Cisco’s Wireless Solutions-Deployment Modes

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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
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 is required.

*3 Cisco AireOS 8.1 and higher are not supported.

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