Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking products and software tools designed to enable continual access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced protection.

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The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite venues such as enterprise 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 deliver the identical degree of security, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. This technology incorporates integrated mobile services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables companies to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and enhance productivity through a mobile and connected workforce.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide economical remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless LAN with customized wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and manageability required to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of handling hundreds of clients per AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.

Small Business Series of APs
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-based devices intended as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device through a simple browser-based tool. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point able to support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a GE port, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a GE interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can handle 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access points incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.

The Aironet Family of Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignMeraki Wireless Access Points Consulting ServicesThe Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series cover several generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. The current line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the speed plus superior coverage and density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs 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 reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade smoothly to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs planning and support.

Meraki Access Points
Cisco Meraki AP ConsultingCisco Meraki Wireless AP Configuration ConsultingCisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end features like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs consulting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system performance, implementing intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe latest versions of Cisco wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branches. This value-priced and scalable solution can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can manage 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can present significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are ideal for offices and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that offer dependable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is offered for regulated locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are designed for more challenging radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G Series wireless access point is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.

Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh APs offer a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless solution for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges Support ServicesCisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the security needs of WAN professionals. These bridges handle both PTP and point-to-multipoint deployments with good range and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the initial equipment investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable can require very expensive up-front costs when they are impeded by barriers like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and provide fast, economical wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and users.

Cisco 1400 family bridges offer high-speed, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices include a durable cover that can hold up to harsh outside environments and can operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers ConsultingCisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver superior throughput and high-end administration functions.

WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that IT managers need to create safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical solution to implement and control secure WLANs at branch offices. These products manage as many as twelve Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides continuing return on investment.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to handle IP video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging situations.

For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting Services.

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