Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and software tools engineered to enable anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, predictable performance, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues like business headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility services like VoIP, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows organizations to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and improve output via a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers remote or onsite expertise to assist your organization to design, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a wireless LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable businesses to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, performance, security compliance and ease of management required for virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients on each access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-powered devices intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a group of access points from one device through a simple browser-based interface. All of the versions support POE and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco 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 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can support as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band wireless access point features one GE LAN interface and two radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. The current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers triple the speed plus superior coverage and density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet access points continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can help your company to maintain your current Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor access point also includes dual high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Meraki APs consulting services.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as setting up APs, applying consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network performance, activating intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This value-priced and scalable module can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can manage 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 campus environments with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support services for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series WAP is available for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which often call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series product is intended for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh APs deliver a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor wireless solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public access network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the security demands of WAN specialists. These bridges manage both P2P and P2MP configurations with good range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates several times higher than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges require no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line services quickly pay for the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable often result in considerable startup costs when they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and provide fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outside wireless bridging for LOS applications. These devices include an all-weather cover that can withstand harsh outside environments and can function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key functions including integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced performance and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage protected WLANs at branch offices. These controllers manage up to twelve Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the identical security, scalability, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your wireless network and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to configure the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to handle IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more challenging facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.
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