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High Performance Enterprise-Class Wireless Controller
The NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller is a fully featured enterprise class, high performance and secured wireless controller capable of managing up to 150 Access Points and 6,000 concurrent clients per cluster. The WC7600 delivers ultra-fast Access Point discovery, Layer 2 and Layer 3 fast roaming, multiple 10 Gigabit connectivity, a captive portal for guest access, fully distributed architecture, and ease of configuration and management.
The NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller manages the full line of NETGEAR ProSAFE Access Points, from entry level single band APs (WNAP210 and WNAP320), business class dual band APs (WNDAP350 and WNDAP360), high performance 3x3:450 Mbps per radio dual band selectable and concurrent APs (WNDAP620 and WNDAP660), to specialized in-wall mounted APs (WN370), all with a single click of a mouse.
Unlike other Wireless systems that are costly, complex and cumbersome to deploy, the WC7600 wireless controller is ideal for K-12 education, hospitality, and healthcare deployments. Designed with simplicity in mind for management and ease of use, it offers enterprise grade functionality and capability for small to mid-sized organizations, without the cost and complexity of big IT.
- Supports up to 50 Access Points and 2,000 concurrent clients per controller
- Stack up to three WC7600 per cluster
- Supports up to 150 Access Points and 6,000 concurrent clients per controller cluster
Multiple 10 Gigabit connectivity
- Consists of 2x10G connectivity with SFP+ form factor
- Backward compatible with 1G connectivity with SFP form factor
- Additional 1x1G port with RJ-45 Copper connectivity
Ultra-fast Access Point discovery with Ufast
- Ufast AP discovery provides super-fast AP discovery
- Improves reliability and shortens setup time
- Secured communication between AP and WC7600
Distributed and local forwarding
- Data traffic forwarded to the best path without traversing the controller
- Eliminates controller bottleneck for high throughput 802.11n APs
- Intelligent tunneling with Layer 2 and Layer 3 roaming
- High Redundancy
- Two redundant, hot-swap power supplies (PSU) (one PSU comes with the controller; second optional PSU can be ordered separately)
- Two removable fan trays provide front-toback cooling airflow for best compatibility with data center hot aisle/cold aisle airflow patterns
Enterprise-grade and feature-rich
- Layer 2 and Layer 3 seamless roaming
- Dynamic RF adjustments
- WLAN healing for automatic RF coverage in the case of AP failure
- Rogue AP detection
- Bandsteering to optimally load balance traffic between 2.4 and 5GHz
- Dynamically moves clients from a congested frequency (typically 2.4GHz) onto a less congested one (5GHz)
- Supports ProSAFE Access Points
- 802.11ac-ready for future deployments
- Hassle-free, plug-and-replace upgrade with WC7520
This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty
- ProSUPPORT Lifetime Chat Technical Support (Remote diagnostics performed by our technical experts for prompt resolution of technical issues)
- ProSUPPORT 90 days Live Phone Technical Support 24 x 7
- Lifetime Next Business Day (NBD) Hardware replacement (See http://onsite.netgear.com for coverage, availability and terms and conditions)
- Includes Lifetime Next Business Day Hardware Replacement
The NETGEAR WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller supports up to 50 APs (with activation of 5 individual 10 AP licenses) and is stackable up to three controllers in a cluster to support up to a total of 150 Access Points. To activate the management of AP, a pay-as-you go licensing of 10 AP licenses ensure that the user only pays for what is needed.
Deployed as an overlay on the existing wired network infrastructure, the NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller simplifies the network management by providing a single point of management for the entire wireless network. Easy to set up, the WC7600 Controller discovers all supported access points in the network, even across VLANs and subnets. Once identified, the access points are provisioned in minutes. The discovery process follows an efficient and fast protocol in Ufast™.
With identity-based security features such as support for RADIUS, Active Directory and internal or external AAA server, the NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller truly unifies wired and wireless access without compromising on security. Management VLAN is configurable and up to 8 security configuration profiles (SSID, 802.11i security, VLAN, ACLs, radio parameters) can be active. Rogue AP detection permits rogue APs classiﬁcation (friendly or hostile). Standard RADIUS compliance enables support for thirdparty authentication and billing system implementation. Scheduled wireless on/off times permits the wireless network to be completely unavailable during specified nonbusiness hours.
Guest Access, Captive Portal and Logging
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 NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller hosts a captive portal where guests can enter their pre-configured credentials to gain access to the network. Alternatively, the NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller hosts a guest portal where guests can register themselves before entering the network. Backend VLAN policies ensure restricted access to guests, prohibiting them any access to the sensitive data on the corporate network. Guest activity logs are available.
RF Management and Hole Detection
Automatic control of AP transmit power and channel allocation ensures coverage by minimizing 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 automatic channel allocation authorizes an enterprise-class reliable wireless experience.
Ufast is an innovative approach to expedite the communication between the AP and the Controller during the discovery process. Typical AP to controller discovery can take multiple seconds and depending on the number of AP's in the network, the discovery process can take minutes. With the Ufast protocol, the AP discovery is nearly instantaneous, and resulting in an fast and easy set up stage.
Load Balancing and Rate Limiting
Automatic load balancing of clients across APs is provided based on number of clients per AP and signal strength threshold/data rate threshold of clients on the BSS. Rate limiting is provided by SSID. Load balancing and rate limiting ensure fair bandwidth allocation among all clients for robust wireless connectivity.
Bandsteeering provides the capability to automatically direct dual band clients to the most desired frequency band (2.4 or 5 GHz) to improve client's experience and maximize over the air resources.
Fast Roaming and Voice over Wi-Fi
The NETGEAR ProSAFE WC7600 Premium 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. Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) advanced prioritization extends Wi-Fi's high-quality end-user experience to voice applications (VoWi-Fi).
