ProSAFE High Capacity Wireless Controller
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Industry First Affordable High Capacity Wireless Controller
The NETGEAR WC9500 Wireless Controller is the industry’s first affordable, high capacity, secured wireless controller capable of managing up to 600 Access Points and 36,000 concurrent clients per cluster. The WC9500 delivers ultra-fast Access Point discovery, Layer 2 and Layer 3 fast roaming, multiple 10 Gigabit connectivity, a captive portal for guest access, fully distributed architecture, and ease of configuration and management.
Unlike other WLAN systems that are costly, complex and cumbersome to deploy, the WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller is ideal for medium to large enterprise, higher education (university and colleges), large hospitals and medium to large size hotels. The NETGEAR WC9500 is designed with simplicity in management and ease of use to enable users to set up the systems in minutes. The product is enterprise-grade and feature-rich, and is secured and high performance.
- Supports up to 200 Access Points and 12,000 concurrent clients per controller
- Stack up to 3 WC9500 per wireless cluster
- Supports up to 600 Access Points and 36,000 concurrent clients per controller cluster
Multiple 10 Gigabit connectivity
- Consists of 2x10G connectivity with SFP+ form factor
- Backward compatible with 1G connectivity with SFP form factor
- Additional 1x1G port with RJ-45 Copper connectivity
Ultra-fast Access Point discovery with Ufast
- Ufast AP discovery provides super-fast AP discovery
- Improves reliability and shortens setup time
- Secured communication between AP and WC9500
Distributed and local forwarding
- Data traffic can be forwarded to the best path without traversing the controller
- Eliminates controller bottleneck for high throughput 802.11ac and 802.11n APs
- Intelligent tunneling with Layer 2 and Layer 3 roaming
- Hardware redundancy for enterprisegrade solution
- Two redundant, hot-swap power supplies (PSU) (one PSU comes with the controller; second optional PSU is ordered separately)
- Two removable fan trays provide front-toback cooling airflow for best compatibility with data center hot aisle/cold aisle airflow patterns
Enterprise-grade and feature-rich
- Layer 2 and Layer 3 seamless roaming
- Dynamic RF adjustments
- WLAN healing for automatic RF coverage in the case of AP failure
- Rogue AP detection
- Supports 802.11n and 802.11ac ProSAFE Access Points
- Hassle-free, plug-and-replace upgrade with WC7520 and WC7600
- NETGEAR WC9500 is backed by NETGEAR ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty*
- ProSUPPORT Lifetime 24x7 Basic HW Support
- 90 days software configuration support and Lifetime Chat Support, remote diagnostic, and escalation management
- Includes Lifetime Next Business Day Onsite Hardware Replacement
The NETGEAR WC9500 High Capacity Controller supports up to 200 APs and is upgradable in 10, 50, 100, or 200 APs via software licenses. Stackable up to three controllers, a WC9500 High Capacity Controller stack can support up to 600 access points with a single interface. The WC9500 offers redundancy for always-on reliability.
Deployed as an overlay on the existing wired network infrastructure, the NETGEAR ProSAFE High Capacity Wireless Controller simplifies the network management by providing a single point of management for the entire wireless network. Easy to set up, the WC9500 Controller discovers all supported access points in the network, even across VLANs and subnets. Once identified, the access points are provisioned in minutes. The discovery process follows an efficient and fast protocol in Ufast.
With identity-based security features such as support for RADIUS, Active Directory and internal or external AAA server, the NETGEAR ProSAFE High Capacity Wireless Controller truly unifies wired and wireless access without compromising on security. Management VLAN is configurable and up to 8 security configuration profiles (SSID, 802.11i security, VLAN, ACLs, radio parameters) can be active. Rogue AP detection permits rogue APs classification (friendly or hostile). Standard RADIUS compliance enables support for thirdparty authentication and billing system implementation. Scheduled wireless on/off times permits the wireless network to be completely unavailable during specified nonbusiness hours.
