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Which WLC should i purchase

Were are looking for a WLC for 50 AP's.  Future growth is not a concern.

My choices are a 4402-50, 5508-50 and a WS-C3750G-24WS-S50

Aside from Scalability what advantages does the 5508 offer over the 4402?  I need to justify the extra 4-6K to my manager.

Also I read this in another post, Can someone confimr if it is true?

"The CAPWAP control traffic is always encrypted but the user traffic is only encrypted if the controller is a 5508.  This is because of the additional resources available with the 5508 to be able to handle the additional overhead from the encryption."

Thanks for the help..Shane

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Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

What we also focused on was the fact that the 4400 series have been out for 5 or so years and are likely to be approaching EoL (End of Life) .

We are waiting for the EoL announcement of the 4400 and WiSM.  New WiSM should be unveiled by 3rd quarter 2011 based on the design of the 5508.

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Hall of Fame Super Red

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

Hi Shane,

We just went through this same decision making process and ended up purchasing

2 new 5508's. There were a number of technical improvements that pointed us in this direction

and I'm sure some others here can highlight them

What we also focused on was the fact that the 4400 series have been out for 5 or so years

and are likely to be approaching EoL (End of Life) . No manager wants to hear that the product they just

bought has been EoL'd. This made the decision pretty easy for us.

Cheers!

Rob

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

What we also focused on was the fact that the 4400 series have been out for 5 or so years and are likely to be approaching EoL (End of Life) .

We are waiting for the EoL announcement of the 4400 and WiSM.  New WiSM should be unveiled by 3rd quarter 2011 based on the design of the 5508.

Hall of Fame Super Red

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

Thanks Leo,

Hope all is well buddy! +5

Cheers!

Huff

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Re: Which WLC should i purchase

Thanks for the Replies...

I wanted the 5508 from the start but I needed some ammo to justify the expense.  The EoL info will definitley help.

@Rob - Did you have any problems deploying the 5508 controllers?

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

Hello "Smooth" Rob,

All's well in the home front.  Thanks for the ratings.

Hall of Fame Super Red

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

Hey Shane,

The truth of the matter is that we just received the 5508's We have 3 x 4400

series running already, so this project won't kick off for a few weeks yet.

The Project Charter and subsequent Project Plan are still in the works. I am

sure the 5500 series will be a great addition to our current infrastructure.

Cheers!

Rob

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Which WLC should i purchase

New WiSM should be unveiled by 3rd quarter 2011 based on the design of the 5508.

New WiSM will be called WiSM-2 is scheduled to be released on 1st Quarter of 2011.  End-of-Sale WiSM should be expected by 1st half of 2011.

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