Netgear WC7520 WLAN access point

ProSafe® 20-AP Wireless Controller
WC7520
Data Sheet
Reliable, Secure and Scalable Wireless Controller for Mid-sized Businesses,
Schools and Hospitals
Introductory
Special
Wireless-N
built-in license
see details
on Page 6
The NETGEAR ProSafe 20-AP Wireless Controller WC7520 offers a high-performance and
fully-featured Wireless LAN architecture to meet the demands of medium-sized businesses,
schools, and hospitals with up to 1,500 users and more. Focusing on ease-of-use, the WC7520
Controller simplifies wireless deployments and network management with best-in-class wireless
reliability, coverage, and performance. The scalable WC7520 Controller enables businesses
to grow their wireless network as needed with a dramatic return on investment, with optional
licenses that support their changing needs. Via licensing upgrades, the ProSafe Wireless
Controller scales up to 50 access points (AP) and can support next generation IEEE 802.11n
APs. For larger deployments, the WC7520 Controller is stackable up to three units, supporting
up to 150-APs, including controller redundancy. Meeting the next generation needs of larger
installations, the WC7520 Controller delivers central wireless management, integrated wireless
mobility, robust top-end security and rich converged services such as L2/L3 fast roaming, guest
access captive portal and Voice over Wi-Fi support. Built to last, the WC7520 Controller is
backed by a Lifetime Warranty and delivers enterprise-class connectivity and secure wireless
LAN functionality.
Scalable Architecture
The WC7520 Controller comes with IEEE 802.11a/b/g support and is upgradable to IEEE 802.11n
with WC75NL license. The WC7520 Controller natively supports 20 APs and is upgradable in
10-AP increments up to a total of 50 APs via WC7510L licenses. Stackable up to three controllers,
a WC7520 Controller stack can support 150 access points with a single interface. Importantly, the
WC7520 offers redundancy for always-on reliability and peace of mind.
Centralized Management
Deployed as an overlay on the existing wired network infrastructure, the NETGEAR ProSafe
20-AP Wireless Controller simplifies the network management by providing a single point of
management for the entire wireless network. Easy to set up, the WC7520 Controller discovers
all supported access points in the network, even across VLANs and subnets. Once identified, the
access points are provisioned to dependent access points in minutes. Building floor plans can be
used to visualize live coverage and heat maps of the wireless network.
Robust Security
With identity-based security features such as support for RADIUS, Active Directory and internal
or external AAA server, NETGEAR ProSafe 20-AP Wireless Controller truly unifies wired and
wireless access without compromising on security. Management VLAN is configurable and up to
8 security configuration profiles (SSID, 802.11i security, VLAN, ACLs, radio parameters) can be
active. Rogue AP detection permits rogue APs classification (friendly or hostile). Standard RADIUS
compliance enables support for third-party authentication and billing system implementation.
Scheduled wireless on/off times permits the wireless network to be completely unavailable
during specified non-business hours.
Guest Access, Captive
Portal and Logging
Guest access allows restricted access to the network, using an integrated captive portal. Two
methods of entry are provided, either assisted or self certified. In the assisted model, the receptionist
can create a user name and password for guests in the GUI and the WC7520 Controller hosts a
captive portal where guests can enter their pre-configured credentials to gain access to the network.
Alternatively, the WC7520 Controller hosts a guest portal where guests can register themselves
before entering the network. Backend VLAN policies ensure restricted access to guests, prohibiting
them any access to the sensitive data on the corporate network. Guest activity logs are available.
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RF Management and
Hole Detection
With integrated RF planning tools, an administrator can input floor plans, building dimensions,
and desired coverage. The planning tools compute the predicted RF characteristics of the building,
and display predicted coverage. Automatic control of AP transmit power and channel allocation
ensures coverage by minimizing interferences. Automatic WLAN healing after loss of AP or due
to RF interferences adapts the power and channel of the other APs around the area. Scheduled
automatic channel allocation authorizes enterprise-class reliable Wireless experience.
Load Balancing and
Rate Limiting
Automatic load balancing of clients across APs is provided based on number of clients per AP,
and signal strength threshold/data rate threshold of clients on the BSS. Rate limiting is provided
by SSID. Load balancing and rate limiting ensure fair bandwidth allocation among all clients for
robust wireless connectivity.
Fast Roaming and
Voice Over Wi-Fi
The NETGEAR ProSafe 20-AP Wireless Controller supports rapid mobility across VLANs and
subnets including 802.11i pre-authentication and fast roaming support (FRS). Seamless L2 and
L3 roaming provides support for latency-sensitive applications such as video, audio and voice
over wireless. Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) advanced prioritization extends Wi-Fi’s high-quality
end-user experience to voice applications (VoWi-Fi).
