Cisco offers a comprehensive line of wireless LAN devices and software tools that provide continual access to data and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point control, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to create wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve output via a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers remote or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, configure, manage, upgrade, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of APs enable organizations to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, security and ease of management needed to support virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or home offices to 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) wireless access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients on each access point and delivering data rates of more than 5 Gb. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based units engineered as value-priced wireless APs for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, manage and repair a cluster of access points from a single AP via an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions support Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and support throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point features one GE port and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 wireless access points per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point complies with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 specification and offers 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO to deliver 2.8 Gbps throughput on the 5.0-Ghz radio and 600 Mbps on the 2.4-GHz radio for an aggregate max data rate of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 includes a fixed 2.5G Ethernet interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with 802.3at Power over Ethernet. Cisco's WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP can handle as many as 200 connective users, a maximum of 50 active users for each radio, 16 APs per cluster, and 960 active users for each cluster.
For more information about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of wireless APs, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points configuration and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi standard. The latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers three times the speed plus superior distance and density compared to the previous generation of devices. The current multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of wireless access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, refer to Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly models for general use to advanced units that offer as high as 5.9 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki APs consulting services.
Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs are designed for environments ranging from telecommuter homes to crowded stadiums. Catalyst 9100 access points are compliant with the 802.11ax specification, known as Wi-Fi 6, which is an evolution of the preceding 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Headline enhancements incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points include OFDMA scheduling for high density deployments, dual NAVs for better dependability, TWT for conserving power consumption in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive sensitivity thresholds for more efficient spectrum utilization, and extended guard intervals for improved outdoor performance. All Catalyst 9100 wireless APs can run Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC), handle as many as 200 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. For more information about Progent's support for Catalyst 9100 Series 802.11ax APs, refer to 802.11ax APs solution design, configuration, and debugging consulting.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless LAN controller appliances help you manage advanced wireless environments that incorporate 802.11ax wireless APs. 802.11ax, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, improves on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) appliances by providing less latency and more predictable performance, supporting higher client density, providing enhanced security, conserving energy for battery-dependent handheld devices, and offering more versatility for handling new types of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi controllers include always-on availability with transparent software upgrades, live patching, and the ability to add APs without service interruption. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), secure boot, and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to monitor and analyze infrastructure and endpoint health.
All devices in the Catalyst 9800 family are powered by Cisco's IOS XE Software and operate with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or with Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Catalyst 9800 wireless network controllers can support Cisco Aironet 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 access points concurrently with Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 line of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Cisco Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless controller appliances solution planning, deployment, and management services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast communication, provisioning, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but systems with many wireless APs typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and older products such as higher performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and designed for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices managed over the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports up to 150 APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Access points can be connected directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and clients, which allows high availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is designed to support larger organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit package, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning APs, applying consistent policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating security tools to defend against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and features a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, avoiding the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete all previous generations of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance 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 pose significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are intended for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco 1130G family WAP is offered for regulated locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are ideal for more difficult RF environments such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically call for flexible protruding antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series access point is available for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh APs offer an affordable, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the security requirements of public networking specialists. They handle both point-to-point and PTMP configurations with excellent range and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates significantly faster than E1/T1 connections for far less expense, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since bridges carry no ongoing costs, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly pay for the initial equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive up-front costs in cases where they are separated by barriers such as highways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 bridges provide high-speed, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outdoor conditions and can operate within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies including intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with small access points to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced management functions.
WLAN Controllers offer the manageability, scalability, security, and dependability that network managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to deploy and manage secure wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise as many as a dozen Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless ecosystem integrating a wide range of wireless products that offer the same security, expandability, and manageability you demand from a wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to design protection into your wireless network and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability features built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to support IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or onsite for more difficult environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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