Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and software tools engineered to enable continual connections to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current model of BYOD networks by converging their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at central or remote venues such as business campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants offers online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide economical remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless networks to provide the coverage, density, performance, protection and manageability needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's access points start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be clustered to deliver the scale to handle wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-based units designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device via a simple web browser tool. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both APs support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling AP product. Aironet access points range from entry-level models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series cover multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 802 specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the throughput plus superior coverage and user density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-frequency Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet APs consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include value-priced devices for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers high-end features like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and expense required to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions like provisioning access points, enforcing single-point policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup 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 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can represent significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support for a wide array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for offices and other sites which have little environmental instability. These access points have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is offered for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more challenging radio frequency environments like factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G family AP is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh access points provide a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public sites that need access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection requirements of public networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP configurations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, eliminating the need for expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges have no recurring costs, savings on leased-line services quickly cover the initial equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines using copper or optical cable often result in very expensive initial costs in cases where they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and provide fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges provide fast, reliable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outside conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of key functions including integrated IPS, fast RF management, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, scalability, protection, and dependability that IT managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at branch locations. These products supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a broad range of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to configure the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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