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Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers
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Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Arionet 5500 Series Wireless Controller
Cisco Arionet 5500 Series Wireless Controller
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 12 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-12-K9
List Price: $10,995.00
Our Price: $7,786.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 25 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-25-K9
List Price: $15,995.00
Our Price: $11,323.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 50 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-50-K9
List Price: $22,495.00
Our Price: $15,920.00

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Overview:

The Cisco® 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a highly scalable and flexible platform that enables systemwide services for mission-critical wireless networking in medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments. Designed for 802.11n performance and maximum scalability, the 5500 Series offers enhanced uptime with:

  • RF visibility and protection
  • The ability to simultaneously manage up to 500 access points
  • Superior performance for reliable streaming video and toll- quality voice
  • Sub-second stateful failover of all access points and clients from the primary to standby controller

Optimized for high-performance wireless networking, the Cisco 5500 Series Controller offers improved mobility and prepares the business for the next wave of mobile devices and applications. The 5500 Series supports a higher density of clients and delivers more efficient roaming, with at least nine times the throughput of existing 802.11a/g networks.

The 5500 Series automates wireless configuration and management functions and allows network managers to have the visibility and control needed to cost-effectively manage, secure, and optimize the performance of their wireless networks. With integrated Cisco CleanAir® technology, the 5500 Series protects 802.11n performance by providing cross-network access to real-time and historic RF interference information for quick troubleshooting and resolution. The Cisco 5508 Wireless Controller supports Cisco Application Visibility and Control(AVC), the technology that includes the Network-Based Application Recognition 2 (NBAR-2) engine, Cisco's deep packet inspection (DPI) capability. The NBAR-2 engine can classify applications, applies quality of service (QoS) setting to either drop or mark the traffic, and prioritizes business-critical applications in the network. Cisco AVC uses NetFlow Version 9 to export the flows to Cisco Prime™ Infrastructure or a third-party NetFlow Collector. The 5508 also supports Bonjour Services Directory to enable Bonjour Services to be advertised and utilized in a separate Layer 3 network. Wireless Policy engine is a wireless profiler and policy featureon the Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllerthat enables profiling of wireless devices and enforcement of policies such as VLAN assignment, QoS, ACL and time-of-day-based access.

As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, this controller provides real-time communications between Cisco Aironet® access points, the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine to deliver centralized security policies, wireless intrusion prevention system (IPS) capabilities, award-winning RF management, and QoS.

Software Licensing Flexibility

Base access point licensing offers flexibility to add up to 500 additional access points as business needs grow. The licensing structure supports a variety of business mobility needs as part of the basic feature set, including the Cisco OfficeExtend solution for secure, mobile teleworking and Cisco Enterprise Wireless Mesh, which allows access points to dynamically establish wireless connections in locations where it may be difficult or impossible to physically connect to the wired network.

Features & Benefits:

