Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking products and software tools designed to enable continual connections to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, predictable performance, centralized control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced security.
Cisco's Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are components 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 infrastructure. This architecture includes built-in mobility services like Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they work and enhance productivity through a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offers online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points allow businesses to converge wired/wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, performance, security and manageability required for virtually any environment. These APs start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac APs capable of handling hundreds of wireless clients per access point and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-based units engineered as value-priced Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from one AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All versions support POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to support 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 supports four access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access points incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
For details about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business family of WiFi APs, see Cisco Small Business WiFi APs consulting.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the speed plus superior distance and density compared to the previous generation of devices. The current dual-band Aironet access points continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet access points planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities like plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with boosted reception as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, configuration, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require physical wireless controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products including higher performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop form factor and intended for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which provides nonstop availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is intended for midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. 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 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions such as setting up wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, activating security tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DDoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can handle 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the business case for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are intended for offices and similar sites which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series wireless access point is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more challenging radio frequency situations such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically require flexible external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh access points offer an economical, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi solution for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the protection requirements of public networking professionals. These devices handle both P2P and PTMP implementations with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for far less expense, erasing the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since bridges require no recurring charges, savings on connection services rapidly pay for the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable often result in considerable up-front costs when they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a ruggedized enclosure and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges provide high-speed, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in an all-weather cover that can withstand harsh outdoor environments and operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, protection, and resilience that IT managers require to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and manage protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These controllers supervise up to a dozen Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help you to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the same security, expandability, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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