Cisco wireless controllers streamline the management of Wi-Fi networks by centralizing the deployment and administration of wireless APs, maximizing Wi-Fi throughput by reducing the effects of radio congestion, improving Wi-Fi availability with fast auto-failover, and tightening security by uncovering threats and filtering content based on user ID and location.
Cisco's WiFi controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi APs and 64,000 client users. Cisco's line of Wi-Fi controllers are offered at price points and with feature sets suitable for networks that run from branch offices to service provider networks, multi-site enterprises, and large campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and access points are engineered to deliver the same level of security, speed and reliability that companies are accustomed to from their wired environments. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility support like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform makes it possible for organizations to implement environments that combine wired and Wi-Fi networks into a centrally managed ecosystem that delivers a seamless and productive user experience.
Progent's seasoned Wi-Fi consultants can assist you to assess the business benefits of deploying Cisco Wi-Fi controllers to manage wireless networks of any scale. Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Cisco-based wireless ecosystem or help you to design and implement a smooth migration from older Wi-Fi controllers to current models to get enhanced performance and protection and to streamline management.
Cisco's latest generation wireless controllers have the speed needed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified integration consultants offer affordable remote consulting and support expertise throughout the U.S. to help organizations to build and enhance Wi-Fi solutions. Progent also offers on-premises support in larger metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite wireless Site surveys to help you to plan a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points placed and set up optimally for your particular site layout, traffic volume, and client density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but WLANs with a large number of wireless access points are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be attached to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is intended for midsize to large enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. 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 throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as provisioning access points, applying single-point policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable solution can handle up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for up to 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
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