Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless networking products and software tools that enable continual access to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their wired/wireless networks to benefit from easy configuration, predictable throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across local or offsite locations such as business campuses, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as IP voice, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables organizations to create wireless environments that improve the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide online or on-premises support to help you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers affordable online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, 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 organizations to integrate wired/wireless networks to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, protection and manageability required for virtually any environment. These access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small companies or home offices to 802.11ax APs suitable for supporting hundreds of clients on each access point and delivering data rates of more than 5 Gb. Cisco's current line of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-based units engineered as entry-level Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one AP via a simple web browser interface. All versions support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point able to support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle 32 active clients per radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band wireless access point features one GE LAN interface and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Wireless Access Point supports the Wi-Fi 5 specification and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO to deliver 2.8 Gbps throughput at 5 GHz and 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz for a total maximum throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The Small Business 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 supports as many as 200 connective client users, up to 50 active users for each radio, 16 APs per cluster, and 960 active client users per cluster.
For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Small Business family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi APs consulting.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading access point solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet family cover multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving 802 specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which delivers triple the throughput as well as greater range and density compared to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced products that offer up to 5.9 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features like self-configuring installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Meraki access points system design and troubleshooting.
Catalyst 9100 Family of 802.11ax Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of 802.11ax wireless APs are designed for deployments ranging from telecommuter homes to crowded stadiums. Cisco Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax specification, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Headline technologies supported by Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better reliability, Target Wake Time for reduced power consumption in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum utilization, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller, accommodate up to 200 clients per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst 9100 Line of Wireless Access Points, see Wi-Fi 6 access points solution planning, deployment, and management services.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless controllers allow you to manage modern wireless networks that incorporate 802.11ax APs. 802.11ax, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, builds on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) appliances by providing less latency and more predictable performance, supporting higher client user density, offering greater security, conserving energy for battery-dependent mobile devices, and allowing more flexibility for supporting the latest kinds of IoT endpoints. Catalyst 9800 line wireless controllers include high availability with seamless software updates, live fixes, and the ability to connect additional APs with zero disruption of service. Advanced security features include Cisco Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), image signing, and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry allows you to track and understand infrastructure and client health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 line are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center or Prime Infrastructure management platforms. Catalyst 9800 wireless network controllers can support Cisco Aironet 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 APs concurrently with Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 access points. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 wireless controller appliances solution planning, configuration, and management services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast data exchange, configuration, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and older models such as higher performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered across the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be connected to the controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which allows high availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended to support midsize to large organizations and campus environments 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 performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support 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 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. 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 rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of functions such as setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and optimizing system health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These products have built-in antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G family access point is offered for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are ideal for more challenging RF environments like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which commonly require flexible protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The 1240G family wireless access point is intended for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points offer a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection demands of public networking specialists. They support both P2P and P2MP configurations with good range and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates dramatically faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, erasing the requirement for costly leased lines when linking separate offices. Because wireless bridges have no ongoing costs, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines using metal or optical cable can require high up-front expenses when they are impeded by barriers such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and offer high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges offer high-speed, reliable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that can hold up to severe outside conditions and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by streamlining the control of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with small access points to offer superior throughput and high-end management capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, protection, and resilience that network managers need to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and manage secure WLANs at satellite offices. These devices supervise as many as 12 Aironet APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that offer the identical security, expandability, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides continuing business value.
Progent’s Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or on premises for more challenging situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.
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