Feature Benefits
Scalability Supports 12, 25, 50,100, 250, or 500 access points for business-critical wireless services at locations of all sizes
High Performance Wired speed, nonblocking performance for 802.11n networks
RF Management  Provides both real-time and historical information about RF interference impacting network performance across controllers, via systemwide Cisco CleanAir technology integration
OfficeExtend
  • Supports corporate wireless service for mobile and remote workers with secure wired tunnels to the Cisco Aironet ® 1130 or 1140 Series Access Points
  • Extends the corporate network to remote locations with minimal setup and maintenance requirements (zero-touch deployment)
  • Improves productivity and collaboration at remote site locations
  • Separate SSID tunnels allow both corporate and personal Internet access
  • Reduced CO2 emissions from decrease in commuting
  • Higher employee job satisfaction from ability to work at home
  • Improves business resiliency by providing continuous, secure connectivity in the event of disasters, pandemics, or inclement weather
Comprehensive End-to-End Security Offers control and provisioning of wireless access points (CAPWAP)-compliant DTLS encryption to help ensure full-line-rate encryption between access points and controllers across remote WAN/LAN links
Enterprise Wireless Mesh
  • Allows access points to dynamically establish wireless connections without the need for a physical connection to the wired network
  • Available on select Cisco Aironet access points, Enterprise Wireless Mesh is ideal for warehouses, manufacturing floors, shopping centers and any other location where extending a wired connection may prove difficult or aesthetically unappealing
High-Performance Video Integrates Cisco VideoStream technology as part of the medianet framework to optimize the delivery of video applications across the WLAN
End-to-End Voice
  • Supports Unified Communications for improved collaboration through messaging, presence, and conferencing
  • Supports all Cisco Unified IP Phones for cost-effective, real-time voice services
High Availability An optional redundant power supply that helps to ensure maximum availability
Environmentally Responsible Organizations may choose to turn off access point radios to reduce power consumption during off-peak hours
Mobility, Security and Management for IPv6 & Dual-Stack Clients
  • Secure, reliable wireless connectivity and consistent end-user experience
  • Increased network availability by proactive blocking of known threats
  • Equips administrators for IPv6 troubleshooting, planning, client traceability from a common wired and wireless management system

Technical Specifications:

Item Specification
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11d, WMM/802.11e, 802.11h, 802.11k, 802.11n, 802.11r, 802.11u, 802.11w, 802.11ac
Wired/Switching/Routing IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T, IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX specification, 1000BASE-T. 1000BASE-SX, 1000-BASE-LH, IEEE 802.1Q Vtagging, and IEEE 802.1AX Link Aggregation.
Data Request for Comments (RFCs)
  • RFC 768 UDP
  • RFC 791 IP
  • RFC 2460 IPv6 (passthrough bridging mode only)
  • RFC 792 ICMP
  • RFC 793 TCP
  • RFC 826 ARP
  • RFC 1122 Requirements for Internet Hosts
  • RFC 1519 CIDR
  • RFC 1542 BOOTP
  • RFC 2131 DHCP
  • RFC 5415 CAPWAP Protocol Specification
  • RFC 5416 CAPWAP Binding for 802.11
Security Standards
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
  • IEEE 802.11i (WPA2, RSN)
  • RFC 1321 MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm
  • RFC 1851 The ESP Triple DES Transform
  • RFC 2104 HMAC: Keyed Hashing for Message Authentication
  • RFC 2246 TLS Protocol Version 1.0
  • RFC 2401 Security Architecture for the Internet Protocol
  • RFC 2403 HMAC-MD5-96 within ESP and AH
  • RFC 2404 HMAC-SHA-1-96 within ESP and AH
  • RFC 2405 ESP DES-CBC Cipher Algorithm with Explicit IV
  • RFC 2406 IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)
  • RFC 2407 Interpretation for ISAKMP
  • RFC 2408 ISAKMP
  • RFC 2409 IKE
  • RFC 2451 ESP CBC-Mode Cipher Algorithms
  • RFC 3280 Internet X.509 PKI Certificate and CRL Profile
  • RFC 3602 The AES-CBC Cipher Algorithm and Its Use with IPsec
  • RFC 3686 Using AES Counter Mode with IPsec ESP
  • RFC 4347 Datagram Transport Layer Security
  • RFC 4346 TLS Protocol Version 1.1
Encryption
  • WEP and TKIP-MIC: RC4 40, 104 and 128 bits (both static and shared keys)
  • AES: CBC, CCM, CCMP
  • DES: DES-CBC, 3DES
  • SSL and TLS: RC4 128-bit and RSA 1024- and 2048-bit
  • DTLS: AES-CBC
  • IPSec: DES-CBC, 3DES, AES-CBC
Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • IEEE 802.1X
  • RFC 2548 Microsoft Vendor-Specific RADIUS Attributes
  • RFC 2716 PPP EAP-TLS
  • RFC 2865 RADIUS Authentication
  • RFC 2866 RADIUS Accounting
  • RFC 2867 RADIUS Tunnel Accounting
  • RFC 3576 Dynamic Authorization Extensions to RADIUS
  • RFC 3579 RADIUS Support for EAP
  • RFC 3580 IEEE 802.1X RADIUS Guidelines
  • RFC 3748 Extensible Authentication Protocol
  • Web-based authentication
  • TACACS support for management users
Management
  • SNMP v1, v2c, v3
  • RFC 854 Telnet
  • RFC 1155 Management Information for TCP/IP-Based Internets
  • RFC 1156 MIB
  • RFC 1157 SNMP
  • RFC 1213 SNMP MIB II
  • RFC 1350 TFTP
  • RFC 1643 Ethernet MIB
  • RFC 2030 SNTP
  • RFC 2616 HTTP
  • RFC 2665 Ethernet-Like Interface types MIB
  • RFC 2674 Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges with Traffic Classes, Multicast Filtering, and Virtual Extensions
  • RFC 2819 RMON MIB
  • RFC 2863 Interfaces Group MIB
  • RFC 3164 Syslog
  • RFC 3414 User-Based Security Model (USM) for SNMPv3
  • RFC 3418 MIB for SNMP
  • RFC 3636 Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE 802.3 MAUs
  • Cisco private MIBs
Management Interfaces
  • Web-based: HTTP/HTTPS
  • Command-line interface: Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, serial port
  • Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS)
Interfaces and Indicators
  • Uplink: 8 (5508) 1000BaseT, 1000Base-SX and 1000Base-LH transceiver slots
  • Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) options (only Cisco SFPs supported): GLC-T, GLC-SX-MM, GLC-LH-SM
  • LED indicators: link
  • Service Port: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ45).
  • Service Port: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ45) For High Availability for future use
  • LED indicators: link
  • Utility Port: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ45)
  • LED indicators: link
  • Expansion Slots: 1 (5508)
  • Console Port: RS232 (DB-9 male/RJ-45 connector included), mini-USB
  • Other Indicators: Sys, ACT, Power Supply 1, Power Supply 2
Physical
  • Dimensions: 17.30 x 21.20 x 1.75 in. (440 x 539 x 44.5 mm)
  • Weight: 20 lbs (9.1 kg) with 2 power supplies
Environmental
  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40°C)
    • Storage: -13 to 158°F (-25 to 70°C)
  • Humidity:
    • Operating humidity: 10 to 95 percent, noncondensing
    • Storage humidity: Up to 95 percent
  • Input power:
    • 100 to 240 VAC; 50/60 Hz; 1.05 A at 110 VAC, 115W Maximum;
    • 0.523 A at 220 VAC, 115W Maximum;
    • Test Conditions: Redundant Power Supplies, 40C, Full Traffic.
  • Heat dissipation: 392 Btu/hour at 110/220 VAC Maximum
Regulatory Compliance
  • CE Mark
  • Safety:
  • UL 60950-1:2003
  • EN 60950:2000
  • EMI and susceptibility (Class A)
  • U.S.: FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109
  • Canada: ICES-003
  • Japan: VCCI
  • Europe: EN 55022, EN 55024

Documentation:

Download the Cisco Aironet 5500 Series Wireless Controller Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Cisco Arionet 5500 Series Wireless Controller
Cisco Arionet 5500 Series Wireless Controller
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 12 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-12-K9
List Price: $10,995.00
Our Price: $7,786.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 25 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-25-K9
List Price: $15,995.00
Our Price: $11,323.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 50 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-50-K9
List Price: $22,495.00
Our Price: $15,920.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 100 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-100-K9
List Price: $39,995.00
Our Price: $28,298.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 250 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-250-K9
List Price: $64,995.00
Our Price: $45,981.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for up to 500 Cisco Access Points
#AIR-CT5508-500-K9
List Price: $104,995.00
Our Price: $74,274.00
Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller for High Availability
#AIR-CT5508-HA-K9
List Price: $20,000.00
Our Price: $14,155.00