Cisco has developed a comprehensive line of wireless LAN products and software tools that enable continual access to data and resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless technology to support the current paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with Layer 3 connectivity across central or remote venues such as enterprise headquarters, university lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and ease of management for wireless LANs that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables companies to build wireless environments that improve the way they do business and improve productivity through a dynamic and collaborative workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consultants can provide remote or onsite support to help you to plan, configure, maintain, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless networks of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers economical online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to assist your company to design and install a Wi-Fi network with custom-designed AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs allow you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, protection and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with throughput of 300 Mb for very small businesses or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11ac APs suitable for supporting hundreds of wireless clients per access point and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of access points can be clustered to provide the scale to handle environments with high client density and with a high incidence of HD video apps.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-powered devices designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for light workloads. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which makes it possible to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from a single AP via a simple browser-based tool. All of the models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for connecting to a second network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n clients, has a Fast Ethernet interface, permits up to 4 AP devices and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n wireless access point that can handle 16 wireless clients on each radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP1501 supports four APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wall-mountable selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n unit with support for 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight WAP361 access points per cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
The Cisco WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio wireless access point includes one Gigabit Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. Cisco's Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 APs that feature 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the leading AP product. Aironet APs range from value priced models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. Cisco's current portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers triple the speed plus greater coverage and density in comparison to the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet line of access points and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor access points range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to advanced products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor AP provides next-generation features such as self-configuring deployment, advanced security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Each Meraki indoor access point also incorporates dual high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, see Cisco's Meraki access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast data exchange, provisioning, management, analysis and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual wireless controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but systems with a large number of Wi-Fi APs are better served by hardware-based wireless controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant advantages over Wave 1 and earlier models such as higher throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and hardened, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level appliance available in a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the WAN via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 wireless controller supports as many as 150 APs and 3,000 users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for access points and users, which provides high availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers available 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 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU form factor, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller can handle as many as 1,500 access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 wireless controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and rapid failover for uninterrupted availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU form factor, is a high-end WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 WiFi controller can deliver data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8340 comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features solid-state storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless controllers reduce the effort and cost required to deploy, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of functions like setting up wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired/wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system performance, activating intrusion prevention tools to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and create self-optimizing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability (HA), Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA wireless controller to synchronize with a primary controller for access point license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary controller stops working, thousands of access points and clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and scalable solution can support up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the capability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and management consulting.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of wireless networks for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller supports 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large sized organizations and campus environments and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance engineered to manage wireless environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, visit Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely made obsolete all prior generations of Wi-Fi products for many venues that have high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support for a broad range of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless technology and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family APs are ideal for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These access points have built-in antennas that offer predictable radio coverage profiles. The 1130G family access point is designed for controlled domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are intended for more difficult RF situations like factories or above ceiling structures which commonly call for flexible external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family AP is available for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh APs deliver an economical, scalable, secure outdoor wireless network technology for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges offer a high-speed and multi-featured technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public wireless environment. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a versatile, manageable solution that meets the security needs of wide-area networking professionals. These devices handle both P2P and PTMP implementations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer data rates substantially higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, erasing the need for costly leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since wireless bridges carry no recurring costs, savings on connection services rapidly cover the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or optical cable often result in very expensive startup costs if they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco Aironet 1300 family outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized cover and offer high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between numerous fixed or mobile environments and clients.
Aironet 1400 bridges provide fast, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight applications. These devices include an all-weather cover that is optimized for severe outside conditions and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by simplifying the control of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced performance and high-end management capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers offer the manageability, expandability, security, and fault tolerance that system managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations a cost effective solution to deploy and manage secure WLANs at satellite offices. These products supervise as many as twelve Cisco APs and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting services.)
How Progent's Engineers Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the same security, expandability, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to deploy the high availability (HA) features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides non-stop business value.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a state-of-the-art wireless network optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and density, QoS features to accommodate IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and streamlined management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises to deal with more challenging environments.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless Network Support Services.
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