Cisco Wi-Fi controllers simplify the administration of Wi-Fi networks by centralizing the deployment and management of Wi-Fi APs, optimizing wireless performance by minimizing the effects of RF interference, enhancing Wi-Fi uptime with rapid auto-failover, and hardening security by detecting threats and filtering traffic content based on client ID and location.
Cisco's wireless controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, an architecture that can support as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 users. Cisco's line of Wi-Fi controllers are offered at price points and with capabilities suitable for networks ranging from branch offices to service provider networks, multi-site enterprises, and large campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and APs are engineered to deliver the high level of protection, performance and robustness that companies are accustomed to from their wired network. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, HD video, and protected 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 solution that delivers a consistent and productive user experience.
Progent's seasoned Wi-Fi experts can assist you to assess the business value of deploying Cisco wireless controllers to manage WiFi networks of any scale. Progent can help your business to maintain and troubleshoot your existing Cisco Wi-Fi ecosystem or help you to design and carry out a smooth transition from older Wi-Fi controllers to current models to get improved performance and security and to streamline management.
Cisco's latest model wireless controllers deliver the speed needed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified integration consultants can provide affordable remote consulting services across the U.S. and Canada to help businesses to build and refine Wi-Fi solutions. Progent can also provide onsite support in larger metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and on-premises wireless Site surveys to assist your company to plan a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points located and set up efficiently for your specific site environment, application workloads, and user density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime communication, deployment, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and earlier products such as greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and clients, which allows nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability 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 enclosure, 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 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 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed 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 access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost needed to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco 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 throughput on each switch and support for 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high 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 one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
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