The Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) is the leading platform for wireless LAN planning, configuration, and management in the industry . It provides a powerful foundation that allows IT managers to design, control, and monitor enterprise wireless networks from a centralized location, which simplifies operations and reduces total cost of ownership. Cisco WCS is a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network.
With Cisco WCS, network administrators have a single solution for Radio Frequency (RF) prediction, policy provisioning, network optimization, troubleshooting, user tracking, security monitoring, and wireless LAN systems management. Robust graphical interfaces make wireless LAN deployment and operations simple and cost-effective. Detailed trend and analysis reports make Cisco WCS vital to ongoing network operations.
Cisco WCS runs on a server platform with an embedded database. This provides the scalability necessary to manage hundreds of Cisco wireless LAN controllers, which in turn can manage thousands of Cisco Aironet lightweight Cisco Access Points (APs). Cisco wireless LAN controllers can be located on the same LAN as Cisco WCS, on separate routed subnets, or across a wide-area connection. All Cisco wireless LAN controller models can be managed by Cisco WCS, including enterprise-class stand-alone wireless LAN controllers such as the 4400 and 2000 Series as well as the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM) and the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers. This makes Cisco WCS the ideal wireless LAN management platform for even the largest enterprise environments and outdoor deployments.
These are the minimum requirements that are necessary to install the Cisco WCS:
WCS Version 2.0: The Cisco WCS software can be run on a workstation/server class WCS server: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster, with 1 GB or more RAM, that runs Windows® 2000/SP4 or Windows 2003 with all critical and security Windows updates installed. The web browser needs to be Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0/SP 1 or later.
WCS Version 2.1: The Cisco WCS software can be run on a workstation/server class WCS server: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster, with 1 GB or more RAM, that runs Windows 2000/SP4 with all critical and security Windows updates installed. The web browser needs to be IE 6.0/SP 1 or later.
WCS Version 2.2: The Cisco WCS software can be run on a workstation/server class system: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster, with 1 GB or more RAM. These operating systems are supported: Windows 2000/SP4 or Windows 2003 with all critical and security Windows updates installed. The Linux Red Hat® Enterprise Linux ES Version 3 is supported. The Cisco WCS web interface requires IE 6.0/SP1 or later.
WCS Version 3.0: The Cisco WCS can be run on a workstation/server class system:
For up to 500 Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points: 2.4 GHz Pentium with 1 GB RAM.
For over 500 Cisco 1000 Series lightweight access points: Dual Processors (at least 2.4 GHz each) with minimum 2 GB RAM.
20 GB Hard Drive
These operating systems are supported:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 3.0
Windows 2000/SP4 or later, or Windows 2003/SP1 or later with all critical and security Windows updates installed
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