Cisco offers an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and software tools intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their tethered and untethered networks to achieve simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, centralized control, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues such as business campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical level of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobility services like VoIP, IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers online or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points allow you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, performance, security and ease of management required for virtually any scenario. These access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device through a simple web browser tool. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to handle 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable 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 specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point includes one GE port and two radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless access points has for years been the leading AP solution. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers three times the performance as well as greater distance and density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. The latest dual-band Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation features like self-configuring installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of functions such as setting up wireless access points, applying consistent policies throughout wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network performance, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service 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 LAN controllers.
The current versions of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable module can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can support 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the financial justification for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in designing and executing affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are ideal for offices and other venues which have little environmental variability. These devices include integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series device is designed for regulated domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more difficult radio frequency environments such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically require adjustable external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Aironet 1240G family device is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh access points offer an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco wireless bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security needs of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges manage both P2P and PTMP configurations with excellent range and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates significantly faster than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since bridges carry no periodic costs, the expenses saved on leased-line services rapidly pay for the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable can result in high up-front costs in cases where they are separated by barriers such as highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and offer fast, economical wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 bridges provide high-speed, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand harsh outdoor environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key technologies including integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, protection, and reliability that IT managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical way to implement and control secure WLANs at branch locations. These controllers supervise up to 12 Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem integrating a wide range of wireless products that offer the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or on premises to deal with more difficult facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Help.
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