Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless networking products and software tools that enable anywhere, anytime access to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, predictable throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco's Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues like enterprise campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. This architecture incorporates built-in mobile services such as Voice over IP, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution enables companies to create Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to assist your organization to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst lines of access points allow organizations to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, capacity, throughput, security compliance and manageability required for practically any scenario. These access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb designed for small companies or home offices to Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and offering sustained throughput in excess of 5 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units engineered as value-priced Wi-Fi solutions for light workloads. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business family of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a group of access points from a single AP through an intuitive web browser tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to handle 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and support a data rate 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 Wave 1 wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio access point features one Gigabit Ethernet port and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both wireless access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Cisco WAP581 Wireless-AC Dual Radio Wave 2 Wireless Access Point supports the 802.11ac standard and features 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to deliver 2.8 Gbps data rates at 5 GHz and 0.6 Gbps at 2.4 GHz for a total top data rate of 2.4 Gbps. The WAP581 includes an integrated 2.5G Ethernet port and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with 802.3at Power over Ethernet. The WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 access point can handle as many as 200 connective client users, up to 50 active users for each radio, 16 access points per cluster, and 960 active users for each cluster.
For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and older Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points planning and support.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the leading AP product. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 802 specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac support, which offers triple the performance plus greater coverage and user density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated units that have come to end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet APs planning and support.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor wireless access points include value-priced devices for general use to advanced units supporting up to 5.9 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation capabilities such as plug-and-play installation, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Cisco's Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Catalyst 9100 Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 access points are designed for deployments ranging from home offices to crowded arenas. Catalyst 9100 APs are compliant with the 802.11ax standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is able to use both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz radio bands. Important technologies supported by Catalyst 9100 Series APs include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better dependability, TWT for reduced power consumption in battery-powered endpoints, adaptive power thresholds for more efficient spectrum use, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. All Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 access points support Cisco's EWC, accommodate up to 200 client users per Wi-Fi radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software. For more information about Progent's support for Catalyst 9100 Family of 802.11ax APs, refer to Wi-Fi 6 access points solution design, deployment, and management consulting.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6-compatible wireless LAN controllers help you manage modern wireless environments that support 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. 802.11ax, also called Wi-Fi 6, improves on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by delivering less latency and more predictable performance, allowing higher client user density, providing enhanced protection, saving energy for battery-dependent mobile devices, and offering more flexibility for supporting new kinds of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Catalyst 9800 Series Wi-Fi controllers include high availability with seamless software updates, hot fixes, and the ability to add Wi-Fi access points without downtime. Advanced cybersecurity features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), image signing, and Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to monitor and understand network and endpoint health.
All appliances in the Catalyst 9800 line are based on Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center or with Cisco Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers can manage Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 APs concurrently with Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi access points. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless controllers solution planning, deployment, and troubleshooting services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast communication, deployment, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for centralized management of wireless networks, but WLANs with many wireless APs typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models including greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for APs and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit form factor, is designed to support midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical functions such as provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing security capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and branch offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless 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 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches configuration and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the business case for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These devices include built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The 1130G Series product is available for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more problematic RF situations such as factories or above suspended ceilings which commonly call for adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal cases. The 1240G family access point is available for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for integrating multiple LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, manageable solution that satisfies the protection demands of WAN specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and point-to-multipoint deployments with good coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for much lower expense, erasing the requirement for costly leased lines when linking separate offices. Since bridges have no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in considerable startup expenses if they are impeded by barriers such as freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a ruggedized enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outdoor environments and can function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers work with small wireless access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, security, and resilience that system managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to implement and control protected wireless LANs at branch offices. These wireless controllers manage as many as twelve Cisco APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a wide range of wireless technologies that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ax-compatible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to set up the high availability technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged infrastructure provides continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a wireless solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or on premises for more complex facilities.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, visit Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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