Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to enable anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized control, uniform policy, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to assist you to design, deploy, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, 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 integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. These access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients per AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-based devices designed as entry-level Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one AP via a simple browser-based tool. All of the models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point able to support 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients on each 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. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one Gigabit Ethernet port and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of wireless APs, refer to Cisco Small Business WiFi APs consulting.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of wireless APs has consistently been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet series cover several generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the speed as well as greater range and density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest dual-frequency Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your current Aironet wireless system or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's support for both current and legacy Aironet access points, see Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor AP provides high-end features such as self-configuring installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with enhanced reception as well as a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, provisioning, management, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer significant benefits over Wave 1 and earlier models including greater performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop form factor and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected directly to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU form factor, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with 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 controllers reduce the time and expense required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system health, implementing security capabilities 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 any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synch with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These devices have built-in antennas that provide predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series device is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are designed for more problematic RF situations such as factories or above suspended ceilings which often call for adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series access point is intended for regulatory domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that need access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP configurations with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, avoiding the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because bridges carry no periodic costs, the expenses saved on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable often result in high up-front costs in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 family bridges provide fast, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in a durable cover that is optimized for harsh outside environments and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to offer enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that IT managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an affordable way to deploy and control secure wireless networks at branch offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage up to twelve Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a broad array of wireless products that provide the same protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more difficult environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting Services.
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