Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and technologies that provide anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired and wireless networks to benefit from simplified configuration, predictable performance, centralized management, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations like business headquarters, college 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 identical level of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide online or on-premises support to assist your organization to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow organizations to converge wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and manageability needed for practically any environment. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling hundreds of wireless clients per access point and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-based devices designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless 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 makes it possible to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device through a simple web browser interface. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac APs that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput plus greater range and density than the previous generation of devices. The latest multi-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features such as plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime communication, provisioning, administration, monitoring and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of wireless networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop form factor and intended for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed across the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for access points and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit package, is intended for larger enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. 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 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks like setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can manage 5 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 designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and control wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support for a broad array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental instability. These products include built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco 1130G family wireless access point is offered for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency environments like factories or above suspended ceilings which often require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G family product is intended for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous LANs in a metro area or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection needs of WAN professionals. These bridges manage both point-to-point and PMP configurations with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver data rates several times faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, doing away with the need for costly leased lines when linking different offices. Because wireless bridges require no periodic costs, savings on leased-line bills quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable often require high startup costs when they are separated by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 Series wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can withstand harsh outdoor environments and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers work with small access points to deliver superior throughput and high-end administration functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and dependability that system managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These controllers manage up to a dozen Cisco Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless products that offer the same security, scalability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to build security into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises for more complex environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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