Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and software tools intended to enable continual access to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired/wireless networks to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobile services such as Voice over IP, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables organizations to create wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers remote or on-premises support to assist you to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide economical online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and deploy a wireless LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless networks to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required for virtually any environment. These wireless access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-powered devices intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a GE interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point features one GE interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the throughput plus greater range and density than the prior generation of devices. The current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points include value-priced devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end features like plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, refer to Meraki APs consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, deployment, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but networks with many Wi-Fi APs typically require physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages over Wave 1 and older products such as greater performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and users, which allows high availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is intended to support midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle 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 subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system health, 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 organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and control wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support for a broad range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist companies to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range patterns. The Aironet 1130G family device is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are ideal for more problematic radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which typically call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G Series wireless access point is available for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points provide an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection demands of public networking professionals. They support both point-to-point and PMP implementations with excellent range and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates significantly faster than E1/T1 links for far less expense, erasing the requirement for costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges have no ongoing costs, savings on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can result in high initial expenses when they are impeded by obstacles like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer high-performance, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in a ruggedized cover that is optimized for harsh outdoor conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of key functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to deliver superior throughput and advanced control functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, security, and resilience that system managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure WLANs at satellite offices. These products supervise as many as a dozen Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless products that offer the same protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more difficult facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.
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