Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and software tools that provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the current paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to achieve easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point management, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations like business campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables companies to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and improve productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers online or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and manageability required to support virtually any scenario. These APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb designed for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients per access point and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business family 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 AP via a simple web browser interface. All models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to support 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 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 support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 APs 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 (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet access points range from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac support, which offers triple the speed as well as greater distance and user density compared to the prior generation of APs. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of access points and can help your company to maintain your current Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features such as plug-and-play deployment, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes two powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware 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 management tools, see Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast data exchange, provisioning, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual wireless controllers for unified management of WiFi environments, but WLANs with many wireless access points typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. New Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and older models such as higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for access points and clients, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the effort and expense needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as setting up access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 APs and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campuses and can support 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other venues which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series product is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are intended for more problematic RF environments such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G Series wireless access point is designed for regulatory domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points deliver an economical, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the protection demands of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges handle both P2P and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates significantly faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the requirement for costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or optical cable often require high initial expenses in cases where they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and offer high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to severe outside conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer superior throughput and high-end management functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and manage protected wireless networks at satellite offices. These devices manage up to twelve Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can help you to deploy the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network provides significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to handle IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises for more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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