Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies intended to provide continual access to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across local or offsite locations like enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobile services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers online or on-premises support to help you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent offers value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of wireless access points enable businesses to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, performance, security compliance and ease of management required for practically any environment. These access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small companies or telecommuters to Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of clients on each AP and offering sustained data rates in excess of 5 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, control and repair a cluster of access points from one AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11n clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (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. Cisco's WAP1501 allows four access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 wireless clients per radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes one GE port and two radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both devices can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 AP supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 standard and offers 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to provide 2.8 Gbps throughput at 5 GHz and 0.6 Gbps at 2.4 GHz for a total top throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 has a fixed 2.5G Ethernet port and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with 802.3at PoE. The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 access point can handle as many as 200 connective client users, a maximum of 50 active client users for each radio, 16 access points for each cluster, and 960 active users per cluster.
For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of wireless APs, refer to Cisco Small Business wireless APs consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to enterprise-class units. The Aironet series cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the performance plus superior coverage and density compared to the previous generation of APs. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced units that offer as high as 5.9 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides high-end features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor AP also includes two powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as 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. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and management, see Meraki access points planning and support.
Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 family of 802.11ax wireless APs are intended for environments ranging from home offices to high-density arenas. Cisco Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important enhancements supported by Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better reliability, TWT for reduced power consumption in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Catalyst 9100 802.11ax access points can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), accommodate up to 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs, refer to Wi-Fi 6 access points system planning, configuration, and debugging services.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless controllers help you manage modern wireless networks that incorporate 802.11ax APs. 802.11ax, also called Wi-Fi 6, builds on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by providing less latency and more reliable performance, allowing higher client density, offering greater security, conserving energy for battery-dependent handheld devices, and offering more flexibility for handling new kinds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controllers feature always-on availability with seamless software upgrades, live patching, and the ability to connect additional wireless APs with zero downtime. Enhanced cybersecurity technologies include Cisco Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS), image signing, and Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry allows you to monitor and analyze network and client health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 line are powered by Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center or with Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series wireless network controllers can support Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 wireless APs concurrently with Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi access points. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, see Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 wireless controller appliances system design, configuration, and management consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, configuration, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless networks, but systems with many Wi-Fi access points typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older products including higher throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop form factor and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and users, which allows high availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU form factor, is intended to support larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system health, activating intrusion prevention tools to defend against cyber break-ins and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable module can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
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Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support services for a broad array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the financial justification for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental variability. These access points include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are ideal for more challenging radio frequency situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Aironet 1240G family product is intended for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside wireless mesh APs offer an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public access network. Cisco wireless bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the protection demands of WAN specialists. They support both PTP and PTMP configurations with excellent range and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput dramatically faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, eliminating the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting different offices. Because bridges carry no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services rapidly pay for the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable can require high initial costs in cases where they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outside connections for LOS environments. They include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outside environments and can operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with small APs to deliver superior performance and advanced management capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at branch offices. These products supervise as many as 12 Aironet access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to assist you to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless devices that offer the identical security, extensibility, and manageability you demand from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to design protection into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to set up the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network provides continuing return on investment.
Progent’s 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 comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult situations.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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