Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN products and technologies designed to provide continual connections to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to achieve simplified deployment, predictable throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobile services such as IP voice, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables companies to create wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a mobile and connected employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or onsite support to help your organization to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building structure, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless networks to deliver the coverage, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more clients per access point and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.

Cisco Small Business Series of APs
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from one AP through a simple web browser tool. All models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n AP that features a 1xGE Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four access points per cluster.

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

Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points on each cluster.

The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Access Point ConsultingMeraki Access Points Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point solution. Aironet access points range from entry-level models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the speed as well as superior coverage and user density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.

The earliest Aironet APs are legacy units that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting services.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki AP ConsultingMeraki Wireless Access Point Configuration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities like self-configuring installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points planning and support.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless Network Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as setting up access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Online Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-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 throughput and able to handle up to 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management services.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended 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 usage of video-intensive applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and manage wireless environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually rendered obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support for a broad range 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 affordable, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for offices and other locations which have little environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are intended for more problematic radio frequency environments such as factories or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series wireless access point is intended for regulatory domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges Consulting FirmCisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the protection requirements of public networking specialists. These devices manage both PTP and PMP deployments with good range and the ability to handle traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, avoiding the requirement for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since wireless bridges carry no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills rapidly cover the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive up-front expenses when they are separated by obstacles like freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and provide high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco Aironet 1400 family bridges offer high-performance, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that is optimized for harsh outdoor conditions and can function within wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Support ServicesCisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of common functions such as intrusion prevention, fast RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced administration capabilities.

Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and dependability that network managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an economical solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at branch locations. These devices manage up to 12 Cisco wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to help you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to set up the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to support IP video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more difficult facilities.

For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.

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