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Updated:March 30, 2007
® Wireless LAN Controllers work in conjunction with Cisco Aironet access points and the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) to provide systemwide wireless LAN functions. As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the Cisco 2100 Series enables administrators to securely manage WLANs and mobility services, such as enhanced security, voice, guest access, and location services.
Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers (Figure 1) supports up to 6, 12, or 25 access points and up to 256 clients, making it a cost-effective solution for retail, enterprise branches, and small and medium-sized businesses. These controllers come with eight Ethernet ports, two of which can provide power directly to Cisco lightweight access points.
Figure 1. Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controller
These controllers are part of a Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified architecture, and are well suited for retail customers who deploy transactional data applications such as scanners and kiosks. With performance up to 100 Mbps, the Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers also enable small and medium branch offices to deploy collaboration applications such as guest access and mobile voice.
While Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers support transaction-oriented wireless environments such as handheld scanners in retail, the Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers are recommended for high-data-rate and multicast-intensive applications such as large data files, video, push-to-talk.
Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controller Models
The Cisco 2100 Series includes the models shown in Table 1.
Table 1. Cisco 2100 Series Models and Number of Access Points Supported
2100 Series Controllers
# of Access Points Supported
Wireless LAN Controller Series
The Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers are part of the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller family of products, which includes standalone controllers, integrated controllers, and modular wireless LAN controllers that work in conjunction with Cisco switches and routers. For details, visit: Cisco Unified Wireless Network Overview.
Features and Benefits
Table 2 describes the hardware features of the Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers.
Table 2. Features and Benefits of the Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers
Eight 10/100 Ethernet Ports
Provides eight 10/100 Ethernet ports, intended to support a combination of access points and redundant LAN uplinks
Two of the eight 10/100 Ethernet ports are 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Cisco PoE enabled, rated for use with Cisco Aironet® lightweight access points
Small Form Factor
Allows for convenient desktop mounting or rack mounting, with optional rack mount kit for flexible deployment
Extended Secure Coverage
Extended secure coverage for larger stores and warehouses
Supports a PCI-certified architecture for retail customers
Support for 802.11n
Offers robust coverage with 802.11 a/b/g or delivers unprecedented reliability using 802.11n and Cisco Next-Generation Wireless Solutions and Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh
Table 3 lists the product specification for Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers.
Table 3. Product Specifications for the Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controller
Table 4. Ordering Information for Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco 2106 Wireless LAN Controller for up to six Cisco access points
Cisco 2112 Wireless LAN Controller for up to twelve Cisco access points
Cisco 2125 Wireless LAN Controller for up to twenty-five Cisco access points
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