Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and technologies that provide continual access to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can scale to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of security, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobility services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide economical online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, security compliance and manageability required to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video application software.
Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-powered units intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, control and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All models support Power over Ethernet and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that can support 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802 specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac support, which offers triple the performance as well as greater distance and density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. The latest multi-band Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs consulting.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced products supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Meraki APs consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, configuration, management, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but networks with a large number of wireless access points typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older products such as higher throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be connected to the controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended to support larger enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a high-end WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks such as provisioning APs, applying single-point policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can handle up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you create a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and on-premises support for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are ideal for offices and similar sites which have minimal environmental variability. These products have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range profiles. The Cisco 1130G family product is offered for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G family AP is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public venues that need access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges handle both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint implementations with excellent range and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, doing away with the need for expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because bridges carry no recurring charges, savings on connection bills quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable can require very expensive up-front expenses if they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a tough cover and provide fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in a durable enclosure that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions and operate within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key functions including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small access points to offer enhanced throughput and advanced control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, expandability, security, and reliability that network managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise up to a dozen Cisco wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that provide the same security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to support IP video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more challenging environments.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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