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Controller licensing

Does anyone know the increments available to buy wireless controller licenses? The only info I can find looks like you have to buy a minimum of 50. Is it possible to buy less?

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Re: Controller licensing

Your controllers are based on hardware model not licenses for the number of access points it can support. Are you talking about WCS and how many AP's it can manage?

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Re: Controller licensing

I am talking about the WCS, sorry for the confusion.

On a side not, Do you NOT need to purchase licenses when buying a controller?

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Re: Controller licensing

Hi Kevin,

Seth is correct on both counts :) Have a look;

Licensing Enforcement

Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.0 enforces software-based licensing. Customers are prompted to enter license certificates by all new Cisco WCS SKU families (except the Cisco WCS Demonstration License). Existing customers migrating to Release 4.0 will also be affected by licensing. Cisco WCS licensing enforcement is tied to the following parameters:

Host name-The host name of the Cisco WCS server is now required during the registration process. Licenses issued are tied to the original host name designated during the registration process. (To change a host name, read Changing PAK Certificate Host Name.)

Feature option-The Cisco WCS feature option purchased, Base or Location, is now tracked by the Cisco WCS licensing system.

Access points-The number of access points supported in set increments of 50, 100, 500, 1000, or 2500 is now tracked by the Cisco WCS licensing system.

Demonstration license-This free, location-enabled Cisco WCS demonstration license supports 10 access points for up to 30 days.

Selecting the Correct Cisco WCS SKU

Each new Cisco WCS SKU family, except for the Cisco WCS Demonstration License, provides licenses for 50, 100, 500, 1000, or 2500 lightweight access points.

From this good WCS Licensing doc;

Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) Licensing and Ordering Guide

The WLC is hardware based and ordered as such,for example, if you are rolling out 10 lightweight access points in your campus environment today but know you will deploy an additional 10 lightweight access points within the next year, it is recommended that you deploy a wireless LAN controller that supports 25 access points (Cisco 4402-25) rather than a controller that supports only 12 access points (Cisco 4402-12).**There is no further Licensing involved for the WLC.

For the WLC 4400 Number of Lightweight Access Points Supported 12, 25, 50, or 100

Here is an excellent doc;

Guidelines and Tools for Migrating to the Cisco Unified Wireless Network

Hope this helps!