Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless networking devices and technologies that enable anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from easy configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture includes built-in mobile services like VoIP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they work and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to assist you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent offers affordable online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security compliance and manageability required to support virtually any environment. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points suitable for supporting hundreds of clients per AP and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from one device via a simple browser-based tool. All of the models support POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's 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, features a GE interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features a GE LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line span several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 11x specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the throughput as well as greater range and density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. The current dual-frequency Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet access points planning and support.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features such as self-configuring installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, refer to Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of wireless networks, but systems with many Wi-Fi APs are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as greater performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop enclosure and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for access points and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as setting up access points, applying single-point policies across wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (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 performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support services for a wide array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are designed for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family wireless access point is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more challenging radio frequency situations such as factories or above suspended ceilings which often require adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is available for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh LAN access points provide an economical, scalable, protected outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security demands of WAN professionals. They manage both P2P and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver data rates several times higher than E1/T1 lines for far less expense, doing away with the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because bridges carry no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly cover the startup equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable often result in considerable initial expenses if they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a ruggedized enclosure and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges offer high-performance, dependable outdoor connections for LOS applications. These devices are housed in an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for harsh outdoor environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of common functions including integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small wireless access points to offer enhanced performance and advanced management functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and manage secure wireless LANs at satellite locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise as many as a dozen Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the same security, extensibility, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to set up the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS to handle 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 for more complex situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting.
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