Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and technologies engineered to provide continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the new paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobility services like VoIP, IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide remote or on-premises support to help you to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a wireless network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, security compliance and manageability needed for practically any environment. These APs range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb designed for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac access points suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and delivering data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-based devices designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a cluster of access points from one AP through a simple web browser tool. All versions include POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a GE port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band access point features a GE LAN interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. The latest line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the speed plus greater range and user density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. The current dual-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and cost needed to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as setting up APs, applying consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and onsite support services for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive 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 or 1130AG Series access points are intended for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family product is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are designed for more problematic radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which commonly require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G family access point is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public wireless network. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the security needs of WAN professionals. These bridges handle both P2P and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and the ability to handle traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for far less cost, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because wireless bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection bills quickly cover the startup hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can require high up-front expenses when they are separated by obstacles like freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide fast, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor environments and can operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with small wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that IT managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These controllers manage as many as a dozen Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help you to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to build protection into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to handle IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more challenging situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Help.
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