Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to provide continual connections to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations such as enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture incorporates built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve productivity via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises expertise to assist you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, protection and manageability required for practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-based units intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a cluster of access points from one AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All of the models include POE and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE port, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a one Gbit 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. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features one GE interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, 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 WAP371 access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 11x standard. The current line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the speed as well as greater distance and user density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. The current dual-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can assist your company to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, see Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, deployment, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for unified management of WiFi networks, but WLANs with many wireless access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer significant benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older models including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and intended for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput 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, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning APs, applying single-point policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can switchover immediately to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for 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 Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other venues which have little environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G family access point is offered for regulated domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are intended for more problematic RF situations like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which often call for flexible protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series device is intended for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh access points provide a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless technology for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the security needs of public networking professionals. They support both P2P and PMP deployments with good range and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput several times higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the expense, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting different offices. Because wireless bridges have no periodic costs, savings on connection services rapidly pay for the startup equipment costs. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often require high startup expenses when they are separated by barriers such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and offer fast, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside bridging for LOS environments. They include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outside environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key functions including intrusion prevention, fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers provide the control, expandability, security, and resilience that system managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at satellite offices. These devices supervise up to twelve Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad range of wireless products that offer the same security, expandability, and ease of management you demand from your wired network. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 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 company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite for more challenging situations.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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