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Any alternatives to 4400 wireless controllers?

We have some sites that have 25+ 1240 AP's running autonoumous IOS.

I've told them they need a controller to manage that many AP's but somehow there's still no budget allocated.

Does anyone know any easy way to manage all those AP's w/o going in one by one?



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Re: Any alternatives to 4400 wireless controllers?

Hi Kevin,

As you know that is the beauty of using a WLC/WCS deployment. No more 1 AP at a time configuration :) Because you are running IOS you could use WLSE (over 100 AP's) or WLSE Express (up to 100 AP's) for ease of management. Neither of these options are super cheap though;

CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE) manages Cisco Aironet access points operating autonomously and Cisco wireless bridges. CiscoWorks WLSE can centrally manage hundreds to thousands of Cisco Aironet access points for medium-sized to large enterprises and wireless vertical markets. CiscoWorks WLSE helps to simplify and automate the deployment and security of WLANs, to ensure their smooth operation and dependability. CiscoWorks WLSE also provides WLAN Intrusion Detection System (IDS) capabilities for detecting WLAN intrusions such as rogue access points, ad-hoc networks, and excess management frames on the air that typically signal a WLAN attack.

From this good doc;

CiscoWorks WLSE Express is an integrated management and security solution that helps simplify and automate the deployment and security of Cisco Aironet autonomous access points. It provides a solution for small- and midsized-businesses (SMB) and enterprise branch-office WLAN deployments of up to 100 Cisco Aironet Autonomous access points located in one or multiple locations. It provides comprehensive air/radio frequency (RF) and device-management capabilities in ways that simplify deployment, reduce operational complexity, and provide administrators visibility into the WLAN. By automating several RF and device-management tasks, CiscoWorks WLSE Express reduces the costs and time needed for WLAN deployment, management, and security.

From this good doc;

Hope this helps!


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