Cisco has developed a comprehensive catalog of wireless networking devices and technologies that enable continual connections to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and customers. Cisco's wireless offerings include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless experts can enable organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new model of BYOD networks by integrating their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, predictable performance, centralized control, uniform policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Security Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity across central or offsite venues such as business headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to deliver the identical degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses expect in their wired networks. This architecture includes built-in mobile services like VoIP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture enables companies to create wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance output through a mobile and collaborative employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide online or onsite support to assist your organization to plan, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and repair converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers affordable remote and onsite wireless site surveys to help you to plan and deploy a wireless network with customized AP clustering optimized for your specific office layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable organizations to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, capacity, performance, security and ease of management needed to support virtually any environment. Cisco's APs range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for very small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and delivering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest selection of APs can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle sites crowded with clients and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered units designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless solutions for small offices. Many versions in Cisco's Small Business family of access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one AP via an intuitive browser-based tool. All models support POE and provide 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-radio 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco 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, includes a GE port, and delivers sustained data rates of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The WAP321 has a GE port and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients on each radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points per 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 Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can handle as many as 32 active clients per radio, and 8 access points for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio access point includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). Cisco's WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access points that feature 2 x GE ports with link aggregation (LAG), and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both access points support 32 clients on each radio and 16 APs on each cluster.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless APs has for years been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from entry-level models to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the continually improving 11x specification. The current line of Aironet APs support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac technology, which delivers three times the performance plus greater range and user density than the previous generation of devices. The latest dual-frequency Aironet APs continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients without 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are no longer supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of APs and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or move smoothly to current Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, refer to Cisco Aironet APs system design and troubleshooting.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor APs include value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class units supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point provides high-end features like plug-and-play deployment, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based updates, and unified cloud management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 rated, built to operate in rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's 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 and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow realtime communication, provisioning, control, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi devices and services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual wireless controllers for unified management of wireless environments, but networks with a large number of wireless access points are better served by hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation Wi-Fi controller devices from Cisco deliver significant benefits over Wave 1 and older models such as higher throughput, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, integrated protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can install the 3504 in a centralized network environment such as in small branch and remote offices administered over the wide-area network with FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 wireless APs and 3,000 client users, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 wireless controller includes a Cisco Multigigabit interface and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. APs can be attached directly to the WiFi controller through two PoE ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller features subsecond failover for access points and clients, which allows high availability for applications. Like other Wave 2 wireless controllers available from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WLAN controllers.
The Cisco 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is intended to support larger enterprises and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 Wi-Fi access points 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, redundant fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU form factor, is a high-end wireless controller intended to support enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers data rates as high as 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes 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 controllers cut the time and cost required to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical tasks such as setting up access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for IP voice and HD video, monitoring and troubleshooting system performance, implementing security tools to guard against unauthorized access and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop controllers, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 wireless controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA controller to synch with a primary controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can switchover in less than a second to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides 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 scalable solution can handle up to 200 APs and up to 6000 wireless clients. (To learn about Progent's online and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for SMBs and branch offices and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches intended for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and support for up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 APs and up to 15,000 wireless clients. (For information concerning Progent's support for Cisco switches, refer to Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop units that streamline the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi LANs for small to medium-sized enterprises and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless network controller supports 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and offers sustained performance of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized organizations 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 designed for mid-to-large campus environments with support for up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance lets you establish a private cloud to deploy, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
To find out more about Cisco wireless controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting and integration.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi products for venues that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of HD video applications. Even for businesses who do not need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and onsite support for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also help companies to evaluate the business case for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out cost-effective, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a sample of Cisco older-generation Wi-Fi products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These access points include integrated antennas that offer dependable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family product is designed for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series wireless access points are ideal for more problematic RF situations like factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically require flexible protruding antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family access point is available for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outside wireless mesh APs deliver an economical, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public venues that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for integrating multiple local area networks in a metro area or public access network. Cisco bridges provide a flexible, easy-to-use solution that satisfies the security needs of WAN professionals. These devices handle both PTP and PTMP deployments with excellent range and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges deliver data rates significantly higher than E1/T1 lines for a fraction of the expense, erasing the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Because bridges carry no recurring costs, the expenses saved on connection services quickly pay for the initial equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines made of metal or fiber-optic cable can require very expensive initial expenses if they are separated by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 family outside wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a tough enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco Aironet 1400 Series bridges provide high-speed, dependable outside bridging for line-of-sight environments. They include a durable cover that can hold up to severe outside conditions and can operate within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers operate with small access points to deliver superior performance and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, security, and dependability that IT managers require to create secure, enterprise-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small businesses to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for IS Routers offers small-to medium businesses and enterprises an affordable solution to implement and manage protected WLANs at branch locations. These devices supervise up to a dozen Cisco Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Help Your Company with Cisco Wireless Products
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a broad array of wireless technologies that provide the identical protection, expandability, and manageability you expect from a wired network. Progent can assist you to support early-generation Wi-Fi products from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to the latest 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISA and ISSAP security specialists can advise you about how to design protection into your WLAN and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planners can help you to deploy the HA features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure delivers non-stop business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to support IP voice and video, enterprise-class security, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and costs, or onsite for more complex facilities.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, see Progent's Wireless Support.
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