Deployment Recommendations No upgrade path between each solution . Features based on Mobility Express code 4.2 Wireless control systems Cisco Configuration Assistant (View of multiple networks) Management Voice over Wi-Fi Full guest access Location-based services Simplified voice over Wi-Fi Guest access Mobility Applications Some features share management with the wired infrastructure (security) Shared management with the SBCS Elements (all technologies included) Integration Security Roaming Capacity/ Scalability Encryption and authentication 2 controllers, 1 mobility group Layers 2 and 3 6 APs per controller 2 controllers per Network Stay Within the 500 Series Cisco Mobility Express Solution SMB-focused Encryption and authentication Intrusion detection and prevention 48 controllers, 48 mobility groups Layers 2 and 3 Up to 150 APs per controller H-REAP supported All APs supported on all controllers Cisco Unified Wireless Network Enterprise-Focused
Configuring Cisco 521 APs in Standalone Mode
Launch Cisco Configuration Assistant on the PC connected to the switch
On the Cisco Configuration Assistant screen choose Connect to a new community
Enter the IP seed address of the standalone AP connected to the CE520 switch
Configuring the Mobility Express Solution
Cisco Configuration Assistant is based on Cisco Network Assistant v5.0 that was already developed for easy configuration of the network devices that support CDP
CNA v 5.0 supports all of the Cisco autonomous APs
CNA was modified to support Cisco Mobility Express Solution
Cisco 521 Wireless Express Lightweight APs
Cisco 526 Wireless Express Mobility Controller and controller-mode 521 AP
Cisco Configuration Assistant is a free application can be downloaded from Cisco.com
Cisco Configuration Assistant installs on Windows systems
Cisco Configuration Assistant Configuring Standalone 521 AP
The AP shown in the Cisco Configuration Assistant topology view (as shown at right) can be configured by choosing the “Configure” tab
It can also be migrated to lightweight mode
By clicking on the AP icon you can get AP information, as shown at right
Configuring the Cisco 526 Mobility Controller
New out of the box Cisco 526 Controller has to be initially configured as described below:
Directly connect Ethernet cable from a PC-1 to the controller management port (#1)
PC-1 with dynamic IP configured; PC will receive IP address 192.168.1.100 from DHCP server on the controller.
Launch web browser to controller http://192.168.1.1
The startup wizard web UI will be displayed (URL redirect)
Configuring the 526 Controller Both Cisco Configuration Assistant and direct access are possible
The Smart Business Communication System is a range of products adapted to the SMB range. It contains the Mobility Express wireless solution.
The Cisco 521 AP is a standalone or LWAPP-based 802.11b/g AP, part of the Mobility Express solution.
The Cisco 526 Controller can manage up to six Cisco 521 APs in LWAPP mode.
There is no upgrade path between the Mobility Express solution and the Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution, though they offer features close to each other.
The Mobility Express devices can be configured directly or using the Cisco Configuration Assistant software.