Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools intended to provide continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by integrating their wired/wireless environments to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations like business headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. This technology includes built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution allows organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or onsite support to assist you to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers economical remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required for practically any environment. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for supporting hundreds of clients on each AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device via an intuitive web browser interface. All models support POE and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a GE interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports four APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a GE port and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from entry-level models to advanced units. The Aironet line span several generations of models compliant with the continually improving 11x standard. The latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers three times the speed as well as superior range and density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers high-end features such as self-configuring installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful radios with boosted reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, deployment, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for centralized management of WiFi environments, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages over Wave 1 and older products including greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be attached to the controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for access points and clients, which allows high availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is designed to support midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a high-end WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, activating security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and come with an integrated wireless controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per 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 LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The 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 capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
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Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not require the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are designed for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These devices include built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family access point is offered for regulated domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are intended for more problematic RF situations like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which commonly require adjustable external antennas and durable cases. The 1240G family product is intended for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges handle both PTP and PTMP implementations with good coverage and support for data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since bridges have no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require very expensive startup expenses when they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and provide fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that can hold up to severe outside conditions and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with small access points to offer superior performance and high-end administration functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the manageability, scalability, security, and reliability that network managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable solution to deploy and manage protected wireless networks 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 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 support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a wide range of wireless devices that offer the identical security, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from your wired network. Progent can help you to manage legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build protection into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to deploy the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more difficult environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Consulting Services.
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