Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies intended to enable continual connections to information and other resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast throughput, single-point control, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco's Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of security, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies expect in their wired networks. This architecture includes built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance productivity via a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized access point clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, performance, security and ease of management required for virtually any environment. These wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps designed for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for supporting 200 or more wireless clients per AP and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business line of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one AP through a simple web browser interface. All models include POE and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a GE interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio AP includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling AP product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of models supporting the evolving 11x specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the speed plus superior distance and user density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. The current dual-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade cost effectively to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced products supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, see Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, configuration, administration, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products including higher throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached to the controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which provides nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended to support larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and cost required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks like provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless controller can handle from five to 75 access points 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 appliance intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio range patterns. The 1130G Series device is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are designed for more challenging RF situations like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which typically call for flexible protruding antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series product is available for regulatory locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh LAN access points deliver an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable solution that meets the protection demands of wide-area networking professionals. These devices support both PTP and P2MP implementations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable often result in considerable up-front costs if they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 bridges offer fast, reliable outside wireless bridging for LOS applications. They are housed in a durable cover that is optimized for severe outdoor conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to deliver superior performance and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that network managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to deploy and manage secure WLANs at satellite locations. These products supervise up to 12 Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad range of wireless products that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to build protection into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to configure the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to support IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more difficult situations.
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