Cisco offers an extensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and technologies that provide anywhere, anytime access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless consulting experts can enable organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current paradigm of BYOD computing by integrating their wired and wireless networks to benefit from simplified deployment, predictable performance, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board security.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues such as business headquarters, college lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the same level of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired networks. This technology incorporates integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve output via a dynamic and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services can provide remote or onsite expertise to help your organization to design, configure, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide value-priced remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a wireless LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of access points allow businesses to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and manageability needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of supporting hundreds of clients on each access point and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's current line of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to handle wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of access points are Linux-based units intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from a single AP via a simple web browser interface. All versions include Power over Ethernet (POE) and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridging for connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to 4 AP devices and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that can handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a one Gbit Poe port and can handle 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n unit that can handle up to 80 active clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n 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 support a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 active clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band AP features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both devices support 32 clients per radio and 16 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless access points has for years been the market leading access point product. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet family cover multiple generations of devices supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's latest portfolio of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the throughput plus greater distance and user density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of access points and can help your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Aironet access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include budget-friendly models for small businesses to advanced units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point provides next-generation capabilities such as plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes dual powerful client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, see Meraki APs planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but systems with a large number of wireless access points typically require physical wireless controllers. Wave 2 Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models including greater throughput, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced appliance with a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and remote offices administered across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected directly to the controller via two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in capability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit form factor, is intended for larger enterprises and campus environments 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 client users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller includes two 10 GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports as many as 6,000 access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the effort and cost needed to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as setting up wireless access points, applying single-point policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network health, implementing security capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize RF interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synch with a main wireless controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in 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 as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of wireless LANs for SMBs and satellite offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless controller can manage from five to 75 access points and 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can support 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one location, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
To learn more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for Wi-Fi largely made obsolete the previous generations of Wi-Fi devices for venues that support high densities of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and on-premises support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and executing cost-effective, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series APs are designed for offices and similar venues which have little environmental instability. These devices have built-in antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series WAP is available for regulated locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series access points are designed for more problematic radio frequency situations such as manufacturing plants and warehouses or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco 1240G family product is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh APs offer a cost-effective, scalable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple LANs in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that meets the security demands of wide-area networking specialists. These bridges handle both P2P and PMP configurations with good coverage and support for data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates dramatically faster than E1/T1 links for far less cost, eliminating the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges carry no recurring costs, the expenses saved on connection bills quickly cover the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or optical cable can require high initial expenses if they are impeded by obstacles such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a tough enclosure and provide high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, reliable outside bridging for LOS environments. These devices are housed in a ruggedized cover that can hold up to harsh outdoor environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by streamlining the control of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, fast RF control, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight APs to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced administration capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the control, expandability, protection, and dependability that network managers require to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from satellite locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical solution to implement and manage secure wireless LANs at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise as many as twelve Cisco wireless access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Routers. (To learn about Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist you to design, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad range of wireless technologies that provide the identical security, scalability, and manageability you demand from a wired network. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to configure the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service to handle IP video, advanced security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite for more difficult environments.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Support Services.
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