Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and technologies intended to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless solutions to support the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, predictable performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at local or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, university lecture halls, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired infrastructure. This architecture includes built-in mobile services such as IP voice, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables organizations to create wireless environments that streamline the way they do business and enhance productivity through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants offers remote or on-premises expertise to help your organization to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent offers economical online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable you to converge wired/wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, security compliance and ease of management required to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac access points capable of supporting 200 or more wireless clients per AP and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense apps.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-powered units intended as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from one device via an intuitive web browser tool. All models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients per cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for up to 80 active wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 includes a GE port, can support up to 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio wireless access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients 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). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet LAN interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the market leading AP product. Aironet access points run the gamut from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving 11x standard. The latest line of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which offers triple the performance as well as superior range and density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet APs can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of APs and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's support for current and legacy Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced models for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end features such as self-configuring installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual high-power radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's support for Meraki access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, deployment, control, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for centralized management of WiFi environments, but systems with many wireless APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and older products such as greater performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated security.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and intended for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered across the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller features a Cisco Multigigabit interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet ports. APs can be attached to the controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which allows high availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated capability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit form factor, is intended for midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit form factor, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of tasks like setting up APs, applying consistent policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting system performance, implementing intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access 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 controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller stops working, thousands of APs and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and scalable module can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include an integrated wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for up to 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver throughput of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized businesses and campus environments and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 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 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that support high numbers of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can represent serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support for a broad array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in planning and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range profiles. The 1130G Series WAP is offered for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are ideal for more problematic radio frequency environments like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G family product is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points offer a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless technology for campus areas and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metro area or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection demands of public networking professionals. These bridges handle both P2P and PMP implementations with excellent coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 lines for much lower cost, avoiding the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting separate buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly pay for the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing metal or optical cable can result in considerable startup costs in cases where they are impeded by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a durable enclosure and provide high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 wireless bridges provide fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight applications. These devices are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by simplifying the handling of key functions including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with small access points to deliver enhanced performance and advanced control capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers need to create safe, large-scale wireless environments, from satellite locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to deploy and control secure WLANs at branch locations. These devices manage as many as twelve Cisco access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to plan, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless products that provide the same protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can help you to maintain legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to set up the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers significant business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to handle IP video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more complex situations.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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