Cisco’s Wireless Solutions-Deployment Modes

Cisco’s wireless solutions can be broadly classified into Standalone systems that operate Cisco Aironet Access Points individually and Controller-based systems that centrally manage multiple Cisco Aironet Access Points using a Cisco Wireless Controller. Multiple expansion modes are also supported in Controller-based systems.

The Mesh Mode, FlexConnect + Mesh Mode, OfficeExtend Mode, Monitor Mode, Rogue Detector Mode, and Sniffer Mode are also supported.

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■ Cisco Wireless Controller Deployment Mode Compatibility Comparison

Platform Deployment Modes
  Mobility Express FlexConnect Centralized Mesh OfficeExtend
Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points
Cisco Aironet 2800/3800 Series Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1560 Series Outdoor Access Points
*1
Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Wireless Controller
Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller
Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller
Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller

*1 Cisco Aironet 1560 Series are to be supported in future software release.

*2 Cisco Wireless Controller Software release 7.3.112.0 is required.

*3 Cisco AireOS 8.1 and higher are not supported.

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