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New wireless setup -- What is needed

Hello all;

This may be a stupid question but I have to ask it.

I have been working with WLSE and the 1200's for sometime. I changed jobs a while back and now we are in the process of designing and entirely new network from the ground floor. Fantastic stuff. 6509's all around, IP Tel, wireless, RFID....state of the art stuff.

Anyway, my question is...When putting together the wireless part do I need the WISM and WCS?? When reading the documentation it looks like they do the same thing. Can someone explain?

thanks

tony

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Re: New wireless setup -- What is needed

Hi,

Cisco WCS centrally manages all Cisco wireless LAN controllers including Cisco WiSM.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps6305/products_data_sheet0900aecd802570d0.html

The Cisco WiSM works in conjunction with Cisco lightweight AP, WCS and the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance to deliver a secure and unified wireless solution.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/hw/modules/ps2706/products_qanda_item0900aecd8036434e.shtml

You can have WiSM without WCS. But It will be a good package to have WCS to control all WLAN other devices, including WiSM. WCS is useful for planning, mapping, tracking, policy management, as well as wifi intrusion protection.

On the other hand, without WCS, you can maximize WiSM to provide full control, scalability, and reliability to build secure, enterprise-scale indoor and outdoor wireless networks, as well as to create and enforce policies that support business-critical applications.

Hope this helps.

Rgds,

AK

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