Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and technologies that enable anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high performance, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced protection.

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Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access

Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations such as enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture includes integrated mobile services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to create wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve productivity through a dynamic and connected workforce.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist you to design and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Aironet and Meraki Access Points Consulting FirmCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and ease of management needed for virtually any environment. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients on each access point and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.

Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, 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 feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs for each cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point System DesignCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting ServicesThe Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. The Aironet family span multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the throughput as well as greater distance and density than the prior generation of APs. The latest dual-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet access points are legacy devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points planning and support.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless AP ConsultingMeraki AP Integration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like setting up access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingThe latest versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.

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

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 access points and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for a wide array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the financial justification for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that offer predictable radio coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are ideal for more challenging radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for flexible protruding antennas and durable cases. The 1240G family access point is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.

Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh LAN access points provide an economical, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for portable devices.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless Bridges Consulting FirmCisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the protection needs of public networking specialists. They support both PTP and PTMP deployments with good coverage and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, erasing the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since wireless bridges have no ongoing charges, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable often require high initial expenses in cases where they are separated by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast ROI.

Cisco 1300 outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 Series bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They include a durable enclosure that is optimized for harsh outside conditions and function within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers ConsultingCisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of common functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end control functions.

Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to implement and control secure wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless LAN controllers supervise as many as 12 Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to assist your business to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless products that provide the identical security, expandability, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to deploy the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides significant return on investment.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your environment, providing a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to handle IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or on premises to deal with more challenging situations.

For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.

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