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Wireless Controller

Cisco® Wireless Controllers help reduce overall operational expenses by simplifying network deployment, operations, and management. Extending the same Cisco Borderless Networks policy and security from the wired network core to the wireless edge, Cisco Wireless Controllers deliver the industry’s most scalable and highest performing controller solution. These controllers provide unique network security and optimization for IPv6-enabled mobile clients, and next-generation hotspot functionality― from branch offices, to small enterprises, to main campuses and service providers.

Cisco Wireless Controllers support systemwide functions to deliver:

• Flexibility to configure wireless policy, management, or security settings at any time through centralized provisioning and management

• Faster response to business needs by centrally managing wireless networks

• Standardized access point configuration for software versioning

• Wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities

• Networkwide quality of service (QoS) for voice and video across wired and wireless networks

• Networkwide centralized security policies across wired and wireless networks

• Industry-leading mobility, security, and management for IPv6 and dual-stack clients, equipping administrators for IPv6 troubleshooting, planning, and client traceability from a common wired and wireless management system

Cisco options for 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 configurations that can reduce the total cost of operations and ownership.

Cisco Advanced Technology Services

High-Availability with AP and Client Stateful Switchover – This feature ensures no Service Set Identification (SSID) outage while simultaneously providing customers with a low-cost standby controller. A controller can be configured as the standby (HA) controller to another controller designated as the primary. The standby controller synchronizes the access point license count, access point roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state with the primary controller and provides subsecond failover for thousands of access points and clients in case of outage on the primary controller.

Application visibility and control – To ensure business critical applications get prioritized over personal applications, Cisco wireless controllers offer the ability to identify, analyze and optimize application traffic based on NBAR2 libraries for 1000s of applications. Bonjour Services Directory – Cisco wireless controllers enables Layer 2 (mDNS) discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications.

Integrated Wireless Policy Classification Engine to enable BYOD with wireless profiling and policy enforcement services. To help ensure an exceptional end-user experience on the wireless network, Cisco Wireless Controllers provide a variety of capabilities, including:

• Integrated Cisco CleanAir™ technology, which protects 802.11n and 802.11ac performance by creating a self-healing and self-optimizing wireless network

• Cisco ClientLink technology specifically for on mixed-client networks. ClientLink optimizes overall network capacity by helping to ensure that 802.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac clients operate at the best possible rates

• Cisco Adaptive wIPS provides robust protection for the entire wireless network, including detection, location, and mitigation of security penetration and DoS threats

• Single-point of policy across wired and wireless networks with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE). Cisco ISE enables enterprises to adapt to the exponential growth in mobile smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Cisco ISE meets the varied demands of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend with secure, relevant access for employees, guests, and contractors through a single, centralized point of management.

 

Find the best wireless LAN controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • For service providers, enterprises, and large campuses
  • Highly scalable, service-rich, resilient, and flexible
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 with 40 Gb throughput
  • Supports up to 6000 access points, 64,000 clients, and 6000 branch locations

Get Your Next-Generation Wireless Network Today

Optimized for 802.11ac Wave2 performance, the Cisco 8540 Wireless LAN Controller is a highly scalable, service-rich, resilient, and flexible platform. It provides centralized control, management, and troubleshooting for high-scale deployments in service provide, enterprise, and large campus deployments..

Features and Capabilities

As a component of the Cisco Unified Access Solution, the 8540 provides real-time communications between Cisco Aironet access points, Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine. It is also interoperable with other Cisco controllers.
The 8540 comes with integrated services:

  • Application Visibility and Control (AVC) provides granular classification and prioritization of thousands of business-critical apps with dynamic protocol updates
  • Location-aware Bonjour and Chromcast can enable various services to be advertised across a Layer 3 network at a user and device level
  • An embedded policy classification engine offers simplified BYOD with native device profiling and onboard services
  • Software-defined segmentation with Cisco TrustSec reduces access control list maintenance, complexity, and overhead

The 8540 Series offers exceptional scalability:

  • Optimize 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks with 40 Gb throughput
  • Support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients
  • Consolidate multiple controllers into one with a single point of touch
  • Support centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments
  • Deploy Cisco FlexConnect in sites with up to 100 access points, in up to 2000 groups

The 8540 offers high-availability features for uninterrupted application availability and no incremental system downtime:

  • Sub-second failover for access point and client failover for uninterrupted application availability
  • Dual-redundant 1 Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • Dual-redundant power supplies installed (AC or DC)
  • Hot-swappable power supply and solid state storage with no incremental system downtime
  • Enhanced system uptime with fast system restarts

Service Provider Wi-Fi

  • Wi-Fi certified Passpoint (Hotspot 2.0) for mobile data offload
  • Network-based mobility management with Proxy Mobile IPv6 Mobility Access Gateway (MAG) support for integration with cellular data networks

Cisco offers a wide array of controllers and access points that can support wireless functions in organizations of all sizes. Our range includes branch offices to small and medium business, to large campus and service provider environments.

 

Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controllers

Optimize Performance for Campus Wireless Networks

The Cisco 5700 Series Wireless LAN Controller is designed for 802.11ac performance addressing the throughput demand of media-rich mobile applications. Ideal for mid-to-large campus networks, the 5700 Series can be deployed in converged access mode, as well as centralized mode to provide higher resiliency and advanced Cisco IOS-based services like QoS.

