Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies designed to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high throughput, centralized management, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.

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Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at central or remote locations like enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This technology incorporates built-in mobile services such as VoIP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve productivity via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or on-premises expertise to assist you to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.

Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco and Meraki Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable you to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and ease of management required for practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of supporting 200 or more clients per AP and offering throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video apps.

Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered devices 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 makes it possible to set up, control and repair a group of access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All of the models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four access points per cluster.

Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.

The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both units can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.

The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki Access Points Consulting ServicesThe Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi specification. The current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the performance plus greater coverage and density compared to the prior generation of APs. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.

The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot 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 Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet access points consulting services.

Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultantsMeraki AP Configuration ConsultantsCisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include value-priced models for small businesses to advanced products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end capabilities such as self-configuring installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Meraki APs consulting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco wireless controllers cut the effort and cost needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up APs, applying single-point policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system health, implementing security capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Configuration and Support ConsultingThe latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.

Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers Online ConsultingCisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and onsite support services for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are intended for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have little environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G family WAP is offered for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are designed for more difficult RF situations such as factories or above ceiling structures which commonly require flexible external antennas and durable cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series access point is intended for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.

Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points offer an economical, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi solution for campus areas and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges ConsultantsCisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple LANs in a metro area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the security needs of public networking professionals. These devices support both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations with good coverage and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 links for much lower expense, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Because bridges have no periodic costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable can require very expensive startup expenses in cases where they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly with 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 appliances have a tough enclosure and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.

Cisco Aironet 1400 bridges provide high-performance, reliable outside wireless bridging for LOS environments. They include an all-weather cover that can hold up to harsh outside environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers ConsultantsCisco Wireless Network Controllers are provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced management capabilities.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, security, and reliability that system managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide support for as many as 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and manage secure wireless LANs at satellite locations. These wireless controllers manage up to twelve Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)

How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad range of wireless devices that offer the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design security into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network provides continuing business value.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust WLAN optimized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more challenging environments.

For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Consulting.

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