Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and software tools intended to provide continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, consistent and fast performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or remote locations like business campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services such as VoIP, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to create wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and enhance productivity via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers online or onsite support to help you to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security and manageability required to support practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each access point and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, control and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one device via a simple browser-based interface. All models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can handle up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band wireless access point features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points, refer to Cisco Small Business WiFi access points consulting.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet family span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 802 specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the performance as well as superior range and user density compared to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for general use to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime data exchange, provisioning, management, monitoring and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for unified administration of wireless networks, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi access points typically require physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller devices from Cisco offer major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 access points and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be attached to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which allows high availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended to support midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the time and expense needed to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system health, activating security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are intended for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide predictable radio range profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are designed for more challenging RF situations like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable cases. The Cisco 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside wireless mesh access points offer an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless solution for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection demands of public networking professionals. These bridges manage both PTP and point-to-multipoint configurations with good range and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput several times faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since wireless bridges carry no ongoing charges, savings on connection services rapidly cover the initial equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable can require high initial costs when they are separated by barriers such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 wireless bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside wireless bridging for LOS environments. These devices include a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for severe outside conditions and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer enhanced throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and reliability that IT managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical way to deploy and manage protected wireless LANs at branch locations. These devices manage up to twelve Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless products that offer the identical security, extensibility, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or on premises for more difficult facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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