Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless networking devices and software tools designed to provide anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to benefit from easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board security.
Cisco's Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility at central or remote venues such as business campuses, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical level of protection, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies demand in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services such as Voice over IP, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables organizations to build wireless environments that improve the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants offers remote or on-premises expertise to help you to design, configure, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clustering optimized for your individual office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the coverage, density, performance, protection and manageability needed to support virtually any scenario. These access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points suitable for supporting hundreds of clients on each AP and delivering data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of APs can be clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most versions in the Cisco Small Business line of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one AP via a simple web browser interface. All of the models support POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n access point that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a value-priced Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n AP that features a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 includes a GE port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 active clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can handle as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio AP includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band. Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 1 access points 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 on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the evolving 11x specification. The current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and include 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput plus greater range and density compared to the prior generation of devices. The latest multi-band Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet line of wireless access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless environment or move cost effectively to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides high-end features such as self-configuring deployment, in-depth protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with boosted reception plus a separate radio that provides intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and offer advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, refer to Cisco's Meraki wireless access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime data exchange, configuration, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco wireless devices and services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based wireless controllers for centralized management of WiFi networks, but systems with many wireless APs are better served by physical wireless controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver significant advantages over Wave 1 and older products including higher performance, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop enclosure and designed for smaller businesses. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where Ethernet cabling is sparse. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be attached to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for APs and clients, which allows uninterrupted availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) form factor, is designed for larger enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional redundant power supplies, and rapid failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit package, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 APs and 64,000 client users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as provisioning access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network performance, implementing security capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of access points and wireless clients can failover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for SMBs and satellite offices and come with a built-in wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 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 an integrated wireless LAN 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 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the deployment and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and providing performance 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 thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to establish a private cloud to configure, track, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi products for environments that support high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose significant service and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts provide remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and executing affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar sites which have minimal environmental variability. These access points include integrated antennas that offer predictable radio range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family device is available for restricted domains that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG family wireless access points are intended for more problematic radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and durable cases. The Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh access points deliver an affordable, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network technology for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access network. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security needs of wide-area networking specialists. They support both P2P and P2MP implementations with excellent range and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 lines for far less expense, avoiding the need for expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because bridges have no periodic charges, savings on connection bills quickly cover the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often require very expensive up-front costs in cases where they are separated by barriers such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These products have a durable cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-performance, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight environments. They include a durable enclosure that is optimized for severe outside environments and operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of common functions such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), real-time RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with small wireless access points to deliver superior performance and advanced administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that IT managers require to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 WAPs per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical solution to implement and manage protected WLANs at satellite locations. These wireless controllers manage as many as 12 Cisco Aironet access points and are installable in Cisco 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad array of wireless products that provide the same security, extensibility, and ease of management you expect from your wired network. Progent can help you to manage legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can assist you to deploy the high availability features built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to support IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or on premises to deal with more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless Support.
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