Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies engineered to enable continual connections to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity at local or offsite locations like enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobile services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution allows organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers online or on-premises expertise to help you to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with customized AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, security and manageability required for virtually any scenario. These APs start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac access points suitable for supporting 200 or more clients on each AP and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-based devices designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can handle up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point includes one GE LAN interface and two radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. The Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest portfolio of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the performance plus greater range and density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. The latest multi-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Meraki indoor AP offers high-end features like self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and management, see Meraki wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing network performance, activating security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.
The current generation of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the backup wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and come with an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support services for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The 1130G Series product is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family AP is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh APs offer an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These devices handle both point-to-point and PMP deployments with good coverage and the ability to handle data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since bridges carry no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line bills quickly pay for the initial hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often result in very expensive startup expenses in cases where they are impeded by obstacles like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and provide high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight environments. These devices include a durable cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common functions including integrated IPS, real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with small APs to offer enhanced performance and advanced administration functions.
WLAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, security, and resilience that system managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable solution to implement and control secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the same security, scalability, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to set up the high availability technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Help.
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