Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies engineered to provide continual access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, 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 LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. This technology includes built-in mobile services like IP voice, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and improve output through a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers remote or on-premises support to help you to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points allow businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and manageability needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for supporting 200 or more clients per access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports four access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated 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 support 32 active wireless clients per 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 allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N APs incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices support 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling AP product. Aironet access points range from entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span multiple generations of models supporting the evolving Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the speed plus greater range and density than the prior generation of devices. The current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points include value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks such as setting up APs, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are ideal for offices and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These access points include built-in antennas that offer predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series WAP is offered for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are ideal for more challenging RF situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which commonly require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series AP is available for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi solution for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection demands of public networking specialists. These devices manage both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Since wireless bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly cover the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require very expensive startup costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers like freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-speed, reliable outside bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices include a durable enclosure that can hold up to harsh outdoor conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the control of common technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced performance and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and dependability that system managers need to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable solution to deploy and manage protected WLANs at branch locations. These devices manage up to 12 Cisco wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to design, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can help you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to design security into your wireless network and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to handle IP video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more difficult environments.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting Services.
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