Cisco wireless controllers streamline the administration of Wi-Fi environments by unifying the deployment and control of wireless APs, optimizing Wi-Fi throughput by minimizing the effects of RF interference, improving Wi-Fi availability with fast and automatic failover, and tightening security by detecting threats and filtering traffic content based on client ID and location.
Cisco WiFi controllers integrate with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform, an architecture that can accommodate as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi APs and 64,000 users. Cisco's family of wireless controllers are available at prices and with capabilities appropriate for networks ranging from small or home offices to service provider systems, multi-site enterprises, and large campus deployments. Cisco's 802.11ax controllers and wireless access points are engineered to provide the high standard of protection, performance and reliability that users expect from their wired network. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Prime Infrastructure platform allows businesses to implement environments that combine wired and wireless networks into a unified ecosystem that ensures a consistent and productive work environment.
Progent's certified wireless experts can assist you to assess the business benefits of installing Cisco wireless controllers to manage WiFi environments of any scale. Progent can assist you to maintain and debug your current Cisco-based wireless solution or assist you to plan and implement a smooth migration from earlier generation wireless controllers to modern products to deliver improved performance and security and to streamline management.
Cisco's latest model wireless controllers deliver the performance needed to handle 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants offer affordable online consulting services throughout the U.S. and Canada to assist organizations to create and enhance Wi-Fi solutions. Progent also offers on-premises consulting in larger metropolitan areas across the United States and in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises Wi-Fi Site surveys to help your company to plan a Wi-Fi network with wireless access points placed and configured efficiently for your specific office layout, traffic volume, and user density.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime data exchange, deployment, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco offers both physical and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as higher performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and hardened, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop body and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be attached to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for APs and users, which allows high availability for apps. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is designed for larger organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU package, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of tasks like provisioning APs, applying consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller stops working, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable module can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branch offices and have an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and operation of wireless networks for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to manage wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 APs and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
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