We're looking at the 4400 series wireless LAN controller with Lite APs. It's not clear if the WCS is required or if the 4400 has management capabilities in it and the WCS may not be required. So, can we run a 4400 series without a WCS and still maintain management of our wireless network. If so, what capabilities would we be missing...if any?
The WCS is not required to run any WLC or WiSM. It is a very nice management tool but it is not a must. We have been running LWAPP for a few years now without the WCS and we are just now getting ready to deploy it;
Deploying Cisco 440X Series Wireless LAN Controllers