Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools that enable continual connections to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, uniform policy, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues such as business headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same level of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobility services like VoIP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve output via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or onsite support to assist you to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, security compliance and ease of management required for virtually any scenario. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered devices intended as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single device through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions support POE and feature QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports four access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE port and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band wireless access point includes one GE interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 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 features a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. The latest line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput as well as superior range and user density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced security, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and consolidated cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost required to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable module can support up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and onsite support for a broad range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for offices and other venues which have minimal environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional range patterns. The Aironet 1130G family access point is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are designed for more problematic radio frequency environments such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which typically call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh LAN access points deliver an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured solution for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security needs of public networking specialists. They support both P2P and point-to-multipoint implementations with good coverage and support for data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput several times faster than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, doing away with the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since wireless bridges have no recurring charges, savings on connection services rapidly cover the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive startup costs when they are impeded by barriers such as highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include an all-weather cover that is optimized for severe outside environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of key technologies such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight APs to offer superior performance and high-end management capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and reliability that system managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be clustered to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical way to deploy and manage protected wireless networks at branch locations. These products manage up to 12 Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless products that offer the identical protection, scalability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite for more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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