Cisco wireless controllers simplify the administration of Wi-Fi networks by centralizing the configuration and administration of wireless APs, maximizing Wi-Fi throughput by reducing the impact of radio interference, improving Wi-Fi uptime with rapid and automatic failover, and hardening protection by uncovering threats and filtering content based on client type and location.
Cisco's wireless controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can support as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. Cisco's family of Wi-Fi controllers are available at price points and with capabilities suitable for networks that run from branch offices to service provider systems, multi-site enterprises, and large campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ac Wave 2 controllers and APs are engineered to provide the high standard of protection, performance and robustness that users are accustomed to in their wired environments. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture allows organizations to build environments that combine wired and Wi-Fi networks into a unified ecosystem that ensures a consistent and productive work environment.
Progent's certified Wi-Fi consultants can assist you to assess the business value of deploying Cisco Wi-Fi controllers to manage WiFi environments of any scale. Progent can help your business to support and troubleshoot your existing Cisco-based Wi-Fi ecosystem or assist you to design and carry out an efficient migration from older wireless controllers to modern models to deliver enhanced functionality and protection and to simplify management.
Cisco's new model wireless controllers deliver the speed needed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide affordable remote consulting and support expertise throughout the U.S. to help you to build and refine Wi-Fi networks. Progent can also provide onsite consulting in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide economical online and onsite wireless Site surveys to assist you to plan a Wi-Fi network with access points placed and configured efficiently for your specific office environment, application workloads, and client density.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast communication, deployment, control, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but systems with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and older products including higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices managed across the wide-area network via FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. APs can be attached to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which allows nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is intended to support larger organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as setting up access points, applying consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 access points and as many as 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 consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 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 media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
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