A few months of ago I was asked to help bring up a branch site for one of LookingPoint’s clients. This was unscheduled work and it was the first time I encountered Cisco’s Mobility Express. My previous projects have been enterprise deployments either using the traditional WLC or Meraki’s cloud managed APs. With Mobility Express, Cisco allows an AP to run as a wireless controller. Starting with 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, Cisco embedded a virtual WLC into the access point. I was pleasantly surprise and thought this make perfect sense for branch offices or for small to medium-sized businesses. No longer are branch sites tethered to HQ for wireless with capwap tunnels from branch site APs having to register with the WLC at HQ. This can be a great solution for sites with limited IT staff.
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