Cisco User Defined Network

Provide control and security to your users

Empower your users to register their wireless devices on their own network partitions through an easy-to-use app and to share access with other authorized users. User Defined Network, a solution that's available through Cisco Catalyst Center, gives end users more visibility and control along with security.

Features and benefits


End users enjoy easy device registration and granting or removal of network access through a mobile app. Users' devices connect to the network the minute they arrive at the campus.


End users can securely onboard their personal devices and can restrict others from network and device access. No one can get onto their network partitions unless they say so.


IT admins get full visibility of all user devices, through the Client 360 feature of Cisco DNA Assurance. No surprises: You know exactly who and what's on the network.


Network admins and end users enjoy innovation and ease of use in the network experience.

Here's what you need for deploying User Defined Network

User Defined Network's essential components include a mobile app that gives users control of their network partitions. The app can be customized to an organization's color and logo choices.

User Defined Network app

End users get the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Cisco Catalyst Center​

User Defined Network is a solution of Cisco Catalyst Center, so be sure your network is running the latest version.

Cisco DNA Software​

Make it easier to buy, manage, and upgrade your network and infrastructure software.​

Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi 6 or Aironet Wi-Fi 5 access points

All Cisco Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 access points are compatible with User Defined Network.

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Whether physical or virtual, these controllers are a big part of User Defined Network.

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)​​

ISE can help ensure that the User Defined Network experience is a safe and secure one.

See shared-network use cases for…


Make the dorm feel like home. Give students User Defined Network so they can automatically and securely connect their devices and manage their own networks.

Long-term care

As more tech-savvy people age, many living in long-term facilities will appreciate the ease and security of using User Defined Network to connect their devices to the network.

Get assured wireless performance and location services

Cisco DNA Software subscriptions provide analytics and assurance powered by AI/ML, for easy troubleshooting and management of your wireless network. Cisco Spaces provides insights about people and assets on your premises and can help inform business decisions.

Drive results with a more secure, resilient network

Deploy faster with a strategic plan, migration strategy, and roadmap. Drive operational excellence with services to help improve security and visibility.

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