Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN products and software tools that enable anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their tethered and untethered networks to achieve easy deployment, consistent and fast performance, centralized management, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve productivity via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers online or onsite expertise to assist your organization to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required to support virtually any environment. These APs start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients per AP and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be clustered to provide the scale to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business line of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device via a simple web browser tool. All versions include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point able to support 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports four access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 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. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can handle as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each 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 (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the leading AP product. Aironet APs run the gamut from entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet line span multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac support, which offers three times the speed as well as superior distance and density than the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are legacy devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features such as self-configuring installation, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual powerful radios with enhanced reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and cloud management, see Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like setting up access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.
The current generation of Cisco wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 APs and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high numbers of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose serious maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support services for a broad array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the financial justification for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are intended for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These products have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series device is offered for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are ideal for more challenging radio frequency environments such as factories or above ceiling structures which commonly call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Aironet 1240G Series AP is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh APs provide an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that require access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-speed and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. They handle both point-to-point and PMP deployments with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for much lower cost, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because wireless bridges carry no recurring costs, savings on leased-line services quickly cover the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable can require very expensive startup costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and provide high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 bridges provide high-performance, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. They include an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor conditions and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with small access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, security, and resilience that IT managers need to create safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations an economical way to deploy and control secure WLANs at satellite offices. These devices manage as many as twelve Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the identical security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants 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 help you to deploy the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite to deal with more challenging environments.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Consulting Services.
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