Comparison of the WLAN Solutions

This subtopic compares the autonomous and lightweight WLAN solutions.

Comparison of the WLAN Configuration

Autonomous WLAN solution

• Autonomous access points

• Configuration of each access point

• Independent operation

• Centralized management via WLSE

• Access point redundancy

Lightweight WLAN solution

• Lightweight access points

• Configuration via WLC

• Dependent on WLC

• Centralized management via WCS

• WLC redundancy

The two WLAN solutions have different characteristics and advantages.

Autonomous access points are configured per access point. Their Cisco IOS software operates independently. Centralized configuration, monitoring, and management can be done via the CiscoWorks WLSE. Autonomous access points can be installed with redundancy per access point.

Lightweight access points are configured via the WLAN controller. They depend on the WLAN controller for control and data transmission. Only in Remote-Edge Access Point mode does a lightweight access point not depend on the WLAN controller for data transmission.

Monitoring and security is implemented by the WLAN controller. Centralized configuration, monitoring, and management can be done via the Cisco WCS. WLAN controllers can be installed with redundancy within WLAN controller groups.

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