Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless LAN products and technologies intended to provide continual access to data and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 connectivity across local or remote venues like business campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of protection, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that companies demand in their wired networks. This technology incorporates integrated mobility services such as VoIP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to build wireless environments that streamline the way they work and improve output through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises support to assist you to plan, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, performance, protection and manageability needed for virtually any scenario. These access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting hundreds of clients on each access point and offering data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support environments with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single device through a simple browser-based tool. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a one Gbit Poe port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can support as many as 32 active clients per radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point includes one GE interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and older Cisco Small Business series of wireless APs, see Cisco Small Business WiFi access points system design and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point solution. Aironet access points range from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the throughput as well as superior range and density compared to the previous generation of APs. The current multi-band Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of APs and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime data exchange, deployment, control, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of wireless APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older models such as greater performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit 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 (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and users, which allows nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is intended for larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD 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 top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost needed to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable solution can support from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and features an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the deployment and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller supports from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support services for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are ideal for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio coverage profiles. The 1130G Series access point is available for regulated locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more difficult RF environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points provide an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the protection requirements of wide-area networking professionals. They handle both point-to-point and PTMP deployments with good range and the ability to handle traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, erasing the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Because bridges have no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly pay for the startup hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable often result in considerable initial costs when they are impeded by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, dependable outside bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outside conditions and can function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of key technologies such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior performance and advanced administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that IT managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and control protected wireless networks at satellite offices. These products manage up to twelve Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless devices that provide the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from your wired network. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to build protection into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more complex situations.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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