The award-winning Enterasys Wireless Controller family provides a scalable range of solutions that are ideal for managed WLAN deployments supporting demanding voice/video/data applications. The Wireless Controllers are simple to deploy and manage, yet provide advanced functionality to allow organizations to define how wireless voice/video/data traffic is processed without architectural constraints and in accordance with the business needs.
Enterasys Wireless Controllers provide role-based management for users, devices, and applications with individualized services including Quality of Service (QoS), call admission control, secure access policies, network access control (NAC), captive portals, rate limiting, multicast, filtering, and traffic forwarding. These services are enabled by the unique and flexible Enterasys Wireless Virtual Network Service (VNS) architecture and easily provisioned and managed by an intuitive web interface.
The C4110 controller supports mixed mode deployments of 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g APs along with the ability to seamlessly roam between wireless controllers and access points, providing scalability and ease of deployment. For large deployments, Enterasys Wireless further simplifies the management of thousands of APs by creating mobility zones that extend the VNS properties across multiple wireless controllers. Mobility zones maintain the VNS definitions and the individual policies throughout the entire mobility zone, ensuring that policies follow the user regardless of physical location.
Enterasys Wireless provides an easy, low cost way to deploy 802.11n solutions, delivering cost-effective pricing, wired/wireless integration, and low TCO while openly supporting a broad range of mobile voice, video, and location-based applications to drive enterprise productivity and reduce the overall cost of mobility. With the ability to deliver both centralized and distributed traffic forwarding by application, Enterasys Wireless Controllers enable a flexible, cost-effective path to deploying 802.11n for the enterprise.
Web-based centralized management via wireless assistant
The wireless assistant provides network administrators with a centralized web-based interface designed to easily manage both infrastructure and services. Hosted on the wireless controller, this interface allows network administrators to separately configure, enable, or disable each AP or group of APs. The wireless controller consolidates data received from across the network to provide meaningful statistics in easy-to-read reports. Additionally, a number of standards-based management tools are available to facilitate integration of the WLAN infrastructure with enterprise management applications. For large networks with multiple wireless controllers the optional Enterasys Wireless Management Suite (WMS) can be used to collect and manage data for a centralized view of the entire WLAN.
Enterasys Wireless Management Suite provides centralized management for the Enterasys Wireless portfolio, consolidating management information from across the entire WLAN for a global network perspective. The solution is enhanced by the addition of the WMS Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) option which provides sophisticated wireless intrusion prevention and location assessment capabilities. Wired and wireless network integration is further enhanced by the visibility of all the wireless elements through the Enterasys Network Management Suite (NMS). Integration between NMS and the Enterasys Wireless portfolio provides end-to-end visibility of wireless Access Points, Controllers, and wireless clients from the NMS Console. The integration delivers improved network management efficiency and wired/wireless infrastructure topology mapping and visibility for network administrators. Further integration with NMS Inventory Manager effectively centralizes distribution of software and tracking of configuration changes.
Wireless Management Suite WIPS enhances security with embedded wireless intrusion prevention and location-based services. When deployed in conjunction with the Enterasys Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), full packet inspection, adaptive signature pattern matching, protocol analysis, and behavioral anomaly detection are delivered for both wired and wireless users. Further, Enterasys Network Access Control (NAC) identity-based policy privileges are unified across the wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver role-based access control - regardless of connectivity method. The NAC policies ensure only the right users have access to the right information, from the right place, at the right time. Third party authentication systems can also be integrated with the use of the external captive portal interface.
Wireless controllers can be networked to scale beyond the limits of a single controller or availability pair to offer a multi-wireless controller mobility zone. Mobility zones enable seamless roaming across a large number of wireless controllers while still delivering real-time session-availability services without requiring the purchase of additional AP licenses for redundancy. Enterasys Wireless provides true end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) with each controller and AP supporting native IP prioritization (DiffServ, TOS, Precedence), Ethernet 802.1p, as well as 802.11e's WMM and TSPEC wireless QoS standards. Enterasys Wireless devices support distinct queues on all interfaces, whether wired or wireless. When voice and data traffic are running on the same AP, voice traffic can be prioritized to ensure minimal delay and jitter for optimal voice quality. The wireless controllers are able to translate WMM prioritized traffic to existing QoS prioritization schemes on the wired network.
Fast and secure roaming for seamless voice and data mobility
Enterasys Wireless Controllers manage sessions centrally to ensure fast, secure, and seamless roaming as users and devices move throughout the radio coverage range of each AP. Seamless roaming greatly improves productivity by providing true mobility across the enterprise, all transparent to the user. The Wireless Controllers use industry standards to deliver fast and secure roaming. 802.11i pre-authentication (Pre-Auth) ensures that the user is authenticated to adjacent APs before entering their coverage range, preserving voice calls as users move throughout the enterprise. Opportunistic Key Caching (OKC) is also a supported mechanism which greatly improves device roaming times.
High availability and self-healingProduct Highlights
Redundant Enterasys Wireless Controllers can be deployed across the network and operate in failover or load sharing mode. Access points can be configured for fast-failover mode to allow configuration and service restoration (in tunnel mode) in less than two seconds, thus enabling user sessions to continue uninterrupted. When switching traffic locally, APs continue to provide service even when the link to the wireless controller is severed and can be configured to resume service should a power outage force them to restart. Enterasys Wireless APs also feature Dynamic Radio Management, which enables the network to automatically adapt to changes in the RF environment or failure of any individual APs, ensuring availability and performance to users. Each wireless AP continuously monitors channel use, signal to noise ratio (SNR) for interference, and the receive power of neighboring APs (Enterasys or third party) to adjust their channel and transmit power.
In The Box
- Scalable to 500 access points with unified management of 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g access points
- Seamless roaming with centralized and distributed forwarding
- Integrated wireless IPS to proactively protect against security threats
- High-availability architecture for real-time voice/video/data applications
- Centralized visibility and control to unify wired and wireless role-based access
- Enterasys HiPath Wireless Controller C4110
- Rack mounting kit
- Front panel