Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies designed to enable continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to benefit from simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues like enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers remote or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a wireless network with customized AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow organizations to converge wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and manageability required to support virtually any environment. Cisco's access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients on each access point and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to handle sites with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and repair a group of wireless access points from a single device via a simple browser-based interface. All versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a GE interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 access points per cluster.
For details about Progent's support for both current and older Cisco Small Business series of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has for years been the leading AP solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet series cover several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 specification. The current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the performance plus superior range and density than the prior generation of APs. The current multi-band Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are outdated units that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation capabilities like self-configuring installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management, see Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast communication, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but networks with many wireless APs are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and designed for smaller businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and remote offices managed over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be attached to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for APs and users, which provides high availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended to support midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a high-end WiFi controller intended 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 up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 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 controllers reduce the time and cost needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA wireless 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 primary controller stops working, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering 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 requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support services for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for offices and other venues which have little environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments like factories or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and durable cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series AP is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the security needs of WAN professionals. These devices handle both PTP and PMP implementations with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates several times higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges carry no recurring costs, savings on connection services rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require very expensive startup expenses if they are separated by barriers like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a ruggedized cover and provide fast, economical wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They include a ruggedized cover that can hold up to severe outside environments and can operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of common functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer superior throughput and advanced management capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and resilience that system managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to offer support for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These devices manage up to a dozen Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the high availability technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting Services.
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