Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies engineered to provide continual connections to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired and wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or remote venues such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical degree of security, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture incorporates built-in mobility services like VoIP, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to build wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or onsite expertise to assist you to plan, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide economical remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a wireless LAN with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable organizations to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, protection and manageability needed for virtually any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients per AP and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle sites with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from a single AP through an intuitive browser-based tool. All models include Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 model is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for up to 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features one Gigabit Ethernet port and two radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-radio 802.11ac access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
To learn more about Progent's support for current and older Cisco Small Business family of WiFi APs, refer to Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 WiFi access points configuration and troubleshooting.
The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of wireless APs has consistently been the leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from entry-level devices to advanced APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's current line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the speed as well as greater range and density compared to the prior generation of devices. The latest dual-frequency Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation features like self-configuring deployment, in-depth security, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast data exchange, deployment, control, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance with a desktop body and intended for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices managed over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which provides high availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is intended to support larger enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the time and expense needed to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of functions such as provisioning wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, implementing intrusion prevention capabilities to guard 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 offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This value-priced and scalable module can support up to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless controller supports 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support 500 access points and 7,000 clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively made obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support services for a wide array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the financial justification for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are intended for offices and similar sites which have little environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family WAP is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are designed for more problematic RF environments like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable protruding antennas and durable cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family access point is intended for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public venues that require access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the protection demands of public networking professionals. These bridges manage both point-to-point and PTMP configurations with excellent range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput significantly higher than E1/T1 links for far less expense, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because wireless bridges have no recurring charges, savings on leased-line bills quickly pay for the initial equipment investment. Private lines and even leased lines using copper or optical cable can result in considerable initial expenses if they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and offer high-speed, economical wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 family bridges provide fast, dependable outside connections for LOS environments. They are housed in an all-weather cover that can hold up to severe outside environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the control of common technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, security, and resilience that system managers need to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer accommodation for as many as 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective solution to implement and control secure WLANs at branch locations. These products manage up to twelve Cisco APs and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless ecosystem integrating a broad range of wireless devices that provide the same protection, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to accommodate IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite for more complex situations.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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