Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless LAN products and technologies engineered to enable continual access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consultants can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by integrating their tethered and untethered networks to achieve easy configuration, predictable throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
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The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues like enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of protection, performance, and ease of management for WLANs that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobile services such as IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to build Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or onsite support to help you to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, protection and manageability needed for practically any scenario. Cisco's APs start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps for very small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for supporting hundreds of clients on each AP and offering throughput as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of APs can be clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered units intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, control and repair a cluster of access points from one AP via a simple browser-based interface. All of the models support Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to support 16 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit with support for 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a GE interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac APs that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both APs can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling AP solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to advanced APs. The Aironet series cover multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 802 specification. The current portfolio of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers triple the performance as well as greater range and user density compared to the prior generation of devices. The latest multi-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of APs and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs range from value-priced devices for general use to advanced products supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers high-end features like self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki wireless access points and management tools, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast data exchange, provisioning, administration, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of WiFi networks, but systems with a large number of wireless access points typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver major advantages over Wave 1 and earlier products such as higher throughput, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and remote offices administered across the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. APs can be connected to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers fast failover for access points and clients, which provides nonstop availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is designed for larger enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers cut the effort and expense required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions like provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies throughout wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing system performance, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable module can handle up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and features an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to support 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 designed for mid-size and large organizations and include a built-in wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 access points and 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and management services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, avoiding the requirement for a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
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Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually rendered obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a broad range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless migrations. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are designed for offices and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that provide dependable radio range patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series access point is available for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are designed for more difficult RF environments like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which typically require flexible external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Aironet 1240G Series access point is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh APs offer an economical, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public sites that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metro area or public access network. Cisco Aironet bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the protection requirements of public networking specialists. They manage both P2P and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 links for much lower expense, eliminating the need for expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Because bridges carry no periodic charges, the expenses saved on connection services rapidly pay for the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable often result in considerable initial expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers like freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable cover and provide fast, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 bridges offer fast, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. These devices are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside environments and operate in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key technologies such as integrated IPS, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to deliver superior performance and advanced control capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable way to implement and control protected WLANs at satellite locations. These controllers supervise as many as 12 Cisco APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consultant to help your business to design, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless products that provide the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you expect from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to design protection into your wireless network and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you to set up the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS to handle IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and costs, or on premises for more difficult situations.
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