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Cisco AIR-CT5508 vs AIR-CT5520 Comparison

by PivIT Global, on Apr 8, 2019 10:09:22 AM

The Cisco 5500 series is part of the next generation of wireless networking. With many
services and flexibilities, this wireless LAN controller can grow as you grow. The 5500
Series is part of the Cisco Unified Access Solution and is ready for 802.11ac Wave 2.
This series has the fluidity that your medium to large size organization needs.


Cisco AIR-CT5508 Controller

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Cisco 5508 Wireless Controllers deliver reliable performance, enhanced flexibility, and zero service-loss for mission-critical wireless. Interactive multimedia applications, such as voice and video, can now perform flawlessly over the wireless network. Clients can now conveniently roam with no service interruption. Flexible licensing allows you to easily add access point support or premium software features.

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Cisco 5508 Maximum Performance and Scalability

  • Supports up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients per controller
  • Supports both 802.11n and 802.11ac networks
  • Ability to manage 500 access points simultaneously
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5508 Improved Mobility and Services

  • Reliable connections even in the most demanding environments
  • Larger mobility domain for simultaneous client associations
  • Uninterrupted network access when roaming
  • Consistent streaming video and reliable toll-quality voice

Licensing Flexibility and Investment Protection

  • Option to add additional access points and feature licenses over time 

Scalable and Secure Teleworking Solution

Cisco Office Extend extends the corporate network to teleworkers, full- and part-
time home office workers, and mobile contractors using a wireless access point and
controller. It provides secure, rich wireless network services to employees regardless of
their location.

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Series Wireless LAN Controller is a highly scalable, service-rich and flexible platform compared to the 5508. It works best for medium to large organizations deployed in campus/ core networks. As a part of the Cisco Digital Network Architecture, the 5520 is optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2.

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Features and Capabilities

As a part of Cisco Digital Network Architecture, the 5520 Series Wireless LAN Controller provides us real-time communications between Cisco Aironet access points, Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and Cisco Mobility Services Engine. It is also highly compatible with other Cisco controllers.


The 5520 Series Comes with Integrated Services

  • Provides Application Visibility and Control (AVC). It also provides granular
    classification and prioritization of thousands of business-critical apps with dynamic
    protocol updates
  • Provides controller Location-aware Bonjour and Chromcast support services
    across a Layer 3 network at a user and device level
  • The 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


5520 Series Offers Exceptional Scalability

  • Supports up to 1500 access points and 20,000 clients
  • Optimizes 802.11ac Wave 2 next-generation networks with 20 Gb throughput
  • Consolidates multiple controllers into one with a single point of touch
  • Support is centralized, distributed, and meshes deployments in data center and campus
  • Can deploy as Cisco FlexConnect in sites with up to 100 access points in up to
    1500 groups


The 5520 Series offers high-availability features:

  • High-availability features mean no incremental system downtime
  • Uninterrupted application availability through sub-second failover for access point
    and client failover
  • Provides dual-redundant Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • Works as solid state device-based storage-no moving parts
  • Optional redundant, hot-swappable power supply
  • Enhanced system uptime with fast system restarts
Cisco provides a wide range of wireless controllers and access points that can support
wireless functions in organizations of all sizes. It includes branch offices for small and
medium businesses and efficiently services large campus and service provider
environments as well.
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