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Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controllers

Get High Resiliency and Maximum Scalability

Optimize the performance of your large wireless network with centralized control. The 8500 Series Controller is 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 delivers unmatched scalability while reducing infrastructure complexity.

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Video Data Sheet

Centralize control to cost-effectively manage, secure, and optimize the performance of your large-scale wireless network. (3:33 min)

Wireless Controller Fundamentals

Wireless Controller Fundamentals

Learn primary benefits and protocols of controller-based wireless networks.

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Features and Capabilities

A component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the 8500 Series Controller provides real-time, centralized communications between Cisco Aironet Access Points, the Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine.

Designed for service provider and large campus deployments, the 8500 Series Controller offers:

  • 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: Two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for redundancy
  • High Availability with sub-second access point and client stateful failover
  • High resiliency with redundant dual power supplies

The 8500 Series Controller is a part of the complete Wireless Controller family, offering:

  • The flexibility to centrally configure wireless policy, management, or security settings on remote access points through centralized provisioning and management.
  • Wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) capabilities
  • Centrally defined policy enforcement across wired and wireless networks and integration with Cisco Identity Services Engine
  • Support for advanced mobility technologies, including CleanAir, ClientLink 2.0, VideoStream, FlexConnect, Mesh, and OfficeExtend technologies

View the wireless controllers portfolio At-a-Glance to see how Cisco offers a wide array of controllers that can support wireless functions in organizations of all sizes, from branch offices to small and medium business to large campus and service provider environments.

Specifications at a Glance

Scalability
  • 6000 access points; 64,000 clients in 1RU form factor
  • 6000 remote branches, 2000 FlexConnect groups, 100 access points per FlexConnect group
  • 4096 VLANs for large-scale deployments
Availability
  • SSID high availability with sub-second access point failover
  • Redundant dual power supplies installed (AC or DC)
  • Redundant dual 10-Gigabit connectivity
Service provider Wi-Fi
  • WFA Passpoint (Hotspot 2.0) for 3G offloads
  • Network-based mobility management with Proxy Mobile IPv6 Mobility Access Gateway (MAG) support for seamless mobility with 3G/4G cellular networks
Licensing flexibility and investment protection)
  • Additional access point capacity licenses can be added over time.
  • Right to Use Licensing (with EULA acceptance) for faster and easier license enablement

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Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller

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