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Compare Wireless LAN Controllers

Virtual Wireless Controller

Mobility Express






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Key Features

Ideal forSmall or midsize business branchSmall, midsize, or multisite branchSmall or midsize businessSmall or midsize business branchSmall to large enterpriseMidsize to large enterpriseLarge enterprise and service provider
Form factorVirtual machine softwareController function embedded on access pointsDesktop1 RU switch1 RU switch1 RU appliance2 RU appliance

Deployment Mode

FlexConnect YesCentral authentication, local switchingYes--YesYes
Central mode (formerly local mode)--YesYesYesYesYes
FlexConnect + MeshYesIn planYes--YesYes


Minimum access points5111111
Maximum access points3000100150255015006000
Maximum client support3000020003000100020002000064000
Maximum RF tag support3000500 (AireOS 8.8)1500100010002500050000
Maximum throughput500 Mbps1 Gbps4 Gbps20 Gbps and 40 Gbps20 Gbps and 40 Gbps20 Gbps40 Gbps
Maximum access-point groups20050150--15006000
Maximum FlexConnect Groups1001100--15002000
Maximum access points per group100100100--100100
Maximum WLANs512165126464512512
Maximum VLANs5121640944000400040944094

Platform Details

Interfaces or network I/O2 vNICs1800, 2800: Up to 1 x 1GE; 3800: 1 x multigigabit1 x 5 Gb (1/2.5/5-G 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+2 x 10 GE4 x 10 GE
Redundant power---Yes (optional)Yes (optional)Yes (optional)Yes (installed)
Redundant fans-FanlessFanless up to 30°C; built-in fan above 30°CYesYesYesYes
Maximum power consumption-Up to 30W per AP depending on AP type98W350W350W190W538W
Standard hardware warranty-Access Point Limited Lifetime Warranty3 yearsEnhanced Limited Lifetime WarrantyEnhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty3 years3 years
Standard software warranty90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days90 days

Features and Functionality

Access control lists (ACLs)YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Application Visibility and Control (AVC)YesYesYesYesYesYes
Bidirectional rate limitingYesYes (AireOS 8.7)Yes--YesYes
Bonjour gatewayYesYes (AireOS 8.8)YesYesYesYesYes
Cisco Compatible Extensions Call Admission Control (CAC)/Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cisco VideoStreamYesYes (AireOS 8.8)YesYesYesYesYes
Datagram Transfer Layer Security (DTLS)YesYes, for controlYesYesYesYesYes
Guest anchor-In planYes--YesYes
Guest services (wired)--YesYesYesYes-
Guest services (wireless)YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
High Availability with AP SSOvMotion High AvailabilityNo SSO, master electionYesYesYesYesYes
High Availability with client SSOvMotion High AvailabilityNo SSOYes--YesYes
Integrated wireless policy engineYesYesYes--YesYes
Link Aggregation Group (LAG)-In planYes, multigigabit port pegged at 1-G speedYesYesYesYes
MobilityL2L2L2 and L3 (no new mobility)L2 and L3L2 and L3L2 and L3L2 and L3
QoSYesYesYesYes, MQC basedYes, MQC basedYesYes
Radio Resource Management (RRM)YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Workgroup BridgeYesYes (AireOS 8.8)YesYesYesYesYes

Government Certifications

FIPSIn planIn planIn planCertifiedCertifiedIn planIn plan
Common criteriaIn planIn planIn planCertifiedCertifiedIn planIn plan
DISA Unified Capabilities Approved Product ListIn planIn planIn planCertifiedCertifiedIn planIn plan
USGv6In planIn planIn planCertifiedCertifiedIn planIn plan