May 26, 2011

The Evolution of Controller-Based Wireless LANs

This paper revisits the benefits of centralized 802.11n wireless LAN networks and describes the case for transforming the controller-based architecture to match market needs. Centralization of wireless LANs (WLANs) delivers networks that are easy to deploy, scale, and manage. A local-mode controller-based campus environment delivers increased device scalability and an interactive multimedia experience coupled with enhanced policy to manage the full range of mobile devices. A controller-based deployment using FlexConnect technology enables multisite, lean branches to manage the increased scale of deployments without additional increase in operational complexity.

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This is a great paper that continues the discussion of WLAN architectures and the extent to which the control should be centralized versus distributed.

Of course, this is a fundamental networking concept that has been debated for years. And there certainly is no singular "right" answer.

This discussion from Cisco's perspective certainly would be classified as a "must read," and I hope there will also be some lively discussion around the topic.

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