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Unified Wireless Controller
Wireless LAN Controlled Series for Enterprises
The Allied Telesis Unified Wireless Controller (UWC) Series has
been designed specifically to meet the requirements of enterprise
Wireless technology continues to
advance as users look for ways to
connect their ever-increasing array of
devices. This evolution includes not only
the increased bandwidth delivered by
IEEE 802.11n, but also security and other
Within an enterprise environment, the
rapid adoption of Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) has seen a significant increase
in the number of devices that need to be
The benefits of mobility and BYOD
include greater flexibility, performance,
and staff satisfaction, but these need to
be carefully balanced with organizations’
concerns around security. As the number
of devices increases, so too does the size
of the wireless network along with the
burden of management.
Ensuring performance and staff
satisfaction in a dynamic environment
is particularly challenging and results in
an increased Total Cost of Ownership
(TCO) as a result of the Radio Frequency
(RF) planning and management that is
An intelligent, unified control system
is essential for reducing operational
expenditure as it provides the ability
to manage the infrastructure, security,
mobility, and services — with many of
these being updated automatically in real
The UWC Series controls a number
of Allied Telesis TQ Series wireless
access points and centralizes the
provisioning, operation, administration,
and maintenance for the entire enterprise
wireless infrastructure. As a complete
solution, this reduces the headaches
involved with managing, upgrading, and
troubleshooting, thereby improving the
experience for users and IT staff.
The Allied Telesis Unified Wireless
solution delivers a rich feature set that
includes seamless mobility, client
location tracking, and extensive security
The UWC Series provides flexible
deployment options and is available as a
hardware appliance or a software-based
New Features
Simplified Plug and Play
‫ ۼۼ‬RF management and control
‫ ۼۼ‬Flexible data forwarding
‫ ۼۼ‬Wireless IPS
‫ ۼۼ‬Enterprise class security
‫ ۼۼ‬Guest access
‫ ۼۼ‬End-to-end Quality of Service
‫ ۼۼ‬Seamless mobility
‫ ۼۼ‬Resilience
‫ ۼۼ‬Wireless controller grouping
‫ ۼۼ‬Graphic network visualization
The AT-UWC-Install software-based
solution may be installed on any industrystandard server or on a virtual machine
as a Cloud-based application. This
Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) model
provides a number of advantages
including a simpler set-up resulting in a
more cost-effective deployment.
As a hardware-based appliance, the ATUWC-60-APL conforms to the traditional
dedicated server model.
The Allied Telesis UWC Series has
been designed specifically to meet the
requirements of enterprise organizations
and addresses key concerns about
mobility, security, and TCO.
UWC Series | Wireless LAN Controller for Enterprises
Key Features
Simplified Plug and Play
Wireless IPS
The Allied Telesis Unified Wireless Controller
(UWC) detects, authenticates, and automatically
configures the access points as they are
installed. The discovery mechanism works at
Layer 2 and Layer 3 and dramatically simplifies
the task of deployment.
An integrated Intrusion Prevention System
(IPS) is included as part of the comprehensive
security features of UWC. The wireless IPS
monitors the airspace and protects the network
from rogue or unauthorized access points and
other rogue devices. Countermeasures are taken
automatically to mitigate any intrusion attempts.
RF Management and Control
One of the biggest challenges with wireless
solutions is the dynamic nature of the
environment and the highly mobile nature
of client devices. The UWC continuously
monitors the RF coverage from access points
and dynamically reconfigures the radios to
minimize interference and improve performance.
Load balancing is performed automatically
to distribute clients among the available
access points, which further improves the
user experience. In addition, the automated
management enables the UWC to alter the
configuration of surrounding radios should an
access point fail—ensuring no loss of coverage
for client devices.
Enterprise-class Security
A secure wireless network guarantees data
confidentiality, integrity, mutual authentication
and availability. In order to deliver the highest
level of confidentiality and integrity, the
UWC and controlled access points employs
WPA2 (IEEE 802.11i). WPA2 is an advanced
set of security features that satisfies the
policy requirements for both large scale and
residential networks. WPA2-Enterprise provides
a centralized security model through the use
of RADIUS for managing authentication and
inter-operates with the IEEE 802.1x framework,
supporting multiple EAP modes.
Seamless roaming enables a client to move an
established wireless network association from
one access point to another, maintaining the
wireless connection and delivering constant
network connectivity. Fast roaming minimizes the
time required to transition between the access
points, so that mobile applications like handheld
data scanners, smartphones and tablets don’t
lose information or connectivity. The UWC
delivers fast roaming and seamless mobility at
Layer 2 and Layer 3, so regardless of network
topology, the UWC will deliver the best mobility
experience possible.
