ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller

ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Industry First Affordable High Capacity Wireless Controller
The NETGEAR® WC9500 Wireless Controller is the industry’s first affordable,
high capacity, secured wireless controller capable of managing up to 600
Access Points and 36,000 concurrent clients per cluster. The WC9500 delivers
ultra-fast Access Point discovery, Layer 2 and Layer 3 fast roaming, multiple
10 Gigabit connectivity, a captive portal for guest access, fully distributed
architecture, and ease of configuration and management.
Unlike other WLAN systems that are costly, complex and cumbersome to
deploy, the WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller is ideal for medium to
large enterprise, higher education (university and colleges), large hospitals and
medium to large size hotels. The NETGEAR WC9500 is designed with simplicity
in management and ease of use to enable users to set up the systems in
minutes. The product is enterprise-grade and feature-rich, and is secured and
high performance.
Features
Highly scalable
Distributed and local forwarding
Investment protection
•Supports up to 200 Access Points and
12,000 concurrent clients per controller
•Data traffic can be forwarded to the best
path without traversing the controller
•Supports 802.11n and 802.11ac ProSAFE
Access Points
•Stack up to 3 WC9500 per wireless cluster
•Eliminates controller bottleneck for high
throughput 802.11ac and 802.11n APs
•Hassle-free, plug-and-replace upgrade with
WC7520 and WC7600
•Intelligent tunneling with Layer 2 and
Layer 3 roaming
Industry-leading warranty
•Supports up to 600 Access Points and
36,000 concurrent clients per controller
cluster
Multiple 10 Gigabit connectivity
•Consists of 2x10G connectivity with SFP+
form factor
•Backward compatible with 1G connectivity
with SFP form factor
•Additional 1x1G port with RJ-45 Copper
connectivity
Ultra-fast Access Point discovery with
Ufasttm
•Ufast AP discovery provides super-fast
AP discovery
tm
•Improves reliability and shortens setup time
•Secured communication between AP and
WC9500
•Hardware redundancy for enterprisegrade solution
•Two redundant, hot-swap power supplies
(PSU) (one PSU comes with the controller;
second optional PSU is ordered separately)
•Two removable fan trays provide front-toback cooling airflow for best compatibility
with data center hot aisle/cold aisle airflow
patterns
Enterprise-grade and feature-rich
•Layer 2 and Layer 3 seamless roaming
•Dynamic RF adjustments
•WLAN healing for automatic RF coverage in
the case of AP failure
•Rogue AP detection
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•NETGEAR WC9500 is backed by NETGEAR
ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty*
•ProSUPPORT™ Lifetime 24x7 Basic HW
Support
•90 days software configuration support and
Lifetime Chat Support, remote diagnostic,
and escalation management
•Includes Lifetime Next Business Day Onsite
Hardware Replacement
ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Target Applications
Higher Education Deployment
Indoor AP
Wall Mount AP
Outdoor AP
WC9500
ProSAFE®
Wireless Controller
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ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Supported Access Points
Access
Points
Description
Part Numbers
Typical
Deployment
WAC730
ProSAFE Wireless-AC
3x3:1.7 Gbps
High Performance
Access Point
WAC730-100NAS
WAC730-10000S
Medium to large enterprise,
higher education, mid to large
hotels and hospitals requiring
ultra high density throughput
WAC720
ProSAFE Wireless-AC
2x2:1.2 Gbps
Premium Access Point
WAC720-100NAS
WAC720-10000S
Medium enterprise, higher
education, hospitality requiring
high density and throughput
WNDAP660
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Dual Band Concurrent
Premium Access Point
WNDAP660-100AUS
WNDAP660-100NAS
WNDAP660-100PES
WNDAP660-100PRS
WNDAP660-100UKS
Large and medium enterprise,
higher education, large and
mid-sized hotels and hospitals
WNDAP620
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Dual Band Selectable
Premium Access Point
WNDAP620-100AUS
WNDAP620-100NAS
WNDAP620-100PES
WNDAP620-100PRS
WNDAP620-100UKS
Large and medium enterprise,
higher education, large and
mid-sized hotels and hospitals
WNDAP360
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Dual Band Concurrent
Access Point
WNDAP360-100AJS
WNDAP360-100NAS
WNDAP360-100PES
WNDAP360-100PRS
WNDAP360-100UKS
Small to medium
enterprise, K-12 schools with
advanced
WiFi, hotels,
mid-sized hospitals
WNDAP350
