Catalyst wireless controllers streamline the administration of wireless networks by centralizing the configuration and control of wireless access points, optimizing Wi-Fi throughput by reducing the impact of RF interference, enhancing wireless uptime with fast zero-touch failover, and improving security by identifying threats and filtering content according to user class and location.
Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform combines the management of wired and wireless networks
Catalyst wireless controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can support up to Wi-Fi 18,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi controllers are offered at prices and with feature sets for environments ranging from small offices to enterprises and school campuses. Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless controllers and access points are engineered to deliver the same level of protection, throughput and management ease that organizations expect in their wired networks. Catalyst wireless controller technology incorporates built-in mobility functions like VoIP, HD video, and safe access for guests. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure allows you to create environments that seamlessly combine wired and wireless resources into a centrally managed connectivity ecosystem that produces maximum business value.
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help your organization to evaluate the advantages of adopting Cisco Wi-Fi controllers to manage wireless deployments of any scale. Progent can help you to support and troubleshoot your existing Wi-Fi network or help you design and implement a smooth transition from outdated wireless controllers to current solutions.
The latest Catalyst wireless controllers deliver performance, scale, and security
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi network consultants offer affordable remote consulting and troubleshooting throughout the U.S. and Canada to assist you to deploy and refine wireless solutions. Progent also offers onsite support in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers low-cost remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and implement a Wi-Fi network with optimal access point clustering to match your specific office environment, building structure, client density, and application workloads.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, provisioning, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and older products such as higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices administered across the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for APs and users, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is designed for larger organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit package, is a high-end WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions such as setting up access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can switchover immediately to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support 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 up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering 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 intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior performance and advanced administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, expandability, security, and resilience that network managers require to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These devices supervise as many as 12 Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Catalyst Wireless Controllers
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless products that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a robust WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more difficult environments.
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