Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies that enable continual access to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from simplified deployment, predictable performance, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite venues such as business campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows organizations to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can provide remote or onsite expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to design and install a Wi-Fi network with customized access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable organizations to integrate wired/wireless networks to provide the accessibility, capacity, performance, security compliance and manageability required to support practically any scenario. These APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients on each access point and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-powered units designed as value-priced wireless solutions for small offices. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP via a simple web browser interface. All models support POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE port and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes one GE interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both wireless access points support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of WiFi APs, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi access points configuration and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet access points range from entry-level devices to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of models compliant with the evolving 802 specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the performance plus superior distance and user density than the prior generation of devices. The latest dual-frequency Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting services.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor AP offers high-end features like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual high-power client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, see Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime data exchange, deployment, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages over Wave 1 and earlier products such as higher performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop body and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 APs and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and clients, which allows high availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit package, is designed to support midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, implementing security tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller supports 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can support 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support for a broad array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing affordable, seamless upgrades. The following 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 family APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These products have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family product is offered for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are designed for more problematic radio frequency environments such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for flexible protruding antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs provide a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking specialists. They handle both point-to-point and P2MP deployments with excellent range and support for data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, doing away with the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since wireless bridges require no recurring charges, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly pay for the initial equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable can result in very expensive startup expenses if they are separated by barriers like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and offer fast, economical wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor wireless bridging for LOS environments. These devices are housed in a durable cover that can withstand harsh outdoor environments and operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of common technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with small access points to offer superior performance and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise up to 12 Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the same security, scalability, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to manage legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build protection into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can help you to deploy the HA features built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust WLAN customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS features to handle IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more complex environments.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting Services.
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