Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless LAN products and software tools intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by converging their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, predictable throughput, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to up to 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity across local or remote venues like business campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of security, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobile services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve productivity via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, 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 assist your company to plan and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow businesses to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the coverage, density, throughput, security and ease of management needed to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients per access point and delivering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based devices intended as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, manage and repair a cluster of access points from one AP through a simple browser-based tool. All models include Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to support 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a GE interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps 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 works with 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle 32 active clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units support 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
For more information about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of wireless APs, refer to Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points configuration and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the market leading AP product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value priced models to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet series cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the throughput plus superior range and user density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. The latest dual-band Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can assist your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly models for general use to advanced products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two high-power client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki APs and management tools, refer to Meraki APs consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, deployment, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products such as greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with 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 remote offices managed over the WAN with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. Access points can be attached directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to communicate 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 (RU) form factor, is designed for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions like setting up access points, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby high-availability controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover in less than a second to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps performance and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can manage 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 support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support services for a broad array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have minimal environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that provide dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family wireless access point is offered for restricted locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are intended for more problematic RF environments like manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which often call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series AP is intended for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh APs offer an economical, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for connecting multiple LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security requirements of WAN specialists. These devices handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver throughput several times faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting different offices. Because wireless bridges require no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly pay for the startup equipment investment. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive initial costs when they are impeded by obstacles like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and offer fast, economical wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco 1400 family bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that is optimized for harsh outdoor conditions and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight access points to offer enhanced throughput and high-end management functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers need to build secure, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be clustered to provide support for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at satellite offices. These products supervise as many as 12 Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To find out about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to design, install, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless devices that provide the same security, scalability, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can help you to deploy the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and costs, or on premises for more difficult environments.
For a further look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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