Monitoring and Reporting
The WC7600 uses a heartbeat mechanism between the controller and the AP. It is monitored based on several factors, such as RF interference, clients, error levels, etc. Each AP is constantly monitored (number of clients, traffic load, RF interference, packet error levels and retransmission statistics). Statistics provide reliable metrics per AP, per client, per floor and for the entire wireless network.
The best of centralized and distributed architectures are implemented by the NETGEAR ProSAFE High Capacity Wireless Controller for outstanding Wireless-N performance. Local traffic is automatically switched at the access points level for fastest processing, when roamed L3 traffic is processed at the controller level with advanced data control. Real-time applications such as VoWi-Fi require perfect inter-subnet/ inter-VLAN mobility: WC7600 encryption tunneling delivers enterprise-class fast roaming without any impact on Layer 2/Layer 3 performance.
Supported Access Points
Supporting standard NETGEAR access points, the WC7600 High Capacity Premium Wireless Controller enables customers to select the right access points for their needs, including mixing models to provide the right coverage. The standard access points are converted to dependent access points. Supported models include professional-class ProSAFE access points WNDAP660 (high performance dual band concurrent), WNDAP620 (high performance dual band selectable) WNDAP360 (dual band), WNDAP350 (dual band), WNAP320 (single band), WNAP210 (single band), WN370 (wall mount single band) and WNDAP380Rv2 (integrated WiFi and RFID) all with Power over Ethernet capabilities and lifetime warranties.
|NETGEAR WC7600 Specifications|
|Operating Relative Humidity||
|Controllers per Cluster||
|Profile Groups per Controller||
|Profile per Controller||
|Security Profile Groups per Profile Group||
|Detectable rogue AP||
|Interfaces and Indicators|
|10G SFP+ Ports for Data and Control||
|1G Copper RJ-45 Ports for Management||
|Wireless Security Standards||
|NETGEAR WC7600 Technical Features|
|Automatic Channel Allocation||
|Automatic Power Control||
|Coverage Hole Detection||
|Quality of Service|
|WMM Quality of Service||WMM (802.11e) prioritizes traffic for both upstream traffic from the stations to the Access Points (station EDCA parameters) and down stream traffic from the Access Points to the client stations (AP EDCA parameters)|
|WMM Queues in decreasing order of priority||
|WMM Power Save option||WMM Power Save helps conserve battery power in small devices such as phones, laptops, PDAs, and audio players using IEEE 802.11e mechanisms|
|Client Authentication Protocols||
|Distinct AAA Server per SSID||Yes|
|RADIUS Accounting Protocol||Per Client tracking for:
|LDAP Based Authentication||
|Integrated AAA Server||Local Database Authentification based on WC7520 internal RADIUS Server|
|Captive Portal||Configurable Portal page, including image files|
|Rogue Access Points||
|Wireless Network Monitoring|
|Monitoring Summary||Summary of the Managed Access Points status, rogue Access Points detected, Wireless stations connected, Wireless Controller Information and Wireless Network usage|
|Managed Access Points||APs status for the Managed Access Points and details that includes configuration settings, current Wireless settings, current Clients and detailed Traffic statistics|
|Rogue Access Points||
|Wireless Network Usage||Network Usage Statistics display plots of average received/transmitted network traffic per Managed Access Point. Three different plots show Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 b/bg/ng and 802.11 a/na mode traffic separately|
|DHCP Leases||DHCP details for Wireless Clients|
|Management Interface||HTTP, SNMP v1/v2c, Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH)|
|Logging and Reporting||If available Syslog server on the network, the Wireless Controller and Managed Access Points can send all Logs. Logs are also available on the GUI and ready to download (Log export file)|
|Diagnostics||Managed Access Points Ping|
|Maintenance||Save/Restore Configuration, Restore to Factory Defaults, Admin password change, Add user (read-only), Firmware Upgrade via Web browser for the Wireless Controller and the Managed Access Points|
|Dual Boot Image||Supported|
|IEEE and IETF RFC Standards|
|Wired IEEE Standards||
|RFC - System Facilities||
|RFC - Security||
|RFC - AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting)||
|RFC - Management||
Supported Access Points:
|Supported Access Points|
|Access Points||Description||Typical Deployment|
|WNDAP660||Wireless-N 3x3:900 Mbps Dual Band Concurrent Premium Access Point||Medium enterprise, higher education, mid-sized hotels and hospitals|
|WNDAP620||Wireless-N 3x3:450 Mbps Dual Band Selectable Premium Access Point||Medium enterprise, higher education, mid-sized hotels and hospitals|
|WNDAP360||Wireless-N 2x2:600 Mbps Dual Band Concurrent Access Point||Small to medium enterprise, K-12 schools with advanced Wi-Fi, hotels, mid-sized hospitals|
|WNDAP350||Wireless-N 2x2:600 Mbps Dual Band Concurrent Access Point (Metal)||Warehouse, transportation, hardened locations|
|WNAP320||Wireless-N 2x2:300 Mbps Single Band Access Point||Small to medium enterprise, K-12 with basic Wi-Fi|
|WNAP210||Wireless-N 2x2:300 Mbps Single Band Access Point||Entry level small to medium enterprise|
|WN370||Wireless-N 2x2:300 Mbps Wall Mount Single Band Access Point||Small to medium hospitality requiring per room wire/wireless access|
|WNDAP380R*||Wireless-N 2x2:600 Mbps Dual Band Concurrent Access Point with RFID||Medium to large hospitals, clinics|
Download the NETGEAR WC7600 Datasheet (PDF).
- Pricing and product availability subject to change without notice.