingCisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection demands of public networking professionals. They support both PTP and P2MP deployments with good coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for much lower cost, avoiding the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills rapidly cover the startup hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often result in very expensive initial costs when they are impeded by obstacles like highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast ROI.

Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable cover and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight environments. They are housed in a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outside conditions and operate within wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco Wireless Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of common functions such as integrated IPS, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with lightweight APs to offer superior performance and advanced administration functions.

Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, security, and fault tolerance that network managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and control protected wireless networks at satellite offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as 12 Cisco APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to assist you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad array of wireless products that provide the identical security, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the HA features built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite for more challenging facilities.

For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.

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