Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their tethered and untethered networks to achieve simplified deployment, predictable throughput, centralized management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 connectivity at local or remote locations such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of protection, performance, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobility services like VoIP, IP video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables companies to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide online or onsite support to help you to design, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points allow you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management required to support virtually any scenario. These APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points suitable for handling 200 or more clients per AP and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the scale to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business Series of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered units engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from a single AP via an intuitive web browser tool. All of the versions support POE and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point able to handle 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE port, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE 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. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point 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 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless APs has for years been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet APs run the gamut from entry-level models to advanced APs. The Aironet line span multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 11x specification. The current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers three times the speed as well as greater range and density compared to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are outdated units that have come to end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly devices for general use to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor AP also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced reception as well as a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable realtime data exchange, provisioning, administration, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of WiFi networks, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi access points are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver major advantages over Wave 1 and older products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop body and intended for smaller businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network via FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for APs and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is designed to support midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless 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 SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as setting up APs, enforcing consistent policies across converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system performance, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and expandable module can support from five to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support 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 branch offices and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle 5 to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support for a broad array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date 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 consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other locations which have little environmental variability. These products have built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series access point is designed for regulated locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency situations like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to require adjustable protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Aironet 1240G family device is designed for regulatory domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outside mesh access points offer a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless technology for campus areas and for public sites that need access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access network. Cisco wireless bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the security needs of public networking professionals. These bridges manage both PTP and P2MP deployments with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, erasing the need for expensive leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Since wireless bridges require no periodic costs, savings on leased-line services quickly pay for the initial equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable can result in considerable startup costs when they are impeded by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and provide high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and clients.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer high-performance, dependable outside wireless bridging for LOS applications. They are housed in an all-weather cover that can withstand harsh outside conditions and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with small access points to offer superior throughput and high-end control capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and reliability that network managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an economical solution to deploy and manage secure WLANs at branch locations. These devices supervise up to 12 Aironet APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide range of wireless products that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to support early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build security into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to set up the HA features built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, providing a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite for more challenging situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.
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