Cisco Wi-Fi controllers simplify the administration of Wi-Fi networks by unifying the configuration and administration of Wi-Fi access points, maximizing wireless performance by minimizing the effects of radio congestion, improving Wi-Fi availability with fast auto-failover, and tightening protection by detecting cyber threats and filtering content based on user type and location.
Cisco's wireless controllers integrate with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. Cisco's family of Wi-Fi controllers are available at prices and with capabilities appropriate for networks ranging from small or home offices to service provider networks, enterprises, and large campus environments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and APs are designed to provide the same level of protection, performance and robustness that companies expect in their wired network. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility services like IP voice, HD video, and protected guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture allows businesses to implement systems that combine wired and wireless networks into a centrally managed solution that delivers a seamless and productive work environment.
Progent's certified Wi-Fi consultants can assist you to determine the business benefits of installing Cisco wireless controllers to manage wireless environments of any size. Progent can assist you to manage and debug your current Cisco wireless solution or help you to design and carry out an efficient upgrade from older wireless controllers to modern models to get improved performance and security and to streamline administration.
Cisco's latest generation wireless controllers deliver the speed needed to support 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offer affordable remote consulting expertise throughout the U.S. and Canada to help you to build and enhance Wi-Fi networks. Progent can also provide on-premises consulting and troubleshooting in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises wireless Site surveys to assist your company to design a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points located and configured optimally for your specific site layout, traffic volume, and user density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, deployment, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with many wireless access points are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older products including greater performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop body and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which provides high availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is intended to support midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and cost required to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like setting up access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This affordable and expandable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for 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 up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
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