Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies designed to provide continual access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their wired/wireless networks to achieve simplified configuration, predictable performance, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite venues such as business headquarters, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This architecture incorporates integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables organizations to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable organizations to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security compliance and ease of management required to support virtually any scenario. These wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per AP and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of APs can be clustered to deliver the scale to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-powered devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single device via an intuitive web browser tool. All models support POE and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio AP features one Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to advanced APs. The Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the throughput as well as superior distance and user density than the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual high-power client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of WiFi networks, but systems with many wireless access points are better served by physical wireless controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older models such as higher performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit form factor, is designed to support midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU form factor, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable module can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features a built-in wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can manage from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that offer predictable radio range profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series access point is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are intended for more problematic radio frequency environments such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series device is available for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs deliver an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These devices support both PTP and point-to-multipoint deployments with excellent coverage and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because wireless bridges require no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can result in considerable startup costs when they are separated by obstacles like freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 bridges provide fast, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for harsh outside conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the control of key technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced management capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that IT managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable way to deploy and manage protected wireless networks at branch locations. These wireless controllers supervise up to a dozen Aironet access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless devices that offer the same protection, extensibility, and manageability you demand from your wired network. Progent can help you to manage early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more challenging environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless Consulting Services.
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