Guest Access, Captive Portal and Logging
Guest access allows restricted access to the network, using an integrated captive portal. Two methods of entry are provided, either assisted or self-certified. In the assisted model, the receptionist can create a user name and password for guests in the GUI and the WC9500 High Capacity Controller hosts a captive portal where guests can enter their pre-configured credentials to gain access to the network. Alternatively, the WC9500 High Capacity Controller hosts a guest portal where guests can register themselves before entering the network. Backend VLAN policies ensure restricted access to guests, prohibiting them any access to the sensitive data on the corporate network. Guest activity logs are available.
RF Management and Hole Detection
Automatic control of AP transmit power and channel allocation ensures coverage by minimizing interferences. Automatic WLAN healing after loss of AP or due to RF interferences adapts the power and channel of the other APs around the area. Scheduled automatic channel allocation authorizes an enterprise-class reliable wireless experience.
Load Balancing and Rate Limiting
Automatic load balancing of clients across APs is provided based on number of clients per AP and signal strength threshold/data rate threshold of clients on the BSS. Rate limiting is provided by SSID. Load balancing and rate limiting ensure fair bandwidth allocation among all clients for robust wireless connectivity.
Fast Roaming and Voice over WiFi
The NETGEAR WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller supports rapid mobility across VLANs and subnets including 802.11i preauthentication and fast roaming support (FRS). Seamless L2 and L3 roaming provides support for latency-sensitive applications such as video, audio and voice over wireless. WiFi Multimedia (WMM) advanced prioritization extends WiFi’s high-quality end-user experience to voice applications (VoWiFi).
Monitoring and Reporting
The WC9500 uses a heartbeat mechanism between the controller and the AP. It is monitored based on several factors, such as RF interference, clients, error levels, etc. Each AP is constantly monitored (number of clients, traffic load, RF interference, packet error levels and retransmission statistics). Statistics provide reliable metrics per AP, per client, per floor and for the entire wireless network.
The best of centralized and distributed architectures are implemented by the NETGEAR ProSAFE High Capacity Wireless Controller for outstanding Wireless-N performance. Local traffic is automatically switched at the access points level for fastest processing, when roamed L3 traffic is processed at the controller level with advanced data control. Real-time applications such as VoWiFi require perfect inter-subnet/ inter-VLAN mobility: WC9500 encryption tunneling delivers enterprise-class fast roaming without any impact on Layer 2/Layer 3 performance.
Supported Access Points
Supporting standard NETGEAR access points, the WC9500 High Capacity Wireless Controller enables customers to select the right access points for their needs, including mixing models to provide the right coverage. The standard access points are converted to dependent access points. Supported models include professional-class ProSAFE access points WAC730 and WAC720 (802.11ac ultra high performance), WNDAP660 (high performance dual band concurrent), WNDAP620 (high performance dual band selectable) WNDAP360 (dual band), WNDAP350 (dual band), WNAP320 (single band), WNAP210 (single band), WN370 (wall mount single band), WND930 (outdoor) and WNDAP380Rv2 (integrated WiFi and RFID) all with Power over Ethernet capabilities and lifetime warranties.
