Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless networking products and technologies designed to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to facilitate collaboration among colleagues, partners, and clients. Cisco's wireless product portfolio includes the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points (APs) plus Cisco's standalone and modular Wireless LAN Controllers. Cisco's wireless solutions can help organizations of any size support the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) by converging their wired and wireless networks to achieve simplified deployment, uniformly high-performance, centralized management, consistent policy enforcement, and across-the-board security.
Cisco Converged Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Onsite Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This includes integrated mobility services such as VoIP, HD IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve productivity through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless networking consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to help you design, deploy, manage, expand, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Progent also offers affordable online and onsite wireless site surveys to help you design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points (APs) allow you to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the coverage, density, performance, security and manageability needed to support virtually any environment. These wireless access points range from entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps for very small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of supporting 200 or more clients per access point and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of APs can be clustered to provide the scale to support environments with high client density and high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series wireless access points are Linux-based devices designed as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device via a simple browser-based interface. All models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device that can support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The WAP150 supports 4 access points per cluster.
Cisco's WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point with support for up to 80 clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and can handle 300 Mbps data rates for each radio. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band unit that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 has a GE port, can handle up to 32 active clients on each radio, and supports 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band Access Point includes a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and offers high performance with a dual concurrent radio (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that supports 450 Mbps throughput and 64 clients per radio plus 16 APs per cluster. The WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access points featuring 2xGE Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps 11ac and 600 Mbps 11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP361 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet APs range from value-priced entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet line span several generations of devices supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the performance as well as greater range and user density compared to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz to accommodate clients not compatible with 802.11ac.
The oldest Aironet APs are legacy devices that have reached end of life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of wireless access points and can help you manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet Access Point consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class devices that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. All Meraki indoor access points feature next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security radio that provides RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and tested for dust, shock, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Meraki access points and management tools, refer to Cisco Meraki Access Point consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, control, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi access points are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and remote offices managed over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be connected to the controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is designed to support midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of functions such as provisioning APs, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branch offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can handle from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and branches and have a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 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 capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical 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 manage 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and control wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively obsolesced previous generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that require high densities of clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support for a broad array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations evaluate the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can help plan and execute cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of legacy wireless products from Cisco supported by Progent.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. These devices support both PTP and P2MP configurations with excellent range and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, doing away with the requirement for costly leased lines when linking different buildings. Since bridges carry no recurring costs, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly pay for the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable often require considerable up-front costs if they are impeded by barriers like highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and provide high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 wireless bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor connections for LOS applications. These devices are housed in a durable cover that is optimized for harsh outside environments and function within extended temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses and large corporations an affordable solution to implement and control secure WLANs at satellite offices. These devices manage as many as 12 Aironet lightweight access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Integrated Services Routers.
The Cisco 2106 Wireless LAN Controller operates together with Cisco Aironet lightweight access points and Cisco's Wireless Control System (WCS) to provide centralized wireless network functions. Cisco's 2106 Series WLC handles as many as six Cisco Aironet lightweight wireless access points, making it an affordable alternative for multi-controller architectures common for enterprise satellite office installations. The Cisco 2106 Series Wireless LAN Controller may also be used for single device solutions for small and midsize company environments. The Cisco 2106 WLC includes eight Ethernet ports, two of which can provide power directly to Aironet lightweight APs.
Cisco's 4400 Series WLC offers centralized wireless LAN features for mid-size to enterprise environments. The Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controller operates in conjunction with Aironet lightweight wireless access points, the Cisco Wireless Control System, and the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance to support business-critical wireless data, voice, and video applications. Cisco's 4400 WLC offers real-time communication between Cisco lightweight APs and other wireless controllers to deliver centralized security policies, intrusion prevention system functions, outstanding RF control, quality of service (QoS), and mobility.
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a certified CCIE or Cisco Certified Network Professional to help you design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem that integrates a wide range of wireless products that offer the same security, scale, manageability and performance you demand from your wired technology. Progent can help you maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA, CISM, CISSP, GIAC, and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business processes. In addition, Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you configure the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you plan and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a wireless solution that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS features to support voice and video IP, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey services can be performed online to save time and cut costs, or on premises for more challenging environments.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration and troubleshooting services, see Progent's Wireless Network Consulting.
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