Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among employees, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy configuration, consistently high throughput, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues such as business headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services like VoIP, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve output through a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, security compliance and ease of management required to support practically any environment. Cisco's access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small businesses or home offices to 802.11ax access points capable of handling hundreds of clients on each access point and offering data rates in excess of 5 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to handle wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of APs are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one device through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the versions support POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's 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 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet port, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band wireless access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 APs incorporating two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 Access Point complies with the Wi-Fi 5 standard and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to deliver 2.8 Gbps throughput at 5 GHz and 0.6 Gbps at 2.4 GHz for an aggregate maximum data rate of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 has a fixed 2.5G Ethernet LAN interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet. The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 access point can handle as many as 200 connective client users, a maximum of 50 active client users per radio, 16 access points per cluster, and 960 active client users per cluster.
For more information about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi access points consulting.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet series cover several generations of models supporting the evolving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers three times the throughput as well as superior distance and user density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. The latest multi-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for general use to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 5.9 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor access point also includes dual high-power radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and management, refer to Cisco's Meraki wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Line of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 family of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax access points are designed for environments ranging from home offices to high-density convention centers. Catalyst 9100 access points are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Important technologies supported by Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for improved reliability, TWT for conserving power usage in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for better spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), handle up to 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Line of Wi-Fi 6 Access Points, refer to Wi-Fi 6 APs system planning, configuration, and debugging services.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless controllers allow you to manage advanced wireless environments that incorporate 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. The 802.11ax standard, aka Wi-Fi 6, builds on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by providing lower latency and more predictable performance, allowing higher client density, offering enhanced security, saving energy for battery-dependent mobile devices, and offering more versatility for supporting the latest types of IoT endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family wireless controllers include high availability with transparent software updates, live patching, and the ability to connect additional APs with zero service interruption. Advanced cybersecurity technologies include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), image signing, and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to monitor and analyze infrastructure and endpoint health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 family are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management platforms. Catalyst 9800 Series wireless LAN controllers can support Cisco Aironet 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 wireless APs concurrently with Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax access points. To learn more about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, see Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN controllers system design, deployment, and management services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of WiFi environments, but systems with many Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products such as higher throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and remote offices managed across the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1RU enclosure, 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 as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver 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, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as setting up APs, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, activating intrusion prevention tools to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability 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 APs and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable module can support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have an integrated wireless controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high numbers of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are designed for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range profiles. The Aironet 1130G family device is available for controlled domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are ideal for more difficult RF environments like factories or above suspended ceilings which often call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Aironet 1240G family product is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points provide an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metro area or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security needs of WAN specialists. These bridges handle both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint implementations with good coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, doing away with the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because wireless bridges have no recurring costs, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly cover the initial equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can require very expensive startup expenses in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a ruggedized enclosure and provide high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for severe outside environments and operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of common technologies including intrusion prevention, fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight access points to offer superior throughput and high-end control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers offer the manageability, expandability, protection, and dependability that IT managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at branch offices. These products manage up to twelve Cisco access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a wide array of wireless products that provide the same security, expandability, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can help you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ax-compatible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to configure the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, providing a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging environments.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Consulting Services.
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