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Text Box: Maximum Performance and Scalability●	Support for up to 1000 access points and 15,000 clients●	Designed for line-rate performance with Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) encryption and access control list (ACL) security enabled●	802.11n-optimized for up to nine times the performance of 802.11a/g networks●	Enhanced uptime with the ability to simultaneously configure, upgrade, and manage 1000 access points per controller●	Reduced down time with the ability to predownload access point images during upgradesRequirements●	Requires Sup720 or Sup2T with -E chassis or a non-E chassis with high speed fan●	Requires Sup720 software 12.2(33)SXJ or later●	Requires Sup2T software 15.0(1)SY●	Controller software or laterImproved Mobility and Services●	Larger mobility domain for more simultaneous client associations●	Faster radio resource management updates for uninterrupted network access when roaming●	Intelligent RF control plane for self-configuration, self-healing, and self-optimization●	Efficient roaming improves application performance such as toll-quality voice and consistent streaming video and data backupLicensing Flexibility and Investment Protection●	Additional access point and feature licenses may be added over timeComprehensive Wired and Wireless Security●	Full control and provisioning of wireless access points (CAPWAP) access-point-to-controller encryption●	Supports detect of rogue access point and denial-of-service attacks●	Management frame protection detects malicious users and alerts network administratorsCisco OfficeExtend Solution●	Secure, simple, cost-effective mobile teleworker solution●	Up to 1000 remote access points per controller●	Supports Cisco® Unified IP Phones for reduced cell phone chargesEnterprise Wireless Mesh●	Dynamic wireless mesh networks support indoor and outdoor connectivity for areas that are difficult to wireEnvironmentally Responsible●	Support for adaptive power management to turn off access point radios during off-peak hours to reduce power consumption●	Cisco OfficeExtend solution reduces costs and supports green best practices by reducing commuting time and saving on gas, vehicle mileage, and insurance costs
The Cisco ® Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller for Cisco Catalyst ® 6500 Series Switches, shown in Figure 1, is a highly scalable and flexible platform that enables systemwide services for mission-critical wireless networking in medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments. Designed for 802.11n performance and maximum scalability, the Cisco WiSM2 Controller supports a higher density of clients and delivers more efficient roaming, with at least nine times the throughput of existing 802.11a/g networks. The WiSM2 controller offers:

• Enhanced uptime with the ability to simultaneously manage up to 1000 access points

• Superior performance for reliable streaming video and toll-quality voice

• Sub-second stateful failover of all access points and clients from the primary to standby controller

Figure 1. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series WiSM2 Controller


As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, this controller provides real-time communication between Cisco Aironet® access points, the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), the Cisco Network Control System (NCS), and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine to deliver centralized security policies, wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities, award-winning RF management, and quality of service (QoS). With Cisco CleanAir ® technology, the WiSM2 protects 802.11n performance by providing cross-network access to real-time and historic RF interference information for quick troubleshooting and resolution.
The Cisco WiSM2 Controller supports Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC), the technology that includes the Network-Based Application Recognition 2 (NBAR-2) engine, Cisco's deep packet inspection (DPI) capability that can classify applications, apply quality of service (QoS) to either drop or mark the traffic, and prioritize business-critical applications in the network. Cisco AVC uses NetFlow Version 9 to export the flows to Cisco Prime Infrastructure or a third-party NetFlow Collector. The Cisco WiSM2 Controller also supports Bonjour Services Directory to enable Bonjour Services to be advertised and utilized in a separate Layer 3 network. Wireless Policy engine is a wireless profiler and policy feature on the Cisco WISM2 controller that enables profiling of wireless devices and enforcement of policies such as VLAN assignment, quality-of-service (QoS), ACL and time of day-based access.
With this integrated approach to large-scale wireless networking, customers can realize significant total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits by streamlining support costs and reducing planned and unplanned network downtime.

Software Licensing Flexibility

Cisco WiSM2 Controller software licensing offers the flexibility to add additional access points (up to 1000 access points) as business needs grow.
As part of its basic feature set, the Cisco WiSM2 Controller supports a variety of business mobility needs, including the Cisco OfficeExtend solution for secure, mobile teleworking and Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh, which allows access points to dynamically establish wireless connections in locations where it may be difficult or impossible to physically connect to the wired network.
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller.

