Cisco Wi-Fi controllers simplify the administration of Wi-Fi networks by unifying the configuration and management of Wi-Fi APs, optimizing wireless throughput by reducing the impact of RF congestion, enhancing Wi-Fi availability with fast auto-failover, and hardening security by detecting cyber threats and filtering traffic content based on user type and location.
Cisco's wireless controllers integrate with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, an architecture that can accommodate as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. Cisco's line of wireless controllers are available at price points and with feature sets suitable for networks that run from small offices to service provider networks, multi-site enterprises, and dense campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ac Wave 2 controllers and access points are engineered to deliver the same level of security, performance and reliability that users are accustomed to in their wired environments. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobility services like IP voice, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform allows businesses to implement environments that combine wired and wireless networks into a centrally managed ecosystem that ensures a seamless and productive user experience.
Progent's certified wireless consultants can help your organization to assess the business benefits 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 help you to design and carry out a cost-effective transition from older Wi-Fi controllers to current products to get improved performance and protection and to simplify management.
Cisco's new generation wireless controllers have the speed to support 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified integration consultants offer affordable remote consulting and support services across the U.S. and Canada to assist you to build and enhance Wi-Fi networks. Progent can also provide onsite support in major metropolitan areas across the United States and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and on-premises Wi-Fi Site surveys to assist you to design a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points located and configured efficiently for your particular office layout, application workloads, and user density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, configuration, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and older products including greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop form factor and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for access points and clients, which provides high availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended for midsize to large enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of functions such as provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating security capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and management of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
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