Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired and wireless environments to achieve easy configuration, consistently high throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking

The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture incorporates built-in mobility services like VoIP, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services can provide online or onsite expertise to assist you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist you to design and deploy a wireless LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points Support ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable you to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, protection and ease of management required to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points suitable for supporting 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.

Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac 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 up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 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 wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.

Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and two concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N wireless access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point Consulting ServicesCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of models supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the performance as well as greater distance and density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet access points are legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting services.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless AP ConsultantsMeraki Wireless Access Point Integration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation capabilities like self-configuring installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and consolidated cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes two powerful radios with boosted reception as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki APs consulting services.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost needed to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks such as setting up wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current generation of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main controller fails, thousands of access points and clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports 5 to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesThe Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support services for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer predictable radio coverage patterns. The 1130G family product is offered for regulated locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are ideal for more challenging RF situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family product is designed for regulatory locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges Support ServicesCisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection needs of WAN professionals. These devices handle both P2P and P2MP configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates significantly higher than E1/T1 links for far less expense, eliminating the need for expensive leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because bridges require no recurring costs, savings on leased-line services quickly cover the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often require high initial expenses in cases where they are impeded by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough enclosure and offer fast, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 Series bridges offer high-performance, dependable outdoor connections for LOS environments. These devices include a durable enclosure that is optimized for harsh outside environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco Wireless Network Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the control of common functions including intrusion prevention, fast RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer superior throughput and high-end control functions.

Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, protection, and dependability that system managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and control secure wireless networks at branch offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as a dozen Cisco APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the same security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to design security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to configure the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides continuing business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more challenging situations.

For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Expertise.

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