Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies designed to enable anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, predictable performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite venues like enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same level of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This technology incorporates built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows organizations to build Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they do business and improve output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide online or on-premises support to help you to design, configure, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security and ease of management needed for virtually any environment. These wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 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 APs capable of handling hundreds of clients per access point and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-based devices intended as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one AP via a simple browser-based tool. All models support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP features one Gigabit Ethernet port and two concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced devices to advanced units. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices 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 Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the performance as well as greater distance and user density than the prior generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end capabilities such as self-configuring installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 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, refer to Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, management, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and earlier models such as higher throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is designed to support larger organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network health, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synch with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and branches. This value-priced and expandable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for SMBs and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support services for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series access point is available for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more problematic radio frequency situations such as factories or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family device is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh access points offer an economical, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These devices handle both P2P and P2MP configurations with good coverage and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the expense, doing away with the requirement for costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Because wireless bridges require no recurring charges, the expenses saved on connection services quickly cover the startup equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require considerable up-front costs when they are separated by barriers like freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 family bridges offer high-performance, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight applications. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that can hold up to severe outside environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, protection, and reliability that network managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and manage secure WLANs at branch offices. These controllers supervise as many as a dozen Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide array of wireless products that provide the same security, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to manage legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or on premises to deal with more challenging environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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