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The Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2) Controller for Catalyst 6500 Series Switches is a highly scalable and flexible platform that enables systemwide services for mission-critical wireless in medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments. Designed for 802.11n performance and maximum scalability, the WiSM2 controller supports a higher density of clients and delivers more efficient roaming, with at least nine times the throughput of existing 802.11a/g networks. The WiSM2 controller offers enhanced uptime with the ability to simultaneously manage up to 500 access points; superior performance for reliable streaming video and toll quality voice; and improved fault recovery for a consistent mobility experience in the most demanding environments.
As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, this controller provides realtime communication between Cisco Aironet access points, the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine to deliver centralized security policies, wireless intrusion prevention system (IPS) capabilities, award-winning RF management, and quality of service (QoS). With CleanAir technology the WiSM2 protects 802.11n performance by providing cross-network access to real-time and historic RF interference information for quick, troubleshooting and resolution. This integrated approach to large-scale wireless networking, customers can realize significant total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits by streamlining support costs and reducing planned and unplanned network downtime.
As part of its basic feature set, the Cisco WiSM2 controller supports a variety of business mobility needs, including the Cisco OfficeExtend solution for secure, mobile teleworking and Enterprise Wireless Mesh, which allows access points to dynamically establish wireless connections in locations where it may be difficult or impossible to physically connect to the wired network.