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Cisco provides a broad portfolio of wireless networking products designed to increase employee productivity, enhance collaboration, and improve responsiveness between employees, partners, and customers. The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution supports real-time business-critical applications and creates a secure, mobile, interactive workplace so that organizations can exceed customer expectations, outpace their competitors, and realize a measurable return on investment.

Solution Components

Select the links below to learn more and view the related products of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution.

  • Access Points: Cisco Aironet access points and bridges connect wireless devices to networks, providing ubiquitous network access for indoor and outdoor environments. Cisco's next-generation wireless solutions offer robust wireless coverage with up to nine times the throughput of 802.11a/b/g networks, while Cisco enterprise wireless mesh helps enable cost-effective, scalable deployment of secure indoor and outdoor wireless LANs.
  • Client Devices: Client adapters and other devices that connect desktop and mobile devices to the wireless network.
  • Wireless LAN Controllers: Standalone, integrated or modular devices that simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks, helping to ensure smooth performance, enhanced security, and maximum network availability
  • Network Management: Allows design, control, and monitoring of enterprise wireless networks from a centralized location, simplifying operations and reducing the total cost of ownership.
  • Mobility Services: Combines applications, devices, and the network as a platform to deliver superior scale for wireless networks and unified communications.

Access Points and Bridges

Cisco Aironet Access Points

Cisco Aironet access points provide secure, manageable, high-performance, and reliable connectivity with exceptional range and performance. Lightweight access points operate in conjunction with Cisco wireless LAN controllers and the Wireless Control System (WCS). Standalone access points are managed by CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE) or CiscoWorks WLSE Express .

Product Features Product Literature
Indoor Rugged Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1250 Access Point

Aironet 1250 Series

  • The industry‚Äôs first business-class access point to be Wi-Fi 802.11n draft 2.0 certified
  • Reliable and predictable WLAN coverage to improve the user experience for both existing 802.11a/b/g clients and new 802.11n clients
  • Data rates of 300 Mbps per 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio modules with multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology for enhanced reliability
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Cisco Aironet 1240AG Series

Aironet 1240AG Series

  • Second-generation 802.11a/b/g dual-band access point
  • Rugged metal case, extended operating temperature, and external antenna versatility provides extended range and flexible installation options for RF environments such as factories, warehouses and retailers
  • Optional software allows the access point to be configured to support Enterprise Wireless Mesh
  • Available in an Autonomous or Lightweight version
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Indoor Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1140 Series

Aironet 1140 Series

  • Business-ready 802.11n access point designed for simple deployment and energy efficiency
  • Sleek design that blends into enterprise environments
  • Easy to deploy and efficient power with standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet
  • Reliable and predictable WLAN coverage to improve the user experience for both existing 802.11a/b/g clients and new 802.11n clients
  • Optional WirelessPLUS software allows the access point to be configured to support the OfficeExtend solution
  • Available in a lightweight version only; standalone will be available in 2009
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Cisco Aironet 1130AG Series

Aironet 1130AG Series

  • Dual-band 802.11a/b/g access points
  • Integrated antennas and aesthetically pleasing case for easy deployment in offices and similar facilities
  • Optional WirelessPLUS software allows the access point to be configured to support the OfficeExtend solution
  • Optional software allows the access point to be configured to support Enterprise Wireless Mesh
  • Available in an Autonomous or Lightweight version
Data Sheet
Wireless Mesh Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series

Cisco Aironet 1500 Series

  • Enables cost-effective, scalable deployment of secure outdoor wireless LANs using Mesh technology
  • Available in a Lightweight version only
Data Sheet
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series

Cisco Aironet 1520 Series

  • Multiple-radio support (802.11a, 802.11b/g, licensed for 4.9-GHz public safety applications)
  • Multiple uplink options (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000BaseT, fiber small form-factor pluggable (SFP) interface, cable interface in some models)
  • Dual-backhaul model available
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Outdoor Rugged Access Points/Bridges
Cisco Aironet 1300 Series

Aironet 1300 Series

  • Single-band 802.11b/g outdoor access points and bridges
  • Ideal for outdoor areas, network connections within a campus area, or outdoor infrastructure for mobile networks.
  • Available in an Autonomous or Lightweight version
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Cisco Aironet 1400 Series

