Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless networking products and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by converging their wired/wireless networks to benefit from simplified deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced security.

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Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations such as business headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance output through a dynamic and connected workforce.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to help you to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist you to design and install a Wi-Fi network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, protection and ease of management needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more clients on each access point and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.

Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered units intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many models in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one AP through a simple browser-based interface. All of the models include Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can support 32 active clients per radio, and eight APs per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 APs per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point Consulting ServicesMeraki Wireless Access Points Consulting ServicesCisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet family span multiple generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 802 specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers triple the speed as well as superior range and user density than the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Meraki Access Point ConsultingMeraki Wireless Access Point Integration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and cost needed to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks such as provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating security tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller fails, thousands of access points and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and features an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Online ConsultingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campuses and can support 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other venues which have minimal environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G family wireless access point is available for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are ideal for more problematic RF environments like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for flexible external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.

Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for portable devices.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges ConsultingCisco wireless bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection requirements of wide-area networking professionals. These devices handle both P2P and point-to-multipoint configurations with good coverage and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates several times higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the expense, eliminating the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because wireless bridges have no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills rapidly cover the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable often require high startup expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.

Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers ConsultingCisco Wireless Network Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior performance and advanced control capabilities.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and manage protected WLANs at satellite locations. These products manage up to 12 Cisco APs and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the identical protection, extensibility, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to configure the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides continuing business value.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more challenging environments.

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

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