Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking devices and technologies that provide continual connections to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or remote locations like business headquarters, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobile services such as IP voice, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution allows companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers remote or on-premises expertise to help your organization to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow organizations to converge wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, performance, protection and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and delivering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Cisco Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered units engineered 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 allows you to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All models include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 APs 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 Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi access points consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the leading access point product. Aironet access points range from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 11x standard. The current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac support, which offers three times the performance plus superior distance and density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include value-priced devices for general use to advanced products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features like self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes dual powerful radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, configuration, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with many wireless APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant benefits over Wave 1 and earlier products such as higher throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop body and designed for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit form factor, is designed to support larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense required to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN 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 used by small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable module can handle from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have an integrated wireless controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless network controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 APs and 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support for a wide array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are intended for offices and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These devices include built-in antennas that provide dependable radio range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series access point is available for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are ideal for more problematic radio frequency situations such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is intended for regulatory domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points offer an economical, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco wireless bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security demands of public networking specialists. These bridges handle both PTP and point-to-multipoint deployments with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput several times higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the expense, erasing the need for costly leased lines when connecting different offices. Because wireless bridges have no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable often require considerable startup expenses when they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 family bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand harsh outside conditions and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and reliability that IT managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical way to implement and control protected wireless networks at satellite offices. These controllers manage up to a dozen Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that provide the identical security, expandability, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more challenging facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.
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