Simplified and effective wireless network management.
June 24, 2022

Simplified and effective wireless network management.

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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

The main scope of this WLC in the topology of our data network is to centralize the management and control of a set of access points spread across some sites. With the Cisco WLC 5520, we have absolute control to replicate the WLAN, VLAN, and security settings for all devices and control the access of our users with 802.1x authentication and content filtering on the wifi network. This hardware is efficient and we decided to use two appliances to create a high availability environment to avoid failures.


  • Full control of access points installed in different locations.
  • Web management.
  • Authentication portal for guest users.
  • Priority network for voip traffic.
  • High availability.


  • It was possible to check some installabilities in the management interface.
  • It remains to create more customization possibilities in the captive portal.
  • Application layer 7 protection through visualization and security policy for diverse applications.
  • URL Filter.
  • High availability scenario with WLC 5520 AH.
  • Absolute control of the wlan network.
  • Remote management via the web.
  • Improved the interference and noise problems of access points that did not have a Cisco WLC.
  • More secure scenario with different vlans for guests and users.
  • Financial return in a few years.

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With the Cisco WLC 5520, access point control routines are reduced by 99% because these devices automatically manage access points from anywhere, as long as they are on the same network. The WLC creates the possibility of roaming L2 and configures power levels, radio frequency channels, and avoids interference from Bluetooth and in 2.4Ghz. This Cisco WLC is recommended for large scenarios with multiple access points installed from anywhere. The layer 7 traffic preview functionality is great for creating an extra layer of protection and preventing users from accessing inappropriate URLs and saving bandwidth.


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