Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and technologies engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at central or remote locations like business headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical degree of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility services such as VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they work and improve output through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network consulting services offers remote or onsite expertise to assist you to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to plan and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the coverage, density, performance, security and manageability needed to support practically any scenario. These access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients per AP and offering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of APs can be clustered to provide the scale to support environments with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered units designed as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, manage and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP through a simple web browser interface. All versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a GE port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP 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 support as many as 32 wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling AP product. Aironet wireless access points range from value priced models to enterprise-class units. The Aironet line span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which offers triple the speed as well as superior distance and density than the previous generation of devices. The current dual-band Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management, see Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, deployment, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified management of WiFi networks, but networks with many Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and earlier models such as higher throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 wireless APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which provides nonstop availability for apps. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1RU enclosure, is intended to support larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost needed to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as setting up APs, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, implementing security capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless controller with the ability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 access points and 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that simplify the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to manage wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and on-premises support services for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to assess the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for offices and similar sites which have minimal environmental variability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more problematic RF situations like factories or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series AP is designed for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh APs provide an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection requirements of public networking professionals. They support both P2P and PMP deployments with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since wireless bridges carry no recurring costs, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly cover the initial equipment investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or fiber-optic cable often require considerable startup costs in cases where they are separated by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a durable cover and offer high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges offer high-performance, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices include a durable cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight access points to deliver superior performance and advanced control functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, protection, and reliability that network managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable way to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These controllers supervise up to 12 Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to assist you to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless devices that offer the same security, scalability, and manageability you demand from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can advise you about how to build security into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to set up the HA features built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to support IP voice and video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and costs, or on premises for more challenging environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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