Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to enable anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new model of BYOD computing by integrating their wired and wireless networks to benefit from simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. This architecture incorporates integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables companies to create wireless environments that improve the way they work and enhance productivity via a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to help you to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to plan and install a wireless network with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable businesses to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security compliance and ease of management required for virtually any scenario. These access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients per AP and delivering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video application software.
Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered units designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through a simple browser-based tool. All models include Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 802.11n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP that can handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a GE interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support 32 active clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio access point features one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of wireless access points has for years been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of models supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the throughput as well as superior distance and density compared to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features such as plug-and-play deployment, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor AP also includes two powerful radios with boosted reception as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh 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 features such as cloud management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Meraki access points and management tools, see Meraki access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized management of wireless networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 wireless controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for APs and clients, which allows nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1RU form factor, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and features an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the deployment and management of wireless networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed 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 appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device engineered to monitor and manage wireless environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a broad array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist organizations to evaluate the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are ideal for offices and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These devices have built-in antennas that offer dependable radio range patterns. The 1130G family wireless access point is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more difficult RF environments like factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The 1240G family access point is intended for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh LAN access points provide a cost-effective, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. They support both P2P and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for far less expense, avoiding the requirement for costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Because bridges carry no periodic costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly pay for the initial equipment costs. Private lines and even leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable can result in very expensive up-front expenses when they are impeded by barriers like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a ruggedized enclosure and offer fast, economical wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges provide fast, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight applications. They are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small wireless access points to offer superior performance and high-end administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers need to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an affordable solution to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as a dozen Cisco APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad range of wireless products that provide the identical protection, extensibility, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to manage legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to set up the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more challenging environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting Services.
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