Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies that provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or remote venues like business headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services such as IP voice, IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers remote or onsite support to help your organization to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes 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 Wi-Fi network with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of wireless access points allow you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required for virtually any scenario. These APs range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb intended for small companies or home offices to 802.11ax APs suitable for handling hundreds of clients per AP and delivering data rates in excess of 5 Gb. Cisco's latest line of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level wireless APs for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All versions support POE and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 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 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can support as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac APs that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both wireless access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
Cisco's WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 Access Point complies with the 802.11ac specification and offers 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to provide 2.8 Gbps data rates at 5 GHz and 600 Mbps on the 2.4-GHz radio for a total max data rate of 2.4 Gbps. The Small Business WAP581 has an integrated 2.5G Ethernet interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP supports up to 200 connective client users, a maximum of 50 active users for each radio, 16 access points for each cluster, and 960 active client users per cluster.
To learn more about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi APs consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet family span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 11x standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers triple the performance as well as greater coverage and user density than the prior generation of devices. The latest multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can assist your company to maintain your current Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to the latest Aironet products. For details about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 5.9 Gigabit per second performance. Every Meraki indoor AP offers high-end features like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Family of Wi-Fi 6 and W-Fi 6E APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 family of 802.11ax wireless APs are designed for environments ranging from home offices to crowded stadiums. Catalyst 9100 access points are based on the 802.11ax specification, 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 designed to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important enhancements incorporated in Catalyst 9100 Series access points include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for improved reliability, increased device sleep time for reduced power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum utilization, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. Cisco Catalyst 9100 wireless access points can run Cisco's EWC, handle up to 400 clients per Wi-Fi radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software.
Cisco's Catalyst 916x Series Wi-Fi 6E APs are the first Cisco access points to offer the capability of being managed on-prem via Cisco DNA Center or via the cloud by deploying Meraki management tools. This enables businesses to transition to cloud-based or hybrid deployments on their own timetable. All Cisco's Catalyst 916x access points meet the a/b/g/n/ac/ax and 6E wireless standards and support the 6-GHz band. Each AP has 5 radios and supports as many as 400 clients per radio. Each AP also comes with a dedicated radio for Cisco CleanAir Pro for mitigating wireless interference, comes with a USB 2.0 port, and offers Bluetooth BLE. Cisco's value-priced Catalyst 9162 Series access point is suited for small organizations, has three 2x2 radios, and provides 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet support.
Cisco's Catalyst 9163E Wi-Fi 6E AP is built to withstand tough outdoor deployments like campuses or municipal Wi-Fi. The 9163E includes three client serving 2x2 radios, one IoT radio, and a tri-band scanning radio. Interfaces include 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G Multigigabit Ethernet, a management console port (RJ-45), 4x N-Type Wi-Fi antenna connectors, and a GPS/GNSS antenna connector. The AP supports Omnidirectional Dipole Self-Identifying Antennas. Cisco's Catalyst 9164 Series AP is designed for small and mid-size organizations, has one 2x2 radio and two 4x4 radios, and offers 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet support. The Catalyst 9166 Series AP is suited for large and mid-sized organizations, incorporates three 4x4 radios, and provides 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G mGig Ethernet support. The 9166 also has environmental sensors that detect air quality, temperature, and moisture. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Family of Wi-Fi 6/6E 802.11ax Access Points, refer to Wireless access points solution planning, configuration, and debugging services.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless LAN controller appliances allow you to manage modern wireless environments that support 802.11ax access points. 802.11ax, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, builds on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by delivering less latency and more predictable performance, supporting higher client user density, offering enhanced security, saving energy for battery-dependent handheld devices, and offering more versatility for handling the latest kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family wireless controllers include high availability with transparent software upgrades, live fixes, and the ability to add access points with zero service interruption. Advanced cybersecurity features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), secure boot, and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to monitor and understand network and endpoint health.
All devices in the Catalyst 9800 family are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or Prime Infrastructure management platforms. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless network controllers can manage Cisco Aironet 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 APs concurrently with Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 line of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, see Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 wireless controllers solution design, deployment, and management services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, configuration, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products such as greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered across the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which allows high availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is designed for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of functions like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup 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 routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and have a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include an integrated wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support services for a broad array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are ideal for offices and similar venues which have little environmental variability. These access points have integrated antennas that offer dependable radio coverage profiles. The Aironet 1130G family WAP is offered for regulated locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are ideal for more challenging RF situations such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series access point is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside wireless mesh access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that need access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro area or public access network. Cisco bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the security needs of WAN specialists. These bridges support both point-to-point and PMP configurations with good range and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, doing away with the need for expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Since bridges require no recurring charges, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly pay for the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable often require high up-front costs when they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco 1400 family bridges provide high-speed, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight applications. They include a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor conditions and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of common technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior performance and high-end management functions.
WLAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, security, and fault tolerance that IT managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These wireless controllers supervise as many as twelve Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless products that offer the same protection, scalability, and manageability you demand from your wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progent's Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more challenging situations.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Expertise.
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