Table 1. Cisco WiSM2 Controller Features and Benefits




• Supports 100, 300, 500 and 1000 access points for business-critical wireless services at locations of all sizes

High Performance

• Wired-network speed, nonblocking performance for 802.11n networks

RF Management

• Provides both real-time and historical information about RF interference impacting network performance across controllers, through systemwide Cisco CleanAir technology integration

High-Performance Video

• Integrates Cisco VideoStream technology as part of the Cisco medianet framework to optimize the delivery of video applications across the WLAN

End-to-End Voice

• Supports Unified Communications for improved collaboration through messaging, presence, and conferencing
• Supports all Cisco Unified IP Phones for cost-effective, real-time voice services

Comprehensive End-to-End Security

• Offers control and provisioning of wireless access points (CAPWAP)-compliant Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) encryption to help ensure full-line-rate encryption between access points and controllers across remote WAN/LAN links

Cisco OfficeExtend

• Supports corporate wireless services for mobile and remote workers with secure wired tunnels to the Cisco Aironet 600, 1130, or 1140, 3500, 3600 Series Access Points
• Extends the corporate network to remote locations with minimal setup and maintenance requirements (zero-touch deployment)
• Improves productivity and collaboration at remote site locations
• Separate service set identifier (SSID) tunnels allow both corporate and personal Internet access
• Reduced carbon dioxide emissions from a decrease in commuting
• Higher employee job satisfaction from ability to work at home
• Improves business resiliency by providing continuous, secure connectivity in the event of disasters, pandemics, or inclement weather

Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh

• Allows access points to dynamically establish wireless connections without the need for a physical connection to the wired network
• Available on select Cisco Aironet access points, Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh is ideal for warehouses, manufacturing floors, shopping centers, and any other location where extending a wired connection may prove difficult or aesthetically unappealing

PCI Integration

• Part of Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified architecture, and well-suited for retail customers who deploy transactional data applications such as scanners and kiosks

Environmentally Responsible

• Organizations may choose to turn off access point radios to reduce power consumption during off-peak hours

Mobility, Security, and Management for IPv6 and Dual-Stack Clients

• Secure, reliable wireless connectivity and consistent end-user experience
• Increased network availability through proactive blocking of known threats
• Equips administrators for IPv6 troubleshooting, planning, and client traceability from a common wired and wireless management system

Note: The minimum software version of the supervisor must be 12.2(33)SXJ2 or 15.0(1)SY1 to support the features listed in Table 1.

Table 2 lists the product specifications for Cisco WiSM2 Wireless Controller.

Table 2. Product Specifications for Cisco WiSM2 Controller




• IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11d, WMM/802.11e, 802.11h, 802.11k,802.11n, 802.11r,802.11u, 802.11w, 802.11ac


• IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T, IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX specification, 1000BASE-T. 1000BASE-SX, 1000-BASE-LH, IEEE 802.1Q Vtagging, and IEEE 802.1AX Link Aggregation

Data Request for Comments (RFC)

• RFC 768 UDP
• RFC 791 IP
• RFC 2460 IPv6 (pass through Bridging mode only)
• RFC 792 ICMP
• RFC 793 TCP
• RFC 826 ARP
• RFC 1122 Requirements for Internet Hosts
• RFC 1519 CIDR
• RFC 1542 BOOTP
• RFC 2131 DHCP
• RFC 5415 CAPWAP Protocol Specification

Security Standards

• IEEE 802.11i (WPA2, RSN)
• RFC 1321 MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm
• RFC 1851 The ESP Triple DES Transform
• RFC 2104 HMAC: Keyed Hashing for Message Authentication
• RFC 2246 TLS Protocol Version 1.0
• RFC 2401 Security Architecture for the Internet Protocol
• RFC 2403 HMAC-MD5-96 within ESP and AH
• RFC 2404 HMAC-SHA-1-96 within ESP and AH
• RFC 2405 ESP DES-CBC Cipher Algorithm with Explicit IV
• RFC 2407 Interpretation for ISAKMP
• RFC 2409 IKE
• RFC 2451 ESP CBC-Mode Cipher Algorithms
• 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


