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Wireless LAN Controller

Get your network digital-ready with our intelligent controllers. They’ll help scale a small, midsize, or large enterprise network.

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Simplify workflows

Centralize the configuration and management of your access points.

Optimize performance

Improve network performance with automated fail-over and mitigated radio interference.

Gain flexibility

Choose between appliance-based integrated modules, and virtual modes in our access point, switches, and routers.

Integrate security

Uncover threats and provide content filtering and security based on user ID and location.

Choose the best wireless LAN controller for you

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • For service providers, enterprises, and large campuses
  • Highly scalable, service-rich, resilient, and flexible
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 with 40 Gb throughput
  • Supports up to 6000 access points, 64,000 clients, and 6000 branch locations

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Designed for medium-sized to large enterprise and campus networks
  • Supports centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks
  • Supports up to 1500 access points and 20,000 clients

Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller

  • Sleek and powerful; perfect for small to medium-sized businesses
  • Sets up fast with a simplified GUI and intuitive dashboard
  • Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks
  • Supports existing cables with Cisco Multigigabit Ethernet technology

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Controllers

  • Compatible with the new Catalyst 9100 Series a​​ccess points that support Wi-Fi 6
  • Combine RF excellence with IOS XE benefits
  • Highly reliable and highly secure controllers
  • Ready to deploy anywhere --including the cloud

Standalone controllers

Mobility Express

Virtual controller for small deployments

Application Visibility and Control

Detect applications, monitor their performance, and troubleshoot issues.

Featured technologies

Umbrella Wireless LAN

Combine the power of your wireless network with security and thrive in the digital era.

Cisco Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

See what's possible when you move up to Wi-Fi 6

Performance verified

The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller is ready for your next generation of wireless networks.


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