Aironet 1400 Series

  • High-speed, high-performance outdoor bridging solution for line-of-sight applications
  • Provides a cost-effective license-free alternative to leased lines
  • Available in an Autonomous version only
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Cisco Wireless Antennas and Accessories

Cisco Aironet antennas and accessories are available for client adapters, access points, and bridges to support customized wireless solutions. Learn More

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Client Devices

Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Client Adapters quickly connect desktop and mobile computing devices to the wireless LAN in 802.11a/b/g-compliant networks. For additional form factors and operating systems, Cisco has teamed up with the industry leaders to provide Cisco Compatible Extensions. The Cisco Secure Services Client is a software client that delivers security and management services for identity-based connectivity in wired and wireless networks.

Product Features Product Literature
Cisco Client Adapters

Cisco Client Adapters

  • Cisco Aironet IEEE 802.11a/b/g CardBus Wireless LAN Client Adapters: For laptops and tablet PCs.
  • Cisco Aironet IEEE 802.11a/b/g PCI Wireless LAN Client Adapters: For low-profile slim desktop and point-of-sale devices
  • Cisco Aironet 5 GHz 54 Mbps Wireless LAN Client Adapter (CB20A): For 802.11a only wireless connectivity
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Cisco Compatible Extensions Program

Cisco Compatible Extensions Program

  • Provides tested compatibility for wireless LAN client devices with licensed Cisco infrastructure innovations
  • Helps ensure compatibility through extensive, independent testing.
  • Facilitates widespread availability of wireless client devices that integrate with Cisco wireless networks
Client Devices
Cisco Secure Services Client

Cisco Secure Services Client

  • A single authentication framework for multiple device types based on the IEEE 802.1X standard
  • Full integration with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network and the Cisco Self-Defending Network
  • Security policy functions designed to protect network endpoint devices, enforce security policies, and control network access
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Wireless LAN Controllers

Integration of the wired and wireless network is critical for unified network control, scalability, security, and reliability. Unified network services are provided across a variety of platforms including wireless LAN controllers and integrated switches and routers, allowing network managers to build secure, enterprise-class wireless networks. Advanced management offers wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management as well as location tracking.

Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco wireless LAN controllers integrate into existing enterprise networks for advanced management capabilities and enhanced performance. They communicate with Cisco Aironet lightweight access points over any Layer 2 (Ethernet) or Layer 3 (IP) infrastructure and are responsible for handling systemwide functions.

Product Features Product Literature
Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco 5500 Series Wireless LAN Controller

Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller



  • For medium-to-large enterprises and campus environments.
  • Optimized for 802.11n, for up to nine times the performance of 802.11a/g networks
  • Support for up to 250 access points and 7000 clients
  • Update 100 access points simultaneously
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Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers



  • For medium-to-large enterprise facilities
  • The Cisco 4402 with 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports supports configurations for 12, 25, and 50 access points
  • Cisco 4404 with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports supports 100 access points
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Cisco 2000 Series Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers

  • For small and medium-sized businesses or branch offices
  • Business-class RF security and WLAN security policy monitoring
  • Simplified network deployment, operations, and management to help reduce overall operational expenses
Data Sheet

Wireless Integrated Switches and Routers

Wireless integrated switches and routers provide cost-effective support for converged networks that integrate wireless connectivity. Integrated platforms lower hardware costs, simplify remote management, and offer flexible configuration options that can reduce the total cost of operations and ownership.

Product Features Product Literature
Wireless Integrated Switches and Routers
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM)

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series/7600 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM)

  • Works with lightweight access points, Cisco Wireless Control System, and Cisco Wireless Location Appliance to support mission-critical wireless data, voice, and video applications
  • Provides real-time communication between lightweight access points and other WLAN controllers to deliver a secure and unified wireless solution
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Cisco Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller

Cisco Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller

  • Midsize and large branch office scalability and reliability
  • Real-time RF management
  • Multilayered security
  • Operates with Cisco Aironet lightweight access points, Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), and Cisco Wireless Location Appliance
Data Sheet
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module

  • For small to medium-sized businesses or branch offices
  • Manages up to 25 lightweight access points
  • Supported on the Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series integrated services routers and Cisco 3700 Series routers
  • Delivers centralized security policies, wireless intrusion protection system capabilities, RF management, quality of service, and Layer 3 fast secure roaming
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Cisco Series 880 Integrated Services Router