|NETGEAR WC9500 Specifications|
|Physical Dimensions||Dimensions (L x W x H): 440 x 430 x 43 mm (17.34 x 16.92 x1.7 in)|
|Operating Relative Humidity||
|Power Consumption||Maximum: 82.3W or 281 BTU/hr|
|Managed APs||200 per controller|
|Controllers per Cluster||600 per cluster|
|Profile Groups per Controller||9 (1 Basic + 8 Advanced)|
|Profile per Controller||128|
|Security Profile Groups per Profile Group||9 (1 Basic + 8 Advanced)|
|Detectable rogue AP||Maximum: 512|
|Interfaces and Indicators|
|10G SFP+ Ports for Data and Control||Two 1/10Gbps auto-sensing and auto-negotiation|
|1G Copper RJ-45 Ports for Management||One 10/100/1000 Mbps auto-sensing and auto-negotiation|
|USB Ports||One USB 2.0 Type A connector|
|Console||One 1 D-Sub-9 MALE connector|
|LED||Power, status, fan, stacking master|
|Stacking||Maximum: Three controllers per stack|
|AAA||Radius (primary and backup)|
|Wireless Security Standards||
|NETGEAR WC7600 Technical Features|
|Automatic Channel Allocation||
|Automatic Power Control||
|Coverage Hole Detection||
|Quality of Service|
|WMM Quality of Service||WMM (802.11e) prioritizes traffic for both upstream traffic from the stations to the Access Points (station EDCA parameters) and down stream traffic from the Access Points to the client stations (AP EDCA parameters)|
|WMM Queues in decreasing order of priority||
|WMM Power Save option||WMM Power Save helps conserve battery power in small devices such as phones, laptops, PDAs, and audio players using IEEE 802.11e mechanisms|
|Client Authentication Protocols||
|Distinct AAA Server per SSID||Yes|
|RADIUS Accounting Protocol||Per Client tracking for:
|LDAP Based Authentication||
|Integrated AAA Server||Local Database Authentification based on WC7520 internal RADIUS Server|
|Captive Portal||Configurable Portal page, including image files|
|Rogue Access Points||
|Wireless Network Monitoring|
|Monitoring Summary||Summary of the Managed Access Points status, rogue Access Points detected, Wireless stations connected, Wireless Controller Information and Wireless Network usage|
|Managed Access Points||APs status for the Managed Access Points and details that includes configuration settings, current Wireless settings, current Clients and detailed Traffic statistics|
|Rogue Access Points||
|Wireless Network Usage||Network Usage Statistics display plots of average received/transmitted network traffic per Managed Access Point. Three different plots show Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 b/bg/ng and 802.11 a/na mode traffic separately|
|DHCP Leases||DHCP details for Wireless Clients|
|Management Interface||HTTP, SNMP v1/v2c, Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH)|
|Logging and Reporting||If available Syslog server on the network, the Wireless Controller and Managed Access Points can send all Logs. Logs are also available on the GUI and ready to download (Log export file)|
|Diagnostics||Managed Access Points Ping|
|Maintenance||Save/Restore Configuration, Restore to Factory Defaults, Admin password change, Add user (read-only), Firmware Upgrade via Web browser for the Wireless Controller and the Managed Access Points|
|Dual Boot Image||Supported|
|IEEE and IETF RFC Standards|
|Wired IEEE Standards||
|RFC - System Facilities||
|RFC - Security||
|RFC - AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting)||
|RFC - Management||
Higher Education Deployment
Supported Access Points:
|Supported Access Points|
|Access Points||Description||Typical Deployment|
|WAC730||Wireless-AC 3x3:1.7 Gbps High Performance Access Point||Medium to large enterprise, higher education, mid to large hotels and hospitals requiring ultra high density throughput|
|WAC720||Wireless-AC 2x2:1.2 Gbps Premium Access Point||Medium enterprise, higher education, hospitality requiring high density and throughput|
|WNDAP660||Wireless-N Dual Band Concurrent Premium Access Point||Large and medium enterprise, higher education, large and mid-sized hotels and hospitals|
|WNDAP620||Wireless-N Dual Band Selectable Premium Access Point||Large and medium enterprise, higher education, large and mid-sized hotels and hospitals|
|WNDAP360||Wireless-N Dual Band Concurrent Access Point||Small to medium enterprise, K-12 schools with advanced WiFi, hotels, mid-sized hospitals|
|WNDAP350||Wireless-N Dual Band Concurrent Access Point (Metal)||Warehouse, transportation, hardened locations|
|WNAP320||Wireless-N Single Band Access Point||Small to medium enterprise, K-12 with basic Wi-Fi|
|WNAP210||Wireless-N Single Band Access Point||Entry level small to medium enterprise|
|WN370||Wireless-N Wall Mount Single Band Access Point||Small to medium hospitality|
|WND930||Wireless-N Outdoor Dual Band Concurrent Access Point||Outdoor deployment for access and point to point mesh|
Download the NETGEAR WC9500 Datasheet (PDF).
- Pricing and product availability subject to change without notice.