CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE) is a centralized management console for managing the entire Cisco® Aironet® WLAN infrastructure. As the management component of the Cisco SWAN framework, CiscoWorks WLSE uses the WLAN's intelligent capabilities to automate advanced air/radio frequency (RF) and device management capabilities to simplify WLAN deployment, reduce operational complexity, enhance network security, and provide administrators visibility into the WLAN. This reduces network costs and times needed for WLAN deployment, management, and security.
The CiscoWorks WLSE quickly and easily detects, locates, and disables unauthorized (rogue) access points, helping to ensure that security policies are applied consistently throughout the network. CiscoWorks WLSE also detects unauthorized WLAN client networks, further enhancing the security of the WLAN. These capabilities can benefit any organization, including those that have not formally operationalized WLANs but want to guard against intruders.
Table 1 describes CiscoWorks WLSE features.
Table 1. CiscoWorks WLSE Features
Wireless LAN IDS with rogue access point detection, automatic switch port shutdown, and unauthorized WLAN detection
Cisco Aironet access points are deployed with the radio (IEEE 802.11a, b, or g) placed in either multifunction mode or access point scanning mode to service client devices and to provide WLAN intrusion monitoring. Commands are issued to shut down the switch port connected to detected rogue access points. Unauthorized networks are detected and alerts are issued.
Unassociated client device monitoring
The network is monitored for active but unassociated client devices to minimize the risk of clients associating to rogue access points and to protect the network from malicious intruders probing the RF environment for weaknesses.
Points of interfering RF energy that affect network performance are detected. Administer defined thresholds can be set to generate fault notifications when detected interference levels are exceeded.
Cell coverage areas for access points that have failed are detected and cell coverage areas are compensated for by automatically increasing the power and cell coverage of surrounding access points.
Assisted site surveys
Administrators can use the assisted site survey tool to apply automatic WLAN settings including optimal frequency selection, transmit power, and other settings. The coverage areas desired can be defined by to cover only the specified areas.
Automated resite surveys
Radio throughput and performance are automatically reassessed to provide notification if performance falls below administrator-defined thresholds.
Automated configuration and bulk firmware updates
A group of hundreds of devices can be easily configured. Also provides tool to update access point and bridge firmware in mass with the ability to assign an update to a specific device or to groups. Configuration tasks and firmware updates may be scheduled or implemented on demand.
Access point and bridge security policy misconfiguration detection and alerts
All access points on the network are monitored for consistent application of security policies. Alerts are issued for misconfigured access points or security policy deviations.
Out-of-box access point deployment
Newly deployed Cisco Aironet access points, bridges, and switches can be automatically discovered and configured using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), with the flexibility to assign different configurations based on the access point device type, its source subnet, and software version.
Proactive fault and performance monitoring
Administrators may define different faults and performance thresholds for specific sites and groups accompanied by specific actions and fault priorities. Provides a centralized tree view of all access points and device groups. Color coding and group icons indicate fault status. Faults may be filtered and sorted by priority to facilitate viewing and resolving problems.
Access point group usage reports
Group level Information about network utilization, client association and utilization, historical and current client usage statistics, access point Ethernet and radio interfaces status, and error details are displayed in both graphical and tabular form. All reports may be scheduled, delivered by e-mail, or exported in CSV, XML, and PDF formats.
Customers currently using the CiscoWorks 1130 or 1130-19 for WLSE are encouraged to update their software to 2.9. Customers using the CiscoWorks 1105 for WLSE will not be able to run the 2.9 software and are encouraged to upgrade to the CiscoWorks 1130-19 for WLSE.
Customers interested in purchasing the new CiscoWorks WLSE 2.9 may place orders beginning November 15, 2004 through normal sales channels. A CiscoWorks WLSE 2.9 upgrade is available for download or through the Product Upgrade Tool at http://www.cisco.com/upgrade for customers who have an earlier version of CiscoWorks WLSE. CiscoWorks WLSE contains encryption technologies controlled by the U.S. government, and users who want to download software will be prompted to apply for permission to access the encrypted files.
Important: CiscoWorks WLSE includes strong encryption technology that is restricted for some types of U.S. exports.
Table 2. Ordering Information for CiscoWorks WLSE 2.9
CiscoWorks WLSE 2.9 includes the Cisco 1130-19 hardware platform and WLAN management Software 2.9
Software-only upgrade kit for customers with CiscoWorks 1130 running CiscoWorks WLSE 2.0 to 2.7.