Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless networking devices and software tools that provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues like business campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. This technology includes integrated mobile services such as VoIP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve output through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow businesses to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, density, performance, protection and ease of management needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more clients per access point and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the scale to handle wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-powered units intended as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one device through a simple web browser interface. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio AC/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi access points planning and support.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling AP product. Aironet wireless access points range from entry-level devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802 standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the performance as well as greater distance and density compared to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki APs and cloud management, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, deployment, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of WiFi networks, but networks with many wireless access points are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older products including greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed across the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other 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 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit 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 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. 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 ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of functions like setting up access points, applying single-point policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 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 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are ideal for offices and other sites which have little environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series WAP is available for regulated domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are ideal for more challenging radio frequency environments such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which commonly require adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series device is intended for regulatory locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco wireless bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security demands of public networking specialists. These bridges handle both point-to-point and PMP deployments with good range and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 links for much lower expense, eliminating the requirement for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services rapidly pay for the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often result in high startup costs if they are separated by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and provide high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices include a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with small wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, security, and resilience that network managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations an economical way to deploy and control secure WLANs at branch locations. These devices supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to deploy the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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