Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless environments to benefit from easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations such as business campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of protection, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. This technology incorporates built-in mobility services like IP voice, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or onsite support to help your organization to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, protection and ease of management required for practically any environment. These access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting 200 or more wireless clients per AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support environments with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-powered units designed as value-priced Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of access points from a single device via a simple browser-based tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE port, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
For more information about Progent's support for both current and older Cisco Small Business family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has for years been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet line cover multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802 specification. The current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the throughput as well as superior distance and user density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. The current dual-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are legacy units that have reached end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's 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 units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end features such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki APs consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, configuration, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of wireless APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller devices from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older models including greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 access points and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is designed to support larger organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports 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 SSD storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the time and cost needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of tasks such as provisioning access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable solution can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and have a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campuses and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi 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 specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are ideal for offices and other sites which have minimal environmental variability. These devices include built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range profiles. The Cisco 1130G family device is available for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are designed for more challenging RF environments such as manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco 1240G Series wireless access point is available for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside wireless mesh APs offer an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security requirements of public networking specialists. They handle both P2P and PTMP implementations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput several times higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, eliminating the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because wireless bridges have no periodic charges, savings on leased-line services rapidly cover the startup equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable often result in very expensive up-front expenses in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 Series bridges offer fast, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices include an all-weather cover that can hold up to severe outside environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with small APs to offer enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and manage secure WLANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers manage up to 12 Cisco wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless products that offer the identical security, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to set up the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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