Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking products and software tools engineered to enable anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to achieve easy configuration, predictable performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across local or offsite venues like enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of security, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This architecture incorporates built-in mobility services such as VoIP, IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables companies to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and ease of management required to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for very small businesses or home offices to Wi-Fi 6 access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients on each access point and delivering sustained throughput in excess of 5 Gb. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced wireless APs for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business line of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP through a simple web browser interface. All models include Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a GE port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a GE port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features a GE LAN interface and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Cisco WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Wireless Access Point supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 specification and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO to deliver 2.8 Gbps data rates on the 5.0-Ghz radio and 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz for an aggregate maximum throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 includes an integrated 2.5G Ethernet LAN interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE). The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP supports as many as 200 connective users, up to 50 active client users for each radio, 16 APs for each cluster, and 960 active client users per cluster.
For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series of wireless APs, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless APs configuration and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 802 specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers three times the throughput plus greater distance and user density than the prior generation of devices. The current dual-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help your company to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move smoothly to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor access points include value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting up to 5.9 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features like plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with boosted reception as well as a separate 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 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and able to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, see Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wireless APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points are intended for environments ranging from home offices to high-density convention centers. Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Headline technologies incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for better reliability, TWT for reduced power usage in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Catalyst 9100 802.11ax access points can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), handle as many as 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. For details about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst 9100 Family of Wireless Access Points, see Wireless APs solution planning, deployment, and troubleshooting services.
Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless controller appliances allow you to automate and manage advanced Wi-Fi environments that support 802.11ax wireless APs. 802.11ax, popularly known as Wi-Fi 6, improves on previous generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) appliances by delivering less latency and more reliable performance, supporting higher client user density, offering enhanced protection, conserving energy for battery-dependent mobile devices, and offering more versatility for handling new types of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controllers include high availability with transparent software updates, hot patching, and the ability to add Wi-Fi access points without downtime. Advanced cybersecurity technologies include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), image signing, and Cisco Software-Defined Access. Streaming telemetry allows you to track and understand network and endpoint health.
All appliances in the Catalyst 9800 family are powered by Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or with Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless network controllers can support Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 access points concurrently with Cisco Catalyst 9100 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN controllers system planning, deployment, and debugging consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast communication, provisioning, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of WiFi environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and earlier products such as greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop form factor and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 wireless APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit form factor, is intended to support larger organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 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 controllers cut the effort and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of tasks such as setting up wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system health, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby high-availability controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable solution can support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high densities of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for a broad array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and other venues which have minimal environmental variability. These access points include integrated antennas that provide predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco 1130G family wireless access point is offered for controlled domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more difficult radio frequency situations like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series access point is designed for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points deliver an economical, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple LANs in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that meets the security demands of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP implementations with good coverage and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, avoiding the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Since bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly cover the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often result in high startup costs in cases where they are separated by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices include an all-weather enclosure that can hold up to harsh outdoor conditions and can operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the control of common technologies including intrusion prevention, fast RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer enhanced throughput and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and reliability that IT managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These controllers manage as many as twelve Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to plan, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the identical protection, expandability, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to configure the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers 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 wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Consulting Services.
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