Catalyst Wi-Fi controllers streamline the administration of wireless networks by centralizing the configuration and control of Wi-Fi APs, tuning wireless performance by reducing the effects of RF interference, improving wireless uptime with fast and automatic failover, and improving security by identifying attacks and filtering content based on client class and location.
Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform combines the management of wired and wireless networks
Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which supports up to Wi-Fi 18,000 wireless APs and 64,000 users. Cisco Catalyst wireless controllers are offered at prices and with features appropriate for environments from small offices to enterprises and campuses. Cisco 802.11ac Wi-Fi controllers and APs are designed to deliver the same degree of security, throughput and management ease that companies demand in their wired networks. Catalyst wireless controller technology incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition video, and safe access for guest clients. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure allows you to build networks that combine wired and Wi-Fi resources into a unified connectivity experience that produces maximum business value.
Progent's certified Wi-Fi consultants can help you to evaluate the benefits of adopting Catalyst Wi-Fi controllers to manage wireless deployments of any scale. Progent can help you to maintain and debug your existing wireless environment or help you plan and carry out a smooth migration from legacy Wi-Fi controllers to modern models.
Modern Catalyst wireless controllers deliver speed, scale, and protection
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless network experts can provide cost-effective online consulting and troubleshooting throughout the U.S. and Canada to help you to deploy and manage Wi-Fi solutions. Progent can also provide onsite consulting in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide economical online 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 workplace environment, building materials, user concentration, and application workloads.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but systems with many wireless APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models including higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and designed for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and users, which allows nonstop availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support large 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 APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of tasks like setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can handle from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless network controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the deployment and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can handle 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small APs to offer enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and dependability that IT managers require to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy 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 Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at satellite offices. These products manage as many as 12 Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Catalyst Wi-Fi Controllers
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a wide array of wireless technologies that offer the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or on premises for more complex facilities.
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