I am just looking for a bit of advice around wireless deployment, in particular whether to use a controller and if so, which one. Some background on what I am trying to achieve:
- Deploy a small corporate wifi network - Approximately between 4 and 8 access points.
- There will be multiple different SSIDs with differing levels of security.
- Security is high on list of priorities - it must be as secure as possible.
- Bandwdith requirements are relatively small.
- Though not a current requirement, I want to future proof the install so it would have the capability of running voice over wifi in the future if required as well as support 802.11n
In terms of access point choice I am thinking I would opt for something such as the 1042 to provide 11n capabilities in both 2.4 ang 5Ghz. The higher end 11n access points are unlikely to be applicable as the bandwidth requirements are relatively small as stated.
With that all in mind I am debating controller/no controller and if so which. My gut feeling is to go for a controller based solution as it feels more scalable and future proof but justifying it on such a small install may prove difficult. I believe it adds some additional security benefits over an autonomous solution however (basic WIPS?). If opting for a controller a 2500 series WLC looks as if it will meet my requirements (in terms of AP and user numbers) but I am just concerned I may be missing some features that the 5500 provides that I may need (i.e. for voice and security).
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.