Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN devices and technologies that enable anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the current model of BYOD networks by converging their wired/wireless ecosystems to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations such as enterprise headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of security, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to build wireless environments that improve the way they work and enhance productivity through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers remote or onsite support to assist your organization to design, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, protection and ease of management needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps designed for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients per access point and delivering sustained throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-based devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from a single device via an intuitive browser-based tool. All models include POE and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle 32 active clients per radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling AP product. Aironet APs range from entry-level devices to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet family span several generations of models supporting the evolving 802 specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the performance as well as greater range and density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now legacy units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor access point also includes dual high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, deployment, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but networks with many wireless APs are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages over Wave 1 and earlier products such as higher performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop form factor and intended for smaller businesses. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for access points and users, which allows high availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1RU enclosure, is intended to support midsize to large enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 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, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points 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 campuses with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for venues that support high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for offices and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These access points have integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series product is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more difficult RF environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often call for adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series access point is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points provide a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless solution for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security needs of public networking specialists. These bridges support both point-to-point and P2MP deployments with excellent coverage and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver data rates several times faster than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Because bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or optical cable can result in very expensive startup costs when they are impeded by barriers like highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer high-performance, dependable outdoor bridging for LOS applications. These devices include a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outside environments and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, expandability, security, and resilience that network managers require to create safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for as many as 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical way to implement and control protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise up to twelve Cisco wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series IS Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to accommodate IP video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more difficult environments.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting.
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