Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking products and software tools designed to enable anywhere, anytime connections to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. 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 standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by converging their wired/wireless networks to achieve easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations such as business headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and improve output through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or onsite support to help you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your individual 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 businesses to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, throughput, protection and ease of management needed for virtually any environment. These access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for small companies or home offices to 802.11ax APs capable of handling hundreds of clients on each access point and offering sustained data rates in excess of 5 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-based devices engineered as entry-level wireless solutions for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP via an intuitive web browser tool. All versions include POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet port and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices support 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Wireless Access Point supports the 802.11ac standard and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to deliver 2.8 Gbps data rates at 5 GHz and 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz for an aggregate top throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 has a fixed 2.5G Ethernet port and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet. The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 access point can handle up to 200 connective users, up to 50 active client users per radio, 16 APs for each cluster, and 960 active client users for each cluster.
To learn more about Progent's consulting services for both current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced units. The Aironet line span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 11x standard. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the throughput plus superior range and density than the prior generation of devices. 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 earliest Aironet access points are legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet access points consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 5.9 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Family of 802.11ax Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs are designed for deployments ranging from home offices to high-density enterprise campuses. Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Important technologies supported by Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for improved dependability, TWT for reduced power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for better spectrum use, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Catalyst 9100 Series wireless APs support Cisco's EWC, accommodate up to 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs, see Wireless access points system design, configuration, and debugging services.
Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless controller appliances allow you to manage advanced wireless environments that support 802.11ax wireless APs. 802.11ax, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, improves on previous generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by providing lower latency and more predictable performance, allowing higher client density, offering greater protection, saving energy for battery-dependent handheld devices, and offering more versatility for supporting the latest types of IoT endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family Wi-Fi controllers feature always-on availability with transparent software updates, live fixes, and the ability to connect additional Wi-Fi access points without service interruption. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), image signing, and Software-Defined Access. Streaming telemetry allows you to monitor and analyze network and endpoint health.
All devices in the Catalyst 9800 family are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or Prime Infrastructure network management platforms. Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers can manage Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 APs as well as Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi access points. To learn more about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 line of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN controller appliances solution design, deployment, and debugging consulting.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, administration, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and older products such as greater performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be connected directly to the controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available 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.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU enclosure, is designed for larger organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and cost needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing network health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the financial justification for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental instability. These access points have integrated antennas that offer predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series product is available for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are intended for more difficult RF situations like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which commonly require adjustable external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family access point is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh access points provide an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the security demands of wide-area networking professionals. These devices handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with good range and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because wireless bridges require no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection bills quickly pay for the startup equipment investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable can require very expensive initial costs when they are impeded by barriers like freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that is optimized for harsh outdoor environments and can operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the control of key functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with lightweight access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced administration functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and manage secure wireless networks at branch offices. These wireless controllers manage up to a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide array of wireless technologies that offer the same protection, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ax-compatible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to design protection into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to configure the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers significant return on investment.
Progent’s Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust WLAN optimized for your environment, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more complex situations.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Consulting.
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