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I mentioned both WLSE and WCS in my ONT – Wireless introduction post but I spent some time reading and running a demo lab (to be exact – play with the screens on a production environment) and feel they deserve a more detailed post. I do not know how much emphasis the exam put on either topics but if anyone plan on CCNP Wireless or even CCNA Wireless, this post will be handy.

WLSE, Wireless LAN Solution Engine works with autonomous WAPs. It provides centralized configuration and reporting capabilities which makes the network “self-handling” and support up to 2500 Access Points. These are some of the features included in WLSE:

  • Reduces deployment and operating expenses
  • Simplifies daily operation and management of autonomous Cisco Aironet WLANs
  • Enhances network security:
    Detects, locates, and mitigates rogue access points and unauthorized ad-hoc networks
    Make sure the consistent application of security policies
  • Improves WLAN performance and availability:
    Detects RF interference
    Optimizes radio coverage and settings
    Monitors performance and faults
  • Saves time and resources:
    Automating the configuration of Cisco Aironet access points and bridges
    Assisted site survey to determine optimal antenna selection and access point settings such as transmit power and channel selection

How does the fancy Cisco wording translate into action? WLSE provide the following capabilities:

  • When an AP failure is detected, WLSE can automatically increase the power and coverage of other APs in the area. Doing so it is reducing the possible outage to a minimum.
  • Auto shutdown of rogue APs though dangerously affecting availability, provide a powerful automatic security mechanism.
  • Centralized management capabilities are essential in the modern network.
    Centralized management also allow auto-configuration of new APs, firmware upgrades and radio management.

WCS, Wireless Control System works with lightweight WAPs.
These are the main features of WCS:

  • Significantly reduces operational costs with built-in tools, guides, and templates
  • Improves IT efficiency through an intuitive GUI and flexible ease of use
  • Minimizes IT staffing requirements through centralized operational control
  • Easily scales to meet the needs of wireless LANs across locations

How does the fancy Cisco wording translate into action? WCS provide the following benefits:

  • The software can run on Windows or Red Hat servers
  • Using SNMP to communicate with the controllers
  • Provide centralized management for Lightweight APs
  • Tracking up to 1500 devices when integrated with Location Appliance (configured via Location menu option on WCS management screen)
  • On-demand location of rogue APs – up to 10 meters range
  • Using four QoS level profiles: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

This is a good (56 min long) instructional video on WCS:

If you survived this long post, check this (short) funny Cisco instructional video:

  1. April 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Wireless is what got me on one of my failures of the ONT test; there were a lot of wireless commands of all kinds that did me in. 😦

  1. May 8, 2010 at 2:06 am

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