Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN products and software tools intended to enable continual connections to data and resources and to promote teamwork among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, predictable throughput, single-point management, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same level of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. This technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as IP voice, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and enhance output through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services offers online or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide economical remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow you to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security and manageability required for practically any scenario. Cisco's access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac access points capable of handling hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered units intended as entry-level wireless APs for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a cluster of access points from a single device through an intuitive browser-based tool. All models support POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a GE port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 supports 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point includes a GE interface and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside version) are dual-band 802.11ac access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points per cluster.
For details about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi access points system design and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet family span multiple generations of devices supporting the continually improving 11x specification. The current portfolio of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers triple the speed as well as greater coverage and density than the prior generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are legacy devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Meraki indoor access point offers high-end features such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime communication, configuration, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but systems with many Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for APs and users, which allows high availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended for larger organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit package, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of tasks like provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and optimizing system performance, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle up to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features an integrated wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 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 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. 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 handle 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that support high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and onsite support services for a broad array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These products have built-in antennas that offer dependable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series access point is available for restricted domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more challenging radio frequency situations like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically call for flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family access point is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security needs of WAN specialists. These devices support both PTP and PTMP configurations with good range and support for data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates significantly higher than E1/T1 lines for far less expense, erasing the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Since wireless bridges have no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable can result in considerable startup costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices include a durable enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside environments and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of common technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior performance and advanced administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, scalability, protection, and reliability that system managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These wireless controllers supervise up to 12 Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a wide array of wireless products that offer the identical security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the high availability features built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a robust wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service to accommodate IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Support.
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