Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN products and technologies that enable anywhere, anytime connections to information and other resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new model of BYOD computing by converging their wired/wireless networks to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of security, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobile services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution allows organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or onsite support to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers economical online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, performance, security compliance and ease of management needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of APs can be clustered to provide the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-based devices designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser interface. All models include Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's 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 active clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band wireless access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet access points range from entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac support, which offers triple the speed plus greater coverage and user density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides high-end features like plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with boosted reception as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as provisioning APs, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network 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 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. 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 delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The 1130G family wireless access point is designed for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are designed for more challenging RF situations like factories or above suspended ceilings which typically require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G family access point is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh APs offer an economical, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. They handle both PTP and point-to-multipoint implementations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput several times higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the expense, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Because wireless bridges carry no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable can require high up-front expenses if they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside bridging for LOS environments. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outdoor environments and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies including intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced throughput and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and resilience that network managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These controllers supervise as many as a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless products that offer the identical protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to design security into your wireless network and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and expense, or on premises for more challenging situations.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Expertise.
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