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New Features introduced in Latest WLC 7.3 Releases

 

 

Introduction

This document covers few New Features introduced in Latest WLC 7.3 Releases

New Features

Virtual Wireless LAN Controller (vWLC)

vWLC is a software that can run on hardware that is compliant with an industry standard virtualization infrastructure. Virtual wireless LAN controller     provide flexibility for users to select the hardware based on their requirement.

High availability (HA)

HA in controllers allows users to reduce the downtime of the wireless networks, due to the failover of controllers. In this release, a 1:1 (Active:Standby-Hot) AP stateful switchover (AP SSO) is supported.

Increased scale for Cisco Flex 7500 Series Controllers

Increased scale for Cisco Flex 7500 Series Controllers to support 6000 APs, 64000 clients, 2000 FlexConnect groups, 6000 AP groups, 100 APs per FlexConnect group, and up to 4096 VLANs.

Enhanced FlexConnect features

Split tunneling

It allows the traffic sent by a client to be classified based on the packet contents. The matching packets are locally switched and the rest of the traffic is centrally switched. The traffic that is sent by the client that matches the IP address of the device present in the local site can be classified as locally switched traffic and the rest of the traffic as centrally switched. This feature is supported on the AP1040, AP1140, AP1260, AP3500, and AP3600 access points.

Support to configure NAT and PAT

On FlexConnect locally switched WLANs is added. You must enable Central DHCP Processing to enable NAT and PAT. This feature is supported on the AP1040, AP1140, AP1260, AP3500, and AP3600 access points.

Support for 802.11u

This release extends support for 802.11u in FlexConnect mode.

Two new AP1552 models

This release introduces two new AP1552 models

  • AP1552CU
  • AP1552EU

Introduced Cisco 8500 Series Controllers

8500 WLCs support local mode, FlexConnect, and mesh modes. The Cisco 8500 Series Controllers support 6000 APs, 64,000 clients, 2000 FlexConnect groups, 6000 AP groups, 100 APs per FlexConnect group, and up to 4095 VLANs. A Cisco 8500 Series Controller can support up to 24,000 rogue APs and 32,000 rogue clients.

Increased scale for Cisco Flex 7500 Series Controllers

Supports 6000 APs, 64000 clients, 2000 FlexConnect groups, 6000 AP groups, 100 APs per FlexConnect group, and up to 4096 VLANs.

Number of rogue APs and rogue clients

The number of rogue APs and rogue clients that can be detected per platform is increased

Table 1-1 Number of Rogue APs and Rogue Clients that Can Be Detected

Controller Platform

Number of Rogue APs

Number of Rogue Clients

Cisco WiSM2

4000

5000

Cisco Flex 7500 Series Controller

24000

32000

Cisco 8500 Series Controller

24000

32000

Cisco Virtual Wireless LAN Controller

800

1500

 

Supported RFID

This release extends the number of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDs) to be supported

Table 1-2 Number of RFIDs Supported on Controller Platforms

Controller Platform

Number of RFIDs Supported

Cisco WiSM2

10000

Cisco Flex 7500 Series Controller

50000

Cisco 8500 Series Controller

50000

Cisco Virtual Wireless LAN Controller

3000

Aironet 2600 Series AP

The Cisco Aironet 2600 Series Access Points are supported.

Controller Platforms Not Supported

The following controller platforms are not supported:

  • Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controller
  • Cisco 2100 Series Wireless LAN Controller
  • Cisco Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller
  • Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series/7600 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM)
  • Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module (NM/NME)

Features Not Supported on Controller Platforms

Since new release are also available, some of the above mentioned Bugs are resolved. Please check the list of Resolved Caveats in release 7.4Resolved Caveats in release 7.5 and Resolved Caveats in release 7.6.

Also many more new features has been introduced in the latest available:
 

Upgrade Path to Cisco WLC Software Release 8.0.100.0

 

Current Software Release

Upgrade Path to 8.0.100.0 Software

7.0.x releases

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

Note If you have VLAN support and VLAN mappings defined on H-REAP access points and are currently using a 7.0.x Cisco WLC software release that is prior to 7.0.240.0, we recommend that you upgrade to the 7.0.240.0 release and then upgrade to 8.0.100.0 to avoid losing those VLAN settings.

7.1.91.0

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

7.2.x releases

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

Note If you have an 802.11u HotSpot configuration on the WLANs, we recommend that you first upgrade to the 7.3.101.0 Cisco WLC software release and then upgrade to the 8.0.100.0 Cisco WLC software release.

You must downgrade from the 8.0.100.0 Cisco WLC software release to a 7.2.x Cisco WLC software release if you have an 802.11u HotSpot configuration on the WLANs that is not supported.

7.3.x releases

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

7.4.x releases

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

7.5.x releases

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

7.6.100.0

You can upgrade directly to 8.0.100.0.

 

 

New Feature in Release 8.0.100.0

 

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