Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and software tools designed to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of BYOD computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to achieve simplified configuration, predictable performance, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or remote locations such as business campuses, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services such as VoIP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they work and improve output through a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers remote or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of wireless access points enable you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, throughput, security and manageability required for virtually any environment. These APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small companies or home offices to 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering throughput in excess of 5 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-based devices designed as value-priced wireless solutions for light workloads. Many models in the Cisco Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP through a simple web browser interface. All models include POE and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE interface and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes 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 performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features a GE port and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-band 802.11ac access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
The Cisco WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point complies with the 802.11ac standard and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO to provide 2.8 Gbps data rates at 5 GHz and 0.6 Gbps at 2.4 GHz for an aggregate maximum throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 includes a fixed 2.5G Ethernet port and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP can handle up to 200 connective client users, a maximum of 50 active client users for each radio, 16 APs per cluster, and 960 active client users per cluster.
To learn more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of wireless APs, see Cisco Small Business WiFi access points system design and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the performance plus greater distance and density than the previous generation of devices. The latest multi-band Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have reached end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs consulting services.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 5.9 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end features like plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Catalyst 9100 Family of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax access points are intended for deployments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density convention centers. Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Important technologies incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better reliability, increased device sleep time for reduced power usage in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 wireless access points support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), accommodate as many as 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Line of 802.11ax APs, see Wi-Fi 6 APs solution design, deployment, and troubleshooting services.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless controllers allow you to automate and manage modern wireless networks that support 802.11ax wireless APs. The 802.11ax standard, also called Wi-Fi 6, improves on previous generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) devices by delivering less latency and more predictable performance, supporting higher client user density, offering greater security, conserving energy for battery-powered handheld devices, and allowing more versatility for handling new kinds of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi controllers feature always-on availability with seamless software updates, live patching, and the ability to add Wi-Fi access points with zero downtime. Advanced cybersecurity features include Cisco Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), image signing, and Cisco Software-Defined Access. Streaming telemetry allows you to monitor and analyze infrastructure and client health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 family are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center or with Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 wireless network controllers can support Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points as well as Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 access points. To learn more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN controllers system planning, configuration, and troubleshooting services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime communication, provisioning, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi networks, but WLANs with a large number of wireless access points are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older products including higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop body and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the WiFi controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for APs and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU form factor, is designed for larger organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a high-end WiFi 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 as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, implementing security capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Distributed 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 appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information 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 IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support services for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for offices and similar venues which have minimal environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range profiles. The Cisco 1130G family access point is designed for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are ideal for more difficult radio frequency environments such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly require adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh APs deliver an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection requirements of wide-area networking professionals. They support both P2P and P2MP configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since bridges have no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection services quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable can require high up-front expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges provide fast, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight applications. These devices include a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to harsh outdoor environments and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key technologies including intrusion prevention, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers work with small APs to offer superior performance and high-end control functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and reliability that IT managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical solution to implement and control protected wireless networks at branch locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise as many as twelve Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to plan, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the identical security, scalability, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can help you to support legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design security into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to set up the HA features built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progent’s Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to handle IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Expertise.
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