Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN devices and technologies engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and other resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from simplified configuration, predictable performance, centralized control, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite locations like enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as IP voice, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they do business and improve output via a mobile and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide online or onsite support to assist your organization to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to design and install a wireless network with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Access Points Support ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the coverage, density, performance, security compliance and manageability needed for virtually any environment. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac APs capable of supporting 200 or more clients per access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to handle wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video applications.

Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-based devices intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single device via a simple web browser tool. All versions include Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can handle 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle up to 32 active clients per radio, and eight APs per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.

The Aironet Family of Access Points
Aironet Access Point Consulting ServicesMeraki Wireless Access Points Consulting ServicesCisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP product. Aironet APs range from entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the performance plus greater distance and density compared to the previous generation of devices. The latest dual-frequency Aironet access points continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.

Meraki Access Points
Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultantsCisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Configuration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor access point also includes dual high-power radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection 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, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Meraki APs consulting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless network controllers cut the time and expense needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of tasks like provisioning APs, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting system health, activating security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

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 Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to assess the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are intended for offices and other venues which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G family wireless access point is offered for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are designed for more challenging radio frequency environments such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series access point is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh access points provide an economical, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges Support ServicesCisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro area or public access network. Cisco wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security demands of public networking professionals. These devices manage both P2P and PTMP deployments with good coverage and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, eliminating the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges have no recurring charges, the expenses saved on connection services quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable often result in very expensive up-front expenses if they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in a durable cover that can withstand harsh outside conditions and can function in broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers Support ServicesCisco Wireless LAN Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the control of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver superior performance and advanced management capabilities.

Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, security, and resilience that system managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable solution to implement and manage secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise up to 12 Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant 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, expandability, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless 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 design protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers continuing return on investment.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN optimized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more difficult facilities.

For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Help.

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