Cisco Wireless Control System Navigator
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Cisco Wireless Control System Navigator
Product Overview
®
The Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) Navigator delivers an aggregated platform
for enhanced scalability, manageability, and visibility of large-scale implementations of the Cisco
Unified Wireless Network. This powerful software-based solution gives network administrators
cost-effective, easy access to information from multiple, geographically diverse Cisco WCS
management platforms. It supports partitioning of the unified wireless network at the management
plane. (Figure 1).
Cisco WCS Navigator runs on a server platform with an embedded database. It can support up
to 20 Cisco WCS management platforms with manageability of up to 30,000 Cisco Aironet
®
lightweight access points from a single management console. It can be located on the same LAN
as each Cisco WCS management platform, on separate routed subnets, or across a wide-area
connection. All Cisco WCS management platforms connecting to Cisco WCS Navigator must be
running Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.1 or later.
Cisco WCS Navigator aggregates alarm information from connected Cisco WCS management
platforms and displays this aggregated information on an easy-to-use alarm dashboard. It supports
centralized network monitoring and inventory reports as well as easy setup; advanced ease-of-use
capabilities; cross-system searches; location tracking; and secure parameters for administrator
access, including secure single sign-on and TACACS+.
Figure 1.
Enterprise Wide RF Intelligence
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Cisco WCS Navigator delivers the following capabilities to centralize operational control and
simplify the management of multiple geographically diverse Cisco WCS management platforms.
Network Monitoring
Cisco WCS Navigator supports network monitoring of all Cisco WCS management platforms. It
monitors the operational status (up or down) of each individual Cisco WCS management platform
and can initiate configurable alarms when it detects that a connected Cisco WCS is
nonoperational. Its network summary screen displays outstanding alarms, fault summaries, client
counts, and a status count of each Cisco WCS management platform, including all connected
Cisco Aironet lightweight access points, Cisco wireless LAN controllers, Cisco Wireless Location
Appliances, and 802.11 clients (Figure 2).
Figure 2.
Cisco WCS Navigator Network Monitoring
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Secure Administration
Cisco WCS Navigator delivers enterprise-class security with secure single sign-on and support for
TACACS+. Access privileges are granted for all Cisco WCS management platforms through Cisco
WCS Navigator by single sign-on. Individual user IDs do not need to be created on each Cisco
WCS management platform. Cisco WCS Navigator uses TACACS+ to authenticate and authorize
access to all Cisco WCS management platforms. TACACS+ is a Cisco protocol that supports
authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) of administrators. Administration privileges
can be defined for logging options (Figure 3)
Figure 3.
Logging Options
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Simplified Setup and Configuration
Cisco WCS Navigator is easy to set up and configure. New Cisco WCS management platforms
are easily added by specifying the username and password for each Cisco WCS management
platform. Links to each Cisco WCS management platform are automatically added (Figure 4).
Figure 4.
Adding New Cisco WCS Management Platforms
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Advanced Ease of Use
Cisco WCS Navigator includes a robust, easy-to-use graphical interface that supports simplified
management of multiple Cisco WCS management platforms. Users are automatically and
transparently redirected to the corresponding Cisco WCS detail page when they select a search
result or display a list item. The columns on individual list pages can be sorted and customized as
needed (Figure 5). All Cisco WCS management platforms remain up-to-date with no hands-on
intervention.
Figure 5.
Customized Display Options
Virtual Domains
Cisco WCS Navigator supports partitioning of Cisco WCS platforms to restrict selected users to a
single Cisco WCS platform or group of Cisco WCS platforms. This feature allows organizations
and service providers to segment the wireless network at the Cisco WCS management platform to
support access control based on a variety of criteria including geography, departments, and
managed services customers.
Centralized and Quick Searches
Cisco WCS Navigator supports centralized and quick searches across all Cisco WCS
management platforms (Figure 6). Centralized searches can be requested by client device,
location (region, campus, or floor), access point, controllers, Wi-Fi tags, and rogue devices.
Centralized searches can be saved if a search name is specified when the search is requested.
Quick searches can be requested for devices by MAC address, IP address, or device name across
all Cisco WCS management platforms.
Figure 6.
Centralized and Quick Searches
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Location Tracking of Client and Rogue Devices
The location of individual clients, Wi-Fi tags and rogue devices can be determined by searching
across the entire network. Searches can be requested by IP address, user name, MAC address, or
asset name, category or group. Cisco WCS Navigator shows the location of the device on the
network map of the Cisco WCS management platform where the device is located. (Figure 7)
Figure 7.
Location Tracking of Devices
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Detailed Inventory Reports
Detailed inventory reports can be automatically generated by Cisco WCS Navigator. Hardware
models and software version details about all Cisco Aironet lightweight access points, Cisco
wireless LAN controllers, and Cisco Wireless Location Appliances can be exported on demand or
on an automated schedule. Reports can be customized by file format, directory, type, and interval
(Figure 8).
Figure 8.
Detailed Inventory Reports
Licensing
Cisco WCS Navigator is available as a software license to support 20 Cisco WCS management
platforms. A Cisco WCS Navigator license can be ordered from the Cisco Ordering Tool.
Please read the Cisco WCS Navigator Licensing and Ordering Guide for step-by-step instructions
for ordering the correct Cisco WCS Navigator license SKU as well as instructions for downloading,
installing, and registering Cisco WCS Navigator software.