Heat Maps and Triangulation
AP heat maps by wireless band, wireless channel and signal strength allows real-time view of the
wireless network status. Administrators can easily locate known APs, rogue APs, and associated
clients on the heat map directly from the monitoring page.
Monitoring and Reporting
The WC7520 has a heartbeat mechanism between the controller and the AP. It is monitored
based on several factors, such as RF interference, clients, error levels, etc.
Each AP is constantly monitored (number of clients, traffic load, RF interference, packet error
levels and retransmission statistics). Statistics provide reliable metrics per AP, per client, per floor
and for the entire wireless network.
Performance
The best of centralized and distributed architectures are implemented by the NETGEAR ProSafe
20-AP Wireless Controller for outstanding Wireless-N performance. Local traffic is automatically
switched at the access points level for fastest processing, when roamed L3 traffic is processed at
the controller level with advanced data control. Real-time applications such as VoWi-Fi require
perfect inter subnet / inter VLAN mobility: WC7520 encryption tunneling delivers enterpriseclass fast roaming without any impact on Layer 2 performance.
Supported Access Points
Supporting standard NETGEAR access points, the WC7520 Controller enables customers to
select the right access points for their needs, even mixing models to provide the right coverage.
The standard access points are converted to dependent access points. Supported models include
professional-class ProSafe access points WNAP210 and WNDAP350, all with Power over Ethernet
capabilities and lifetime warranties.
WC7520
WC7520
+1 x WC75NL
+3 x WC7510L
(stack)
+1 x WC75NL
+3 x WC7510L
GSM7352S
(stack)
WC7520
+1 x WC75NL
WC7520
+1 x WC75NL
+3 x WC7510L
STM600
SRX5308
(redundant)
PoE
PoE
GSM7252PS
(stack)
10 GE
GE
Internet
80 x WNDAP350
40 x WNAP210
Example of Wireless-N configuration with 120 access points (AP) and one redundant controller.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
SYSTEM INFORMATION AND LIMITS
Wireless Controller Model Number
WC7520 ProSafe 20-AP Wireless Controller
Supported AP Models
• WNDAP350 ProSafe Dual Band 802.11n Wireless Access Point
• WNAP210 ProSafe 802.11n Wireless Access Point
Supported Modes
• A/B/G (default)
• A/B/G/N with Wireless-N License Upgrade (WC75NL)
Maximum AP Supported per Controller
• 20 (default)
• 50 with 3 x Incremental 10-AP License Upgrades (WC7510L)
Maximum Controllers that Can Be
Stacked Together
3
Maximum AP Supported per Stacked Setup
150
Maximum Profile Groups per Controller
•8
• Each access point belongs to only one profile group
Maximum Security Profiles (SSID) per
Profile Group
• 8 per radio (2.4 GHz; 5 GHz)
• 16 with WNDAP350
Maximum Security Profiles (SSID) per
Controller
128 (assuming WNDAP350 and 8 security profiles per radio)
Maximum Security Profiles per Network
(3 Controllers)
512
Maximum Rogue APs Detectable
per Controller
512
Maximum Floorplans per Controller
• 3 (default)
• Additional floorplans possible with USB local storage (up to a maximum of 18 floorplans)
Number of Captive Portals per Controller
1
Maximum Clients per AP
* WNAP210: 20
* WNDAP350: 32 per radio (64 total)
Maximum Clients per Controller
None other than maximum clients per AP
L2 Mobility
L2 fast roaming support between the APs
L3 Mobility
L3 fast roaming support with encrypted tunnelling between the APs and the controller
Maximum VLANs per Controller
• 64 VLANs for SSIDs
• 1 configurable management VLAN
Controller Redundancy
VRRP-based 1:1 redundancy (L2)
LICENSE CONFIGURATIONS
Per Controller: Up to 50 Access Points (AP)
with Appropriate Licenses
WC7520
WC7510L
WC7510L
WC7510L
Supports 20 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
WC75NL
Adds Wireless-N support
Per Stack: Up to 150 Access Points (AP)
with Appropriate Licenses
WC7520
WC7510L
WC7510L
WC7510L
Supports 20 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
WC75NL
WC7520
WC7510L
WC7510L
WC7510L
Supports 20 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
WC75NL
WC7520
WC7510L
WC7510L
WC7510L
Supports 20 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
Adds 10 AP
WC75NL
Adds Wireless-N support
Adds Wireless-N support
Adds Wireless-N support
CONFIGURATION EXAMPLES - WIRELESS A/B/G DEPLOYMENT
Number of Access Points - up to:
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
Number of Wireless Controllers (WC7520)
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
Number of 10-AP Incremental License
Upgrades (WC7510L)
0
1
2
3
2
3
4
5
6
5
6
7
8
9
CONFIGURATION EXAMPLES - WIRELESS A/B/G/N DEPLOYMENT
Number of Access Points - up to:
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
Number of Wireless Controllers (WC7520)
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
Number of Incremental 10-AP
License Upgrades (WC7510L)
0
1
2
3
2
3
4
5
6
5
6
7
8
9
Number of Wireless-N License
Upgrades (WC75NL)
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
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IP AND VLANS CONFIGURATION
DHCP Server/Relay
• Integrated DHCP server
• Multiple DHCP server/pool can be added for different VLANs (up to 64)
VLANs for the Wireless Controller
One management VLAN (configurable VLAN ID)
VLANs Access Points / Multiple SSIDs
64 VLANs
VLANs Deployment
The Wireless Controller must have IP connectivity with the access points through the management VLAN. If the Controller and the
APs are on different management VLANs, external VLAN routing must allow IP connectivity between the Controller and the APs.
