Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless networking products and technologies designed to enable continual connections to information and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their tethered and untethered networks to achieve simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, centralized control, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues like enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobility services such as IP voice, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers online or onsite expertise to assist you to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi network with customized AP clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs) Consulting ServicesCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, security and ease of management needed to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering sustained throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.

Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-based units intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, control and repair a cluster of access points from a single device via a simple web browser interface. All models include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 APs for each cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP includes one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.

Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Access Point Consulting ServicesCisco Meraki Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from entry-level models to advanced units. The Aironet series span multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the performance as well as superior coverage and density compared to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of access points and can assist your company to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points system design and troubleshooting.

Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Meraki AP ConsultingCisco Meraki Wireless AP Integration ConsultantsCisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor access point offers high-end features like plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, see Meraki access points consulting services.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost needed to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of functions such as provisioning APs, enforcing consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, activating security capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network 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 integrated wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current generation of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high densities of clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and executing affordable, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series WAP is designed for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more challenging RF situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G family AP is intended for regulatory domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile devices.

Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges ConsultingCisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the security needs of public networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with good coverage and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates several times higher than E1/T1 lines for far less cost, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting different buildings. Since wireless bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable can result in considerable initial costs in cases where they are separated by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.

Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges provide fast, reliable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outside environments and function in wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers Support ServicesCisco Wireless Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with small APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced administration capabilities.

WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and resilience that system managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical solution to implement and manage secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise up to twelve Aironet APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides continuing business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to support IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more complex facilities.

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

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