The UWC can be configured in a highly redundant
topology to ensure that no single failure will
result in an interruption to network coverage.
If the UWC is unavailable for any reason, the
associated access points will first try to connect
to a redundant controller. If they are unable to
locate a redundant controller, they will switch to
stand-alone mode—maintaining services on a
best-effort basis.
Guest Access
Flexible Data Forwarding
The UWC can be configured for either centralized
or distributed data forwarding, enabling the
solution to be tailored to meet the requirements
of specific applications or environments. For
environments with highly mobile clients, data
traffic is encapsulated in tunnels to maintain the
client’s permanent IP address when the client is
roaming through different subnets.
When deployed for centralized data forwarding,
the UWC is responsible for the forwarding of
all traffic. This allows the application of strong
security policies as all traffic must traverse the
UWC, where it can be forwarded or filtered as
In the distributed scenario, the access points are
fully responsible for determining how and where
to forward data — including the application of
Quality of Service (QoS) or security policies.
The choice of data forwarding scheme may be
applied dynamically, based on WLAN/SSID:
‫ ۼۼ‬Employee access should use centralized data
forwarding to ensure that an organization’s
corporate security policies are being adhered to.
‫ ۼۼ‬Guest access may be provided, using distributed
data forwarding as the guest data traffic is isolated
from the corporate network and it is not necessary
to enforce any specific security policy.
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Guests and contractors can connect directly
to the Internet without compromising network
security, because they are segregated within
dedicated VLANs that have no access to
corporate resources. Guest access is controlled
through the use of a captive portal, which
provides Web-authentication for unauthorized
users. The captive portal can be customized per
SSID, enabling different Web portal pages to be
provided for each SSID.
End-to-end Quality of Service
With the growing number of devices utilizing
wireless connectivity, and the increasing
prevalence of multi-media services,
guaranteeing an end user’s experience while
using wireless is crucial. The UWC manages
the QoS across the entire wireless LAN and
optimizes resource use on an application by
application basis. The UWC is able to prioritize
each application based on its requirements for
bandwidth, latency, and jitter.
Seamless Mobility
One of the benefits of a wireless solution is
the mobility and freedom it delivers. As clients
become increasingly mobile, maintaining
connectivity while roaming from one part of
the network to another becomes challenging.
Wireless Controller Grouping
Multiple wireless controllers can be configured
as a “peer group” or cluster. The resulting
cluster becomes the single point for provisioning,
firmware upgrade, maintenance, RF, and mobility
Graphic Network Visualization
In addition to the benefits around provisioning
and maintenance, the UWC provides a single
user interface to monitor the performance of
the wireless network. The dashboard provides
an intuitive view of RF coverage, the position of
wireless devices and their performance metrics—
even when deployed in a multi-floor environment.
The location tracking facility populates the
map, giving immediate visibility of the wireless
network and thereby simplifying the survey of
unauthorized entities along with simplifying the
task of troubleshooting.
UWC Series | Wireless LAN Controller for Enterprises
Product Specifications
Graphical User Interface (HTTP, HTTPS)
Profiling (AP, WLAN, Network)
Peer grouping (controller cluster)
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv1, v2c, v3)
Extended MIB set
Database import (.cvs)
»» Access point list
»» Peer group member list
»» Wireless client list
Firmware upgrade facility for:
»» AP operations
»» Controller operations
»» Licensing
WLAN analysis
»» Location tracking
Graphical network visualization
»» Layered design
»» Multiple maps
»» AP configuration context
»» AP performance metrics
»» Alarm display
Local/remote logging (syslog)
System status
Radio Management and Control
AP Plug and Play
»» Device detection
»» Layer 3/IP discovery
»» Layer 2/VLAN discovery
»» Authentication
»» Configuration
RF coverage
»» Planning (automatic/manual)
»» Continuous, adaptive monitoring
»» Interference mitigation (automatic/manual)
»» Dynamic channel assignment
»»Transmission power control
Data rate setting (automatic/manual)
VLAN tagging
Wireless Distribution System
Layer 2/Layer 3 seamless mobility
Fast roaming
»» Dynamic key caching/forwarding