Cisco Series 880 Integrated Services Router with Integrated 802.11n Access Point

  • For the teleworker or small branch office
  • Combines Cisco routing, advanced security and IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 wireless access point in a single device
  • Supports both existing 802.11a/b/g clients and new 802.11n clients
  • Provides data rates of 300 Mbps per 2.4 GHz with multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology for enhanced reliability
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Cisco 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Routers

Cisco 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Routers

  • Rugged wireless routers that offer secure data, voice, and video communication
  • Supports multiple wired and wireless links for in-vehicle and outdoor use
  • Ideal for public safety, homeland security, transportation, and defense industries
  • Withstands harsh environments, including high temperature variations, high altitude, shock/vibration, and water or dust
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Network Management

Network managers need reliable cost-effective tools for wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management. These tools must be centrally available and support simplified operations and easy-to-use graphical interfaces.

Product Features Product Literature
Wireless LAN Management for Lightweight Access Points
Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS)

Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS)

  • Platform for wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management
  • Allows IT managers to design, control, and monitor enterprise wireless networks consisting of Cisco lightweight access points and controllers from a centralized location
  • Optional network component that works with lightweight access points and Cisco wireless LAN controllers
Data Sheet
Cisco Wireless Control System Navigator

Cisco Wireless Control System Navigator

  • Platform for enhanced scalability, manageability, and visibility of large-scale implementations of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network
  • Provides IT managers with cost-effective, easy access to information from multiple, geographically diverse Cisco WCS management platforms
  • Cisco WCS High-End Server manages up to 3000 lightweight access points and 750 wireless LAN controllers
Data Sheet
Cisco Wireless Location Appliance

Cisco Wireless Location Appliance

  • Industry's first location solution that tracks thousands of devices from the WLAN infrastructure, providing a cost effective, high-resolution solution to critical applications
  • Uses Cisco WLAN controllers and Cisco lightweight access points to track locations of wireless devices to within a few meters
  • Offers fast, intuitive setup
  • Supports highly accurate location-based notifications from Cisco Compatible Extensions Wi-Fi tags as they enter, exit, or move past a third-party chokepoint
Data Sheet
Wireless LAN Management for Autonomous Access Points
CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE)

CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE)

  • Centralized, systems-level management console for medium-sized to large businesses using autonomous Cisco Aironet access points and wireless bridges
  • Provides comprehensive air/radio frequency (RF) and device management to simplify deployment, reduce operational complexity, and provide administrators visibility
Data Sheet
CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine Express

CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine Express

  • Complete wireless LAN management solution
  • Integrated AAA server for small to medium-sized businesses or branch offices using Cisco Aironet autonomous access points and wireless bridges
 

 

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Mobility Services

Cisco Motion introduces a new approach to mobility services that combines applications, devices, and the network as the platform. The Cisco 3300 Series Mobility Services Engine supports a variety of mobility services in a modular fashion. It offers a holistic approach to business mobility by separating network control from services and applications. Through an open platform, it delivers superior scale for wireless networks and the potential for accelerated time-to-market and innovation for integrated mobility applications.

Product Features Product Literature
Cisco 3300 Series Mobility Services Engine

Cisco 3300 Series Mobility Services Engine

  • An appliance-based, open platform that supports centralized and scalable delivery of mobility services and applications on multiple devices and networks
  • Mobility services software suite that includes Cisco Context-Aware Software, Cisco Mobile Intelligent Roaming, and Cisco Adaptive Wireless IPS
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Cisco Context Aware Software

Cisco Context Aware Software

  • A service component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network that captures, stores, and analyzes contextual information from multiple wireless networks.
  • Provides the capability to capture contextual information about facts such as location, temperature, the availability of an asset, and applications on the network to improve business processes
Data Sheet
Adaptive Wireless IPS Software

Adaptive Wireless IPS Software

  • The Cisco Adaptive Wireless IPS solution employs network analysis and signature-based techniques, combined with tight integration to Cisco Unified Wireless Network to deliver protection against rogue access points and clients, network reconnaissance, eavesdropping, authentication and encryption cracking, man-in-the-middle attacks, wireless denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, and zero-day unknown attacks
  • The system also provides proactive threat prevention through automated wireless vulnerability and performance monitoring that proactively and persistently scans the wireless network to mitigate problems before they arise.
 

 

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