Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

Optimized for 802.11ac Wave2 performance, the Cisco 8540 Wireless LAN Controller is a highly scalable, service-rich, resilient, and flexible platform. It provides centralized control, management, and troubleshooting for high-scale deployments in service provide, enterprise, and large campus deployments.


Features and Capabilities


As a component of the Cisco Software-Defined Access Solution, the 8540 provides real-time communications between Cisco Aironet access pointsCisco Prime Infrastructure, and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine. It is also interoperable with other Cisco controllers.
The 8540 comes with integrated services:


  • Application Visibility and Control (AVC) provides granular classification and prioritization of thousands of business-critical apps with dynamic protocol updates
  • Location-aware Bonjour and Chromcast can enable various services to be advertised across a Layer 3 network at a user and device level
  • An embedded policy classification engine offers simplified BYOD with native device profiling and onboard services
  • Software-defined segmentation with Cisco TrustSec reduces access control list maintenance, complexity, and overhead


The 8540 Series offers exceptional scalability:


  • Optimize 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks with 40 Gb throughput
  • Support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients
  • Consolidate multiple controllers into one with a single point of touch
  • Support centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments
  • Deploy Cisco FlexConnect in sites with up to 100 access points, in up to 2000 groups


The 8540 offers high-availability features for uninterrupted application availability and no incremental system downtime:


  • Sub-second failover for access point and client failover for uninterrupted application availability
  • Dual-redundant 1 Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • Dual-redundant power supplies installed (AC or DC)
  • Hot-swappable power supply and solid state storage with no incremental system downtime
  • Enhanced system uptime with fast system restarts
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