Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to provide continual connections to information and other resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their wired/wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote locations like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of protection, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. This technology includes integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable organizations to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and manageability required for virtually any scenario. These access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting 200 or more wireless clients per AP and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-based units engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a GE interface and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has for years been the leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series span several generations of models supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The current portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the speed as well as greater distance and user density compared to the prior generation of APs. The current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting services.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from value-priced models for small businesses to advanced products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful radios with enhanced reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site visibility and 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. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and management, refer to Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like setting up wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful failover by permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately 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 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and scalable module can handle from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from one location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to 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 APs, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the financial justification for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in designing and executing affordable, 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
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are designed for offices and other venues which have little environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The 1130G family access point is available for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are designed for more challenging radio frequency situations such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which tend to require adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G Series device is intended for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi solution for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection demands of WAN professionals. They support both PTP and point-to-multipoint deployments with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because bridges carry no periodic costs, savings on leased-line bills rapidly cover the initial equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often result in high up-front expenses if they are impeded by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a ruggedized cover and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outside bridging for LOS environments. They include a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outside conditions and operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with small access points to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers offer the manageability, expandability, security, and fault tolerance that IT managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers 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 mid-size businesses and large corporations an affordable way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at satellite locations. These products manage as many as twelve Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design security into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to configure the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to support IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more complex situations.
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