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Dual Band Concurrent
Access Point (Metal)
WNDAP350-100AUS
WNDAP350-100NAS
WNDAP350-100PES
WNDAP350-100UKS
Warehouse,
transportation,
hardened locations
WNAP320
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Single Band Access
Point
WNAP320-100AUS
WNAP320-100NAS
WNAP320-100PES
WNAP320-100PRS
WNAP320-100UKS
Small to medium enterprise,
K-12
with basic WiFi
WNAP210
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Single Band Access
Point
WNAP210-200AUS
WNAP210-200NAS
WNAP210-200PES
WNAP210-200PRS
WNAP210-200UKS
Entry level small to medium
enterprise
WN370
ProSAFE Wireless-N
Wall Mount Single
Band Access Point
WN370-10000S
Small to medium hospitality
WND930
NETGEAR Wireless-N
Outdoor Dual Band
Concurrent Access
Point
WND930-10000S
WND930-100NAS
Outdoor deployment for access and point to point mesh
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ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
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WC9500
Features
Scalable Architecture
Guest Access, Captive Portal and Logging
Load Balancing and Rate Limiting
The NETGEAR WC9500 High Capacity
Controller supports up to 200 APs and is
upgradable in 10, 50, 100, or 200 APs via
software licenses. Stackable up to three
controllers, a WC9500 High Capacity Controller
stack can support up to 600 access points
with a single interface. The WC9500 offers
redundancy for always-on reliability.
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
WC9500 High Capacity Controller hosts a
captive portal where guests can enter their
pre-configured credentials to gain access to
the network. Alternatively, the WC9500 High
Capacity 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.
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.
Centralized Management
Deployed as an overlay on the existing wired
network infrastructure, the NETGEAR ProSAFE
High Capacity Wireless Controller simplifies
the network management by providing a single
point of management for the entire wireless
network. Easy to set up, the WC9500 Controller
discovers all supported access points in the
network, even across VLANs and subnets. Once
identified, the access points are provisioned
in minutes. The discovery process follows an
efficient and fast protocol in Ufast™.
Robust Security
With identity-based security features such
as support for RADIUS, Active Directory
and internal or external AAA server, the
NETGEAR ProSAFE High Capacity 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 thirdparty authentication and billing system
implementation. Scheduled wireless on/off
times permits the wireless network to be
completely unavailable during specified nonbusiness hours.
RF Management and Hole Detection
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 an
enterprise-class reliable wireless experience.
Comprehensive Dashboard
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Fast Roaming and Voice over WiFi
The NETGEAR WC9500 High Capacity Wireless
Controller supports rapid mobility across
VLANs and subnets including 802.11i preauthentication and fast roaming support (FRS).
Seamless L2 and L3 roaming provides support
for latency-sensitive applications such as video,
audio and voice over wireless. WiFi Multimedia
(WMM) advanced prioritization extends WiFi’s
high-quality end-user experience to voice
applications (VoWiFi).
Monitoring and Reporting
The WC9500 uses 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.
ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Features
Performance
Supported Access Points
The best of centralized and distributed
architectures are implemented by the NETGEAR
ProSAFE High Capacity 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 VoWiFi require perfect inter-subnet/
inter-VLAN mobility: WC9500 encryption
tunneling delivers enterprise-class fast roaming
without any impact on Layer 2/Layer 3
performance.
Supporting standard NETGEAR access points,
the WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
enables customers to select the right access
points for their needs, including 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
WAC730 and WAC720 (802.11ac ultra high
performance), WNDAP660 (high performance
dual band concurrent), WNDAP620 (high
performance dual band selectable) WNDAP360
(dual band), WNDAP350 (dual band), WNAP320
(single band), WNAP210 (single band), WN370
(wall mount single band), WND930 (outdoor)
and WNDAP380Rv2 (integrated WiFi and RFID)
all with Power over Ethernet capabilities and
lifetime warranties.
