Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies designed to provide continual connections to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their wired and wireless networks to achieve easy configuration, consistently high performance, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or offsite locations such as business headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired networks. This architecture includes built-in mobile services like IP voice, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers remote or on-premises support to help you to plan, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points allow you to integrate wired/wireless networks to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and manageability needed to support practically any environment. These access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of supporting 200 or more clients on each access point and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device through a simple web browser tool. All versions support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point that can support 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless 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 clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz 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 features a GE interface and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can handle up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band AP features one Gigabit Ethernet port and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points range from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers triple the throughput plus greater range and user density than the prior generation of APs. The latest dual-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have reached end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that offers (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. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, see Meraki APs consulting.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as setting up access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs 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 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. 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 affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family access point is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more problematic RF situations such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly require adjustable protruding antennas and durable cases. The Aironet 1240G Series AP is intended for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for connecting multiple local area networks in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the protection needs of WAN specialists. These devices support both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint implementations with excellent range and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, doing away with the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since wireless bridges carry no periodic costs, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can result in considerable initial costs if they are impeded by obstacles like freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a durable cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outdoor bridging for LOS environments. They include a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of common functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with small wireless access points to offer superior throughput and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that IT managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and control secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These products supervise up to twelve Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the same security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult facilities.
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