Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies that provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among workers, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device computing by integrating their tethered and untethered environments to achieve easy configuration, consistently high performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations like business campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical level of security, performance, and manageability for WLANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. This technology includes integrated mobile services such as IP voice, IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they work and enhance productivity through a dynamic and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide online or on-premises expertise to assist you to plan, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to design and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points enable businesses to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, performance, protection and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mb intended for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of handling hundreds of clients on each access point and offering sustained data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense applications.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of wireless access points are Linux-based devices engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Many versions in the Cisco Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and troubleshoot a group of access points from one AP through an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the models include POE and feature QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. Cisco's WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that can support 16 active clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 supports four APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a GE interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio device that supports 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle as many as 32 active clients per radio, and eight access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes a GE port and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac APs incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the top-selling AP product. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet series cover multiple generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 11x specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which delivers three times the speed plus greater distance and user density in comparison to the previous generation of devices. Cisco's current dual-frequency Aironet APs continue to accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now legacy units that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the complete Aironet family of access points and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or move smoothly to current Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for both current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki 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 advanced products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation features such as plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor AP also incorporates two powerful radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and tested to withstand dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable fast communication, deployment, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of wireless networks, but WLANs with a large number of Wi-Fi APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco deliver major benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized businesses. You can install the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and remote offices managed over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where wiring is sparse. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. APs can be connected to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and clients, which allows high availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1 rack unit form factor, is designed to support midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 wireless 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 includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like provisioning APs, enforcing single-point policies across converged wired and wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system health, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and offers desktop or rackmount appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller organizations and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can support up to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and include a built-in wireless controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless LAN controller designed for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 access points and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller supports 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location, avoiding the need for a wireless controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you build a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and repair as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that support high densities of clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for organizations who do not currently require the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support services for a broad array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition help companies to evaluate the financial justification for upgrading up-of-date wireless technology and can assist in planning and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are intended for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional range patterns. The Aironet 1130G family access point is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are intended for more challenging radio frequency environments like factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to call for flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Aironet 1240G family access point is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver a cost-effective, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network technology for campus areas and for public venues that need connectivity for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple LANs in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the protection needs of public networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and PTMP deployments with good coverage and support for data throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates several times faster than E1/T1 links for much lower cost, doing away with the necessity of costly leased lines when linking different offices. Since bridges carry no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on connection bills rapidly cover the startup hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable can result in very expensive initial expenses when they are separated by obstacles like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges offer high-speed, dependable outdoor wireless bridging for line-of-sight environments. These devices include a durable enclosure that can withstand harsh outside environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of WLANs by streamlining the control of common technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver superior throughput and high-end management capabilities.
Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the control, scalability, security, and reliability that network managers need to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and manage protected wireless LANs at branch offices. These wireless controllers manage as many as twelve Cisco access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's online and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to plan, install, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a wide array of wireless devices that provide the same protection, scalability, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage legacy Wi-Fi products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to set up the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and capacity, QoS to handle IP voice and video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or onsite to deal with more difficult facilities.
For a further look at Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless Expertise.
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