WCS v WLSE

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Aug 2nd, 2008
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What are the main differences between WCS and WLSE?


My requirement is for max 25 APs. Looking for implement 802.11n. Will set up 2 SSIDs (One for employee and guest). Need to manage from centralised location. What would be more suited?


Is the AP with 802.11n draft standard be software/firmware upgradeable to the finalised standard?

Correct Answer by Rob Huffman about 8 years 7 months ago

Hi Roghen,


You are most welcome! The main thing here is that the WCS/WLC supports LWAPP (Lightweight Protocol) and the WLSE does not. LWAPP offers many new RF Management Tools, Location Services, Ease of Management etc. etc. These enhancements are detailed nicely in this good doc;


Why Migrate to the Cisco Unified Wireless Network?


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5679/ps6548/prod_white_paper0900aecd804f19e3_ps3915_Products_White_Paper.html



Hope this helps!

Rob

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Rob Huffman Sat, 08/02/2008 - 16:43
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Hi Roghen,


When making new investment in Wireless Infrastructure deployments you are likely going to want to go with a WLC/WCS setup. Many of the WLSE Platforms have been announced as EoL.


CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE)


End-of-Life and End-of-Sale Notices


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/cscowork/ps3915/prod_eol_notices_list.html



WLSE NM modules support 1250 series access points that contain 802.11n radios. However, 802.11n radios are not supported in WLSE radio management.


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/wlse/2.15.1/release/notes/RN_2_15_1.html#wp40391



Q. Will my current WLAN controllers support the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series and 802.11n ?


A. All currently shipping WLAN controllers support the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series. These include:

• Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Modules for Integrated Services Routers


• Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controller


• Cisco Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller


• Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controller


• Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module





Q. Will Cisco guarantee that the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series can be upgraded to support the final 802.11n standard?


A. Cisco cannot guarantee that the current Cisco Aironet 1250 IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard radio modules can be software-upgraded to support the final 802.11n standard. However, the modularity of the Cisco Aironet 1250 helps ensure that should the final 802.11n standard require a hardware modification, the impact will be limited to just the radio modules, and will not require a change to the access point. The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series radio modules are field-upgradeable and easy to change.



From this excellent Q&A doc;


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps6973/ps8382/prod_qas0900aecd806b7c82_ns767_Networking_Solutions_Q_and_A.html


Hope this helps!

Rob

rsabapathee Sat, 08/02/2008 - 21:47
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thx buddy you have answered most of my questions.


But what is the real advantages of going WLC/WCS rather than WLSE for my requirement?


I have been proposed the WLSE solution but what would be the arguments of going to the more expensive WLC/WCS? Any would I need the WCS for my requirements?

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Rob Huffman Sun, 08/03/2008 - 08:18
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Hi Roghen,


You are most welcome! The main thing here is that the WCS/WLC supports LWAPP (Lightweight Protocol) and the WLSE does not. LWAPP offers many new RF Management Tools, Location Services, Ease of Management etc. etc. These enhancements are detailed nicely in this good doc;


Why Migrate to the Cisco Unified Wireless Network?


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5679/ps6548/prod_white_paper0900aecd804f19e3_ps3915_Products_White_Paper.html



Hope this helps!

Rob

pmccubbin Mon, 08/04/2008 - 14:22
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Hi Roghen,


You have been given a series of excellent explanations by Rob. Hope they helped. Please let the forum know if you have been aided by these explanations. It always helps to pay it forward.


A "5" for you Rob from NYC for your continued support of all our wireless efforts.


Cheers!


Paul

Rob Huffman Tue, 08/05/2008 - 04:41
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Hey Paul,


Thanks buddy! You are far too kind. People like you make participating here most worthwhile I must say :)


Hope your not cookin' too much in these dog days of summer.


Thanks again!


Rob

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