Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and software tools intended to provide continual access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired and wireless networks to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity across local or remote locations like business campuses, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical level of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This architecture includes built-in mobile services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they do business and enhance output through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or on-premises support to help your organization to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, security and manageability required for practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling hundreds of clients on each AP and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be clustered to deliver the scale to handle sites with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered units intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business family of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device through a simple browser-based tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to handle 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports four access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP includes a GE port and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both devices support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the leading AP product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family cover several generations of models supporting the continually improving 11x standard. The latest portfolio of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the performance plus superior range and density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of APs and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's support for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor access points include value-priced devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features like self-configuring deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the time and cost required to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as provisioning APs, applying single-point policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network health, activating security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers include 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 protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability 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 rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for 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 able to handle up to 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can manage from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that support high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help organizations to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are designed for offices and other venues which have little environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for restricted domains that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are ideal for more challenging radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G Series AP is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points provide an economical, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. These devices support both P2P and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for far less cost, eliminating the necessity of costly leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges require no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly pay for the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable can result in considerable up-front costs if they are separated by obstacles like highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outside bridging for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in an all-weather enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor environments and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of common functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and resilience that network managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and manage protected wireless networks at branch locations. These products supervise up to twelve Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to assist your business to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the identical security, scalability, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS to support IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and costs, or onsite to deal with more complex environments.
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