Wireless LAN controller

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Dec 5th, 2007


I'm looking to deploy a WLAN network using AP's, Radius and Certificates.

Do I need a WLAN controller? If so, what does it perform.


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theo_chimbga Wed, 12/05/2007 - 15:45

There are 2 types of AP, i.e. autonomous and lightweight. You only need a WLAN controller if you plan to use lightweight APs. As the name suggests, the controller manages all APs associated with it in a configuration known as split MAC where the AP handles real-time events while the controller takes care of security and other "back-end" processes. In contrast autonomous APs have full IOS and each handles all processing. This is just a teaser but there's plenty of docs on Cisco! Theo


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