Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless networking products and software tools engineered to enable continual connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their wired/wireless ecosystems to benefit from simplified configuration, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations such as enterprise headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same degree of protection, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired networks. This technology includes integrated mobility services such as IP voice, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to create wireless ecosystems that streamline the way they work and improve productivity through a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants offers online or on-premises expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow organizations to converge wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security and manageability needed for practically any environment. Cisco's access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mbps designed for small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac access points suitable for handling 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and delivering sustained throughput as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current line of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to support environments crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-based units intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a group of access points from one AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All versions support Power over Ethernet and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and supports sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n AP able to handle 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, includes a GE port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 features a GE interface and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients per radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 includes a GE interface, can handle up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios that offer 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 access points per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet line cover several generations of models supporting the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the speed plus superior distance and user density than the prior generation of devices. The current dual-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are legacy units that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Aironet access points, see Aironet access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and consolidated cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and cloud management, see Meraki wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers enable fast communication, provisioning, management, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of wireless environments, but WLANs with many Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models including higher performance, simultaneous support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop form factor and intended for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices managed across the WAN with FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which provides nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 clients, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 wireless 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 includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and cost required to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like provisioning APs, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing system performance, activating intrusion prevention capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size 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 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery, advertisement and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller stops working, thousands of wireless access points and clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can handle from five to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches intended for SMBs and branches and come with an integrated wireless network controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless controller designed for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can manage 5 to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high amounts of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and control wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that support high numbers of clients and high incidence of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are intended for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The 1130G Series product is available for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments like factories or above ceiling structures which commonly call for adjustable external antennas and durable enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series AP is available for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points offer an economical, expandable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-speed and multi-featured technology for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection requirements of public networking professionals. These devices manage both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployments with good coverage and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates several times faster than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, erasing the need for expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Because bridges carry no periodic costs, savings on connection bills rapidly cover the initial hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in high startup costs when they are separated by obstacles like freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outside access points/bridges can be deployed as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and provide fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and clients.
Cisco 1400 wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices are housed in a ruggedized enclosure that is optimized for harsh outdoor conditions and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of common functions including integrated IPS, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, security, and fault tolerance that network managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an economical way to deploy and control secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These wireless LAN controllers manage up to twelve Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Integrated Services Routers and 3700 IS Routers. (For information concerning Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified expert to help your business to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that provide the same security, extensibility, and manageability you expect from your wired network. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can show you how to design security into your wireless network and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises for more difficult facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Help.
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