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Juniper Networks WLC2800 Wireless LAN Controller
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WLC2800 Wireless LAN Controller
2 x 10GigE (XFP), 8 x 1000Base-T (RJ-45), 8 x GigE (SFP), and 1 x 10/100Base-T mgmt. ports, dual PSU slots (includes 1 x PSU), including 64 AP license
#WLC2800
List Price: $22,195.00
Our Price: $17,867.00

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WLC2800 Overview:

The WLC2800 Wireless LAN Controller provides support for up to 512 802.11n access points. It features two 10 GbE XFP ports and eight 10/100/1000BASE-T or 8 GbE SFP ports, and includes a hot-swappable redundant power supply option.

With 28 Gbps of switching throughput, the WLC2800 scales to bring wired network reliability to wireless networks deployed in medium- to large-size enterprises.

Architecture and Key Components:

  • Base license for 64 access points provided (WLC2800 can support up to 512 access points)
  • Offers 28 Gbps of throughput and supports up to 512 802.11n access points (802.11ac ready)
  • 8 x GbE ports with fiber or RJ45 interfaces, and 2 x 10GbE ports
  • Hot-swappable redundant power supply option

Clusters of WLC2800 Wireless LAN Controllers form a mobility domain, which provides seamless roaming, intrusion protection, and RF management over large, single-site wireless LAN deployments. A network domain interconnects mobility domains to support multiple sites and span wide geographic regions with secure, seamless mobility applications and smart mobile services.

Product Description

Today’s businesses demand that network connectivity be available for users anytime, anywhere, regardless of the device they are using. The explosion of mobile devices is fueling an unprecedented need for enterprisewide mobility. Juniper Networks WLC Series Wireless LAN Controllers deliver the highest level of wireless LAN reliability, performance, security, and management for the most demanding mobile applications and users. Companies can now build networks based on Juniper’s end-to-end routing, security, and wired and wireless switching infrastructure to enable seamless mobility, improve the user experience, and increase productivity at the lowest total cost of ownership.

The WLC Series is easily deployed over any existing Layer 2/Layer 3 wired network without disruption to the L2/L3 topologies, and allows secure LAN extension over the Internet to enable easy wireless deployment in branch offices. The WLC Series controllers can also offload policy enforcement and data forwarding to Juniper Networks WLA Series Wireless LAN Access Points, resulting in optimized traffic flow, radically reduced latency, and massive scalability.

The WLC Series provides L2 Ethernet switching, per user and per service firewalls, wireless intrusion protection, 802.1Q trunking, Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), complete wired to wireless quality of service (QoS), and automated radio frequency (RF) management.

The WLC Series controllers ensure the highest wireless LAN availability in the industry. They can be configured as a Virtual Controller Cluster™ to provide many-to-many redundancy without the need for expensive hot-standby controllers. This enables nonstop wireless availability with hitless failover for all sessions, even voice calls, in the unlikely event of a controller failure.

With Juniper Networks RingMaster wireless LAN management software, controller configurations can be obtained locally or from a remote location with automatic "no touch" deployment, and remote configuration and management capabilities. Juniper wireless LAN deployments can also be managed by Juniper Networks Junos Space Network Director, which provides a single pane of glass view into both wired and wireless networks from Juniper.

The WLC Series delivers all of the standard security and networking functionality expected of wireless LANs with the added benefits of intelligent switching, identity-based roaming, bridging and mesh services, and nonstop wireless availability.

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Features & Benefits:

Secure Seamless Mobility

WLC Series Wireless LAN Controllers are designed for easy wireless integration within an existing, wired network, authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) security framework, requiring no changes to the existing LAN topology or configuration.

The WLC Series supports the highest levels of security for both voice and data, including IEEE 802.11i, WPA/WPA2, and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. The WLC Series also provides comprehensive built-in Wireless Intrusion Prevention (WIP) and Wireless Intrusion Detection (WID) features to detect and mitigate rogue access points, denial of service (DoS) attacks, and other common attacks. Unlike WLAN systems that rely entirely on centralized controllers for security policy enforcement, Juniper’s security/authentication model is administered centrally and enforced in a distributed fashion.

