Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by converging their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from easy configuration, predictable performance, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations like business headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same level of protection, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobile services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers remote or on-premises expertise to assist you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow you to integrate wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security and manageability required for virtually any environment. These access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb intended for small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients per access point and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a group of wireless access points from a single device via an intuitive web browser interface. All models include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can handle 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 allows four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE port and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate 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 wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features one GE LAN interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading AP product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 standard. The latest line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the performance as well as greater distance and density compared to the prior generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of APs and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include value-priced models for small businesses to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management, see Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller goes down, thousands of access points and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN 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 businesses and branch offices. This affordable and scalable solution can handle up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for up to 50 access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with 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 learn about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to manage wireless environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that support high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are ideal for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These access points include integrated antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G family wireless access point is available for restricted domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are intended for more problematic radio frequency environments such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which often require flexible protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family device is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh LAN access points provide an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges manage both PTP and P2MP implementations with excellent coverage and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges require no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly cover the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive startup costs when they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a ruggedized cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. They are housed in a durable cover that can withstand severe outdoor conditions and operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of common technologies such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and high-end administration functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, security, and reliability that IT managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy 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 provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at satellite locations. These controllers manage up to a dozen Cisco access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to manage legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more challenging environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.
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