Cisco offers a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime connections to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified configuration, consistently high performance, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. This technology incorporates built-in mobile services like VoIP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows organizations to build wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent offers value-priced online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable businesses to integrate wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and ease of management needed for practically any environment. These access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps designed for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of supporting hundreds of clients per AP and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be clustered to deliver the scale to support sites with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.
Small Business Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-based units intended as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device via a simple web browser interface. All of the models include POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point able to handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band AP includes one Gigabit Ethernet interface and two radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both units can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
For more information about Progent's support for both current and older Cisco Small Business family of WiFi access points, refer to Cisco Small Business WiFi APs planning and support.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from entry-level models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the throughput as well as superior distance and density than the prior generation of devices. The current dual-band Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are legacy devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Meraki indoor AP provides high-end features such as self-configuring installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two powerful client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a separate 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, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based 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 users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is intended to support larger organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the time and cost needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of tasks like provisioning access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, monitoring and troubleshooting network performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 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 a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can represent serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support for a broad range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are ideal for offices and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These access points have integrated antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco 1130G family wireless access point is offered for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more difficult RF situations such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to require flexible protruding antennas and rugged metal cases. The 1240G Series product is available for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh access points offer a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that require access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges manage both PTP and PTMP deployments with excellent range and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 lines for far less cost, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because wireless bridges have no periodic charges, savings on leased-line bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can result in high up-front costs in cases where they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a durable cover and offer fast, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges provide fast, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They are housed in a durable enclosure that is optimized for harsh outside conditions and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of common functions such as integrated IPS, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, security, and resilience that network managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to deploy and control protected wireless LANs at branch locations. These devices supervise up to twelve Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure incorporating a wide range of wireless technologies that provide the same security, expandability, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to build security into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to set up the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust WLAN optimized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to handle IP video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more challenging situations.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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