Example Deployment
Intelligent Edge
GMS7228PS
100 x WNDAP350
Dual Band Access Point
Wireless Controller
WC9500
Core Switch
MSM7100
100 x WNAP320
Single Band Access Point
Security
UTM150
Stack of 3
N+1 Redundancy
Internet
100 x WNDAP360
Dual Band Access Point
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ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Technical Features
RF MANAGEMENT
Automatic Channel Allocation
• Automatic channel distribution to minimize interferences
• Auto-channel allocation taking into consideration of the environment, interferences, traffic load and neighboring AP
• Modifiable list of corporate channels to be used
• Scheduled mode for Auto-channel allocation
• Automatic mode in case of high level of interferences available
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 accross floors
Coverage Hole Detection
• Automatic mode or Manual mode
• Down APs or compromized RF environment detection with alerts
• Self healing: automatic neighboring AP power increase to cover coverage losses
Load Balancing
• APs load monitoring and overloading prevention
• Clients redirection to lightly loaded neighboring APs
Fast Roaming
• Seamless rapid mobility across VLAN and subnets
• Including 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
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
• Login/Logout Time
LDAP Based Authentication
• Standard interface to external LDAP Server / Microsoft® Active Directory Server
Integrated AAA Server
Local Database Authentification 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 authentification mode: guests auto registration with email address (up to 64 email stored)
• 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 AP and seen transmitting on same L2 wired network
• Detection and Mapping of up to 512 Rogue APs
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ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Technical Features
WIRELESS NETWORK MONITORING
Monitoring Summary
Summary of the Managed Access Points status, rogue Access Points detected, Wireless stations connected, Wireless
Controller Information and Wireless Network usage
Managed Access Points
APs 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
• Black listed 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/ac and 802.11 a/na/ac mode traffic separately
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 and Managed Access Points can send all Logs. Logs are
also available on the GUI and ready to download (Log export file)
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
RFC - System Facilities
• RFC 2131 DHCP
• RFC 768 UDP
• RFC 791 IP
• RFC 792 ICMP
• RFC 793 TCP
• RFC 1519 CIDR
• RFC 1542 BOOTP
RFC - Security
• WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
• IEEE 802.11i
• WEP and TKIP-MIC: RC4 40, 104 and 128 bits (both static and shared keys)
• AES: CBC, CCM, CCMP
• DES: DES-CBC, 3DES
• SSL and TLS: RC4 128-bit and RSA 1024- and 2048-bit
• DTLS: AES-CBC
• IPSec: DES-CBC, 3DES, AES-CBC
• RFC 2406 IPsec
• RFC 2409 IKE
• RFC 3280 Internet X.509 PKI Certificate and CRL Profile
• RFC 3602 The AES-CBC Cipher Algorithm and Its Use with IPsec
• RFC 3686 Using AES Counter Mode with IPsec ESP
• RFC 4347 Datagram Transport Layer Security
• RFC 4346 TLS Protocol Version 1.1
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ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
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Technical Features
IEEE AND IETF RFC STANDARDS (continued)
RFC - AAA (Authentication,
Authorization, Accounting)
• IEEE 802.1X
• RFC 2548 Microsoft Vendor-Specific RADIUS Attributes
• RFC 2716 PPP EAP-TLS
• RFC 2865 RADIUS Authentication
• RFC 2866 RADIUS Accounting
• RFC 2867 RADIUS Tunnel Accounting
• RFC 2869 RADIUS Extensions
• RFC 3576 Dynamic Authorization Extensions to RADIUS
• RFC 3579 RADIUS Support for EAP
• RFC 3580 IEEE 802.1X RADIUS Guidelines
• RFC 3748 Extensible Authentication Protocol
• Web-based authentication
• TACACS support for management users
RFC - Management
• SNMP v1, v2c
• RFC 854 Telnet
• RFC 1155 Management Information for TCP/IP-Based Internets
• RFC 1156 MIB
• RFC 1157 SNMP
• RFC 1213 SNMP MIB II
• RFC 1350 TFTP
• RFC 1643 Ethernet MIB
• RFC 2030 SNTP
• RFC 2616 HTTP
• RFC 2665 Ethernet-Like Interface types MIB
