CCNA Wireless Summary Notes: Managing Wireless Networks with Wireless Control System (WCS) & sneakpeak into Cisco Prime Interface.

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Evolution of WCS

Cisco WCS (no longer supported)  -> Cisco Prime Network Control System (NCS) -> Cisco Prime Infrastructure (PI): Works with both wired and wireless.

WCS

Hosted on 32-bit Windows 2003 SP1+ or Red Hat Linux ServerHas 2 Forms

  1. WCS Base ( clients located in relation to nearest AP)
  2. WCS Plus ( clients location more accurate and can also use MSE for tracking).

Licencing

  1. Single Server Licence for 50, 100 or 500 APs
  2. Enterprise licence (only for WCS Plus) – can support 1 or more server instances with a max of 50000 APs

Cisco WCS Navigator acts as a single interface to access up to 20 distinct WCS servers. This is a separate product.

WLC Page Displays

  • Alarm Summary
    1. Grouped as critical, major and minor
    2. WCS will remember each alarm for a default period of 15 days or until someone takes some action on it.
    3. Actions to be performed on Alarms:

Assign to me – remains in your alarm list

Unassign – removed from your alarm list

Delete – WCS will forget about it

Clear – WCS will record it and remove from list

Acknowledge – alarm has been checked and can be removed from the list

Unacknowledge – Alarm is added back to the list

Email notification

  • Main Navigation Area
    1. Functions that can be performed

Monitor

Reports

Administer WCS

Configure – changes to WLCs, APs etc

Services – Intergrate WCS with external services

Tools – Perform audits, attach info to Cisco TAC requests

Help

  • Home
    1. Displays charts and graphs of wireless activity.
    2. Is customizable for each user

WCS to configure devices

Configure > Controllers (add correct SNMP settings for the controller to be added)

WCS Maps

Monitor > Maps

  • WCS maps are organized in a tree-like structure. A campus contains one or more buildings or outdoor areas. Each building can contain one or more floor maps. By default, maps are placed into a system campus.
  • WCS computes the RF signal strength for each AP and displays the results as a colored heatmap. Red represents a strong signal (–35 dBm), progressing through orange, yellow, green, and then blues and purples at the weak end of the scale
    (–90 dBm).
  • WCS updates the AP icons based on current conditions. A green icon – AP radio that is working properly, with no faults or alarms. A yellow icon – AP radio with a minor alarm, while a red icon indicates a major alarm.

In summary, the interface for the WCS is similar to the Prime Infrastructure Interface. Since PI is what I have for now, I will show you the interface that it has. Please note that PI is not covered in the CCNA series so this is just additional information for those who want 🙂

Home

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What you can access from Cisco Prime Infrastructure Monitor Interface

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Configure Interface

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Services allow you to add access to external services like MSE for tracking

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The report tab can be used to generate reports

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The Administration tab can be used to configure the PI itself

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Oh, Forgot to mention that the alarms were moved to the bottom for the PI

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Last but not least, the most interesting part of it all offcourse is the site map 🙂

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