Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless LAN products and technologies designed to provide anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, 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 protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobile services like IP voice, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to build wireless environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or onsite expertise to assist your organization to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security and manageability needed to support practically any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac access points capable of handling 200 or more clients per access point and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices intended as entry-level wireless solutions for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP through a simple browser-based tool. All of the models support POE and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to support 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 supports four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can handle up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point includes one GE LAN interface and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 APs per cluster.
To learn more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi APs consulting.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the leading access point solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet series cover several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the performance as well as greater range and density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-band Aironet APs continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation features such as plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two high-power client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but systems with many Wi-Fi APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major benefits over Wave 1 and older models including greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop form factor and intended for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is intended for midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle 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 SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and expense required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of tasks like provisioning wireless access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can handle up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features a built-in wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and manage wireless networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that support high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are intended for offices and other sites which have little environmental instability. These products include built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G family access point is offered for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family APs are intended for more challenging radio frequency environments such as factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Aironet 1240G family AP is available for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points provide a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable solution that satisfies the security demands of public networking specialists. These bridges support both P2P and point-to-multipoint deployments with excellent range and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput several times faster than E1/T1 lines for far less expense, doing away with the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because wireless bridges have no periodic charges, savings on leased-line bills rapidly cover the initial hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often require considerable up-front costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers such as highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outside connections for LOS environments. These devices are housed in an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight access points to offer superior performance and advanced control functions.
WLAN Controllers provide the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to provide support for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and control protected wireless networks at branch offices. These controllers supervise up to 12 Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to assist your business to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless products that provide the same security, expandability, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to configure the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides continuing business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more difficult facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Support.
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