Cisco Wireless Controllers At a Glance

Cisco Wireless Controllers At a Glance
Cisco Wireless Controllers
At a Glance
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Cisco Wireless Controllers
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 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 Wireless Controllers support systemwide functions to deliver:
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.
• 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
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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
The 8500 Series Wireless Controller offers:
• High scale with the industry’s largest scalability in a single rack-unit
space (1RU). A centralized touch-point for up to 6000 access points,
64,000 clients, and 6000 branch locations
• High speed with 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity support: 2 x 10
Gigabit Ethernet ports for redundancy
• High availability with subsecond access point and client stateful
failover, helping to ensure access point and client state maintenance
and avoiding the reinitialization process
• High resiliency with redundant dual power supplies
• The architectural flexibility to support centralized controller switched
architecture for campuses. The Cisco FlexConnect™ solution
provides a lean branch network that uses access points connected
to controllers in the data center over a wide area network, as well as
mesh support in a single controller
Table 1 summarizes information about the Cisco 8500 Series Wireless
Controller.
Table 1. Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller for Large Campus or Service
Provider Deployments
• 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
• 802.11n and 802.11ac ready,
designed for high performance and
maximum scalability
• A centralized touch-point for
up to 6000 access points and
64,000 clients
Cisco Wireless Controllers for Large Multisite or Single-Site
Enterprises and Service Providers
Optimize the performance of your large wireless network with
centralized visibility and control. The Cisco 8500 Series Controller and
the Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller are designed to cost-effectively
manage, secure, and optimize the performance of sizeable wireless
networks. Ideal for service provider and large campus deployments, the
8500 Series Controller and the Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller enables
high-scalability on an as-needed basis.
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Cisco 8500 Series Controller
• Supports up to 6000 branch
offices with up to 100 access
points per branch
• High availability with stateful
access point and client fail-over,
redundant dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet
ports with LAG, and redundant
dual power supplies
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Cisco 5700 Series Wireless Controllers offer: Designed for mid-to-large
campus deployments, the Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller offers:
• 802.11ac optimized, wire-speed 60 Gbps throughput with advanced
network services per controller
• High resiliency with N+1 clustering, link aggregation groups (LAG) and
redundant power supplies
• IOS based wireless controller with rich feature set like Flexible
Netflow, Hierarchical QoS with four hardware wireless queues,
downloadable ACLs, etc.
Table 2 summarizes information about the Cisco 5760 Wireless
Controller.
Table 2. Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller for Large Campus or Service Provider
Deployments
• Support for up to 1000 access
points per controller, up to
12,000 clients per controller
Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller
• Scalable solution with seamless
roaming across 72,000 access
points
The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series WiSM2 is a highly scalable, integrated
blade switch that extends the same policies and security from the wired
network core to the wireless edge. It lowers hardware costs and offers
flexible configuration options that can reduce the total cost of operations
and ownership for wireless networks.
Cisco Wireless Controllers for Mid-Sized and Large,
Single-Site Enterprises
You can cost-effectively manage and secure your wireless networks
with the high-performance Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller, Cisco
Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller on Cisco Catalyst® 6500
Series Switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Switch with integrated
Wireless LAN Controller.
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As the industry’s most deployed controller, the Cisco 5500 Series
Wireless Controller provides the highest performance, security, and
scalability to support business communications today and in the future.
Benefits include:
• Seamless, high-quality mobile experience: Efficient roaming
capabilities help ensure consistent experience on any smart mobile
device with voice and video applications.
• Reliability: Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers provide industryleading IPv6 roaming with secure access.
• Flexibility to pay as you grow: The Cisco 5500 Series offers software
license flexibility to add additional access points as business
requirements change.
• Versatility: Supports advanced services for any network use case,
campus or branch, including Cisco OfficeExtend solutions for
secure mobile teleworking and Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh
solutions, which allow access points to dynamically establish wireless
connections in hard-to-connect locations.
