Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless networking devices and technologies designed to enable anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD computing by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to benefit from simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at central or remote locations such as business headquarters, college lecture halls, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired networks. This architecture includes integrated mobility services such as IP voice, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they do business and improve output through a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or onsite support to assist your organization to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide economical online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to design and install a wireless network with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, protection and manageability needed to support practically any environment. These wireless access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting 200 or more clients per AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support environments with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered units engineered as entry-level wireless solutions for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, control and repair a group of access points from one AP through a simple browser-based tool. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless 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 AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE port, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port 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 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
To learn more about Progent's consulting services for both current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business wireless access points consulting.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP product. Aironet APs range from entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet series cover several generations of devices supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the performance plus superior distance and user density in comparison to the previous generation of APs. The latest dual-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated units that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities like self-configuring installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual powerful radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with multi-site control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, see Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, provisioning, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but networks with many Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant benefits over Wave 1 and older products such as greater performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is designed for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions like provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and control wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually rendered obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that have high numbers of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose serious maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a broad array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the financial justification for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family access points are intended for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have minimal environmental instability. These access points have integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The 1130G Series WAP is designed for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are ideal for more problematic RF situations such as factories or above ceiling structures which commonly call for adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series AP is intended for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs deliver an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the protection requirements of WAN professionals. These bridges support both P2P and P2MP implementations with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates significantly faster than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the expense, avoiding the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since wireless bridges carry no periodic costs, savings on connection services quickly cover the startup hardware costs. Private lines and even leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in high up-front expenses in cases where they are impeded by barriers like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and operate within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of key technologies including intrusion prevention, fast RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer superior performance and advanced management capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, protection, and dependability that system managers require to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to implement and control secure wireless networks at branch locations. These devices manage up to 12 Aironet access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to deploy the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to handle IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or on premises for more complex environments.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Consulting Services.
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