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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points At-a-Glance

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Now there is a new way to deploy your wireless network controller—on the access point.

The Cisco® Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst® Access Points provides an option for your Wi-Fi 6 network that is easy to deploy and manage. The control function is built into the Cisco Catalyst access point, so no added physical appliance is required. Simply power up the access point, use a web browser or our mobile application to answer a few simple questions, and your enterprise Wi-Fi 6 network is up and running in minutes. This means you get enterprise-class capabilities, including robust security, Cisco reliability, and Wi-Fi 6 capacity and performance right out of the box.

The deployment and management of your new wireless network requires little network knowledge or IT support, making it ideal for single-site or multisite deployments for organizations with minimal IT resources. Just set it and forget it.



     Deploy without the expense or complexity of a wireless controller appliance

     Easily manage and deploy from a web UI or mobile application

     Answer a few simple questions to set up your network

     Take a cost-effective approach to introducing a Wi-Fi 6 production or beta network

     Easily migrate to an intent-based network supporting Cisco DNA and other Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series deployment modes

What it does

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points runs the same Cisco IOS® XE code as the Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers, making it resilient, secure, and intelligent. With the embedded wireless controller, you get the benefit of enterprise features without having to invest in a controller appliance.

Additionally, your investment in Cisco Catalyst access points is protected as your needs evolve. The embedded wireless controller can be migrated to cloud- or physical controller-based deployments as needed.

Call to action

Your entry into Wi-Fi 6 doesn’t need to be complicated. Get a solution that is easy to deploy and manage and that grows with you. For more information or a demo of the Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points, visit https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/wireless/catalyst-9800-series-wireless-controllers/index.html.

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