• RFC 2674 Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges with Traffic Classes, Multicast Filtering, and Virtual Extensions
• RFC 2819 RMON MIB
• RFC 2863 Interfaces Group MIB
• RFC 3164 Syslog
• RFC 3418 MIB for SNMP
• RFC 3636 Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE 802.3 MAUs
• Enterprise private MIBs
Ordering Information - Controller
Worldwide, except China
WC9500-10000S
China
WC9500-100PRS
Ordering Information - Licenses
Incremental 10-AP Upgrade
Incremental 50-AP Upgrade
Incremental 100-AP Upgrade
Incremental 200-AP Upgrade
WC10APL-10000S
WC50APL-10000S
WC100APL-10000S
WC200APL-10000S
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ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Technical Specifications
Physical Characteristics
Compliance
Features
Power
•165 watts with internal dual power
supply
•100-240V AC Universal
•IEC 320 connector
•ENGR 10049 EST Environmental Stress
Test Guideline
•Layer 2 Discovery
Physical Dimensions (1 RU)
•Dimensions (L x W x H):
440 x 430 x 43 mm
(17.34 x 16.92 x1.7 in)
Weight
•1 PSU: 6.32 kg (13.94 lb)
•2 PSU: 7.57 kg (16.68 lb)
Environmental Conditions
Operating Temperature
•Minimum (C/F) 0°/32°
•Maximum (C/F) 45°/113°
Storage Temperature
•Minimum (C/F) -20°/-4°
•Maximum (C/F) 70°/158°
Operating Relative Humidity
•Minimum 10%
•Maximum 90%
Storage Humidity
•Minimum 5%
•Maximum 95%
MTBF
•WC9500 (@25C): 664,072 hours
•Fan Tray (@25C): 676,058 hours
•Power Supply (@25C): 938,490 hours
Power Consumption
•Maximum: 82.3W or 281 BTU/hr
•ENGR 10045 EVT Engineering Validation
Test Guideline
•Layer 3 Discovery
•L2 Roaming
•ENGR 10048 CVT Compliance Validation
Test Guideline
•L3 Roaming
•ENGR 10046 SVT System Validation Test
Guideline
•Access List
•ENGR 10023 HALT Highly Accelerated Life
Test Guideline
•ENGR 10036 CDG Component Derating
Guideline
Capacity
Managed APs
•200 per controller
Controllers per Cluster
•600 per cluster
WLANs (BSSIDs)
•144
Concurrent Stations
•36,000 per cluster
•12,000 per controller
Guest Portal
Profile Groups per Controller
•9 (1 Basic + 8 Advanced)
Profile per Controller
•128
Security Profile Groups per Profile Group
•9 (1 Basic + 8 Advanced)
Detectable rogue AP
•Maximum: 512
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•Layer 2 isolation
•Auto Channel Allocation
•Radius, AD, and LDAP proxy
•Remote AP
•Client load balancing
•Auto Power Control
•Coverage Hole Detection
•Rate Limiting on per SSID
•802.11e WMM
•Schedule AP on/off
•Captive Portal
•Stacking Redundancy (N+1)
ProSAFE® WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller
Data Sheet
WC9500
Technical Specifications
Interfaces and Indicators
Management
Supported APs
10G SFP+ Ports for Data and Control
Configuration
•WAC730
•Two 1/10Gbps auto-sensing and
auto-negotiation
1G Copper RJ-45 Ports for Management
•One 10/100/1000 Mbps auto-sensing
and auto-negotiation
USB Ports
•One USB 2.0 Type A connector
Console
•One 1 D-Sub-9 MALE connector
LED
•Power, status, fan, stacking master
Default Reset
Networking
IP
•IPv4
•IPv6
VLANs
•64+1 Mgmt
•# of VLANs
Redundancy
•Web user interface
•SNMPv1
•SNMPv2
AAA
•Radius (primary and backup)
AP Provisioning
•L2
•L3
Wireless Security Standards
•WPA
•WPA2
•802.11i
Encryption
•WEP
•TKIP
•AES
Authentication
•802.1x
•MAC address
•WAC720
•WNDAP660
•WNDAP620
•WNDAP360
•WNDAP350
•WNAP320
•WNAP210
•WNAP210v2
•WN370
•WND930
•WNDAP380R – (selected region only)
Warranty and Support
Lifetime Warranty*
Product Ordering Information
•WC9500-1000PRS
•WC9500-10000S
Access Control
•L2
•Active-standby
Stacking
•Maximum: Three controllers per stack
DHCP Server
* This product comes with a limited warranty that is valid only if purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller, and modifications to product may void the warranty; covers hardware, fans, and
internal power supplies—not software or external power supplies; see http://www.netgear.com/about/warranty/ for details. Lifetime technical support includes basic phone support for 90 days
from purchase date and lifetime online chat support when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller.
NETGEAR, the NETGEAR Logo, and ProSAFE are trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only
and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). Information is subject to change without notice. © 2015 NETGEAR, Inc. All rights reserved.
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