Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility across local or offsite venues such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of protection, performance, and manageability for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. This architecture includes built-in mobile services like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance output through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to design, deploy, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent offers value-priced remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist you to plan and install a wireless LAN with customized 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 APs allow you to converge wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, capacity, throughput, protection and ease of management required for virtually any environment. Cisco's access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of clients on each access point and delivering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and repair a group of access points from a single AP via a simple browser-based tool. All of the versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can support 16 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to support 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can support up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac APs incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points, refer to Cisco Small Business wireless APs consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has for years been the leading AP solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet line span several generations of models compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers three times the speed as well as superior distance and density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. The latest dual-band Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points range from value-priced models for small businesses to advanced units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end features such as plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime communication, configuration, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based wireless controllers for unified administration of WiFi networks, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products such as greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop form factor and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for APs and users, which allows uninterrupted availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit form factor, is intended for midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support large 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 data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of functions such as provisioning access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the backup wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and have a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and satellite offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist organizations to evaluate the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are ideal for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These access points include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is available for restricted locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more challenging radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which tend to call for flexible protruding antennas and durable cases. The Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is available for controlled domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer an affordable, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that need access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro area or public access network. Cisco bridges provide a versatile, manageable solution that meets the protection requirements of public networking specialists. They support both point-to-point and PTMP configurations with good coverage and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, avoiding the requirement for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because wireless bridges require no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line bills quickly pay for the initial equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable often require very expensive up-front expenses when they are separated by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough cover and provide high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 bridges offer high-performance, reliable outside bridging for LOS applications. They are housed in an all-weather cover that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the control of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers operate with lightweight APs to offer superior throughput and advanced control functions.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, security, and reliability that IT managers need to create safe, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and control secure WLANs at branch offices. These products supervise up to 12 Cisco APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help you to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a wide range of wireless devices that offer the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can help you to support early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to configure the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers continuing business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to handle IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more difficult facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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