Cisco Wi-Fi controllers streamline the management of Wi-Fi environments by unifying the deployment and management of Wi-Fi access points, optimizing Wi-Fi throughput by reducing the impact of RF interference, improving Wi-Fi availability with rapid 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 and DNA Center management solutions and can accommodate up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. Cisco's line of wireless controllers are available at prices and with capabilities appropriate for venues ranging from small offices to service provider systems, multi-site enterprises, and large campus environments. Cisco's 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 controllers and APs are designed to deliver the high level of security, performance and reliability that companies are accustomed to from their wired environments. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility support like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure and DNAC architecture make it possible for organizations to build systems that combine wired and Wi-Fi networks into a centrally managed ecosystem that ensures a consistent and productive user experience.
Progent's seasoned Wi-Fi experts can assist your organization to determine the business value of installing Cisco wireless controllers to administer wireless networks of any scale. Progent can help your business to maintain and debug your current Cisco-based Wi-Fi ecosystem or help you to design and implement a cost-effective transition from older Wi-Fi controllers to current models to get enhanced functionality and security and to simplify administration.
Progent's Cisco-certified integration consultants offer affordable remote consulting and support services throughout the U.S. and Canada to help you to create and enhance Wi-Fi networks. Progent can also provide onsite consulting in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent offers remote predictive and on-premises Wi-Fi Site Surveys to help your company to plan a Wi-Fi network with access points located and configured efficiently for your particular office environment, application workloads, and user density.
Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless controllers allow you to manage advanced Wi-Fi environments that incorporate 802.11ax access points. The 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, builds on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by delivering less latency and more predictable performance, allowing higher client density, offering enhanced protection, saving energy for battery-dependent handheld devices, and offering more versatility for supporting the latest types of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Catalyst 9800 family Wi-Fi controllers include always-on availability with transparent software updates, live patching, and the ability to connect additional APs with zero downtime. Advanced cybersecurity features include Cisco Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), secure boot, and Cisco Software-Defined Access. Streaming telemetry permits you to track and understand infrastructure and client health. All appliances in the Catalyst 9800 line are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center or with Prime Infrastructure management tools. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers can manage Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points concurrently with Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points.
Cisco 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 controller appliances support greater scale than embedded wireless controllers
The Cisco 9800-L 802.11ax Controller is an entry-level device available in a half-width 1RU chassis that permits side-by-side mounting in a 19-in rack. Designed for smaller businesses, the controller delivers extra speed and capacity for customers with Cisco's Performance license option. The 9800-L supports 250 APs and 5,000 client users (500 access points and 10,00 users with Cisco's Performance license). The 9800-L controller delivers 5 Gbps data rates (10 Gbps with a Performance license), and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Deployment options include Centralized, FlexConnect for remote office deployments, and fabric. Fixed uplinks include four 2.5G/1G ports plus either two 10G/Multigigabit copper (Catalyst 9800-L-C) or two 10G/Multigigabit fiber ports (Catalyst 9800-L-F). Other interfaces include an RJ-45 console interface and a Micro USB console port for out-of-band management, a USB 3.0 interface for plugging in external RAM, an RJ-45 service interface, and an RJ-45 high-availability redundancy port used for stateful switchover (SSO).
Cisco's Catalyst 9800-40 802.11ax Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU package, is intended for midsize campus environments. The 9800-40 supports 2,000 access points and 32,000 client users. The 9800-40 delivers 40 Gbps data rates and supports 4,096 VLANs. Deployment modes include Centralized, Cisco FlexConnect, and Fabric Wireless. Integrated ports include four GE SFP/10 GE SFP+ or SFP ports and an SFP Gigabit Ethernet redundancy port. Other fixed ports include RJ-45 and USB 3.0 console interfaces, an RJ-45 management interface, an RJ-45 redundancy interface for stateful switchover (SSO), and two USB 3.0 ports for plugging in external memory.
Cisco's Catalyst 9800-80 802.11ax Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a modular, top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large campus and service provider environments. The 9800-80 supports 60,00 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 9800-80 controller delivers a maximum of 80 Gbps throughput and supports 4,096 VLANs. Deployment options include Centralized, FlexConnect, and Fabric Wireless. Fixed uplink ports include eight 10G SFP+ ports or six 10G interfaces plus two 1G interfaces. Supported uplink modules include 18 1GE ports, 10 10GE interfaces, a 40GE interface, two 40GE ports, or one 100GE port. Other integrated ports include RJ-45 and USB 3.0 console interfaces, an RJ-45 management port, an SFP Gigabit Ethernet redundancy port used for stateful switchover (SSO), an RJ-45 redundancy interface used for stateful switchover (SSO), and two USB 3.0 ports for adding external RAM.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 wireless controllers enable realtime data exchange, configuration, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but WLANs with many wireless access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and older models such as greater performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
Cisco's Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers can support 802.11ac Wi-Fi APs
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which allows high availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is designed to support midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like setting up wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, activating security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Legacy Wi-Fi LAN Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 APs and 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
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