RF PLANNING AND MONITORING
Integrated Deployment Planning
• Hierarchical view of the network: Floor maps upload and floor maps dimensions input
• Automated RF planning algorithm: Computed number of APs required to cover a floor plan
• Theorical cloud coverage indicated for each AP for positionning assistance on the floor plan
RF Monitoring
• Coverage computing per floor plan
• Alert for any detected coverage holes with mitigation options with neighboring APs
• Rogue AP/blacklisted clients triangulation
RF MANAGEMENT
Automatic Channel Allocation
• Channel automatic distribution to reduce interference
• Auto-channel allocation takes into consideration the AP location, interferences, and neighborhood maps for each AP
• Modifiable list of corporate channels to be used
• Scheduled mode for auto-channel allocation
• Automatic mode available in case of high level of interference
Automatic Power Control
• Optimum transmit power determination based on coverage requirements
• Automatic power control mode available
• Neighborhood scan of RF environment to minimize neighboring AP interference and leakage across floors
Coverage Hole Detection
• Automatic mode
• Down APs or compromised RF environment detection with alerts
• Self healing: Automatic neighboring AP power increase to fill in for coverage losses
Load Balancing
• AP load monitoring and overload prevention
• Client redirection to lightly loaded neighboring APs
Fast Roaming
• Seamless rapid mobility across VLAN and subnets
• Includes 802.11i pre-auth and fast roaming
• Fast roaming support accross L2, and L3 for video, audio and voice over wireless client
QUALITY OF SERVICE
WMM Quality of Service
WMM (802.11e) prioritizes traffic for both upstream traffic from the stations to the access points (station EDCA parameters) and
downstream traffic from the access points to the client stations (AP EDCA parameters)
WMM Queues in Decreasing Order of
Priority
• Voice: The highest priority queue with minimum delay, which makes it ideal for applications like VoIP and streaming media
• Video: The second highest priority queue with low delay is given to this queue. Video applications are routed to this queue
• Best effort: The medium priority queue with medium delay is given to this queue. Most standard IP application will use this queue
• Background: Low priority queue with high throughput. Applications, such as FTP, which are not time-sensitive but require high
throughput can use this queue
WMM Power Save Option
WMM power save helps conserve battery power in small devices such as phones, laptops, PDAs, and audio players using IEEE®
802.11e mechanisms
Rate Limiting
• Rate limit per SSID set as a percentage of total available bandwidth
WIRELESS SECURITY
Client Authentication Protocols
• Open, WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK
• 802.11i/WPA/WPA2 Enterprise with standard interface to external AAA/RADIUS Server
Distinct AAA Server per SSID
Yes
RADIUS Accounting Protocol
Per Client tracking for:
• Bytes Tx/Rx
• Connect/disconnect time
LDAP-based Authentication
• Standard interface to external LDAP server/Microsoft® Active Directory Server
Integrated AAA Server
Local database authentication based on WC7520 internal RADIUS Server
Guest Access
• Integrated captive portal available for client authentication in a security profile
• Password based authentification mode: Local user store available, receptionist assigned user name/password
• Open authentication mode: Guest auto registration with email address
• Extraction of logs of guest activity
Captive Portal
Configurable portal page, including image files
Rogue Access Points
• Rogue AP definition: AP with radio SSID oberved by any of the managed APs and seen transmitting on same L2 wired network
• Detection and mapping of up to 512 rogue APs
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WIRELESS NETWORK MONITORING
Monitoring Summary
Summary of managed access points status, rogue access points detected, wireless stations connected, Wireless Controller
information and wireless network usage
Managed Access Points
AP status for the managed access points and details that includes configuration settings, current wireless settings, current clients
and detailed traffic statistics
Rogue Access Points
• Rogue access points reported
• Rogue access points in same channel
• Rogue access points in interfering channels
Wireless Clients