Deploy the Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller on
the Catalyst 6500 Series Switches to help enable systemwide wireless
functions in medium-sized to large enterprise environments.
The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series WiSM2 is a highly scalable, integrated
blade switch that extends the same policies and security from the wired
network core to the wireless edge. It lowers hardware costs and offers
flexible configuration options that can reduce the total cost of operations
and ownership for wireless networks.
Designed for Small-to-large enterprise deployments, the Cisco Catalyst
3850 Switch with Integrated Wireless LAN Controller offers:
• IOS based wireless controller integrated within 3850 switch offering
a rich feature set such as Flexible Netflow, Hierarchical QoS with four
hardware wireless queues, Downloadable ACLs, etc.
• High resiliency with AP SSO, Multiple Link Aggregation (LAG),
redundant power supplies, and redundant fans
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Table 3 summarizes the features of Cisco Controller products for
mid-sized and large, single-site enterprises.
Cisco Wireless Controllers for Branch Environments
and Multisite Deployments
Table 3. Cisco Wireless Controllers for Mid-Sized and Large, Single-Site
Enterprises
Consolidate your wireless branch network with the Cisco Flex® 7500
Series Wireless Controllers to help network managers cost-effectively
manage branch networks. Its robust scalability significantly lowers
operating expenses by providing the visibility and control needed to
manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location.
Cisco 5500 Series Wireless
Controller
• Support for up to 500 access
points and 7000 clients
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series is ideally suited for supporting smaller,
leaner branch environments (see Table 4). The Cisco 7500 Series is:
• 8-Gbps throughput, eight 1
Gigabit Ethernet ports, with Link
Aggregation Group (LAG) support
• A cost-effective solution that does not require a local controller at
each branch location
• A consolidated, remote management system that allows scaled and
consistent control over thousands of branches
• A way to provide secure, centralized policy management of
distributed guest and employee access
• A solution that helps ensure business continuity in each local branch
by providing resiliency in WAN failures
• A solution that provides efficient networking with local switching of
data traffic, allowing WAN optimization and QoS policies without
requiring tunneling across the WAN
• Standalone, rack-mountable
appliance
• Support for up to 1000 access
points and 15,000 clients
• 20-Gbps throughput
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series
Wireless Services Module2
(WiSM2)
• Integrated switch blade for Cisco
Catalyst 6500 Series chassis
Table 4. Cisco Wireless Controllers for Multisite Deployments
• Supports up to seven Cisco
WiSM2 blades per chassis for
added scalability
• Private cloud deployment extends
wireless services to distributed branches
• 802.11ac optimized, up to 40
Gbps wirespeed throughput with
advanced network services per
3850 switch
Cisco Catalyst 3850 Switch
with Integrated Wireless LAN
Controller
• Up to 50 access points per switch
and per stack; up to 2,000 clients
per switch and per stack
• Converged access switch with
integrated controller
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• 802.11n and 802.11ac ready, supports up
to 6000 branch offices
Cisco Flex 7500 Series
Cloud Controller
• Supports up to 100 access points per
branch
• Configure, manage and troubleshoot
up to 6000 access points and 64,000
clients
• Designed specifically for wireless
branches with local survivability features
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Cisco Wireless Controllers for Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers, Cisco Virtual Wireless
Controller, and the Cisco Wireless Controller Module for Cisco
Integrated Services Router Generation 2 (ISR G2) and the Cisco
Catalyst 3650 Series Switch provide small branch or singlesite
enterprise WLAN deployments with entry-level wireless for data. They
are ideal for improved mobility with laptops, providing guest access for
vendors or customers or offering limited hotspot coverage. Now you
can enhance the productivity of your growing mobile workforce, and
scale and add services over time. These controllers offer deployment
flexibility onsite, with virtual machines, or through integration with a
router. Other benefits include:
• 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and scalability at an attractive
entry-level price
Cisco Virtual
Wireless
Controller
• Support for award-winning Cisco CleanAir™ technology for RF
management
• Support for scanners and kiosks for Payment Card Industry (PCI)
certified customers
• Support for highly secure guest access, voice, location services, and
other collaboration applications
Table 5 summarizes information about controllers for small enterprises.