With the WLC Series controllers, up to 64 controllers of any size may be grouped to form a single Mobility Domain® which shares user session information between member controllers. This allows users to roam seamlessly from access point to access point indoors and outdoors, even across different controllers within a given Mobility Domain, without ever needing to re-authenticate.

Global Identity-Based Networking

The WLC Series controllers give users the same identity-based services and privileges, no matter where they connect. The WLC Series offers seamless roaming at a single location, and it enables the same secure mobility and consistent service profiles at multiple locations in the same network.

Applying identity-based networking globally offers great benefits to users who frequently work at different sites (for example, doctors who serve many hospitals within a hospital system, teachers across a school district, or IT users across multiple campuses). Whatever the experience a user has at one site, it can be replicated at another similar site.

Optimized Traffic Flows

WLC Series Wireless LAN Controllers also enable intelligent switching, which combines both centralized and distributed data forwarding based on the requirements of the underlying application. This results in optimized traffic flows, radically reduced latency, and massive scalability. With the scalability and performance advantages of distributed switching, the WLC Series can support the most demanding wireless applications, including voice over WLAN for thousands of users, video services, real-time location services, and 802.11n—all without the need for expensive WLAN controller upgrades. Intelligent switching in deployments using the virtualized wireless LAN controller, JunosV Wireless LAN Controller, provides optimal topology to leverage the reduced cost benefits while delivering the highest levels of performance.

For situations where wireless bandwidth is a scarce commodity, such as in mesh and bridging applications in which Wi-Fi is the backhaul transport, the WLC Series uses standardsbased techniques such as Proxy ARP, to prevent unnecessary propagation of broadcast or multicast traffic such as Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) requests. Deep packet inspection also makes it possible to distinguish different traffic types such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), so that appropriate QoS and bandwidth profiles can be provided automatically.

Dynamic Load Optimization

The WLC Series optimizes per user bandwidth availability and performance by dynamically balancing traffic, regardless of whether forwarding is centralized or distributed. WLC Series controllers eliminate access point congestion problems for mobile users by automatically balancing clients across access points as they connect, and continually adjusting access point loading as users change location. WLC Series controllers also steer clients to the 5 GHz band whenever possible, preserving 2.4 GHz for legacy clients and voice services increasing usable capacity.

Nonstop Wireless Availability

The WLC Series uses controller virtualization technology to avoid service interruptions by configuring multiple controllers in a group. They act together as a single virtual controller cluster, with each controller in service at the same time. In the event of a controller being out of service, the many-to-many redundancy allows the access points previously assigned to the offline controller to be redistributed among other controllers in the cluster instantaneously. With this unique hitless failover capability, no active sessions or voice calls are lost. This nonstop wireless experience also makes it possible for in-service upgrades, adds, moves, and changes with zero downtime.

Spectrum Aware

WLC Series controllers play a key role in rogue and intrusion detection as well as DoS attack detection. Working in conjunction with access points, the controllers systematically scan all 802.11 channels while simultaneously providing client services. When rogue or interference sources are detected, the WLC Series controllers coordinate the appropriate mitigation response to ensure the highest air quality for efficient and high performing wireless access services. If an access point goes out of service and leaves a coverage hole, WLC Series controllers can change channels or adjust power levels on multiple nearby access points in a coordinated fashion in order to restore Wi-Fi coverage.

Advanced Voice Services

WLC Series Wireless LAN Controllers support all of the standards necessary to deliver secure, scalable voice services with seamless roaming across the entire mobility system.

The highly distributed architecture of the WLC Series is optimized for high quality voice services, allowing voice traffic to take the shortest, most efficient path, and avoiding the risk of congestion and added latency caused by centralized forwarding at the WLAN controller.

In addition to hitless failover capabilities which provide voice reliability equal to wired networks, the WLC Series provides SIP packet inspection, dynamic call admission control (CAC), and much more for resource provisioning, troubleshooting, scalability, and mass deployment of reliable voice services.

