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Unified Wireless: Controllers and Switches

Unified Wireless is a scalable wireless local area network solution built for high density environments. In contrast to legacy wireless networks that provide access via independent wireless access points or routers, unified wireless makes use of centralized control policies that allow network administrators to manage the configuration of all access points. Unified Wireless offers self-organizing, self-optimizing, and self-healing network capabilities to increase the stability of the entire wireless network.

At the core of a D-Link Unified Wireless network is the hardware controller, which centralizes all aspects of access point provisioning and management. Two different controller models are available, the DWC-1000 (up to 24 APs) and the DWC-2000 (up to 256 APs). D-Link also offers Unified wireless switches – which combine the controller functionality with L2+ Gigabit switching functionality. Choose either the DWS-3160-24PC (48 APs) with PoE capability, DWS-3160-24TC (48 APs) without PoE capability, or the DWS-4026 (256 APs) with PoE capability.

D-Link Unified Wireless Access Points are highly manageable and scalable with high data transmission speeds. Once the APs are discovered by the switch/controller, the administrator can push a specific set of configurations onto them, rather than having to do so one by one. In addition, RF resource management and security are also managed centrally, thus allowing the administrator to preemptively identify potential deficiencies and weaknesses in the network.

When a number of access points are deployed close to each other, interference may result if proper RF management isn’t implemented. When a Unified AP senses a neighbor nearby, it can automatically select a non-interfering channel. This greatly reduces RF interference and will allow the administrator to deploy APs more densely. To further minimize interference, when a nearby AP is operating on the same channel, the neighboring AP will automatically lower its transmission power. At any time should the nearby AP drop from the network, the surrounding APs will increase transmission power to expand coverage.

Unified Wireless also provides a comprehensive wireless security solution for easy integration into any network. The Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS) featured in each switch/controller detects rogue access points, rogue clients, and can anticipate wireless threats, to help prevent potential breaches and illegal access before any damage is done to the network.

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20-Port Gigabit Unified Wireless Switch with 4 Gigabit Combo BASE-T/SFP Ports

DWS-3160-24TC

Able to manage up to 48 D-Link Unified Access Points by itself and up to 192 in a Peer Group, the DWS-3160 can be configured to act either as a Wireless Controller in the core network, or as an L2+ Gigabit Switch at the edge, enabling it to be seamlessly integrated into any existing network infrastructure. The DWS-3160 comes in two models – with or without PoE support.

20 Port PoE Gigabit Unified Wireless Switch with 4 Gigabit Combo BASE-T/SFP Ports

DWS-3160-24PC

Able to manage up to 48 D-Link Unified Access Points by itself and up to 192 in a Peer Group, the DWS-3160 can be configured to act either as a Wireless Controller in the core network, or as an L2+ Gigabit Switch at the edge, enabling it to be seamlessly integrated into any existing network infrastructure. The DWS-3160 comes in two models – with or without PoE support.

20 Port PoE Gigabit Unified Wireless Switch, 4 Gigabit Combo BASE-T/SFP Ports, 2 10G Module Slots

DWS-4026

Able to manage up to 64 D-Link Unified Access Points by itself and up to 256 in a Peer Group, the DWS-4026 can be configured to act either as a Wireless Controller in the core network, and as an L2+ Gigabit PoE Switch at the edge, enabling it to be seamlessly integrated into any existing network infrastructure.

  • 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
  • 16 to 28 ports
  • Combo 1000BASE-T/SFP
  • Layer 2+

Unified Wireless Controller with 6 AP License

DWC-1000

The D-Link DWC-1000 Wireless Controller is a centralized wireless LAN management appliance developed specifically for campuses, branch offices, and small-to-medium enterprises (SMBs). It has the ability to manage up to 24 Access Points (default 6) and a maximum of 96 wireless access points in a Controller Peer Group. Its auto-managed AP discovery and single point management allow customers to acquire an enterprise class system without the burden of executing complex configurations. The DWC-1000 also enables managed APs to block potential attacks from unauthorized users and devices, especially for wireless environments.

Unified Wireless Controller

DWC-2000

The D-Link DWC-2000 Wireless Controller is a centralized Wireless LAN manager designed specifically for education, hospitality, and medium-to-large enterprises. 

DWC-2000 32 Access Point Upgrade License

DWC-2000-AP32-LIC

32 Access Point Upgrade License for DWC-2000 Unified Wireless Controller

DWS-3160-24TC 12 Access Point Upgrade License

DWS-3160-24TC-AP12-LIC

12 Access Point Upgrade License for DWS-3160-24TC Unified Wireless Switch.

DWS-3160-24TC 24 Access Point Upgrade License

DWS-3160-24TC-AP24-LIC

24 Access Point Upgrade License for DWS-3160-24TC Unified Wireless Switch.

DWC-1000 6 Access Point Upgrade License

DWC-1000-AP6-LIC

6 Access Point Upgrade License for DWC-1000 Unified Wireless Controller

DWC-1000 VPN Upgrade License

DWC-1000-VPN-LIC

The DWC-1000-VPN-LIC License adds support for using the DWC-1000 as a VPN Router as well as a Wireless Controller.