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bintec WLAN Controller

... easier, faster, better

  • Extendable as redundant system
  • Remote access to WLAN Controller over VPN
  • For .11n WLAN APs with full performance (W1002n/WI series)
  • Operation up to 6 APs on a master AP without additional HW
  • Integrated HotSpot functionality (optional)
  • E-mail alarm functionality, if access point goes offline
  • Ideal for networks with 2-150 access points
 

bintec WLAN Controller

... easier, faster, better

The WLAN controller lets SMEs easily configure and keep tabs on their WLAN networks either through automatic RF management or straightforward monitoring. For 7 or more access points, additional hardware is required.

Product description

The bintec WLAN controller enables your customer’s WLAN network to be configured in under 30 minutes ... with no particular WLAN skills! The automated RF management system spares you time-consuming searches for free WLAN channels and selects the channels that are best for the system as a whole. The easy-to-use monitoring system enables the system to be seamlessly monitored, and swiftly detects any threat to the network.

The bintec WLAN controller is designed for applications in SMEs and can manage up to 150 access points. No additional hardware is required for the smallest version (up to 6 APs) because the WLAN controller software is run as a licence on a master access point. For 7 - 72 access points, the bintec R1202 hardware is required, for up to 150 access points a RXL12x00. To run it, you require a WLAN controller licence on the master access point or on a bintec Rxx02 series (R1202, R3002, R3502, R3802 oder R4402) resp. RXL12100/RXL12500.

Features
  • Wizard-guided installation in just five steps
  • Supports the bintec W1002n, W1003n, W2003n, W2003n-ext, W20004n, WIx40n und WIx65n
  • Automatically detects and installs new devices
  • Frequency management with automated detection of wireless channels
  • VLAN and multi-SSID support
  • Any change to the configuration, e.g. adding a new SSID, and redistribution to devices only takes a few clicks and can be done in a few seconds.
  • Configuration management: the configuration is saved centrally and is automatically redistributed e.g. if there is a power failure.
  • The monitor function includes detecting APs in the neighbourhood and monitoring clients. In addition the monitor function provides a wireless cell based location of clients.
  • The wireless network is roaming-capable, so it is ideal for VoWLAN telephony - voice-ready, as it were.
  • Automated firmware rollout for all managed devices

Easy plug-and-play installation
The WLAN controller automatically detects new access points and they can be integrated into the WLAN network with a couple of clicks. A description of the relevant location can be added to any AP to simplify identification. Upgrades or changes to an existing configuration are rolled out to all managed access points within seconds.

Automated radio cell planning
The bintec WLAN controller simplifies time-consuming radio cell planning. When installing the WLAN network, the WLAN controller and the access points in the network jointly determine the optimal transmission channel in each case, taking into account the current signal-to-noise ratios and field strengths of the access points in the neighbourhood. Depending on the operating mode involved, the bintec WLAN controller determines the channel spacing for non-overlapping operations. For example, with 802.11gn networks, a channel spacing of four channels in the 2.4 GHz band is always complied with, i.e. for example 1, 6, 11. Experienced administrators can, of course, also define their own channel plans.

To round off automatic frequency allocation, you can display the third-party neighbourhood APs detected by your own access points.

WLAN management from the private cloud

The new features of the WLAN Controller now make it possible to monitor WLANs from your private cloud. The WLAN Controller-located at company headquarters, for instance-communicates with the managed access points at branch locations through one or more VPN tunnels. The Controller's new features ensure the APs continue to operate even when the connection between headquarters and a branch location is lost, allowing the network to continue to perform flawlessly. When an AP loses its connection to the WLAN Controller, it does not automatically restart, and the access point's configuration is not lost. The access point consequently does not go offline, and the WLAN's availability is maintained. Only after the connection to the Controller has stabilized does the AP restart and receive the latest configuration from the Controller.
No matter how far away an access point managed over a VPN is, the WLAN network will continue to operate and will always use the most recent configuration.

