Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and software tools intended to enable continual access to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their wired and wireless environments to achieve easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized control, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity at local or offsite locations such as business headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of security, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility services such as VoIP, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants offers online or on-premises support to help you to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, performance, security compliance and manageability required for virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac access points suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to handle sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP via a simple browser-based tool. All 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 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet access points range from entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family cover several generations of models compliant with the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the throughput as well as superior range and density compared to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes dual high-power radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast communication, deployment, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless networks, but WLANs with many wireless access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the wide-area network via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be connected directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for APs and users, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is intended to support midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 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, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to configure, monitor, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow 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 permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller fails, thousands of access points and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high densities of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and onsite support services for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These access points have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are ideal for more difficult RF situations such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G Series wireless access point is intended for restricted locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points provide an economical, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that need access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that meets the protection requirements of public networking professionals. These devices support both PTP and point-to-multipoint implementations with good range and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because bridges require no recurring costs, savings on connection services quickly cover the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can result in considerable up-front costs when they are impeded by obstacles such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 bridges provide high-speed, reliable outside connections for LOS applications. These devices include a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to severe outside environments and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the control of key functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with lightweight access points to offer enhanced throughput and high-end management capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer support for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable way to implement and control protected WLANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise up to twelve Cisco wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a wide array of wireless products that provide the same security, extensibility, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy wireless 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 build protection into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to configure the high availability technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more challenging situations.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Network Support Services.
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