Branch and Remote Office WLAN Extension

The WLC Series wireless LAN controllers allow easy and rapid deployment of secure wireless LAN services in retail and branch offices, with a "remote AP" at the branch. Customers can deploy and manage access points (APs) at each remote location over a WAN link without requiring a controller in each site. APs at each remote site can switch traffic locally and can store a persistent image of the last known good configuration. If the connection to the controller is lost, wireless services continue uninterrupted; connected clients maintain wireless connection to the AP, new clients can connect and authenticate locally or the AP can be setup as a RADIUS client to interface with a local AAA server to authenticate clients, and the Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS) continues. Additionally, if the AP reboots while connectivity to the controller is lost the persistent configuration on the AP ensures continued service at the remote site. Furthermore, the new country code override feature in the remote AP profile allows the AP's channel and transmit power to be set to meet the specific country's regulatory requirement where it is located, independent of the location of the WLAN controller which is managing it.

This simplified branch office deployment model eliminates all complexity, while leveraging the investment in corporate security infrastructure and policies.

Bridging and Mesh Services

The WLC Series controllers also extend wireless coverage between buildings and across difficult to reach uncarpeted areas indoors and outdoors through point-to-point bridging, point-to-multipoint bridging, and wireless mesh services for both indoor and outdoor access points.

Technical Specifications:

WLC2800 Front View

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Model: WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
  WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
Hardware Specifications
Application Branch Office / Wiring Closet Branch Office Large Enterprise Large Enterprise Campus Large Enterprise
Number of MPs supported 12 4 Base; 32 Max 16 Base; 128 Max 16 Base; 256 Max 64 Base; 512 Max
License Upgrades N/A Multiples of 4 Multiples of 16 or 32 Multiples of 16 or 32 Multiples of 64 or 128
Number of Ports/Type 2 x 10/100BASE-T, 6 x 10/100 POE 2 x 1000BASE-T, 2 x 1000BASE-T POE 4 x 10/100/1000 BASE-T (RJ-45); 4 x GE (SFP) 4 x 10/100/1000 BASE-T (RJ-45); 4 x GE (SFP) 2 x 10GE (XFP); 8 x 10/100/1000 BASE-T (RJ-45) or 8 x GE (SFP)
Redundant Power Options WLC8: Optional; WLC8R: Standard N/A Included as Standard Included as Standard Optional
Resiliency Options Etherchannel, 802.3ad, PVST + N:1 / N:N WLA to WLC Failover Etherchannel, 802.3ad, PVST + N:1 / N:N WLA to WLC Failover Etherchannel, 802.3ad, PVST+ N:1 / N:N WLA to WLC Failover Etherchannel, 802.3ad, PVST+ N:1 / N:N WLA to WLC Failover Etherchannel, 802.3ad, PVST+ N:1 / N:N WLA to WLC Failover
Dimensions WL8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC880
Dimensions
(W x D x H)

17.4 x 12.1 x 1.7 in
(44.2 x 30.7 x 4.3 cm)

