Cisco Wireless Control System Base Expansion Lics 100 Access Points Win/ Linux

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Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) is the industry's leading platform for wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management. It provides a powerful foundation that allows IT managers to design, control, and monitor enterprise wireless networks from a centralized location, simplifying operations and reducing total cost of ownership. Cisco WCS is a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network.

With Cisco WCS, network administrators have a single solution for RF prediction, policy provisioning, network optimization, troubleshooting, user tracking, security monitoring, and wireless LAN systems management. Robust graphical interfaces make wireless LAN deployment and operations simple and cost-effective. Detailed trending and analysis reports make Cisco WCS vital to ongoing network operations.

Cisco WCS runs on a server platform with an embedded database. This provides the scalability necessary to manage hundreds of Cisco wireless LAN controllers, which in turn can manage thousands of Cisco Aironet lightweight access points. Cisco wireless LAN controllers can be located on the same LAN as Cisco WCS, on separate routed subnets, or across a wide-area connection. All Cisco wireless LAN controller models can be managed by Cisco WCS including enterprise-class stand-alone wireless LAN controllers such as the 4400 and 2000 Series as well as the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM) and the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers. This makes Cisco WCS the ideal wireless LAN management platform for even the largest enterprise environments and outdoor deployments.


Cisco WCS enables the following functions across an entire wireless network:

Wireless LAN Planning and Design
Cisco WCS provides integrated RF prediction tools that can be used to create a detailed wireless LAN design, including lightweight access point placement, configuration, and performance/coverage estimates. IT staff can import real floor plans into Cisco WCS and assign RF characteristics to building components to increase design accuracy. Graphical heat maps help IT staff visualize anticipated wireless LAN behavior for easier planning and faster rollout.

Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting
Cisco WCS provides tools that enable IT managers to visualize the layout of their wireless network and monitor ongoing WLAN performance. This includes detailed heat maps that show RF coverage on top of imported floorplans. Cisco WCS also provides a portal into the real-time RF management capabilities provided by Cisco wireless LAN controllers, including channel assignments and access point transmit power settings. In addition, Cisco WCS provides quick visibility into coverage holes, alarms, and key utilization statistics for easy WLAN monitoring and troubleshooting.

Indoor Location Tracking
Cisco provides a variety of options for efficiently tracking wireless devices, including Wi-Fi enabled laptops, PDAs, voice handsets, and mobile assets equipped with 802.11 transceivers. The base version of Cisco WCS can determine which access point a wireless device is associated with, giving IT managers a general proximity of where wireless devices are situated. Environments that require more granular location services can implement an optional version of Cisco WCS, called Cisco WCS with location, that uses Cisco's patent pending "RF fingerprinting" technology. This technology compares real-time client RSSI information to known RF building characteristics, making Cisco the only WLAN infrastructure with the ability to accurately locate a wireless device to within a few meters. In addition, Cisco WCS with location can be deployed in conjunction with the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance to simultaneously track thousands of wireless clients in real-time.

With these advanced location tracking capabilities, the Cisco Unified Wireless Network is an ideal platform for helping to enable key business applications that take advantage of wireless mobility, such as asset tracking, inventory management, and enhanced 911 (e911) services for voice. By incorporating indoor location tracking into the wireless LAN infrastructure itself, Cisco reduces the complexities of wireless LAN deployment and minimizes total cost of ownership.

Wireless Protection
Cisco WCS provides a full suite of tools for managing and enforcing security policies within a Cisco wireless infrastructure. These include:

