Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and software tools intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to support the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy configuration, consistent and fast performance, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across local or offsite venues like enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same level of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobile services like IP voice, IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve productivity via a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services can provide online or onsite support to assist you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow organizations to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and manageability required to support practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac APs capable of handling hundreds of wireless clients per access point and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.
Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-powered devices designed as entry-level wireless APs for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device via an intuitive browser-based tool. All models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE interface and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 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 Small Business WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support up to 32 active clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band access point features one GE LAN interface and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs per cluster.
To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series of wireless access points, refer to Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points consulting.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points range from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 11x standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the performance as well as superior range and user density compared to the prior generation of APs. The latest multi-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are legacy devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for both current and legacy Aironet access points, refer to Aironet APs consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from value-priced models for general use to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features like self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Cisco's Meraki wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast data exchange, deployment, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by physical wireless controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop body and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1RU form factor, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, activating security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are intended for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include built-in antennas that offer predictable radio range profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series product is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are designed for more problematic radio frequency environments such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require flexible protruding antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs deliver an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the security needs of public networking specialists. These devices support both PTP and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, doing away with the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Since bridges have no recurring charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly cover the startup hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable can result in considerable initial costs in cases where they are separated by obstacles like freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 Series bridges offer high-performance, reliable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include a durable cover that can withstand severe outdoor environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with lightweight access points to deliver superior performance and advanced control functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, security, and reliability that system managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and manage secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These products manage up to a dozen Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that offer the same security, scalability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can help you to set up the high availability technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite for more complex situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.
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