Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless networking products and software tools designed to enable anywhere, anytime connections to information and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD computing by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point control, uniform policy, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues like business campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of protection, performance, and manageability for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobility services like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows companies to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or onsite support to help you to design, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst lines of wireless access points enable you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, throughput, security and manageability required to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb for small companies or telecommuters to 802.11ax access points capable of supporting hundreds of clients per access point and delivering sustained throughput of more than 5 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of APs can be clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-based devices engineered as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single device through an intuitive browser-based interface. All versions support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle as many as 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes a GE LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both units can handle 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 Access Point complies with the Wi-Fi 5 specification and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to provide 2.8 Gbps throughput at 5 GHz and 0.6 Gbps at 2.4 GHz for an aggregate top throughput of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 includes an integrated 2.5G Ethernet interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP supports as many as 200 connective users, up to 50 active users for each radio, 16 APs per cluster, and 960 active client users for each cluster.
To learn more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business family of WiFi APs, see Cisco Small Business WiFi APs consulting.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet access points run the gamut from entry-level models to advanced APs. The Aironet series cover several generations of models compliant with the evolving 802 specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which delivers triple the throughput as well as greater range and user density compared to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced products that offer up to 5.9 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point provides high-end capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual high-power client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs planning and support.
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Line of Wi-Fi 6 APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 access points are intended for deployments ranging from home offices to high-density convention centers. Cisco Catalyst 9100 APs are based on the 802.11ax specification, known as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. Unlike 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Important technologies supported by Catalyst 9100 Series access points include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for better dependability, Target Wake Time for reduced power consumption in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive power and sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), handle as many as 200 client users per radio, and are powered by Cisco IOS XE Software. For details about Progent's support for Catalyst 9100 Line of Wi-Fi 6 Access Points, refer to Wireless APs solution planning, deployment, and debugging consulting.
Cisco 9800 Series 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless controller appliances allow you to manage modern Wi-Fi environments that support 802.11ax APs. 802.11ax, aka Wi-Fi 6, builds on prior generation 802.11ac (called Wi-Fi 5) appliances by delivering less latency and more predictable performance, supporting higher client user density, offering enhanced security, conserving energy for battery-powered mobile devices, and offering more versatility for supporting new types of Internet-of-Things (IoT) endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 line wireless controllers include always-on availability with transparent software upgrades, hot patching, and the ability to connect additional wireless APs with zero disruption of service. Advanced security technologies include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), image signing, and Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to monitor and analyze infrastructure and client health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 line are powered by Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or with Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers can manage Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 access points as well as Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 wireless APs. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Cisco Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless controller appliances system design, configuration, and debugging consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, control, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but systems with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older products such as greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop body and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices administered over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 wireless APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. Access points can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and users, which allows nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 access points and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. 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 ports and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as setting up access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and DDoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers allow access point and client stateful failover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely rendered obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G family access point is available for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more problematic radio frequency environments such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The 1240G Series access point is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh access points offer an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security needs of WAN professionals. These devices support both point-to-point and PTMP deployments with good range and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates several times faster than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because bridges carry no recurring charges, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly cover the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable often require considerable startup costs in cases where they are separated by barriers such as highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable enclosure and provide high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 family wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small APs to offer superior performance and advanced administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and resilience that IT managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide support for as many as 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable way to implement and manage protected WLANs at branch locations. These wireless LAN controllers supervise as many as 12 Cisco Aironet wireless access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to help you to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure incorporating a broad range of wireless products that provide the same protection, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can help you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you to set up the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network provides significant business value.
Progent’s Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a robust WLAN optimized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or on premises for more complex environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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