Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking products and technologies engineered to enable continual access to information and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless environments to achieve easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same level of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired networks. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to build wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers remote or onsite support to help you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of APs enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, protection and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or telecommuters to Wi-Fi 6 access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per access point and offering sustained throughput of more than 5 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to handle wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-based units intended as entry-level Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device through an intuitive web browser tool. All models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a GE interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 AP supports the Wi-Fi 5 specification and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO to deliver 2.8 Gbps throughput at 5 GHz and 600 Mbps on the 2.4-GHz radio for an aggregate top throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The Small Business WAP581 includes an integrated 2.5G Ethernet interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface with 802.3at PoE. Cisco's WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP can handle up to 200 connective users, a maximum of 50 active client users per radio, 16 access points per cluster, and 960 active users for each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of WiFi access points, refer to Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has for years been the market leading AP product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the speed plus superior distance and density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. The current multi-frequency Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet access points consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points include value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 5.9 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation capabilities like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki APs consulting.
Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 family of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax access points are designed for environments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density stadiums. Cisco Catalyst 9100 APs are based on the 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Headline enhancements supported by Catalyst 9100 Series APs include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for improved reliability, Target Wake Time for reduced power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for better spectrum utilization, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), accommodate as many as 200 clients per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax Access Points, refer to Wireless access points system planning, deployment, and troubleshooting services.
Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless LAN controller appliances allow you to manage modern Wi-Fi networks that incorporate 802.11ax wireless APs. 802.11ax, popularly known as Wi-Fi 6, improves on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by providing lower latency and more reliable performance, supporting higher client user density, offering enhanced protection, saving energy for battery-powered mobile devices, and allowing more flexibility for supporting new types of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family Wi-Fi controllers feature always-on availability with transparent software upgrades, hot patching, and the ability to connect additional wireless APs without disruption of service. Enhanced security technologies include Cisco Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), image signing, and Software-Defined Access. Streaming telemetry allows you to track and analyze network and endpoint health.
All appliances in the Catalyst 9800 family are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center or with Prime Infrastructure network management platforms. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 wireless network controllers can support Cisco Aironet 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 wireless APs as well as Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi access points. To learn more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN controllers system design, configuration, and management consulting.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast data exchange, deployment, control, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi environments, but systems with many wireless APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant benefits over Wave 1 and earlier products including higher performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop body and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for access points and clients, which provides nonstop availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is intended for larger organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU enclosure, is a high-end WiFi 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 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like setting up wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing security capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to manage wireless networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to 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 virtually made obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series WAP is offered for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are designed for more challenging radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable cases. The Aironet 1240G Series device is intended for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points offer an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the protection needs of WAN specialists. These devices support both PTP and P2MP configurations with excellent range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since bridges have no periodic costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable often result in high startup costs when they are separated by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized enclosure and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 wireless bridges provide fast, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They include a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outside environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key functions such as intrusion prevention, fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with small APs to offer superior throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable solution to implement and control protected wireless networks at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise up to a dozen Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem integrating a broad range of wireless devices that offer the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you demand from your wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides significant business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your environment, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging environments.
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