Wireless LAN Controllers

Get your network digital-ready with our intelligent controllers. They’ll help scale a small, midsize, or large enterprise network.

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Simplify workflows

Centralize the configuration and management of your access points.


Optimize performance

Improve network performance with automated fail-over and mitigated radio interference.


Gain flexibility

Choose between appliance-based integrated modules, and virtual modes in our access point, switches, and routers.


Cisco Wireless Selector Tool

Use our wireless selector to find the right wireless LAN controller for your needs.

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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • For service providers, enterprises, and large campuses
  • Highly scalable, service-rich, resilient, and flexible
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 with 40 Gb throughput
  • Supports up to 6000 access points, 64,000 clients, and 6000 branch locations

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Designed for medium-sized to large enterprise and campus networks
  • Supports centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks
  • Supports up to 1500 access points and 20,000 clients

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controller

  • Designed for small to medium-sized networks and branch offices
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks
  • Offers over-the-air express setup and monitoring by web and mobile app
  • Supports up to 75 access points and 1000 clients


Mobility Express

Virtual controller for small deployments.

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Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2

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Performance verified

The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller is ready for your next generation of wireless networks.

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