Wireless LAN Controller

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Centrally Manage Access Points

Cisco Wireless Controllers simplify network deployment, operations, and management. (5:32 min)

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Cisco wireless controllers offer a wide range of benefits to businesses of all sizes. These include:

Simplified Operations

Cisco wireless controllers reduce operational expenses by simplifying network deployment, operations, and management. Configure wireless policy, management, or security settings at any time through centralized provisioning and management. Respond to organizational growth with the Cisco scale-as-it-grows licensing model, available with all Cisco wireless controllers.

Centralized Control

Optimize wireless network performance while lowering costs and increasing operational efficiency. Deploy wireless controllers to help centrally manage, secure, and configure access points throughout the organization.

Deployment Options

Choose the controller that best suits your deployment:

Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

Take advantage of the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers, Virtual Wireless Controller, and the Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switch with integrated controller to manage wireless functions of your network. These controllers:

  • Improve wireless performance of all mobile devices
  • Support all Cisco mobility services, including ClientLink, Video Stream, and CleanAir technology

Enhance employee productivity by centrally controlling wireless coverage with the Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller and the Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switch with integrated controller, Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers, and the Services Ready Engine of the Cisco Integrated Services Router, Generation 2 (ISR G2).

Medium and Large Single-Site Enterprises

Cost-effectively manage and strengthen security for your wireless network with:

  • The high-performance Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller
  • Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller for Catalyst 6500 Series Switches
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series Switch with integrated controller

As one of the industry's most deployed controllers, the 5500 Series Wireless Controller is designed for 802.11n performance, scalability, and optimal uptime.

Roaming capabilities help ensure consistent experience on any smart mobile device with voice and video applications. Alternatively, deploy the Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller on the Catalyst 6500 Series Switches to help enable system wide wireless functions.

Multisite Branch Wireless Deployments

Cost-effectively and centrally manage branch deployments with the Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller. Its scalability lowers operating expenses by providing the visibility and control needed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location. Take advantage of consolidated remote management and avoid deploying extra local controllers at branch locations.

Borderless Experience

Cisco Unified Access helps to enable a superior user experience for any workspace with one policy, one management, and one network. You can centralize network management with:

One Policy

Increase security with context-based control and user-specific services with a single source of business policy across wired, wireless, and remote access.

One Management

Improve operational efficiency and lower total ownership cost by managing the end-to-end user experience with comprehensive visibility.

One Network

Provide industry-leading resiliency, scale, and deployment flexibility with wired and wireless convergence, best-in-class RF, and always-on remote access.

Get More from Your Wireless Network

The Cisco Mobility Services Engine provides:

  • Location services for advanced spectrum analysis and the detection and tracking and tracing of rogue devices, interferers, Wi-Fi clients, and RFID tags
  • Advanced location services with Mobile Concierge for WLAN monetization and location analytics
  • Adaptive Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS) Service for comprehensive, over-the-air threat detection, location, and mitigation

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More Resources

Cisco Wireless Controllers provide the visibility, scalability, and reliability your business needs to build highly secure, wireless networks. Learn about the wide array of controllers from Cisco supporting wireless functions in organizations of all sizes, from branch offices to small enterprise and large campus environments.

Access these resources for more information.


  • Cisco Wireless Controllers (PDF - 514 KB)

    Read an overview on the benefits of Cisco Wireless Controllers.

  • Cisco CleanAir Technology (PDF - 493 KB)

    Create a spectrum-aware, self-healing, and self-optimizing wireless network that mitigates the impact of wireless interference and offers performance protection for 802.11n networks.

  • Cisco Wireless VideoStream Technology (PDF - 574 KB)

    Simplify streaming video over the wireless network by enforcing video priority levels, controlling resource reservation, and delivering reliable multicast.

  • Cisco Wireless ClientLink 2.0 Technology (PDF - 442 KB)

    Cisco ClientLink 2.0 technology specifically focuses on mixed-client networks. Find out how it optimizes overall network capacity.

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