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Updated:September 8, 2008
Simple and secure wireless deployment and management for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise branch offices.
® Wireless LAN Controller Modules (WLCMs), shown in Figure 1, supported on the Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR), provide an easy to deploy, cost-effective branch office or Small to Medium Business wireless solution. As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the Cisco WLCMs give network administrators the visibility and control necessary to effectively and securely manage business-class wireless LANs and mobility services, such as enhanced security, voice, guest access, and context aware mobility or location services. WLCMs work in conjunction with Cisco lightweight access points and the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) to provide centralized wireless LAN management and monitoring.
Cisco is delivering higher scalability for the WLCMs. The modules manage 6, 12 or 25 Cisco Aironet
® lightweight access points and are supported on Cisco 2800, 2900 and 3800, 3900 Series Integrated Services Routers.
Figure 1. Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
The Cisco WLCMs are models in the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller family, which includes standalone controllers, integrated controllers, and modular wireless LAN controllers that work in conjunction with Cisco switches and routers.
Because the Cisco Wireless LAN controller modules support 802.11a/b/g and the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard, organizations can deploy the solution that best meets their individual requirements. Organizations can offer robust coverage with 802.11 a/b/g or deliver unprecedented reliability using 802.11n and Cisco' Next-Generation Wireless Solutions.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco WLCMs.
Table 1. Features and Benefits of Cisco WLCMs
Supports 6, 12 or 25 access points
Provides choice of capacity to optimize total cost of ownership
Provides integrated controller module
Provides simplified deployment for branch and small offices
Part of the Cisco Integrated Services Router family of empowered wireless branch-office platforms
Intelligently embeds data, security, voice, and wireless services into a single, resilient system for fast, scalable delivery of mission-critical business applications
Supports all mobility services and runs same software found in all Cisco Unified Wireless Network controllers
Supports all mobility services, including voice and location, and builds on the ongoing investment in new functions for the Cisco Unified Wireless Network
Table 2 lists the product specifications for the Cisco WLCMs.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for managing up to 6 lightweight access points (when sold as part of ISR system)
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for up to 6 lightweight access points (spare, ordered as an individual unit)
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for managing up to 12 lightweight access points (when sold as part of ISR system)
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for up to 12 lightweight access points (spare, ordered as an individual unit)
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for managing up to 25 lightweight access points (when sold as part of ISR system)
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for up to 25 lightweight access points (spare, ordered as an individual unit)
Network Module Adapter for SM Slot on Cisco 2900, 3900 ISR
Network Module Adapter for SM Slot on Cisco 2900, 3900 ISR (spare, ordered as an individual unit)
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