Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless networking products and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility across local or offsite locations such as business campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. This architecture includes integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output through a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide remote or on-premises support to assist you to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clusters optimized for your specific 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 enable businesses to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, security compliance and ease of management required for virtually any environment. These access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single AP via a simple browser-based interface. All of the versions include POE and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N APs that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 11x specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the speed plus greater range and user density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. The current multi-band Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include value-priced devices for general use to advanced products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end features such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual high-power radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management tools, see Meraki APs planning and support.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up APs, applying consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, implementing security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The current versions of Cisco wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to manage wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can present significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental variability. These products have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series product is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more difficult radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is intended for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless technology for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection needs of WAN professionals. These devices support both PTP and P2MP deployments with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, eliminating the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges carry no periodic charges, savings on connection services rapidly cover the startup hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in considerable up-front costs if they are impeded by barriers such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough cover and provide high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges provide high-performance, reliable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for harsh outside environments and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with small APs to deliver superior performance and high-end administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable solution to implement and manage secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as a dozen Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a broad range of wireless products that offer the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust wireless network customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to accommodate IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more difficult facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.
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