Cisco wireless controllers streamline the administration of Wi-Fi environments by centralizing the deployment and control of wireless APs, optimizing Wi-Fi throughput by minimizing the effects of radio interference, improving Wi-Fi uptime with rapid and automatic failover, and hardening security by uncovering cyber threats and filtering traffic content based on user ID and location.
Cisco WiFi controllers work with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, which can support up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. Cisco's family of wireless controllers are offered at prices and with feature sets suitable for networks that run from branch offices to service provider networks, enterprises, and dense campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and Wi-Fi access points are designed to provide the same level of security, speed and robustness that companies are accustomed to from their wired network. Cisco's technology includes integrated mobility support like Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform allows businesses to build systems that integrate wired and wireless networks into a centrally managed ecosystem that delivers a seamless and productive work environment.
Progent's seasoned wireless consultants can help you to assess the business benefits of installing Cisco Wi-Fi controllers to administer WiFi environments of any size. Progent can help your business to support and debug your current Cisco Wi-Fi ecosystem or assist you to design and implement a cost-effective migration from older wireless controllers to modern products to deliver enhanced performance and protection and to simplify administration.
Cisco's new generation wireless controllers have the performance to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offer low-cost remote consulting and support services across the U.S. to help organizations to create and refine Wi-Fi networks. Progent also offers on-premises support in major metropolitan areas across the United States and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite Wi-Fi Site surveys to help your company to plan a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points located and configured efficiently for your specific site layout, application workloads, and client density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, deployment, management, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but WLANs with many wireless APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier products including greater throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. APs can be attached directly to the controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and users, which provides nonstop availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in capability to communicate 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) enclosure, 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 supports up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 clients, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical functions such as provisioning APs, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and video, monitoring and optimizing network health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-healing and self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Integrated Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and scalable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for up to 50 access points and up to 2000 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 designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn about Progent's consulting services for Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The 2500 Series wireless controller can manage 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large organizations and campus environments and can support 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and control wireless environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
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