Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies designed to enable anywhere, anytime connections to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired and wireless networks to benefit from easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote locations such as enterprise headquarters, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same level of security, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobility services like IP voice, high-definition IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows companies to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and install a wireless network with customized access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable businesses to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, security compliance and ease of management needed to support practically any scenario. These access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps intended for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single device through an intuitive web browser interface. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to handle 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio access point features a GE LAN interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family cover several generations of models supporting the evolving 802 specification. The current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the throughput as well as greater coverage and density compared to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual high-power radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual wireless controllers for centralized administration of wireless networks, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and older products such as higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and remote offices managed across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi 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 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is intended to support larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a high-end WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and cost needed to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning APs, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with an integrated wireless controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely rendered obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the financial justification for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for offices and other sites which have little environmental instability. These devices have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible protruding antennas and durable cases. The Cisco 1240G family wireless access point is intended for regulatory domains that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points provide an economical, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public sites that need access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured technology for integrating multiple LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security needs of public networking professionals. These bridges manage both point-to-point and PTMP implementations with excellent range and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because wireless bridges carry no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly pay for the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of copper or optical cable can result in considerable initial expenses when they are impeded by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, reliable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for severe outside environments and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the control of key technologies including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers work with small access points to offer enhanced throughput and high-end control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, expandability, protection, and dependability that system managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control protected wireless networks at branch locations. These controllers manage as many as twelve Aironet wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide array of wireless products that offer the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to design security into your wireless network and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to set up the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more complex environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting Services.
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