Any Cisco wireless gurus out there?

ATLien247

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If so, do any of you have experience with the 4400 series wireless LAN controller and the WCS I assume usually accompanies it?

I'm trying to figure out what it's capable of out of the box. Things like does it provide AAA, or just comply with it? Can it authenticate against AD natively using LDAP, or would I need a RADIUS server too?

Any help would be appreciated!
 

spidey07

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I'm not familiar with the lightweight AP approach and am much more familiar with SWAN and the WLSM/WLSE.

One would assume that it could provide authentication for a small number of access points without the need for a separate radius server. You could always look at the implmentation guides.
 

nightowl

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ATLein247, let me know what you all want to know and I can check it on for you. WCS, is a seperate server that is usually deployed with the controllers.
 

ATLien247

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Originally posted by: spidey07
I'm not familiar with the lightweight AP approach and am much more familiar with SWAN and the WLSM/WLSE.

One would assume that it could provide authentication for a small number of access points without the need for a separate radius server. You could always look at the implmentation guides.

:confused:

Doesn't SWAN use the Cisco Aironet 1000 series LWAPs?
 

ATLien247

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Originally posted by: nightowl
ATLein247, let me know what you all want to know and I can check it on for you. WCS, is a seperate server that is usually deployed with the controllers.


YGPM
 

dphantom

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We deployed a 4400-25 controller late last year with 12 1000 series APs so far. I also installed the WCS software and plan to add the location server later this year.

It was a bit tricky setting up and I had some help from Cisco TAC to get everything set. TAC was pretty good but since the Airespace stuff is a recent acquisition, not all their engineers aer up to speed yet.

EDIT: The WCS is separate and does not have to be a part of teh package. WCS is more the monitoring/reporting software. The WCS has a very good web interface where almost all the configuration can be done.
 

spidey07

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Originally posted by: ATLien247
Originally posted by: spidey07
I'm not familiar with the lightweight AP approach and am much more familiar with SWAN and the WLSM/WLSE.

One would assume that it could provide authentication for a small number of access points without the need for a separate radius server. You could always look at the implmentation guides.

:confused:

Doesn't SWAN use the Cisco Aironet 1000 series LWAPs?

nope. IOS 1200 series APs, 6500 with WLSM/sup720, WLSE and a radius server are the components.

Cisco now has two wireless implementations - centrailized and distributed I think they call it.

the lightweight stuff is pretty neat but unfortunately it doesn't scale to the size and number of access points and clients I require.
 

ATLien247

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Originally posted by: spidey07
Originally posted by: ATLien247
Originally posted by: spidey07
I'm not familiar with the lightweight AP approach and am much more familiar with SWAN and the WLSM/WLSE.

One would assume that it could provide authentication for a small number of access points without the need for a separate radius server. You could always look at the implmentation guides.

:confused:

Doesn't SWAN use the Cisco Aironet 1000 series LWAPs?

nope. IOS 1200 series APs, 6500 with WLSM/sup720, WLSE and a radius server are the components.

Cisco now has two wireless implementations - centrailized and distributed I think they call it.

the lightweight stuff is pretty neat but unfortunately it doesn't scale to the size and number of access points and clients I require.

Dang! How many wireless clients do you have to support?