Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi controllers simplify the management of wireless networks by centralizing the deployment and management of Wi-Fi access points, tuning Wi-Fi throughput by reducing the impact of RF interference, improving Wi-Fi uptime with fast and automatic failover, and tightening data protection by detecting attacks and filtering content based on user class and location.
Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform unifies the management of wired and Wi-Fi networks
Catalyst Wi-Fi controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture, which supports as many as Wi-Fi 18,000 Wi-Fi APs and 64,000 users. Cisco wireless controllers are offered at price points and with feature sets for venues from branch offices to enterprises and school campuses. Catalyst Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers and access points are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, throughput and manageability that companies demand in their wired networks. Cisco wireless controller technology includes integrated mobility functions such as VoIP, HD video, and safe access for guest clients. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure allows organizations to create networks that combine wired and Wi-Fi resources into a centrally managed connectivity ecosystem that delivers maximum business value.
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help you to evaluate the benefits of using Cisco wireless controllers to manage Wi-Fi deployments of any size. Progent can assist you to support and debug your existing wireless environment or help you design and carry out an efficient migration from legacy Wi-Fi controllers to modern models.
Modern Catalyst wireless controllers deliver speed, capacity, and protection
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless infrastructure experts offer affordable online consulting across the U.S. and Canada to help you to create and refine Wi-Fi solutions. Progent also offers onsite consulting in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide low-cost online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and implement a wireless environment with optimal AP selection and placement to match your particular office environment, building materials, user density, and application workloads.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime data exchange, configuration, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop form factor and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices managed across the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be attached directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and clients, which allows nonstop availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is intended to support midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit package, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput 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 solid-state storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks like setting up wireless access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, activating security capabilities to defend 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 any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless 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 able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and manage wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the control of common technologies such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, security, and dependability that IT managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at branch locations. These controllers manage as many as 12 Cisco APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Catalyst Wi-Fi Controllers
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a wide array of wireless technologies that offer the identical security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist 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 show you how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers continuing business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises for more difficult environments.
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