Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools designed to provide continual connections to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy deployment, consistent and fast performance, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite venues such as business campuses, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired networks. This architecture includes built-in mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or on-premises support to assist you to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to design and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable organizations to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and manageability required for virtually any scenario. These wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and delivering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one device via a simple browser-based interface. All of the models include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a GE interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a GE port and can support sustained throughput 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 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can handle up to 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the market leading AP product. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line span several generations of models supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. The current line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the performance plus greater coverage and user density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of access points and can assist your company to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly models for general use to advanced products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor AP also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast data exchange, configuration, control, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless networks, but networks with many wireless APs are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1RU form factor, is intended for larger enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless 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, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and cost needed to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions such as provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and optimizing system performance, activating security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover immediately to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable module can handle up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and control wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can represent serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and other locations which have little environmental instability. These access points include integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The 1130G Series product is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are intended for more problematic RF environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public sites that require access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security demands of public networking specialists. They support both PTP and point-to-multipoint deployments with good range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates dramatically faster than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, erasing the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because bridges carry no ongoing charges, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable often require very expensive initial costs in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 family bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside connections for LOS environments. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that can withstand severe outside conditions and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with lightweight APs to offer superior throughput and high-end management capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, protection, and resilience that network managers require to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable way to deploy and manage protected wireless networks at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise up to a dozen Aironet APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants 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 planners can show you how to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and expense, or on premises for more challenging facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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