Cisco Wi-Fi controllers simplify the management of Wi-Fi networks by unifying the deployment and management of Wi-Fi APs, optimizing Wi-Fi throughput by minimizing the effects of RF interference, enhancing Wi-Fi uptime with fast auto-failover, and tightening security by detecting cyber threats and filtering content based on client ID and location.
Cisco's wireless controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate as many as 6,000 wireless access points and 64,000 users. Cisco's line of wireless controllers are available at price points and with capabilities appropriate for venues ranging from small offices to service provider systems, enterprises, and large campus deployments. Cisco's Wave 2 WiFi controllers and Wi-Fi access points are designed to deliver the high level of protection, speed and robustness that companies are accustomed to from their wired environments. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility support like Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform makes it possible for organizations to build systems that integrate wired and Wi-Fi networks into a unified solution that provides a consistent and productive work environment.
Progent's certified wireless experts can assist your organization to determine the business benefits of deploying Cisco wireless controllers to manage WiFi networks of any size. Progent can assist you to maintain and troubleshoot your existing Cisco-based wireless solution or help you to design and implement a cost-effective migration from older wireless controllers to current models to deliver improved functionality and protection and to simplify management.
Cisco's latest generation wireless controllers deliver the performance needed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offer affordable remote consulting and support services throughout the U.S. to assist organizations to build and refine Wi-Fi networks. Progent also offers on-premises support in larger metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers economical remote and on-premises wireless Site surveys to assist you to plan a Wi-Fi network with access points located and configured optimally for your particular site layout, traffic volume, and user density.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, deployment, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but systems with a large number of wireless access points are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products such as greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available 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.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit package, is designed to support midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 access points 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 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks such as setting up APs, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network health, activating intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and have an integrated wireless controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of up to 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 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
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