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Simon Jackson

Which PI is better for Wireless, 1.4 or 2.0?

Simple question:- Which Prime Infrastructure is best for managing a Cisco wireless solution, Version 1.4 or 2.0?

Sandeep Choudhary
VIP Mentor

Hi Simon,

Of course 2.0 version is new and hav many other features which PI 1.2 dont have.

Example:wts new in 2.0

Extended Device Support and Scalability (Wired / Wireless)

_With Prime Infrastructure 2.0, you can manage up to 13,000 wired devices, up to 1,000

controllers, up to 20,000 Unified Access Points, up to 3,000 autonomous Access Points, and up

to 1,000 Network Analysis Modules.

– Day-1 support of new Cisco devices and software releases helps ensure up-to-date coverage

with no manageability gaps, which is provided through monthly IDUs-Incremental Device


Guided Workflow for Day1 Deployment

– Streamlined workflows facilitate design, deployment, and operational lifecycle tasks that align

with user roles.

Plug and Play for Wired/Wireless Devices

Out-of-the-Box Best Practice Configuration for Optimized Deployment of Cisco Features and


– Model-based simplified workflow to assess the network for Cisco TrustSec 802.1x readiness

and facilitate the deployment of network technologies and solutions, such as one-click AVC

Configuration from device work center, Cisco TrustSec 802.1x and Zone-Based Firewall (ZBF),

all based on Cisco best practices.

Support for Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) Release 7.4

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As per my exp....PI 2.0 is bit slow then PI 1.2.


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Marvin Rhoads
VIP Community Legend

Simple answer - 2.0.

Simon Jackson

A senior Wireless technical guy at Cisco just emailed me the following

PI 1.4 is needed to manage the software features of controller version 7.5

(with a tiny bump-up called 1.4.1 for 7.6).  The hardware introduced in 7.5 works

in 1.4 and the hardware introduced in 7.6 works in 1.4.1. PI 2.0 goes as far as 7.4’s

wireless features, but a similar bump-up to 2.0.1 will manage the hardware of 7.5 and 7.6.

So it’s not a complete no-no, the newly released hardware will work, just not the newest

controller features yet.

PI 2.0 brings in most of the switch management functionality from LMS.

And then PI 2.1 next April or thereabouts merges everything back together and also

introduces support for the 8.0 wireless software.

So there is a Hobson’s Choice for a few more months of whether wireless or wired

management is more important just now.