Security Features of Wireless
The AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 Cisco Aironet 2504 Wireless LAN Controller provides a range of security features to help protect wireless networks against unauthorized access, data theft, and other security threats. These security features can be configured and managed through the web-based interface or command-line interface provided by the device.
One of the key security features of AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 is its support for multiple security protocols, including WPA, WPA2, and 802.11i. These protocols provide strong encryption and authentication mechanisms to ensure that only authorized devices and users can access the wireless network. The controller also supports other security features such as MAC filtering, rogue access point detection, and intrusion prevention.
Another important security feature of AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 is its support for network segmentation and virtual LANs (VLANs). Network segmentation can help to improve network performance and security by dividing the network into smaller subnetworks, each with its own set of security policies and access controls. VLANs can be used to further segregate traffic and limit access to specific areas of the network.
AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 also provides support for secure guest access. This allows guest users to access the wireless network while ensuring that they are isolated from the main network and cannot access sensitive data or resources. The controller supports multiple guest access options, including web-based authentication and captive portals.
To further enhance security, AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 provides advanced threat detection and mitigation capabilities. These include intrusion detection and prevention, antivirus and anti-malware protection, and traffic analysis tools that can help identify and respond to potential security threats in real-time.
High Availability Configuration
AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 Cisco Aironet 2504 Wireless LAN Controller is designed to provide a centralized platform for managing and controlling wireless access points in a local area network (LAN). It can also support high availability configurations to ensure that the network remains functional and accessible in the event of a hardware or software failure.
High availability (HA) configuration is the process of setting up redundancy in the network to ensure that the system remains operational even if a failure occurs. In the case of the AIR-CT2504-HA-K9, high availability can be achieved by setting up a primary controller and a secondary controller. The primary controller is responsible for managing the wireless access points, while the secondary controller remains in standby mode, ready to take over in case the primary controller fails.
The primary and secondary controllers are configured to share information about the network, including access point configurations, wireless client information, and system settings. This ensures that both controllers have the same information and can take over for each other seamlessly in the event of a failure.
The primary and secondary controllers are connected to each other using a redundant Ethernet interface or a virtual interface. When the primary controller fails, the secondary controller automatically takes over and begins managing the wireless access points. This failover process is transparent to the wireless clients, who continue to have uninterrupted access to the network.
Configuring high availability on the AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 requires careful planning and attention to detail. Administrators must ensure that both controllers have identical configurations, including access point configurations, wireless client configurations, and system settings. They must also ensure that the controllers are connected to each other and that the failover process has been tested and verified.
Implementing Access Control
Implementing access control is an important aspect of managing wireless networks, especially in enterprise environments where security is a top priority. The AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 Cisco Aironet 2504 Wireless LAN Controller provides a range of access control features that can be used to restrict access to the wireless network and ensure that only authorized devices and users are allowed to connect.
One of the most basic access control features available on the AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 is the use of a pre-shared key (PSK) or passphrase. This is a simple password that must be entered by any device or user that wishes to connect to the wireless network. By configuring a strong and unique passphrase, network administrators can prevent unauthorized access to the wireless network.
Another access control feature available on the AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 is the use of MAC address filtering. This involves creating a list of MAC addresses for authorized devices and only allowing those devices to connect to the wireless network. This can be useful for controlling access to specific devices, such as printers or IoT devices, that do not support more advanced authentication methods.
For more advanced access control requirements, the AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 supports a range of authentication and encryption methods, including 802.1X/EAP, WPA2-Enterprise, and RADIUS authentication. These methods allow users to authenticate using their network credentials, such as username and password, or a security token, such as a smart card or token.
In addition to access control, the AIR-CT2504-HA-K9 also provides other security features, such as intrusion detection and prevention, rogue access point detection, and guest access management. These features help to ensure that the wireless network remains secure and protected from potential threats and vulnerabilities.
- Manufacturer Cisco Systems, Inc
- Type: Networking
- Sub-Type: Management Module
- Manufacturer Part Number AIR-CT2504-HA-K9
- Brand Name Cisco
- Product Line Aironet
- Product Series 2500
- Product Model 2504
- Product Name Aironet 2504 Wireless LAN Controller
- Product Type Wireless LAN Controller
- ISM Band No
- UNII Band No
- Wireless Security-
- IEEE 802.1X
- Features Quality of Service (QoS)
- Ethernet Port Yes
- Fast Ethernet Port Yes
- Gigabit Ethernet Port Yes
- 10Gigabit Ethernet Port No
- Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 4
- Network (RJ-11) No
- PoE (RJ-45) Port No
- VGA No
- HDMI No
- Audio Line Out No
- Serial Port Yes
- Powerline No
- Management Port Yes
Management & Protocols
- SNMP v1, v2c, v3
- Web-Based Management
- MIB/MIB II
- Command-line Interface
- Input Voltage 110 V AC
- Input Voltage 220 V AC
- Power Source Power Supply
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