Top-level security

The security algorithms for all bintec 802.11n access points are Wifi Alliance certified in terms of interoperability and security. However, the bintec WLAN controller goes one step further and takes security to the next level. The keys and access codes can easily end up in the wrong hands if the device is stolen, especially when devices have to be mounted in easily accessible, public locations (e.g. stairwells). The bintec WLAN controller only saves the devices’ configuration, and thus the keys and access codes too, in the managed access point’s volatile RAM. After any power failure, the configuration stored in the bintec WLAN controller is very swiftly automatically reloaded to the managed access point.

E-mail alarm in case a access point goes offline

The new e-mail alarm functionality enables seamless monitoring — if a managed access point goes offline, the controller sends a text message to an administrator's mobile phone.

Seamless roaming for voice over WLAN telephony

Where professional WLAN telephones are in use, the bintec 802.11n access points and bintec WLAN controller enable seamless roaming. Roaming is always important when a larger WLAN network is being operated and there is a requirement for a WLAN telephone to be able to switch between access points during the call without interrupting the call. The bintec WLAN infrastructure comprising bintec 802.11n access point and bintec WLAN controller enable roaming in under 40 milliseconds even with WPA2-PSK encryption where professional WLAN telephones are being used. The human ear can hardly detect this brief interruption. The bintec WLAN devices also support the power-saving U-APSD (Unscheduled Automatic Power Save Delivery) algorithm, which is important for WLAN telephony.
No additional hardware is required for the smallest version (up to 6 APs) because the WLAN controller software is run as a licence on a master access point.
For 7 - 72 access points, the bintec Rxx02 series (e.g. R1202) hardware is required. To run it, you require a WLAN controller licence on a bintec router.
For 72 - 150 access points, a bintec RXL series hardware is required. To run it, you require a WLAN controller licence on RXL series.

Variants


WI-License WLAN Contr. 6AP (5500000942)

WI series license WLAN Controller for 6 AP

W1002n-License WLAN Contr. 6AP (5500000911)

W1002n license WLAN Controller for 6 AP

License WLAN Contr. 6AP (5500000943)

WLAN Controller license for 6 Access Points (APs) or for the extension with 6 APs for the products: Rxxx2 and RXL12x00.

Options


Access Points and Bridges

WLAN-Contr.-Bundle 10xW1003n (5510000351)
WLAN Controller Bundle contains 10 Access Points bintec W1003n (5510000321) , 1 bintec R1202 (5510000210) and 2 WLAN Controller license (5500000943)

WLAN-Contr.-Bundle 10xW2003n (5510000352)
WLAN Controller Bundle contains 10 Access Points bintec W2003n (5510000324) , 1 bintec R1202 (5510000210) and 2 WLAN Controller licences (5500000943)


Consulting

WiFi SITE SURVEY (DL0005)
Basic site survey, incl. expenses and journey in inland, for services abroad additionally travel expenses, max. 8 hrs. on-site incl. benefits according datasheet

SURVEY-FD (DL0006)
Charge for each following day on-site for DECT or WiFi Site Survey


Pick-up Service / Warranty Extension

ServicePackageBundle WLAN6 (5500001357)
Warranty extension of 3 years to a total of 5 years, including advanced replacement for '6 x W1002n'. Please find a detailed description as well as an overview of the categories on www.bintec-elmeg.com/servicepackages.

ServicePackageBundle WLAN10 (5500001358)
Warranty extension of 3 years to a total of 5 years, including advanced replacement for '10 x W1002n + R1202'. Please find a detailed description as well as an overview of the categories on www.bintec-elmeg.com/servicepackages.

Downloads

wlan_controller WLAN Controller
bintec WLAN Controller introduction - English bintec WLAN Controller introduction - English (ws_wlc_intro_en.pdf, 4,71 MB, 21.05.2012)
bintec WLAN Controller introduction - German bintec WLAN Controller introduction - German (ws_wlc_intro_de.pdf, 4,79 MB, 21.05.2012)