Cisco offers an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and software tools engineered to provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless products to accommodate the current paradigm of BYOD computing by converging their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations like business headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobile services like IP voice, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology enables companies to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and improve productivity via a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide online or onsite expertise to help your organization to design, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security and manageability needed for practically any scenario. These access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of supporting hundreds of clients per AP and offering throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-powered devices intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most models in Cisco's Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a group of wireless access points from one AP via a simple web browser interface. All models include POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a GE LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP1501 supports 4 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 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 new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band AP includes a GE port and two radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points support 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
The Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling access point product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet family span multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers triple the speed plus superior range and density compared to the prior generation of devices. The latest dual-band Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet line of APs and can assist you to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi environment or move smoothly to current Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, in-depth security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates 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.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and management tools, see Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast communication, provisioning, management, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of WiFi environments, but systems with many wireless access points typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and older models including higher performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance available in a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 access points and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for APs and users, which allows high availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can failover in less than a second to the backup wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable solution can support from five to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
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 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and the ability to handle 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle from five to 75 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 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 campus environments with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide online and on-premises support for a wide range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to assess the financial justification for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out cost-effective, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are designed for conventional workplaces and other locations which have little environmental variability. These devices have built-in antennas that provide predictable omnidirectional range profiles. The 1130G family WAP is offered for regulated locations that do not allow 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series device is available for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh access points provide an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured technology for connecting multiple LANs in a metro situation or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection requirements of public networking professionals. These bridges manage both PTP and point-to-multipoint deployments with good coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the cost, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges require no recurring costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive startup expenses in cases where they are separated by barriers such as freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 Series wireless bridges provide high-speed, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that can withstand severe outside conditions and can operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the handling of key technologies such as integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight wireless access points to offer enhanced throughput and advanced administration functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and dependability that system managers require to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an affordable way to deploy and manage secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These controllers supervise as many as a dozen Aironet access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to design, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the same protection, expandability, and ease of management you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can assist you to deploy the HA features built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite to deal with more complex situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Support Services.
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