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Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers
Maximum Performance and Scalability
● Support for up to 500 access points and 7000 clients
● 802.11n optimized for up to nine times the
performance of 802.11a/g networks
● Enhanced uptime with the ability to simultaneously
configure and manage 500 access points per controller
Improved Mobility and Services
● Larger mobility domain for more simultaneous client
associations
● Faster radio resource management (RRM) updates for
uninterrupted network access when roaming
● Intelligent RF control plane for self-configuration, self-
healing, and self-optimization
● Efficient roaming improves application performance
such as toll quality, voice, and consistent streaming of
video and data backup
Licensing Flexibility and Investment Protection
● Additional access point capacity licenses may be
added over time
Cisco OfficeExtend Solution
● Secure, simple, cost-effective mobile teleworker
solution
● Up to 500 remote access points per controller
● Supports Cisco® Unified IP Phones for reduced cell
phone charges
Comprehensive Wired/Wireless Security
● Full Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access
Points (CAPWAP) access-point-to-controller encryption
● Supports rogue access point detection and denial-of-
service attacks
● Management frame protection detects malicious users
and alerts network administrators
Enterprise Wireless Mesh
● Dynamic wireless mesh networks support indoor and
outdoor connectivity for areas that are difficult to wire
Environmentally Responsible
● Support for adaptive power management to turn off
access point radios during off-peak hours to reduce
power consumption
● OfficeExtend solution reduces costs and supports
green best practices by reducing commuting time and
saving on gas, vehicle mileage, and insurance costs
5500 Series protects 802.11n performance by providing cross-network access to real-time and historic RF
interference information for quick, troubleshooting and resolution. As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless
Network, this controller provides real-time communications between
Wireless Control System
wireless intrusion prevention system (IPS) capabilities, award-winning RF management, and quality of service
(QoS).
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is a highly scalable and flexible platform that enables
systemwide services for mission-critical wireless networking in
medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments.
Designed for
the 5500 Series offers enhanced uptime with:
Figure 1.
Features
Optimized for high-performance
Series offers improved mobility and prepares the business for
the next wave of mobile devices and applications. The 5500
Series supports a higher density of clients and delivers more
efficient roaming, with at least nine times the throughput of
existing 802.11a/g networks.
The 5500 Series automates wireless configuration and
management functions and allows network managers to have
the visibility and control needed to cost-effectively manage,
secure, and optimize the performance of their wireless
networks. With integrated Cisco CleanAir
(WCS), and the
Cisco Mobility Services Engine
®
5500 Series Wireless Controller, shown in Figure 1,
802.11n
performance and maximum scalability,
RF visibility and protection
The ability to simultaneously manage up to 500
points
Superior performance for reliable streaming video and
toll quality voice
Improved fault recovery for a consistent
experience in the most demanding environments
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    With integrated Cisco CleanAir technology, the 5500 Series protects 802.11n performance by providing cross-network access to real-time and historic RF interference information for quick, troubleshooting and resolution. As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless ® Network, this controller provides real-time communications between...

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    Base access point licensing offers flexibility to add up to 500 additional access points as business needs grow. The licensing structure supports a variety of business mobility needs as part of the basic feature set, including the Cisco OfficeExtend solution for secure, mobile teleworking and Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh, which allows access points to dynamically establish wireless connections in locations where it may be difficult or impossible to physically connect to the wired network.

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    ● RFC 2867 RADIUS Tunnel Accounting ● RFC 2869 RADIUS Extensions ● RFC 3576 Dynamic Authorization Extensions to RADIUS ● RFC 3579 RADIUS Support for EAP © 2012 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 3 of 8...

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    ● EMI and susceptibility (Class A): ● U.S.: FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109 ● Canada: ICES-003 ● Japan: VCCI ● Europe: EN 55022, EN 55024 © 2012 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 4 of 8...

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    Tables 3 and Table 4 list the ordering and accessories information for Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers. Table 3. Ordering Information for Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers ® Part Number Product Name Cisco SMARTnet Service 8x5xNBD AIR-CT5508-12-K9 5500 Series Wireless Controller for up to 12 Cisco access points...

  • Page 6

    (TAC) at 800 553-2447 or tac@cisco.com. Install Cisco WCS software if not already completed. Save the license file (.lic) to a temporary directory on your hard drive. (You will receive an email from Cisco with an attached license file.) Open a supported version of the Internet Explorer browser.

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    Customers planning to install this device physically in Russia must order the controller with DTLS disabled and then obtain a physical PAK in order to enable a DTLS license and should not download the license from Cisco.com. Please consult your local government regulations to ensure that Data DTLS encryption is permitted.

  • Page 8: Service And Support

    Realize the full business value of your wireless network and mobility services investments faster with intelligent, customized services from Cisco and our partners. Backed by deep networking expertise and a broad ecosystem of partners, Cisco professional and technical services enable you to successfully plan, build, and run your network as a powerful business platform.

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