Cisco 2500
Series Wireless
Controllers
Table 5. Cisco Wireless Controllers for Small Enterprises
• Converged access switch with integrated
controller
• Up to 40G of wireless capacity per switch
(48-port models)
Cisco Catalyst
3650 Series
Switch
• Support for up to 25 Access Points and 1000
wireless clients on each switching entity
(switch or stack)
• Three fixed-uplink models with 4x Gigabit
Ethernet, 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or 4 x 10
Gigabit Ethernet ports
• Duel redundant, modular power supplies and
three modular fans providing redundancy
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Cisco Wireless
Controller Module
for ISR G2 with
UCS-E
• Virtual form-factor controller for any x86 server
with VMware Hypervisor ESXi 4.x or 5.x
• Supports up to 3000 access points and 32000
clients across 200 branches
• Supports 100 access points per branch
• Co-resides with other virtualized network
services, including Cisco Identity Services Engine
(ISE), Cisco Prime™ Infrastructure, and Cisco
• Mobility Services Engine (MSE)
• Entry-level 802.11n, 802.11ac controller
application for small to medium-sized enterprises
and branch offices
• Pay as you grow licensing starting at support for
five access points
• Support up to 75 access points and 1000 clients
• 1 Gbps throughput, four 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports
(two support Power over Ethernet [PoE])
• Standalone, small form-factor appliance
• Pay as you grow licensing starting at support for
five access points
• Cisco UCS E-Series Servers are IntelTM XeonTM
based general purposes servers for the Cisco
Integrated Services Routers Generation 2
• (ISR G2)
• UCS E140S and E140D, E140DP, E160D and
E160DP servers with Virtual Wireless Controller
can support up to clients supports up to 200
access points and 3000 clients
• Pay as you grow licensing starting at support for
five access points
• PCI functionality for scanner and kiosk support
• Supported on the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series
ISR G2 Routers
• Entry-level 802.11n, 802.11ac controller
application for small to medium-sized enterprises
and branch offices
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Virtual
Controller
Controller
for ISR G2
2500
Series
3650
5500
Series
5760
3850
WiSM2
Flex 7500
Series
8500
Series
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Target
Deployments
Small or
Midsized
Business
Branch or
Large SP
Small or
Midsized
Business
Branch
Small or
Midsized
Business
Branch
Small or
Midsized
Business
Branch
Midsized
to Large
Enterprise
Midsized
to Large
Enterprise
Small to
Large
Enterprise
Midsized
to Large
Enterprise
Large
Number of
Branches
Large
Enterprise
and Service
Provider
Form Factor
Virtual
Machine
Software
ISR-G2UCS-E
Desktop
1RU Switch
1RU
Appliance
1RU
Appliance
1RU Switch
Catalyst
6500
Module
1RU
Appliance
1RU
Appliance
FlexConnect
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Central Mode
(Formerly Local
Mode)
-
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
Yes
Mesh
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
OfficeExtend
Yes
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
FlexConnect +
Mesh
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Min Access Points
5
5
5
1
12
25
1
100
300
300
Max Access
Points
3000
200
75
25
500
1,000
50
1,000
6,000
6,000
Max Client
Support
32,000
6,000
1,000
1,000
7,000
12,000
2,000
15,000
64,000
64,000
Max RF Tag
Support
3,000
500
500
1,000
5,000
10,000
1,000
5,000
50,000
50,000
Deployment Modes
Scale
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Virtual
Controller
Controller
for ISR G2
2500
Series
5500
Series
3650
5760
3850
WiSM2
Flex 7500
Series
8500
Series
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Max Throughput
500 Mbps
500 Mbps
1 Gbps
20 Gbps
and 40
Gbps
8 Gbps
60 Gbps
20 Gbps
and 40
Gbps
20 Gbps
1 Gbps
10 Gbps
Max Number of
Access Point
Groups
200
200
30
25
500
1,000
50
1000
6,000
6,000
Max Number of
Flex Groups
100
100
30
-
100
-
-
100
2,000
2,000
Max Access
Points per Group
100
100
25
25
25
25
25
25
100
100
Max WLANs
512
512
16
64
512
512
64
512
512
