Cisco has developed an extensive line of wireless networking products and software tools that enable continual access to information and resources and to promote teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products 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 certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current model of BYOD computing by integrating their tethered and untethered environments to benefit from easy configuration, predictable performance, single-point control, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility at local or remote venues like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of security, throughput, and manageability for WLANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobility services like IP voice, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or on-premises expertise to assist your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent offers economical online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable you to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security compliance and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of supporting hundreds of wireless clients on each access point and delivering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to handle environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business line of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from one AP via an intuitive browser-based tool. All of the versions include POE and feature QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridge mode for connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP that can support 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n 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 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients per radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs support 32 clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the leading AP product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet line cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac support, which delivers triple the performance plus greater distance and density than the previous generation of devices. The latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade smoothly to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet access points, see Aironet access points consulting.
Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes two high-power radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, see Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime data exchange, provisioning, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless networks, but systems with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer major advantages over Wave 1 and earlier models including higher performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices managed across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle up to 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features fast failover for access points and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 wireless 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 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit package, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a high-end WiFi controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and cost required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing network health, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by permitting a backup high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and branches. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle from five to 75 APs and 1000 clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized businesses and campuses and can support 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair up to 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 wireless environments for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support for a wide array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are intended for conventional workplaces and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco 1130G family device is designed for regulated locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments like factories or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series AP is available for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor mesh APs offer an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-performance and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public access network. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use solution that meets the security requirements of WAN professionals. These bridges support both point-to-point and PTMP configurations with good coverage and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for far less expense, doing away with the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because wireless bridges have no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line bills quickly pay for the startup equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or optical cable can require high initial costs in cases where they are separated by barriers like freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a tough cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between numerous stationary or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight environments. These devices include an all-weather cover that can hold up to harsh outside conditions and operate in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by streamlining the handling of common technologies including integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers work with small access points to offer enhanced performance and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, security, and resilience that system managers need to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These wireless controllers manage up to twelve Cisco wireless access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless devices that offer the same protection, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to set up the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS to handle IP video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered online to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more difficult environments.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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