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Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers

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Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers Features

Deploy the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller to manage wireless functions in your small to medium-sized business. The Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller helps Cisco Aironet access points communicate in real time to simplify the deployment and operation of wireless networks.

Delivering 802.11n reliability, this wireless controller lowers total cost of ownership and gives you the flexibility to scale as your business network requirements grow. Additional benefits of the Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller include:

  • Connections for up to 50 access points and 500 clients
  • Support for 802.11n wireless up to 500 Mbps
  • Centralized security policies to detect rogue access points and protect against denial-of-service attacks
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 mobility and quality of service for voice and video, highly secure wireless guest access
  • Integrated Cisco CleanAir technology for a self-healing, self-optimizing network that avoids RF interference

Licensing and Advanced Services for Productivity

Base access-point licensing starts with 5, 15, 25, or 50 access points. Advanced services include:

  • OfficeExtend for highly secure mobile teleworking
  • Enterprise Wireless Mesh solutions for wireless dynamic access-point connections in hard-to-connect locations

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers Specifications

Product Specifications for the Cisco 2500 Wireless Controller

Item Specification
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11d, WMM/802.11e, 802.11h, 802.11n.
Wired/Switching/Routing IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T, IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX specification, 1000BASE-T, and IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging.
Data Request for Comments (RFCs) • RFC 768 UDP

• RFC 791 IP

• RFC 2460 IPv6 (pass through Bridging mode only)

• RFC 792 ICMP

• RFC 793 TCP

• RFC 826 ARP

• RFC 1122 Requirements for Internet Hosts

• RFC 1519 CIDR

• RFC 1542 BOOTP

• RFC 2131 DHCP

• RFC 5415 CAPWAP Protocol Specification

Security Standards • WiFi Protected Access (WPA)

• IEEE 802.11i (WPA2, RSN)

• RFC 1321 MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm

• RFC 1851 The ESP Triple DES Transform

• RFC 2104 HMAC: Keyed Hashing for Message Authentication

• RFC 2246 TLS Protocol Version 1.0

• RFC 2401 Security Architecture for the Internet Protocol

• RFC 2403 HMAC-MD5-96 within ESP and AH

• RFC 2404 HMAC-SHA-1-96 within ESP and AH

• RFC 2405 ESP DES-CBC Cipher Algorithm with Explicit IV

• RFC 2406 IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)

• RFC 2407 Interpretation for ISAKMP


• RFC 2409 IKE

• RFC 2451 ESP CBC-Mode Cipher Algorithms

• RFC 3280 Internet X.509 PKI Certificate and CRL Profile

• RFC 3602 The AES-CBC Cipher Algorithm and Its Use with IPsec

• RFC 3686 Using AES Counter Mode with IPsec ESP

• RFC 4347 Datagram Transport Layer Security

• RFC 4346 TLS Protocol Version 1.1

Encryption • WEP and Temporal Key Integrity Protocol-Message Integrity Check (TKIP-MIC): RC4 40, 104 and 128 bits (both static and shared keys)

• Advanced Encryption Standard (AES): CBC, CCM, Counter Mode with Cipher Block Chanining Message Authentication Code Protocol (CCMP)


• Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS): RC4 128-bit and RSA 1024- and 2048-bit


Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) • IEEE 802.1X

• RFC 2548 Microsoft Vendor-Specific RADIUS Attributes


• RFC 2865 RADIUS Authentication

• RFC 2866 RADIUS Accounting

• RFC 2867 RADIUS Tunnel Accounting

• RFC 3576 Dynamic Authorization Extensions to RADIUS

• RFC 3579 RADIUS Support for EAP

• RFC 3580 IEEE 802.1X RADIUS Guidelines

• RFC 3748 Extensible Authentication Protocol

• Web-based authentication

• TACACS support for management users

Management SNMP v1, v2c, v3

RFC 854 Telnet

RFC 1155 Management Information for TCP/IP-Based Internets

RFC 1156 MIB




RFC 1643 Ethernet MIB



RFC 2665 Ethernet-Like Interface types MIB

RFC 2674 Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges with Traffic Classes, Multicast Filtering, and Virtual Extensions


RFC 2863 Interfaces Group MIB

RFC 3164 Syslog

RFC 3414 User-Based Security Model (USM) for SNMPv3

RFC 3418 MIB for SNMP

RFC 3636 Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE 802.3 MAUs

Cisco private MIBs

Management Interfaces • Designed for use with Cisco Wireless Control System

• Web-based: HTTP/HTTPS individual device manager

• Command-line interface: Telnet, SSH, serial port

Interfaces and Indicators • Console port: RJ-45 connector

• Network: Four 1 Gbps Ethernet (RJ-45)

Note: Access point directly connected to the controller is not currently supported.

• LED indicators: Link Activity (each 1G port), Power, Status, Alarm

Physical and Environmental Dimensions: 1.73 x 8.00 x 6.75 in. (43.9 x 203.2 x 271.5mm)

Weight: 3.5 lbs (with power supply)


• Operating: 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40°C)

• Storage: -13 to 158°F (-25 to 70°C)


• Operating humidity: 10 to 95 percent, noncondensing

• Storage humidity: Up to 95 percent

Power adapter: Input power: 100 to 240 VAC; 50/60 Hz

Heat dissipation: 72 BTU/hour

Regulatory Compliance Safety:

• UL 60950-1, 2nd Edition

• EN 60950:2005

EMI and susceptibility (Class B):

• U.S.: FCC Part 15.107 and 15.109

• Canada: ICES-003

• Japan: VCCI

• Europe: EN 55022, EN 55024


Getting Started

User’s Guides and Manuals