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Cisco WCS Navigator Demonstration License
Cisco WCS Navigator is also available as a 30 day demonstration license. The Cisco WCS
Navigator demonstration license supports up to five Cisco WCS management platforms. The
Cisco WCS Navigator demonstration license can be requested from
http://www.cisco.com/go/license or
https://tools.cisco.com/SWIFT/Licensing/PrivateRegistrationServlet?DemoKeys=Y. Select Network
Mgmt Products > Wireless Control System Navigator > Wireless Control System Navigator 30 day
trial license. Then after receiving the license email, download Cisco WCS software from
http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/Wireless_Control_System_Navigator_Software.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of Cisco WCS Navigator.
Table 1.
Features and Benefits of Cisco WCS Navigator
Feature
Benefit
Intuitive GUI
IT staff can easily configure and monitor multiple Cisco WCS management platforms
with minimal training.
Network monitoring
The operational status (up or down) of each individual Cisco WCS management
platform is monitored. Configurable alarms can be initiated when it is detected that a
connected Cisco WCS is nonoperational.
Network summary screen
A network summary screen displays outstanding alarms, fault summaries, client counts,
and status counts of all connected Cisco WCS management platforms, including
connected lightweight access points, wireless LAN controllers, location appliances, and
clients.
Secure single sign-on
Access privileges for all Cisco WCS management platforms are supported through
Cisco WCS Navigator secure single sign-on. Individual user IDs do not need to be
created on each Cisco WCS management platform.
TACACS+ support
TACACS+ is used to authenticate and authorize access to all Cisco WCS management
platforms.
Scalability
Up to 20 Cisco WCS management platforms with manageability of up to 30,000 access
points can be supported from a single Cisco WCS Navigator management console.
Virtual Domains
Organizations and service providers can segment the wireless network at the Cisco
WCS management platform to support access control based on a variety of criteria
including geography, departments, and managed services customers.
Automated browser
redirect
IT staff is automatically redirected to the corresponding Cisco WCS management
platform detail page when they select a search result or display item.
Centralized and quick
searches
Centralized searches can be issued by client device, location (region, campus, or floor),
access point, controllers, Wi-Fi tags, and rogue devices. Quick searches can be
requested by MAC address, IP address, or device name across all Cisco WCS
management platforms.
Location tracking of client,
Wi-Fi tags and rogue
devices
The location of individual clients, Wi-Fi tags and rogue devices can be determined
across the entire network. The location of the device is displayed on the network map of
the Cisco WCS management platform where the device is located.
Simplified setup and
configuration
New Cisco WCS management platforms are easily added by specifying the username
and password for each Cisco WCS management platform.
Indoor and outdoor
network management
Indoor and outdoor wireless LANs (WLANs) can be cost-effectively viewed from a single
management console.
Detailed inventory reports
Detailed inventory reports can be automatically generated and scheduled and then sent
by email or exported to a CSV file.
Summary
Cisco WCS Navigator is ideal for large-scale enterprise WLAN deployments with multiple,
geographically diverse Cisco WCS management platforms. It delivers an innovative solution for
enhanced scalability, manageability, and visibility of large-scale implementations of the Cisco
Unified Wireless Network. Cisco WCS Navigator offers network administrators a cost-effective
solution for viewing indoor and outdoor WLANs from a single management console. It is easy to
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use and provides reliable visibility of all Cisco WCS management platforms, including connected
Cisco Aironet lightweight access points, Cisco wireless LAN controllers, Cisco Wireless Location
Appliances, and authorized and unauthorized 802.11 devices.
Product Specifications
Table 2 lists the product specifications for Cisco WCS Navigator.
Table 2.
Product Specifications for Cisco WCS Navigator
Item
Specification
Minimum server
requirements
● Windows 2003 SP1 or greater, or Redhat Linux AS/ES v4.0
● High-End Server: Intel® Xeon Quad CPU; 3.15 GHz, 8-GB RAM, and 200-GB HDD
Minimum client
requirements
Internet Explorer 6.0 with SP1 or later
Software release
requirements
Cisco WCS management platforms must be running Cisco Unified Wireless Network
Software Release 4.1 or later to interface with Cisco WCS Navigator
Management
SNMP v1, v2c, and v3
Managed devices
Up to 20 Cisco WCS management platforms with manageability of up to 30,000 Cisco
Aironet lightweight access points
Database
Integrated Solid FlowEngine Structured Query Language (SQL)
Ordering Information
Table 3 provides ordering information for Cisco WCS Navigator. To place an order for a
Cisco WCS Navigator license, visit the Cisco Ordering Website.
Customers can download Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.1 from
http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/Wireless_Control_System_Navigator_Software (login
required) or from the Product Upgrade Tool.
Cisco WCS Navigator is only available with Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.1
and later. All Cisco WCS management platforms connecting to Cisco WCS Navigator must be
running Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.1 or later.
A Cisco WCS Navigator license is included for free with the purchase of Cisco WCS enterprise
licenses for 10,000 and 50,000 lightweight access points.
Please read the Cisco WCS Navigator Licensing and Ordering Guide for step-by-step instructions
for ordering the correct Cisco WCS Navigator license SKU as well as instructions for downloading,
installing, and registering Cisco WCS Navigator software.
Table 3.
Ordering Information for Cisco WCS
Product Part Number
Product Description
WCS-NAV-20
Cisco WCS Navigator License to support 20 Cisco WCS management platforms
Service and Support
Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative
services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and
partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco services help you protect your
network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications
to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about
Cisco services, visit Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.
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For More Information
For more information about the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, visit:
http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedwireless
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