9.05 x 5.51 x 1.72 in
(23 x 14 x 4.37 cm)
17.32 x 14.78 x 1.74 in
(44 x 37.54 x 4.42 cm)
17.32 x 14.78 x 1.74 in
(44 x 37.54 x 4.42 cm)
17.4 x 18 x 2.594 in
(44.19 x 45.72 x 6.58 cm)
Weight with one power supply 8.5 lb (3.8 kg) 2.81 lb (1.27 kg) - - 18 lb (8.1 kg)
Weight with two power supply 9.5 lb (4.3 kg) - 11.6 lb (5.2 kg) 11.6 lb (5.2 kg) 19.5 lb (8.77 kg)
Interfaces WL8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC880
10 Gigabit Ethernet ports - - - - 2
Gigabit Ethernet ports with both SFP and RJ45 interfaces - - - - 8
Gigabit Ethernet Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) ports - - 4 4 -
10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet RJ45 ports - 4 4 4 -
10/100 Fast Ethernet ports with integrated Powerover-Ethernet (PoE) 6 - - - -
10/100 Fast Ethernet ports without Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) 2 - - - -
Environment WL8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC880
Operating temperature 14° to 122° F
(-10° to 50° C)
32° to 104° F
(0° to 40° C)
32° to 104° F
(0° to 40° C)
32° to 104° F
(0° to 40° C)
32° to 104° F
(0° to 40° C)
Storage temperature -4° to 158° F
(-20° to 70° C)
-4° to 158° F
(-20° to 70° C)
-4° to 158° F
(-20° to 70° C)
-4° to 158° F
(-20° to 70° C)
-40° to 158° F
(-40° to 70° C)
Humidity 5% to 90% (noncondensing) 10% to 90% (noncondensing) 5% to 90% (noncondensing) 5% to 90% (noncondensing) 10% to 90% (noncondensing)
Power WL8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC880
Peak power with dual PSUs 93-132 VAC,
180-264 VAC,
50-60 Hz
100-240 VAC,
50-60 Hz
100-240 VAC,
50-60 Hz
100-240 VAC,
50-60 Hz
100-240 VAC,
50-60 Hz
Power output 125 W 97 W 93.4 W 93.4 W 108 W
Max. amperage draw 4.0 AMP at 115 VAC, 2.0 AMP at 230 VAC 2.0 Arms at 120 Vrms, 1.0 Arms at 230 Vrms 2.0 Arms at 120 Vrms, 1.0 Arms at 230 Vrms 2.0 Arms at 120 Vrms, 1.0 Arms at 230 Vrms 4.4 Amps at 120 Vrms, 2.2 Amps at 230 Vrms

Additional Features and Comparison:

Model: WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
  WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
Scalability and Reliability
Number of Managed Access Points
Base AP licenses provided 12 4 16 16 64
Maximum AP licenses supported 12 32 128 256 512
Additional license increments N/A 4 16 or 32 16 or 32 64 or 128
Platform Reliability
Redundant power module standard Yes
(single PSU version also available)
No Yes Yes No
Hot pluggable redundant power supply No No No No Yes
Network Reliability
Link aggregation groups (static 802.3ad) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spanning tree and per-VLAN spanning tree (PVST+) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
N:1 and N:N redundant WLC Series capabilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Controller Cluster Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Security
Authentication WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
Supports complete local AAA authentication, including 802.1x, as primary or backup to a centralized AAA server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports multiple AAA server groups and can load share across multiple AAA servers or within a server group Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Generates and manages X.509 digital certificates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assigns and enforces per-user authorization policies that are managed centrally from the AAA back-end Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Authorizations include virtual private group membership, personal firewall filters, time-of-day/day-of-week access, encryption type, and location-specific policies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IEEE 802.1x with multiple EAP types (TLS, PEAP/MSCHAP, TTLS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WebAAA, MAC, Open Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint (phase 1), aka Hotspot 2.0 phase 1, supported on MSS 9.0 and higher Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Encryption Key Management
Encryption distributed in WLA Series access points Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WLC Series generates master and session keys Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Provides key management for each encryption technique Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AES encrypted control channels Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hardware-assisted AES encrypted data tunnels No No No Yes No
Management and Control
Management Access WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
Command Line Interface (Console serial port, telnet, SSHv2) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WebView web access (https) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SSL, XML (to Juniper Networks RingMaster) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SNMP v1, v2c, v3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Syslog support for system monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Detailed audit logging for change control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remote packet capture ability for advanced troubleshooting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RF Management
Automated access point power/channel auto-tuning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Management and Statistics
Detailed per user per session RF accounting statistics and management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tracks the location, roaming history, virtual private group, network addresses, state, activity, errors, usage and other attributes by user name, session, VLAN, or user group Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Provides per user audit trail and chargeback capability through the accounting component of AAA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access Point Management and Control
Configures and controls access points; controls third-party APs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
APs managed by WLC Series controllers across direct, switched or routed connections Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remote AP, supported on MSS 7.7 and higher Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Local Switching: Enables data forwarding in WLC Series or in access points Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple WLC Series controllers provide resilient control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Boot, configuration and management compliant with the IETF CAPWAP architecture Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Standards Requirements
Regulatory Safety WLC8 WLC100 WLC800 WLC880 WLC2800
UL 60950-1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EN 60950-1 Yes Yes No No Yes
CSA C22.2 60950-1-3 No No Yes Yes Yes
EMI/EMC
FCC Part 15 Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ICES Class A ICES 003 ICES 003 Yes Yes Yes
VCCI Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EN 55022 Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EN 55024 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EN 60601-1-2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CISPR 22 Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Taiwan: CNS 13438 Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
China: CCC GB 9254-88 Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZ 3548 Class A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IEEE Standards
802.1x Port-Based Network Access Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.3i 10BASE-T Ethernet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.3u 100BASE-T Fast Ethernet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.3ab 1000 BASE-TX Gigabit Ethernet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.3af Power over Ethernet (Class 3) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IEEE 802.3az Energy-Efficient Ethernet No Yes No No No
802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11d, 802.11e, 802.11h, 802.11i Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.11ac ready No Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.1D Spanning Tree Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.1Q VLAN tagging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
802.3ad (static config) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Pricing Notes:

WLC Series Wireless LAN Controller
WLC2800 Wireless LAN Controller
2 x 10GigE (XFP), 8 x 1000Base-T (RJ-45), 8 x GigE (SFP), and 1 x 10/100Base-T mgmt. ports, dual PSU slots (includes 1 x PSU), including 64 AP license
#WLC2800
List Price: $22,195.00
Our Price: $17,867.00
Advanced Feature Licenses
High Availability Module license for WLC2800
Note: Requires software Version 7.1 or later
#WLC2800-HA-RTU
List Price: $5,745.00
Our Price: $4,625.00
Voice Module license for WLC2800
Note: Requires software Version 7.1 or later
#WLC2800-VO-RTU
List Price: $4,595.00
Our Price: $3,699.00
Access Point Licenses
64 AP license upgrade for WLC2800 (max 512 APs)
#WLC2800-U64
List Price: $6,995.00
Our Price: $5,631.00
128 AP license upgrade for WLC2800 (max 512 APs)
#WLC2800-U128
List Price: $11,595.00
Our Price: $9,334.00
Spectrum Analysis Module Licenses
Spectrum Analysis Module License, WLC Series for 1 AP
Note: Requires software Version 7.5 or later
#WLC-SPECTRUM-U1
List Price: $105.00
Our Price: $84.00
Spectrum Analysis Module License, WLC Series for 4 APs
Note: Requires software Version 7.5 or later
#WLC-SPECTRUM-U4
List Price: $340.00
Our Price: $274.00
Spectrum Analysis Module License, WLC Series for 16 APs
Note: Requires software Version 7.5 or later
#WLC-SPECTRUM-U16
List Price: $1,040.00
Our Price: $837.00
Spectrum Analysis Module License, WLC Series for 32 APs
Note: Requires software Version 7.5 or later
#WLC-SPECTRUM-U32
List Price: $1,920.00
Our Price: $1,546.00
Power Supply
Redundant or Spare Power Supply (PSU) for WLC2800
#WLC2800-PSU
List Price: $1,295.00
Our Price: $1,042.00
Transceivers
1000BASE-SX SFP transceiver, LC duplex connector, short wavelength (850 nm), <220 m over 50/125 μm MMF, <550 m over 62.5/125 μm MMF
#WLC-SFP-SX
List Price: $595.00
Our Price: $479.00
1000BASE-LX SFP transceiver, LC duplex connector, long wavelength (1300 nm), <10 km over SMF
#WLC-SFP-LX
List Price: $1,145.00
Our Price: $922.00
1000BASE-T SFP transceiver, RJ-45 connector, <100 m over Cat5 UTP cable
#WLC-SFP-UTP
List Price: $595.00
Our Price: $479.00
10GE XFP SR transceiver, LC duplex connector, short wavelength (850 nm), <220 m over 50/125 μm MMF, <550 m over 62.5/125 μm MMF
#WLC-XFP-SR
List Price: $1,745.00
Our Price: $1,405.00
10GE XFP LR transceiver, LC duplex connector, long wavelength (1300 nm), <10 km over SMF
#WLC-XFP-LR
List Price: $2,695.00
Our Price: $2,169.00