Netgear WC7520 ProSafe 20 AP Wireless Controller
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 WC7520 Controller hosts a captive portal where guests can enter their pre-configured credentials to gain a restricted access to the network. Alternatively, the WC7520 Controller hosts a captive portal where guests can register themselves for restricted access to the network, prohibiting them any access to the sensitive data on the corporate network. Guest activity logs are available. With integrated RF planning tools, an administrator can input floor plans, building dimensions, and desired coverage. The planning tools compute the predicted RF characteristics of the building, and display predicted coverage. Automatic control of AP transmit power and channel allocation ensures coverage by minimising 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 channel authorises enterprise-class reliable wireless experience. Automatic load balancing of clients across APs is provided based on number of clients per AP, maximum bandwidth utilisation per AP and signal strength threshold/data rate threshold of clients on the BSS. Rate limiting is provided by SSID or for unicast traffic on a per client basis and for multicast traffic on a per BSS basis. The NETGEAR ProSafe 20-AP Wireless Controller supports rapid mobility across VLANs and subnets including 802.11i pre-authentication and fast roaming support (FRS). Seamless L2 and L3 roaming provides support for latency-sensitive applications such as video, audio and voice over wireless. WMM and Spectralink SVP QoS are supported to prioritise VoWi-FI. AP heat maps by wireless band, wireless channel and signal strength allows real-time view of the wireless network status. Administrators can easily locate known APs, rogue APs, and associated clients on the heat map by AP name, MAC address or IP address. The health of each AP is defined by the number of clients, traffic load, RF interference, packet error levels and retransmission statistics. Statistics are providing reliable metrics per AP, per client, per floor, and for the entire wireless network. Supporting standard NETGEAR access points, the WC7520 Controller enables customers to select the right access points for their needs, even mixing models to provide the right coverage.