• Clients statistics and details per AP, per SSID, per floor, per location
• Blacklisted clients, roaming clients
Wireless Network Usage
Network usage statistics display plots of average received/transmitted network traffic per managed access point. Three different
plots show Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 b/bg/ng and 802.11 a/na mode traffic separately
Heat Maps
• Live coverage and visualization heat maps
• Location visualization and device tracking
DHCP Leases
DHCP details for wireless clients
MANAGEMENT
Management Interface
HTTP, SNMP v1/v2c, telnet, Secure Shell (SSH)
Logging and Reporting
• If available syslog server on the network, the Wireless Controller can send all logs. Logs are also available on the GUI and ready
to download (log export file)
• Email alerts for events as per configuration to mutiple email addresses
Diagnostics
Managed access points ping
Maintenance
Save/restore configuration, restore to factory defaults, admin password change, add user (read-only), firmware upgrade via Web
browser for the Wireless Controller and the managed access points
Dual Boot Image
Supported
SNMP
SNMP v1/v2c
IEEE AND IETF RFC STANDARDS
Wired IEEE Standards
• IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T, IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX, IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T
• IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging
Wired IEEE Standards
• IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
• WMM (from 802.11e)
RFC - System Facilities
• RFC 1001 Protocol standard for a NetBIOS service on a TCP/UDP transport: Concepts and methods
• RFC 1002 Protocol standard for a NetBIOS service on a TCP/UDP transport: Detailed specifications
• RFC 1155 Management information for TCP/IP networks
• RFC 1305 Network Time Protocol (Version 3) Specification, Implementation and Analysis
• RFC 2131 DHCP
• RFC 3768 Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
• RFC 768 UDP
• RFC 791 IP
• RFC 792 ICMP
• RFC 793 TCP
• RFC 826 ARP
RFC - Security and AAA
• WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
• RFC 1321 MD5 Message – Digest Algorithm
• RFC 1851 Triple DES Algorithm
• RFC 2246 TLS Protocol Version 1.0
• RFC 2404 HMAC-SHA-1-96
• RFC 3280 Internet X.509 PKI Certificate and CRL certificate
• RFC 3377 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): Technical Specification
• RFC 3565 Use of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Encryption Algorithm in Cryptographic Message Syntax
• RFC 4346 TLS Protocol version 1.1
IEEE AND IETF RFC STANDARDS
RFC - Management
• SNMP v1, v2c
• RFC 364 syslog
• RFC 854 telnet
• RFC 1156 MIB
• RFC 1157 SNMP
• RFC 1213 MIB II
• RFC 1350 TFTP
• RFC 2616 HTTP
• RFC 3164 The BSD Syslog Protocol
• Enterprise private MIBs
ProSafe ® 20-AP Wireless Controller
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HARDWARE
Gigabit RJ45 Ports LAN
Switch 4-port 10/100/1000
Flash Memory/RAM
8 MB + 2 GB CF/1 GB DDR2
USB Port
1 port for USB storage
• More floor heat maps
• Extended statistics history
Major Regulatory Compliance
FCC Class A, CE, WEEE, RoHS
Storage and Operating Temperatures
Operating temperature 0°-45° C (32°-113° F),
Storage temperature -20°-70° C (-4°-158° F)
Humidity
Operation 90% Maximum Relative, Storage 95% Maximum Relative
Electrical Specifications
100-240V, AC/50-60Hz, Universal Input, DC 5V/8A (internal power supply)
Dimensions (W x H x D) cm
26.1 x 4.3 x 44
Dimensions (W x H x D) in
10.3 x 1.7 x 17.3
Weight kb/lb
2.912/6.4
System Requirements
Internet Explorer® 5.0 or higher or Mozilla Firefox® 1.0 or higher
Package Contents
ProSafe 20-AP Wireless Controller (WC7520), Ethernet cable, power cord, installation guide, resource CD
Warranty
ProSafe Lifetime Warranty
ORDERING INFORMATION - CONTROLLER
North America
WC7520-100NAS
Europe
WC7520-100EUS
Promotional version including built-in Wireless-N License*
Promotional version including built-in Wireless-N License*
Asia
WC7520-100AUS
Promotional version including built-in Wireless-N License*
ORDERING INFORMATION - LICENSES
Incremental 10-AP License Upgrade
WC7510L-10000S
Wireless-N License Upgrade
WC75NL-10000S
PROSUPPORT SERVICE PACKS
OnCall 24x7, Category 3
PMB0333
XPressHW, Category 3
PRR0333-100
* NETGEAR reserves the right to terminate the built-in Wireless-N promotion anytime without prior notice.
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