Cisco offers an extensive catalog of wireless networking products and technologies that provide continual connections to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their wired/wireless environments to achieve easy configuration, consistently high performance, single-point control, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco Converged Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to up to 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at local or remote locations such as business campuses, university lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that businesses expect in their wired ecosystem. This architecture includes built-in mobility services like IP voice, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology allows companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they work and improve productivity via a mobile and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or onsite expertise to assist your organization to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to design and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points enable you to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and manageability required for practically any scenario. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each AP and offering sustained data rates of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one AP through a simple web browser tool. All versions include Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device that can handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE port, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 active clients per radio, and 8 access points per cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band AP features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 802.11ac APs that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both units support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
The Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling access point product. Aironet wireless access points range from value priced devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. Cisco's latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the speed as well as greater distance and density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade smoothly to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet access points, see Aironet APs consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly models for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation features such as plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes dual high-power client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities such as cloud management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management tools, see Cisco's Meraki APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for centralized administration of WiFi environments, but systems with a large number of wireless APs are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer major advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop body and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle up to 150 access points and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features fast failover for APs and clients, which allows nonstop availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit enclosure, is intended to support larger organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers cut the effort and cost needed to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions such as provisioning wireless access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting network health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways permit discovery and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a primary wireless controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller fails, thousands of access points 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 offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable solution can handle from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 clients. (To learn about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and features a built-in wireless controller with the capability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and 25 APs and 1000 clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches configuration and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 APs and 1000 clients and can deliver sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large businesses and campuses 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 device designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to monitor and manage wireless environments for very large campuses or service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco WiFi controllers, visit Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi virtually rendered obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi devices for many venues that support high numbers of clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present serious maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a broad array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the business case for updating up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can assist in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include built-in antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series wireless access point is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are intended for more difficult radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which tend to call for adjustable protruding antennas and durable cases. The Aironet 1240G Series AP is intended for controlled domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh LAN access points offer a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a flexible, easy-to-use technology that meets the protection requirements of public networking specialists. These devices manage both P2P and P2MP configurations with good coverage and support for traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates dramatically higher than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the cost, erasing the requirement for expensive leased lines when linking separate offices. Because bridges have no ongoing charges, savings on leased-line services quickly pay for the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or optical cable can require very expensive up-front costs in cases where they are impeded by barriers like highways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide fast, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight environments. They are housed in an all-weather enclosure that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight APs to offer superior throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers need to create safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from satellite offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical solution to deploy and manage protected WLANs at satellite locations. These wireless controllers supervise up to twelve Cisco APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help your business to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can help you to manage early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build security into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can help you to set up the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to handle IP voice and video, advanced security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more difficult facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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