  • RF attack signatures and wireless intrusion prevention-Cisco WCS helps IT staff to create customizable attack signature files that can be used to rapidly detect common RF-related attacks, such as denial of service (DoS), Netstumbler, and FakeAP. Cisco WCS can be programmed to automatically generate alarms if an attack is detected. Detailed trending reports enable IT staff to identify recurring security threats before they can cause significant harm.
  • Rogue detection, location, and containment-The Cisco WCS platform uses patent-pending technology to constantly monitor the air space looking for unauthorized access points and ad-hoc networks. If unauthorized devices appear, Cisco WCS can be used to determine their location and assess the level of threat. If deemed malicious, IT managers can use Cisco WCS to properly contain these rogue devices. Detailed trending reports help to identify potential recurring problems.
  • Policy creation and enforcement-Cisco WCS contains a service policy engine that allows network administrators to easily create virtual LAN (VLAN), RF, quality of service (QoS), and security policies. With Cisco WCS, IT staff can create multiple unique service set identifiers (SSIDs) with individual security parameters. For example, a "guest" SSID can be secured with Web authentication; a "voice" SSID might be required to take advantage of the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) capabilities inherent to voice handsets; and normal data traffic can be secured using 802.11i or IP Security (IPSec). Cisco WCS can be used to enforce security policies across an entire Cisco wireless network, in individual Cisco wireless LAN controllers, or even on individual lightweight access points.
  • User exclusion lists-IT staff can use Cisco WCS to proactively exclude specific users from associating with the wireless network. In addition, if unusual activity is detected, offending devices can be flagged and excluded if they are considered to be malicious. These devices cannot access wireless LAN services until timing on the exclusion list expires, or IT staff decides to grant them wireless LAN access.
Wireless LAN Systems Management
Cisco WCS makes wireless LAN configuration, monitoring, and management as simple and effective as wired systems management. This includes the following core capabilities:
  • Troubleshooting-Cisco WCS consolidates important network information, such as noise levels, signal-noise ratio, interference, signal strength, and network topology, which allows network administrators to isolate and resolve problems at all layers of a wireless network.
  • Software updates-With Cisco WCS, upgrades to Cisco wireless LAN equipment can be performed from a centralized location, with a single click of a mouse.
  • Network mapping-Cisco WCS can automatically discover individual devices within a wireless network. This eliminates the need for manual database configuration and maintenance, and provides accurate information for capacity planning and troubleshooting purposes.
  • Customized reports-Numerous reports can be generated by Cisco WCS, to document network activity and system information. This includes client statistics, radio utilization data, 802.11 counters, RF management configuration history, and

    Features & Benefits

    Feature Benefit
    Intuitive GUI

    IT staff can easily configure, monitor, and troubleshoot their wireless networks with minimal training

    Hierarchical Maps

    IT staff can quickly access different geographies, campuses, buildings, floors, and regions for better visibility and control

    Wireless LAN Planning Tools

    Accurate RF prediction tools increase the effectiveness of wireless LAN planning and design

    Integrated High Accuracy Location Tracking (Available in Cisco WCS with Location or by adding the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance)

    Tracking users and devices protects assets and increases wireless LAN security

    Policy Management Templates

    Uniform QoS, security, and RF management policies can be easily created and enforced across an entire enterprise or outdoor deployment including outdoor mesh deployments

    Complete Wireless LAN Intrusion Protection

    Customized signature files protect against unauthorized intrusion and RF attacks; automated alarms enable rapid response to mitigate risk

    Simple, Hands-Off Software Upgrades

    Cisco wireless LAN controllers and Cisco lightweight access points remain up-to-date with no hands-on intervention

    Robust APIs

    Interface provides integration with external software systems, including workflow software, fault management systems, and other applications that use wireless services


    Item Specification
    Minimum Server Requirements
    • Windows 2000 SP4 or greater, Windows 2003 SP1 or greater, or Redhat Enterprise Linux ES v3.0
    • Up to 500 APs: 2.4 GHz Pentium with 1 GB RAM
    • Over 500 APs: Dual Processors (At least 2.4 GHz each) with minimum 2 GB RAM
    • 20 GB hard drive
    Minimum Client Requirements

    Internet Explorer 6.0/SP1 or later


    SNMP v1, v2c, v3

    Managed Devices

    Cisco 2000, 4100 and 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers; Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM), Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers; Cisco Aironet lightweight access points


    Integrated Solid FlowEngine SQL


    Cisco WCS is ideal for enterprise wireless LAN deployments and outdoor mesh networks, simplifying the deployment and operation of wireless networks and helping to ensure smooth performance, enhance security, and maximize network availability. Cisco WCS centrally manages all Cisco wireless LAN controllers including Cisco WiSM and the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module, and Cisco lightweight access points within campus environments and branch locations, eliminating complexity and providing network administrators with visibility and control of their wireless LANs.