• WEP and TKIP-MIC: RC4 40, 104 and 128 bits (both static and shared keys)
• SSL and TLS: RC4 128-bit and RSA 1024- and 2048-bit

Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

• IEEE 802.1X
• RFC 2548 Microsoft Vendor-Specific RADIUS Attributes
• RFC 2865 RADIUS Authentication
• RFC 2866 RADIUS Accounting
• RFC 2867 RADIUS Tunnel Accounting
• 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


• SNMP v1, v2c, v3
• RFC 854 Telnet
• RFC 1155 Management Information for TCP/IP-Based Internets
• RFC 1156 MIB
• RFC 1157 SNMP
• 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 2863 Interfaces Group MIB
• RFC 3164 Syslog
• RFC 3414 User-Based Security Model (USM) for SNMPv3
• RFC 3418 MIB for SNMP
• RFC 3636 Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE 802.3 MAUs
• Cisco private MIBs

Management Interfaces

• Web-based: HTTP/HTTPS
• Command-line interface: Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, serial port
• Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS)
• Cisco Network Control System (NCS)

Interfaces and Indicators

• Service port: 1000 Mbps Ethernet Internal
• Redundancy port: 1000 Mbps Ethernet Internal
• Console port: RS232 (DB-9 male/RJ-45 connector included), mini-USB
• Status indicators: Power, System, Alarm, Console, USB

Physical and Environmental

• Dimensions (W x D x H): 1.6 x 15.3 x 16.3 in. (4.0 x 37.9 x 40.3 cm)
• Weight: 11 lbs (5 Kg)
• Temperature: Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Storage temperature: -40 to 167°F (-40 to 75°C)
• Humidity: Operating humidity: 10 to 95%, noncondensing. Storage humidity: up to 95%
• Input power: 225W maximum; Test conditions: 104°F (40°C), Full TrafficMost deployments and environments would use less power
• Heat Dissipation: 768 Btu/h Maximum; Test Conditions: 104°F (40°C), Full Traffic

Regulatory Compliance

• CE Mark
• Safety:
• UL 60950-1:2003
• EN 60950:2000
• EMI and susceptibility (Class A)
• U.S.: FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109
• Canada: ICES-003
• Japan: VCCI
• Europe: EN 55022, EN 55024

Table 3 lists the ordering information for Cisco WiSM2 Controller.

Table 3. Ordering Information for Cisco WiSM2 Controller

Part Number


Cisco SMARTnet® Service 8x5xNBD Part Number


Wireless Services Module:WiSM-2: w/ 100 AP Support License



Wireless Services Module:WiSM-2: w/ 300 AP Support License



Wireless Services Module:WiSM-2: w/ 500 AP Support License



Wireless Services Module-WiSM-2 w/ 1000 AP Support License



Wireless Services Module -WISM2 for High Availability



Wireless Services Module -WISM2 for High Availability


Additive Capacity Upgrade Licenses

Tables 4 and 5 show the additive capacity upgrade licenses that are available for the Cisco WiSM2 Controller.

Table 4. Ordering Information for Cisco WiSM2 Wireless Controller Additive Capacity Licenses (e-Delivery Product Authorization Keys [PAKs])

Part Number


Cisco SMARTnet Service 8x5xNBD Part Number


Primary upgrade SKU: Pick any number or combination of the following options under this SKU to upgrade one or many controllers under one product authorization key



100 AP Adder License for WiSM-2 (e-Delivery)



200 AP Adder License for WiSM-2 (e-Delivery)


Table 5. Ordering Information for Cisco WiSM2 Wireless Controller Additive Capacity Licenses (Paper PAKs)

Part Number


Cisco SMARTnet Service 8x5xNBD Part Number


Primary upgrade SKU: Pick any number or combination of the following options under this SKU to upgrade one or many controllers under one product authorization key



100 AP Adder License for WiSM-2



200 AP Adder License for WiSM-2


Table 6 shows the Optional Paper PAK license to enable DTLS. These licenses are designed for customers who purchase a controller with DTLS disabled due to import restrictions. This optional license will allow you to take advantage of DTLS for Cisco OfficeExtend functionality in the future.

Table 6. Optional Paper PAK License to Enable DTLS

Part Number



Data DTLS License for WiSM2

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