Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN products and technologies designed to enable continual access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by converging their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at local or offsite venues like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables companies to build wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers online or onsite support to help you to design, deploy, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and manageability needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting 200 or more clients on each access point and offering throughput as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single AP through a simple browser-based interface. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a GE interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can handle up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both devices can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which offers three times the performance as well as greater distance and density than the previous generation of devices. The current multi-frequency Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade cost effectively to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points range from value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with boosted reception 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 access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast data exchange, configuration, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as higher throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop form factor and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered across the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for access points and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and cost needed to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless network controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series 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 delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and manage wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high densities of wireless clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are intended for offices and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide predictable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family access point is offered for regulated domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more challenging radio frequency environments such as factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible external antennas and durable cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is intended for restricted locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh APs deliver an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the security requirements of WAN professionals. These bridges handle both point-to-point and P2MP implementations with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 links for far less cost, erasing the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no recurring charges, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable can require very expensive startup expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a durable cover and offer fast, economical wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in an all-weather cover that is optimized for harsh outdoor conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and resilience that network managers need to create safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical solution to implement and manage secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These controllers manage up to 12 Cisco wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless devices that provide the identical protection, expandability, and manageability you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to support IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more difficult situations.
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