Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless LAN devices and software tools designed to enable continual access to information and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity at local or remote venues like business headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of security, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. This technology includes integrated mobility services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers economical online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to plan and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and ease of management needed for practically any environment. These access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients per AP and delivering data rates as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Cisco Small Business Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from one device through a simple web browser interface. All models support POE and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point features a GE LAN interface and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N APs that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 APs per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the leading access point solution. Aironet access points range from value priced models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the speed plus superior range and user density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. The current multi-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two high-power radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated 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 rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, configuration, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages over Wave 1 and older products including higher throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 access points and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which allows nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is intended for larger organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of functions such as provisioning access points, applying consistent policies throughout wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, activating security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 APs and 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 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 businesses and campus environments and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a broad array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for offices and other venues which have little environmental variability. These products have built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family product is designed for restricted locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which commonly require flexible protruding antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family device is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh APs deliver a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection demands of WAN specialists. They support both P2P and P2MP implementations with good range and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates several times higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the expense, erasing the need for costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges require no recurring charges, savings on leased-line bills quickly cover the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require high startup costs if they are impeded by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and provide fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 bridges provide high-performance, dependable outside bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can withstand severe outdoor conditions and operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of common technologies such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with small wireless access points to offer superior throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, security, and resilience that IT managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective way to implement and manage protected wireless networks at branch locations. These devices manage up to twelve Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help you to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless devices that provide the identical protection, expandability, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more complex situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Help.
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