512
Max VLANs
512
512
16
4,000
512
4,000
4,000
512
4,096
4,096
Interfaces or
Network I/O
2 vNICs
ISR G2
Four 1GbE
4 * 1G/10G
Uplink 2
* 1G/10G
Uplink 4 *
1G Uplink
24 and 48
* 10/100/
1000 Mbps
Data/ POE+
Eight 1GbE
6 * 1/10
GbE
4 * 1G/10G
Uplink 2
* 1G/10G
Uplink 4 *
1G Uplink
24 and 48
* 10/100/
1000 Mbps
Data/ POE+
Catalyst
6500
Backplane
Two 10GbE
Two 10GbE
Redundant Power
NA
Yes
(Option)
No
Yes (option)
Yes
(Option)
Yes
(Option)
Yes
(Option)
Yes
Yes
(Installed)
Yes
(Installed)
Redundant Fans
NA
Yes
Built-in Fan
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Platform Details
Backplane
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Controller
Controller
for ISR G2
2500
Series
3650
5500
Series
5760
3850
WiSM2
Flex 7500
Series
8500
Series
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Max Power
Consumption
-
Refer to
UCS-E
80W
350W
125W
350W
350W
220W
675W
675W
Standard
Hardware Warranty
NA
90 Days
90 Days
E-LLW
90 Days
90 Days
E-LLW
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
Standard Software
Warranty
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
90 Days
Workgroup Bridge
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Link Aggregation
Group (LAG)
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Radio Resource
Management
(RRM)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Datagram Transfer
Layer Security
(DTLS)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cisco Compatible
Extensions Call
Admission Control
(CAC)/ Wi-Fi
Multimedia (WMM)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cisco VideoStream
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Guest Services
(Wireless)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Guest Services
(Wired)
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Feature Support
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Controller
Controller
for ISR G2
2500
Series
3650
5500
Series
5760
3850
WiSM2
Flex 7500
Series
8500
Series
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Guest Anchor
-
-
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
Yes
Access Control
Lists (ACLs)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HA with AP SSO
NO –
vMotion
Base HA
No –
vMotion
Base HA
No – Only
N+1 HA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HA with Client SSO
vMotion HA
vMotion HA
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Integrated Wireless
Policy Engine
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Application
Visibility & Control
(AVC)
-
-
Yes**
Yes
Yes**
Yes
Yes
Yes**
Yes**
Yes**
Bonjour Gateway
Yes**
Yes**
Yes**
Yes
Yes**
Yes
Yes
Yes**
Yes**
Yes**
Mobility
L2
L2
L2 & L3
L2 & L3
L2 & L3
L2 & L3
L2 & L3
L2 & L3
L2
L2 & L3
QoS
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (MQC
based)
Yes
Yes (MQC
based)
Yes (MQC
based)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bi-Directional Rate
Limiting
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Government Certifications
FIPS
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
Common Criteria
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
DISA UCAPL
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
DISA UCAPL
In Plan
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
Certified
In Plan
In Plan
** Denotes supported in ‘Central Mode’ and ‘FlexConnect’ (‘Centrally Switched’) mode of deployments. For WLC 2500, AVC is supported only in Central Mode.
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Service and Support
Cisco and our specialized partners offer a broad portfolio of endto-end services to help you improve your organization’s productivity
and collaboration by assisting with the readiness, deployment, and
optimization of your wireless network and mobility services. To learn
more about Cisco Wireless LAN Service offers, visit: http://www.cisco.
com/go/wirelesslanservices.
For More Information
For more information about Cisco wireless controllers, contact your
local account representative or visit: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/
products/ps6366/index.html.
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