Features and Capabilities

The first model in the new 5700 Series, the Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller, is designed for mid-to-large campus deployments and offers:

  • Support high availability and application visibility for wireless clients
  • Wire-speed 60 Gbps throughput with advanced network services per controller
  • Support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients per controller
  • High resiliency with N+1 clustering, Multiple LAG, and redundant power supplies
  • Cisco IOS-based wireless controller with features such as Flexible NetFlow, Advanced QoS, downloadable access control lists, and more

 

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Designed for medium-sized to large enterprise and campus networks
  • Supports centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks
  • Supports up to 1500 access points and 20,000 clients

Upgrade Your Wireless Network with 802.11ac Wave 2

The Cisco 5520 Series Wireless LAN Controller is a highly scalable, service-rich, resilient, and flexible platform that is ideal for medium-sized to large enterprise and campus deployments. As part of the Cisco Unified Access Solution, the 5520 is optimized for the next generation of wireless networks, 802.11ac Wave 2.

Features and Capabilities

As a component of the Cisco Unified Access Solution, the 5520 Series Wireless LAN Controller provides real-time communications between Cisco Aironet access points, Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and Cisco Mobility Services Engine. It is also interoperable with other Cisco controllers.
The 5520 Series comes with integrated services:

  • Application Visibility and Control (AVC) provides granular classification and prioritization of thousands of business-critical apps with dynamic protocol updates
  • Location-aware Bonjour and Chromcast support services advertised across a Layer 3 network at a user and device level
  • Embedded Policy Classification Engine offers simplified BYOD with native device profiling and onboard services
  • Software-defined segmentation with Cisco TrustSec reduces access control list maintenance, complexity, and overhead

The 5520 Series offers exceptional scalability:

  • Support up to 1500 access points and 20,000 clients
  • Optimize 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks with 20 Gb throughput
  • Consolidate multiple controllers into one with a single point of touch
  • Support centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments
  • Deploy Cisco FlexConnect in sites with up to 100 access points in up to 1500 groups

The 5520 Series offers high-availability features for uninterrupted application availability and no incremental system downtime:

  • Sub-second failover for access point and client failover for uninterrupted application availability
  • Dual-redundant Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • Solid state device-based storage-no moving parts
  • Optional redundant, hot-swappable power supply for no incremental system downtime
  • Enhanced system uptime with fast system restarts

Cisco offers a wide array of controllers and access points that can support wireless functions in organizations of all sizes. The range includes branch offices to small and medium businesses, to large campus and service provider environments.

 

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controller

Designed for small to midsize networks

An ideal choice for smaller networks and branch offices, the 2500 Series Wireless Controller grows with your business. It scales to 75 access points and 1000 client devices. It also offers highly secure wireless guest access. With integrated Cisco CleanAir technology, this controller runs a self-healing, self-optimizing network.

Improved throughput

With an increase to 500 Mbps, the 2500 allows your data to flow faster.

Flexible licensing

The 2500 scales to fit your organization. It supports up to 75 access point licenses, so that as your business gets larger, your network can grow with you.

More client support

More and more mobile devices are entering the workplace, and the 2500 is ready for that challenge. It now supports 1000 clients.

Support of industry-standard protocols

Whatever protocols your network is running, the 2500 can support them. Whether it’s control and provisioning for access points protocols or Datagram Transport Layer Security tunneling, the 2500 can handle it.

 

Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller

Virtualizing the Wireless Network

Minimize hardware costs while optimizing wireless network performance with centralized control. The Virtual Wireless Controller can cost-effectively manage, secure, and optimize the performance of local and branch wireless networks. Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the Virtual Wireless Controller facilitates server consolidation and improves business continuity in the face of outages.

Features and Capabilities

A component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the Virtual Wireless Controller provides real-time, centralized communications between Cisco Aironet Access Points, the Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine

Designed for organizations with virtualization initiatives, and for small to medium enterprise deployments, the Virtual Wireless Controller offers:

  • Centralized wireless network visibility and control for up to 200 branch locations
  • Ability for IT managers to configure, manage, and troubleshoot up to 3000 access points and 32000 clients via FlexConnect
  • Secure guest access, rogue detection for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, and in-branch (locally switched) Wi-Fi voice and video
  • Reliable connectivity with the Cisco FlexConnect solution for branch network
  • Protection of access points connected to remote controllers from branch WAN failures; wireless clients remain connected with access to local resources

The Virtual Wireless Controller is a part of the complete Wireless Controller family, all offering:

  • The flexibility to centrally configure wireless policy, management, or security settings on remote access points through centralized provisioning and management.
  • Wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) capabilities
  • Centrally-defined policy enforcement across wired and wireless networks and integration with Cisco Identity Services Engine
  • Support for advanced mobility technologies, including FlexConnect, Cisco ClientLink, VideoStream, and Cisco CleanAir technology
    • CleanAir technology provides both real-time and historical information about RF interference impacting network performance across controllers
    • ClientLink further increases the throughput and performance of all client types

View the wireless controllers portfolio At-a-Glance to understand the wide array of Cisco controllers that can support wireless functions in organizations of all sizes, from branch offices to small and medium business to large campus and service provider environments.


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