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Building the Right Network to Boost Small Business Productivity

April 12, 2012 - 6 Comments

Calling all small sized businesses owners, and resellers – is your network ready for the growing mobility and cloud trends?

Considering that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population in 2012,[i] and that wireless device traffic will exceed wired device traffic by 2014, we say it’s a great time to make sure you are.  In fact, mobile data traffic has doubled in the past four years and tablets are making their way into the office with more than 3.4X the traffic than a smart phone. Businesses are recognizing these upward trends, as a matter of fact; cloud adoption for small businesses is growing quickly with 72-percent of small businesses using the cloud in 2011 to 98 percent in 2015[ii].  So are your networks built to support the growing use of mobility and cloud in the SMB workplace? Cisco’s new lineup of small business solutions could be just the ticket to get you there.

The new line up of small business solutions include:

  • 2 new Routers
  • 2 new Access Points
  • 500 and 500X Series of Managed and Stackable Switches
  • New Voice and Unified Communication solutions
  • New OnPlus™ wireless managed services add on to our OnPlus service for resellers

Product and Solutions Highlights

Wireless Access Points: Cisco WAP121 and WAP321

Cisco’s new WAP121 and WAP321 wireless access points provide customers with fast, robust coverage to support increased productivity from devices while protecting sensitive data.

  • The new sleek design and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support enable easy ceiling, wall and shelf mounting to optimize the Wi-Fi coverage area.

Routers: Cisco RV180 and RV180W Wireless-N VPN Routers

To address increasing connectivity needs, Cisco has added the easy-to-use, high-performance RV180 and RV180W Wireless-N to its line of routers that are purpose-built for SMBs. These devices are designed to deliver highly secure broadband connectivity and highly secure remote access with optional wireless capabilities.

  • An intuitive, browser-based configuration, along with Gigabit Ethernet WAN and 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch allow users to be up-and-running quickly.

Switches: Cisco 500 Series Managed Stackable Switches

The Cisco 500 Series switches are the next-generation of high performance switches for SMBs designed to handle the increasing traffic from mobile devices as well as the increasing needs of video and IP phone environments.

  • With models ranging from 24 to 52 ports, these switches also offer automated management of redundant broadband connections through Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) to support the need for always-on connectivity to cloud services and are IPv6 compatible.

Voice and Unified Communications

Voice and unified communications technologies provide a valuable productivity boost to any business, especially SMBs. Workers using unified communication technologies are estimated to gain 32 minutes per day of time in productivity. New Cisco IP voice and communications technologies include:

  • Cisco UC320 Unified Communications System
  • Version 2.2 of the UC320W system includes an integrated wireless access point, Gigabit WAN connectivity, an integrated 4-port switch and an analog phone/fax port to cover a broad range of small business needs, quickly and easily.
  • SPA512G and SPA514G Phones
  • Single-line and 4-line IP phones provide high definition voice and data communications.
  • 2-port Gigabit Ethernet switch allows for easy connection of PCs and other networked devices.
  • SPA112 and SPA122 Telephone Adapters
    • Easy-to-install 2-port adapters with option routing capabilities are designed to connect analog phones and fax machines to IP voice and UC solutions.
  • Cisco WBPN Wireless-N Bridge
    • Designed for Cisco’s SPA300 and SPA500 Series phones, the WBPN Wireless-N bridge converts a wired IP desk phone into wireless IP phone while keeping conversations secure and providing high definition voice quality.

Cisco OnPlus Service

The Cisco OnPlus Service enables solution providers to expand their managed services offerings with valuable network advisory services. The cloud-based service provides solution providers with a simple and affordable way to deliver assessment, management and proactively advise their small business customers from anywhere and anytime.  The real-time alerts and remote management capabilities of OnPlus enable solution providers to detect and resolve problems quickly to elevate customer satisfaction and efficiently to preserve their own profitability.

More information on the Cisco lineup of small business offerings can be found at the website: Cisco Small Business.

[i] Cisco Visual Network 2011

[ii] Harvard Business Review 2011

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  1. After setting up a new wireless router my desktop won't pick up the signal?! I've have it working on various routers over the years and I just can't figure out what the issue could be? Tried different security settings, turned off firewalls, turned firewalls back on. Purchased a new stick thinking that manybe my wireless card was too old but nothing is working. It works fine on my laptop though. Any ideas?

    • Hi, Is this a Cisco Small Business product? Have you tried looking at the support community for help? . Let me know if you need additional help.

  2. Hey Karen, I purchased a Linksys X2000 based, among other things, on your blog entry below. "The new Linksys X2000 a Wireless-N ADSL 2+ Modem Router that works with either DSL or cable broadband connections." I'm not great with tecnology but most people aren't. I have broadband cable internet and I was trying to replace both the modem and the router I rent from my provider. I apparently can't with this product. I still need a modem. Seems to contradict what you aree saying. Now I have a $90 piece of equipment I didn't need. Contact me on facebook please if you plan to. I won't be logging into this blog regularly.

  3. We want to know whether WAP121 or WAP321 is any good? We have bad experience with WAP4410N. We have five of them which are constinuously dropping connections. The mistake that is made We didn’t check the forum first before doing the purchase. Not to repeat the mistake, We waiting for someone who has experience with this new APs. Please CISCO if you can’t make your Small Business products right, don’t market them.

    • Hi Adaan, The WAP321 is a replacement for the WAP4410N. I recommend you upgrade to the WAP321 as it has better features and security. As for your problems with your current connection, try calling Cisco Support or visit the Small Business Support Community to see if you can have your questions answered. Also note that you might have the option of getting the device replaced with the Limited Lifetime Warranty.

  4. I want to know whether WAP121 or WAP321 is any good? I have stupidly bad experience with WAP4410N. I have five of them which are constinuously dropping connections. The mistake I made was that I didn't check the forum first before doing the purchase. Not to repeat the mistake I made, I am waiting someone who has experience with this new APs. Please CISCO if you can't make your Small Business products right, don't market them.