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Key Features

Ideal forSmall or midsize business branchSmall or midsize single siteSmall or midsize businessSmall or midsize businessSmall or midsize business branchSmall to large enterpriseMidsize to large enterpriseMidsize to large enterpriseLarge enterprise and service providerLarge enterprise and service providerLarge number of branches
Form factorVirtual machine softwareController function embedded on access pointsDesktopDesktop1 RU switch1 RU switch1 RU appliance1 RU appliance1 RU appliance2 RU appliance1 RU appliance

Deployment Mode

FlexConnect YesCentral authentication, local switchingYesYes--YesYesYesYesYes
Central mode (formerly local mode)--YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes-
Mesh--YesYes--YesYesYesYes-
FlexConnect + MeshYes-YesYes--YesYesYesYesYes
OfficeExtendYes-YesYes--YesYesYesYesYes

Scalability

Minimum access points5151111213001300
Maximum access points3000257515025505001500600060006000
Maximum client support300005001000300010002000700020000640006400064000
Maximum RF tag support3000-500150010001000500025000500005000050000
Maximum throughput500 Mbps1 Gbps1 Gbps4 Gbps20 Gbps and 40 Gbps20 Gbps and 40 Gbps8 Gbps20 Gbps10 Gbps40 Gbps1 Gbps
Maximum access-point groups200-30150--5001500600060006000
Maximum FlexConnect Groups100-30100--1001500200020002000
Maximum access points per group1002525100--25100100100100
Maximum WLANs51216165126464512512512512512
Maximum VLANs51216164094400040005124094409440944094

Platform Details

Interfaces or network I/O2 vNICsUp to 3 x 1GE4 x 1 GE1 x 5 Gb (1/2.5/5G speeds supported, restrictions on other ports while over 1G) 4 x 1 Gb (2 PoE ports) 4 x 1-Gb/10-Gb uplink 2 x 1-Gb/10-Gb uplink 4 x 1-Gb uplink 24 and 48 x 10/100/1000-Mbps data/POE+4 x 1-GE/10-GE uplink 2 x 1-GE/10-GE uplink 4 x 1-GE uplink 24 and 48 x 10/100/1000-Mbps data/PoE+8 x 1 GE2 x 10 GE2 x 10 GE4 x 10 GE2 x 10 GE
Redundant power-Yes (optional)--Yes (optional)Yes (optional)Yes (optional)Yes (optional)Yes (installed)Yes (installed)Yes (installed)
Redundant fans--Built-in fanFanless up to 30°C; built-in fan above 30°CYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Maximum power consumption-Up to 34W per device80W98W350W350W125W190W675W538W675W
Standard hardware warranty--90 days3 yearsEnhanced Limited Lifetime WarrantyEnhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty90 days3 years90 days3 years90 days
Standard software warranty90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days

Features and Functionality

Access control lists (ACLs)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Application Visibility and Control (AVC)Application visibility onlyYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Bidirectional rate limitingYes-YesYes--YesYesYesYesYes
Bonjour gatewayYes-YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cisco Compatible Extensions Call Admission Control (CAC)/Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cisco VideoStreamYes-YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Datagram Transfer Layer Security (DTLS)YesYes, for controlYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Guest anchor--YesYes--YesYesYesYes-
Guest services (wired)--YesYesYesYesYesYes---
Guest services (wireless)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
High Availability with AP SSOvMotion High AvailabilityNo SSO, master electionOnly N+1 High AvailabilityYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
High Availability with client SSOvMotion High AvailabilityNo SSO-Yes--YesYesYesYesYes
Integrated wireless policy engineYes-YesYes--YesYesYesYesYes
Link Aggregation Group (LAG)--YesYes, multigigabit port pegged at 1G speedYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MobilityL2L2L2 and L3L2 and L3 (no new mobility)L2 and L3L2 and L3L2 and L3L2 and L3L2 and L3L2 and L3L2
QoSYesYesYesYesYes, MQC basedYes, MQC basedYesYesYesYesYes
Radio Resource Management (RRM)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Workgroup BridgeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

Government Certifications

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