Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking devices and software tools designed to enable anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current model of BYOD networks by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from simplified configuration, predictable throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility across local or remote locations such as enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. This technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as VoIP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to build wireless environments that improve the way they work and enhance productivity through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide remote 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 offers economical remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, throughput, security compliance and manageability needed to support virtually any environment. These wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business line of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single device through a simple browser-based tool. All of the models include POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 802.11n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE interface and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the speed as well as greater range and density than the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-band Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are legacy units that have reached end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes 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.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and management tools, refer to Meraki wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as setting up APs, applying single-point policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system health, implementing security tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
The latest generation of Cisco wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup HA controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can support from five to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high numbers of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for offices and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family WAP is offered for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are intended for more problematic RF situations such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to call for adjustable external antennas and durable cases. The 1240G family AP is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points provide an economical, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection needs of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates significantly higher than E1/T1 links for far less expense, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Since bridges have no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line services rapidly cover the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often result in considerable up-front costs when they are separated by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 bridges provide fast, reliable outside bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor conditions and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the control of key functions including integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with small wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end control capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that IT managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and manage protected wireless networks at satellite offices. These controllers supervise up to twelve Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a broad range of wireless technologies that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build security into your wireless network and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers significant return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or on premises for more challenging facilities.
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