Cisco wireless controllers streamline the management of Wi-Fi environments by centralizing the configuration and administration of wireless access points, maximizing Wi-Fi throughput by minimizing the impact of radio interference, enhancing Wi-Fi uptime with fast auto-failover, and tightening protection by detecting cyber threats and filtering traffic content based on client ID and location.
Cisco WiFi controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can accommodate as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi APs and 64,000 clients. Cisco's family of wireless controllers are available at price points and with feature sets suitable for networks that run from small offices to service provider networks, enterprises, and dense campus deployments. Cisco's Wave 2 WiFi controllers and wireless access points are designed to deliver the same standard of protection, performance and reliability that companies are accustomed to from their wired network. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility support such as IP voice, HD video, and protected guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform makes it possible for businesses to implement systems that combine wired and wireless networks into a centrally managed ecosystem that provides a seamless and productive work environment.
Progent's certified wireless experts can assist your organization to assess the business benefits of installing Cisco wireless controllers to administer wireless environments of any scale. Progent can assist your business to support and debug your existing Cisco-based Wi-Fi solution or assist you to plan and implement an efficient migration from older wireless controllers to current models to get improved functionality and protection and to streamline administration.
Cisco's latest generation wireless controllers have the speed needed to support 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offer affordable online consulting expertise throughout the U.S. and Canada to help businesses to create and refine Wi-Fi networks. Progent can also provide onsite consulting in larger metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers affordable remote and on-premises Wi-Fi Site surveys to assist your company to design a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points located and set up optimally for your specific office layout, application workloads, and user density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime communication, provisioning, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as higher throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed across the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features fast failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a high-end 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 can handle up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 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 WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense needed to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of tasks like setting up access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting system health, activating security tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless 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 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and control wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
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