Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking devices and software tools engineered to enable continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast performance, centralized control, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity at local or offsite venues such as business campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired networks. This architecture includes integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build wireless environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or on-premises expertise to assist you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent offers economical online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst lines of wireless access points enable you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security and manageability needed to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps for very small companies or home offices to 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) APs capable of supporting hundreds of clients on each access point and delivering sustained throughput in excess of 5 Gb. Cisco's current selection of access points can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can support as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Wireless Access Point complies with 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 on the 2.4-GHz radio for an aggregate maximum data rate of 2.4 Gbps. The Small Business WAP581 includes an integrated 2.5G Ethernet LAN interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE). The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 access point supports as many as 200 connective users, a maximum of 50 active client users per radio, 16 access points for each cluster, and 960 active client users per cluster.
For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi APs system design and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from entry-level models to advanced units. The Aironet family cover several generations of models compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the performance plus superior coverage and density than the prior generation of devices. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are legacy units that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Aironet APs planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class units supporting up to 5.9 Gbit/sec performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful client-serving 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 access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Catalyst 9100 Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points are intended for environments ranging from telecommuter homes to high-density stadiums. Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points are based on the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Important enhancements supported by Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better dependability, increased device sleep time for conserving power usage in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 wireless APs can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), accommodate up to 200 client users per radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software. For details about Progent's support for Catalyst 9100 Line of 802.11ax Access Points, see Wi-Fi 6 access points solution planning, configuration, and debugging consulting.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless controller appliances allow you to automate and manage modern wireless networks that support 802.11ax APs. The 802.11ax standard, aka Wi-Fi 6, builds on previous generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) devices by providing less latency and more predictable performance, supporting higher client density, providing greater security, conserving energy for battery-powered mobile devices, and offering more flexibility for supporting new kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi controllers feature always-on availability with seamless software upgrades, hot fixes, and the ability to add APs with zero disruption of service. Enhanced security technologies include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), secure boot, and Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to track and understand infrastructure and endpoint health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 family are powered by Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center or with Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management platforms. Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers can support Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 APs as well as Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs. To learn more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco 9800 line of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, see Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN controllers system planning, configuration, and management services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime communication, deployment, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified management of WiFi networks, but systems with a large number of Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older models such as higher performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop body and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached directly to the controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which provides high availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of functions such as provisioning APs, applying single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system health, activating security tools to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and manage wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive 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 pose significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range profiles. The Aironet 1130G Series product is offered for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are ideal for more problematic RF environments like factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which often require flexible external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The 1240G Series product is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh LAN access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that require connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the security needs of wide-area networking professionals. These devices handle both PTP and PMP implementations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower cost, doing away with the need for costly leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges require no periodic costs, savings on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the initial hardware investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require considerable initial expenses in cases where they are impeded by barriers like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 bridges offer high-performance, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key technologies such as integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with lightweight access points to offer superior performance and advanced administration functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical way to deploy and control protected WLANs at branch locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise as many as 12 Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless products that offer the same security, extensibility, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ax-compatible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to configure the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite for more difficult environments.
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