Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and software tools that provide anywhere, anytime connections to data and resources and to promote collaboration among employees, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help businesses of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the new paradigm of BYOD computing by integrating their wired/wireless ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability (HA), and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can expand to up to 18,000 APs with Layer 3 mobility at central or remote venues such as business campuses, university auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of security, performance, and manageability for wireless networks that companies demand in their wired infrastructure. Cisco's architecture includes built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve productivity via a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or on-premises expertise to assist your organization to design, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed access point clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, performance, security and manageability needed for practically any environment. These wireless access points range from entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb intended for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac APs suitable for handling 200 or more clients per AP and offering throughput of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to support sites with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of access points are Linux-powered units intended as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Most models in the Cisco Small Business line of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and repair a group of access points from one device via an intuitive web browser tool. All versions include Power over Ethernet and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to four AP devices and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE port, and delivers throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows 4 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit that can handle 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, can handle 32 active clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and two radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 APs for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access points that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the leading access point product. Aironet APs run the gamut from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. Cisco's Aironet line cover multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi specification. The current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac technology, which offers three times the performance as well as greater distance and user density than the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-band Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can assist you to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade cost effectively to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet access points consulting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points include value-priced devices for general use to advanced products that offer as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic web-based updates, and centralized cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes dual high-power 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 withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and management, see Cisco's Meraki APs consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime data exchange, configuration, control, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless devices and software services. Cisco has developed both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for centralized management of wireless environments, but systems with many Wi-Fi access points typically require hardware-based wireless controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco offer major advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models including higher throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control, and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is an entry-level device with a desktop form factor and designed for smaller businesses. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in small branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN with Cisco 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 client users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and clients, which provides uninterrupted availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, 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 up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller includes two 10 GE ports and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports as many as 6,000 wireless APs and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the effort and expense needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like setting up access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS attacks, and managing IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Integrated Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of access points and clients can switchover immediately to the secondary controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers deployed by small to medium-sized businesses and satellite offices. This value-priced and expandable module can handle up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for up to 50 APs and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, see Cisco switches deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 APs and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large enterprises and campuses and can manage 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, eliminating the requirement for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to monitor and control Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, see Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can pose serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support services for a broad array of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also assist companies to assess the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are designed for offices and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Aironet 1130G Series access point is designed for regulated domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are ideal for more difficult RF situations such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The 1240G Series wireless access point is available for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh LAN access points provide an affordable, expandable, secure outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need access for mobile devices.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-performance and multi-featured solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public wireless environment. Cisco wireless bridges provide a versatile, easy-to-use technology that satisfies the security requirements of public networking specialists. These bridges support both PTP and P2MP configurations with good coverage and the ability to handle data rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 connections for far less cost, doing away with the necessity of costly leased lines when connecting different buildings. Because wireless bridges carry no periodic costs, the expenses saved on leased-line services quickly cover the startup equipment investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using copper or optical cable can require considerable initial costs if they are separated by barriers like highways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. They include a durable enclosure that can hold up to harsh outside environments and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, fast RF control, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with lightweight APs to offer enhanced throughput and high-end administration functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide support for up to 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises an affordable way to deploy and control protected WLANs at branch locations. These wireless controllers manage as many as 12 Cisco Aironet APs and are installable in 2800/3800 Routers and Cisco 3700 Series IS Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment integrating a broad range of wireless devices that provide the same protection, expandability, and manageability you expect from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to support legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to design protection into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi solution that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS to handle IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to reduce time and costs, or onsite to deal with more challenging facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Expertise.
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