Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies designed to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite venues such as enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates built-in mobility services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services can provide remote or onsite expertise to assist your organization to design, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and deploy a wireless LAN with customized AP clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst lines of access points allow you to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, performance, security and ease of management needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or telecommuters to Wi-Fi 6 APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each access point and offering data rates in excess of 5 Gb. Cisco's current selection of APs can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video applications.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as value-priced Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device via a simple browser-based tool. All versions support Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can support as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Wireless Access Point complies with the Wi-Fi 5 specification and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO to deliver 2.8 Gbps throughput on the 5.0-Ghz radio and 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz for a total maximum throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 includes an integrated 2.5G Ethernet interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE). The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP can handle up to 200 connective client users, up to 50 active users for each radio, 16 access points per cluster, and 960 active users for each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's support for both current and older Cisco Small Business series of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business wireless APs consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet line cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the performance as well as superior range and user density than the prior generation of devices. The latest multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting up to 5.9 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki APs and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Catalyst 9100 Family of Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 APs are designed for environments ranging from telecommuter homes to crowded arenas. Catalyst 9100 access points are compliant with the 802.11ax specification, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 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 bands. Headline enhancements supported by Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better dependability, TWT for conserving power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for better spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller, handle as many as 200 client users per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst 9100 Family of Wireless APs, see Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax APs system planning, configuration, and troubleshooting consulting.
Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless LAN controllers allow you to manage modern Wi-Fi environments that incorporate 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. The 802.11ax standard, popularly known as Wi-Fi 6, improves on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by providing less latency and more reliable performance, allowing higher client density, offering enhanced security, saving energy for battery-powered handheld devices, and offering more flexibility for supporting new kinds of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family Wi-Fi controllers include high availability with transparent software upgrades, hot fixes, and the ability to add Wi-Fi access points without disruption of service. Advanced cybersecurity technologies include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), image signing, and Software-Defined Access. Streaming telemetry allows you to track and analyze network and endpoint health.
All devices in the Catalyst 9800 family are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center or Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless LAN controllers can manage Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points concurrently with Catalyst 9100 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Cisco Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless controller appliances system planning, deployment, and troubleshooting consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime communication, configuration, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi APs typically require physical wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop body and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered across the wide-area network via FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for access points and clients, which allows high availability for applications. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit package, is intended for larger 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 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features 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 campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and expense needed to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up APs, enforcing consistent policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or 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 wireless controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support services for a broad range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the financial justification for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are intended for offices and other locations which have little environmental instability. These products have built-in antennas that provide dependable radio range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series access point is offered for regulated locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are ideal for more difficult RF environments such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The 1240G Series device is intended for regulatory domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs provide an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security needs of WAN professionals. These bridges handle both PTP and PTMP configurations with excellent coverage and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Since wireless bridges have no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable can result in high startup costs if they are impeded by obstacles like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor connections for LOS applications. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to harsh outdoor conditions and operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the control of common functions including integrated IPS, real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with small APs to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced control functions.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, security, and dependability that network managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and control secure WLANs at branch locations. These products manage up to twelve Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide range of wireless products that offer the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ax-compatible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to configure the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant return on investment.
Progent’s Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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