Data forwarding (WLAN/SSID basis)
»» Centralized
»» Distributed
DHCP client
DNS client
NTP client
Statistics/metrics gathering
»» Ping
Wireless Features
Regulatory domain compliance
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11ac
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11d
IEEE 802.11e (WMM)
IEEE 802.11h (DFS/TCP)
IEEE 802.11i (Enhanced Security)
»» WPA/WPA2-Personal
»» WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
Extended Authentication Protocol (EAP)
»» 3rd Generation Authentication and Key Agreement (EAP-AKA)
»» Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling (EAP-FAST)
»» GSM Subscriber Identity (EAP-SIM)
»»Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS)
»» Tunnelled Transport Layer Security (EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2)
»» Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP)
»» Generic Token Card (PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2)
»» Microsoft CHAP v2 (PEAPv1/EAP-GTC)
IEEE 802.1x framework
Captive portal (Web authentication)
»» Per WLAN/SSID web pages
»» Fully customizable web pages
Wireless IDS
»» RF scanning
»» Rogue AP detection
»» Rogue client detection
»» DoS protection/mitigation
Quality of Service
Band steering
Bandwidth limiting
Client load balancing
CoS-based (Class of Service) prioritization
N-to-N high availability
AP management auto-arrangement (standalone/controlled
mode switch)
»» AP profiles ≤ 64
»» WLAN/SSID profiles ≤ 255
»» Captive portal ≤ 10
Peer grouping
»» Group ID ≤ 255
»» Group members ≤ 64
Management capability
»» Managed clients
≤ 16,000
»» Managed APs:
»» AT-UWC-60-APL ≤ 60
»» AT-UWC (sw-based)≤ 210
»» UWC peer group ≤ 2,000
WDS AP members
Virtualization platform 1
»» VMware vSphere (v5.1)
»» Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (Hyper-V 2.0)
»» Microsoft Windows 8 (Hyper-V 2.0)
Hardware platform 1 2
»» CPU board x86-based 3
»» System memory
≥ 1 GB
»» Hard disk ≥ 80 GB
»» Ethernet port 1 x 1GE
»» VGA
»» Keyboard
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
EN 55022, Class B
EN 55024
EN 61000-3-2
EN 61000-3-3
FCC 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B
IEC 61000-4-2
IEC 61000-4-3
IEC 61000-4-4
IEC 61000-4-5
IEC 61000-4-6
IEC 61000-4-8
IEC 61000-4-11
IEC 61000-4-12
CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07
IEC 60950-1
EN 60950-1
UWC as hosted software appliance
Minimum requirements
Must be compatible with Cent OS 5.x
Web browser
»» Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
»» Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
External RADIUS
»» Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 onward
»» AlliedWare Plus v5.4.2-0.2 onward
»» Soliton Net Attest EPS v4.4.0 onward
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UWC Series | Wireless LAN Controller for Enterprises
Ordering Information
Technical Specifications
Virtualization, SaaS
Small to mid-sized enterprise
desktop, 1RU
up to 210
up to 60
Operating temperature
0°C - 40° C (32°F - 104°F)
Storage temperature
-10°C - 70° C (14°F - 158°F)
Relative humidity
20% - 90%
55,000 hrs
Dimensions (W x D x H)
210 x 210 x 42 mm
(8.26 x 8.26 x 1.65 in)
1.5 Kg (3.3 lb)
AC/DC adapter
Input voltage
100 V - 240 V
Associated Products
47Hz – 63Hz
Max consumption
≤35 W
19 in rackmount kit for AT-UWC-60-APL
IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.3u /
IEEE 802.3ab (10T / 100TX / 1000T)
RJ-45 female
Serial console
RJ-45 female
USB 2.0
USB-IF (host controller class)
Type A receptacle
Target deployment
Form factor
Managed APs: Factory
Managed APs: Maximum
Wireless LAN controller for enterprises
(hardware appliance)
AT-UWC-Install 4
Wireless LAN controller for enterprises
(software appliance installer)
Basic license, supporting 10 managed access
AT-UWC-TrialST 4
Free 30-day trial license, supporting 10 managed
access points
License upgrade, adding “NN” of managed access
points; “NN” may be 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200
Where xx = 10 for US power cord
30 for UK power cord
40 for Australian power cord
50 for European power cord
Console cable with DB9 female, and RJ-45
connectors, pack of 10 pieces
Enterprise-class dual radio 2.4GHz and 5GHz
802.11abgn 2x2:2ss indoor wireless access point
Enterprise-class dual radio 2.4GHz and 5GHz
802.11abgn 3x3:3ss indoor wireless access point
Enterprise-class dual radio 2.4GHz and 5GHz
802.11gn/ac 3x3:3ss indoor wireless access point
The installer utility and the complimentary trial license can
be obtained for free from the Allied Telesis website, at
This item is required to enable the operation and full
feature set of hosted software appliance. Upgrading of
managed APs via AT-UWC-NN-Lic may be done after the
basic license has been loaded.
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