The D-Link DWC-1000 Unified Wireless Controller is a centralized wireless LAN manager developed specifically for campuses, branch offices, and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). With the ability to manage up to six wireless access points (upgradable to 24) and a maximum of 96 wireless access points in a Peer Group, the DWC-1000 is a cost-effective mobility solution for small to medium-scale environments. Its auto-managed AP discovery and single point management allow customers to acquire an enterprise class system without the burden of executing massive and complex configurations. With a robust and comprehensive security detection system, the DWC-1000 also enables managed APs to block potential attacks from unauthorized users and devices, especially for wireless environments.
Robust and Optimized Network
The DWC-1000 features a self-organizing, self-optimizing, and self-healing network capability to increase the stability of the entire wireless network. With periodic radio scanning and performance analyzing, the DWC-1000 automatically adjusts radio channels and power to avoid interference and keep the wireless network in an optimized state. To make up for a sudden RF signal vacuum created by any “dead” access point, the DWC-1000 will increase the transmit output power of neighboring access points to expand RF coverage.
The DWC-1000 provides a comprehensive wireless security solution for any network. On the wireless side, powered by a Wireless Instruction Detection System (WIDS), the DWC-1000 can detect rogue access points and rogue clients as well as anticipate wireless threats, preventing any potential damage and illegal access. In addition to other fundamental wireless security features including WEP, WPA Personal/Enterprise, WPA2 Personal/Enterprise, and MAC Authentication to determine the identity of wireless devices, the Captive Portal feature allows you to block clients from accessing the network until the clients verify their identities. This double-layer authentication and authorization provides a robust security fence to also protect against attacks from within the network.
High Scalability, Availability, and Flexibility
Companies frequently change in terms of size and organizational structure. To address such changing needs, the DWC-1000 offers a new dimension in feature selections: administrators can purchase licenses to upgrade the DWC-1000’s capabilities. D-Link offers three types of Business Wireless Plus licenses: an AP license upgrade, a VPN license upgrade, and a Web Content Filtering (WCF) license upgrade.
The AP license upgrade increases the number of manageable access points. The DWC-1000 Wireless Controller manages up to six access points by default. After adding AP license upgrades, it can manage up to 24 access points per controller. The VPN license upgrade enables the DWC-1000 to provide VPN, Router, and Firewall functionality. The firewall function allows administrators to control network access by setting classification policies. The dual Option ports provide link failover and provide Internet connection redundancy to ensure Internet access. The virtual private network (VPN) features provide secure remote control to manage access points in branch offices. Site-to-site VPN tunnels can use the IP Security (IPSec) Protocol, Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), or Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) to facilitate branch office connectivity through encrypted virtual links. In addition, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN tunnels empower your mobile users by providing remote access to a central corporate database.
Web traffic is one of the biggest sources for security issues and misuse of the Internet. Inappropriate surfing habits can expose a network to many security threats as well as legal and regulatory liabilities. Productivity and Internet bandwidth can also be impaired. The DWC-1000 supports various filtering mechanisms for removing web content that is deemed inappropriate according to a web usage policy. Active Content Handling can be used to “scrub” web pages of content that the administrator considers a potential threat, such as ActiveX objects and Java Applets. Static Content Filtering provides a means for manually classifying web sites as “good” or “bad”. This is also known as URL blacklisting and whitelisting. And Dynamic Content Filtering4 is a powerful feature that enables the administrator to allow or block access to web sites depending on the category they have been classified into by an automatic classification service. Dynamic content filtering requires a minimum of administration effort and has very high accuracy.
Centralized remote control of managed access points provides a simple way to automatically discover compatible D-Link Wireless Access Points, add them to the managed access point list, and configure them with one-time configuration dispatch settings. With the controller Peer Group feature, the administrator can easily log into one wireless controller and perform essential configurations on others within the group. The real-time monitoring of access points and associated client stations enables the efficient utilization of network resources. System alarms and statistics reports on managed access points also help the administrator use the DWC-1000 to manage, control, and optimize network performance.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
D-Link offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the DWC-1000 Unified Wireless Controller to further its commitment to product quality and long-term customer confidence. The Limited Lifetime Warranty applies for as long as the original customer owns the product or five (5) years after product discontinuance, whichever occurs first.