Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies that enable continual connections to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or offsite venues like enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This technology incorporates integrated mobile services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance output via a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers remote or on-premises support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired/wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and manageability needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps designed for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per access point and offering sustained throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series 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 wireless 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 a single AP through a simple browser-based interface. All of the versions include POE and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows four access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a GE port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n AP with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 supports 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 as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and older Cisco Small Business series of WiFi access points, refer to Cisco Small Business wireless APs system design and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the leading AP solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from entry-level models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi standard. The current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the throughput as well as superior distance and user density than the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet APs planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced units that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring installation, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast data exchange, configuration, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual wireless controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but networks with a large number of wireless access points are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older products including higher throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop enclosure and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for access points and users, which provides nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is intended for larger enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 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 campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as setting up APs, applying single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and DDoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branches. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 access points and 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from a single datacenter, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These access points include built-in antennas that offer predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series product is offered for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are designed for more difficult RF situations like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically require flexible external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series wireless access point is intended for regulatory locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points offer an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor wireless solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable solution that meets the protection needs of wide-area networking professionals. These bridges manage both P2P and P2MP deployments with good range and support for traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 connections for far less expense, doing away with the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since bridges carry no periodic charges, the expenses saved on leased-line services rapidly pay for the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of copper or optical cable often require high up-front expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and offer fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outside bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that is optimized for harsh outdoor environments and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key functions including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced administration functions.
WLAN Controllers provide the control, expandability, protection, and resilience that system managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at branch offices. These devices supervise as many as 12 Cisco wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, expandability, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to configure the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progent’s Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS to handle IP video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and costs, or on premises for more difficult facilities.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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