Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless networking products and software tools designed to enable anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of protection, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output via a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide online or on-premises expertise to assist your organization to plan, deploy, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points allow businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and ease of management needed for practically any scenario. These wireless access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps designed for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering data rates as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one device through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's 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 handle 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support 32 active clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one GE LAN interface and two concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both units support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless access points has consistently been the leading AP product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series span several generations of models supporting the continually improving 802 standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput as well as greater range and user density compared to the previous generation of APs. The current dual-frequency Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist your company to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move smoothly to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features such as self-configuring deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, configuration, control, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but systems with many wireless APs are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models including greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop body and intended for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the wide-area network via FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which allows nonstop availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is designed for larger organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and expense required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like setting up APs, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, activating security tools to defend against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can support up to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller supports from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and manage wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
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Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support services for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for offices and other venues which have minimal environmental instability. These access points include built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The 1130G family device is available for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are ideal for more problematic radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which typically call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh APs offer an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metro area or public access network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the protection demands of WAN specialists. These bridges handle both PTP and PTMP implementations with good coverage and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for far less expense, doing away with the need for costly leased lines when connecting different offices. Since bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often result in high startup costs when they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and provide high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside bridging for LOS applications. These devices include a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with small APs to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration functions.
WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that IT managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical solution to implement and manage protected wireless networks at branch offices. These products supervise as many as 12 Cisco wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a wide array of wireless products that provide the same security, scalability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more complex facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Support.
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