Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies that enable anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD networks by converging their wired and wireless networks to achieve simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 connectivity at local or remote locations like enterprise headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers remote or on-premises support to help you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, security compliance and ease of management required to support practically any environment. These wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac APs capable of handling hundreds of clients on each access point and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of access points are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one device via a simple browser-based tool. All of the models include POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and can handle data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless 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 data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point includes one GE port and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet family cover several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the throughput plus greater range and density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features such as self-configuring installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with boosted reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast data exchange, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but networks with many Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products such as higher performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed across the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be connected to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and clients, which provides nonstop availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is intended for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of functions such as setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary 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 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable module can support from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent serious maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the financial justification for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are designed for offices and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family device is offered for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency situations such as factories or above ceiling structures which commonly require flexible external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family product is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh access points offer an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges manage both point-to-point and P2MP implementations with good coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly pay for the initial equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable can require high up-front costs if they are separated by barriers like freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized enclosure and provide fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 family bridges offer high-performance, reliable outside bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They include a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outside environments and can operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with small wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and fault tolerance that network managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and manage protected WLANs at satellite offices. These controllers supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the identical security, scalability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to manage early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the high availability features built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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