NEXT GENERATION ADVANCED WLAN OPERATING SYSTEM
Zebra's WiNG 5 operating system is the next generation in the evolution of WLAN architectures. WiNG 5 OS is designed to scale efficiently from the smallest networks to large, geographically dispersed deployments. WiNG 5 is based on Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS), resulting in a software-defined networking (SDN)-ready operating system that can distribute controller functionality to every access point in your network. Now, every access point is network aware, providing the intelligence required to truly unleash optimal performance — all wireless LAN infrastructure can work together to ensure every transmission is routed through the most efficient path, every time.
WiNG 5 brings you the resiliency of a standalone access point network without the vulnerability of a centralized controller, with advancements that take performance, reliability, security, scalability and manageability to a new level. The result? Maximum network uptime and security with minimal management. And true seamless and dependable mobility for your users.
Zebra now offers FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certified WiNG 5 software, bringing government grade AES-256 security to all wireless applications. Supported products include AP 7131N, AP-7131N-GR, AP 7161, AP 7181, RFS-7000 and RFS-7000-GR.
|DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENCE — OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE WITH SERVICES AT THE EDGE|
|WiNG 5 enables all WLAN infrastructure with the intelligence required to work together to determine the most efficient path for every transmission. The need to route all traffic through a controller is eliminated, along with the resulting congestion and latency, resulting in higher throughput and superior network performance. Since all features are available at the access layer, they remain available even when the controller is offline — for example, due to a WAN outage — ensuring site survivability and extraordinary network resilience. In addition, you get unprecedented scalability — large networks can support as many as 1,024 nodes without impacting throughput or manageability, providing unprecedented scalability.|
|802.11 a/b/g, 802.11n||Yes|
|Channel Agility||Ability to change transmission bandwidth on a per-packet basis.|
|Authentication methods||802.1x EAP (WPA2 Enterprise), Pre-Shared Keys (WPA2 Personal), EAP or RADIUS MAC, Captive Portal, Captive Portal Fallback and MAC Authentication|
|Authentication servers||RADIUS (Internal), RADIUS (LDAP User Database) and RADIUS (External)
Tested for interoperability with Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft IAS/ NPS Radius Server, TACACS+, Cisco ACS, CISCO ISE and Free RADIUS.
|Encryption methods||WPA2-CCMP (AES)|
|Web-based Captive Portal||Native in WiNG 5 across the portfolio of controllers and access points: a captive portal server with customizable internal pages with centralized page distribution is available. Pages can also be hosted on an external web server. The native Guest Access solution has an easy-to-use front-end interface to generate time-based vouchers for access.
Web Portal access to free zones can be authorized via user credentials or acceptance of Terms and Conditions.
|Traffic forwarding||Local Bridging (send out on the WLAN from the remote site bypassing the WLAN controller)
Extended VLANs (centralized forwarding at the WLAN controller)
L2TPV3 tunneling mechanisms
For RFS 7000 with extended VLANs, 256 Access points are supported, with local bridging 1024 access points are supported.
|Rate limiting||To prevent congestion in the network, and ensure that mission critical traffic is not impacted, WiNG 5 provides the capability to limit traffic per user, or enable rate limiting per WLAN, so that all users on that WLAN are rate limited.|
|Dynamic client load balancing||Clients are distributed among APs on association by client count or AP throughput, which is useful for dense deployments, such as conferences and stadiums. Neighboring APs are automatically computed and do not require manual identification.|
|DCS and antenna modes||Various antenna mode selections (based on AP) - 3X3; 2X3; 2X2; 1X1 with antenna diversity
Dynamic chain selection allows dynamic single mode antenna operation when legacy clients are associated in a mixed mode environment.
|MULTIMEDIA, VOICE AND QOS|
|Implicit TSPEC||For legacy clients that do not support WMM, WiNG 5 provides Implicit TSPEC that enables traffic prioritization|
||For optimal user experience with video streaming, WiNG 5 supports the following mechanisms:
|802.1p and DSCP support||End-to-end tagging is preserved, over the air and over the wire to ensure robust quality of service|
|DTIM per BSSID||Provides battery savings on mobile devices while using VOIP and data.|
|SIP Call Admission Control||Ensure that SIP calls in session continue even when they roam to a loaded AP, while new calls initiated on a loaded AP get the busy signal.|
|Spectralink Voice Protocol (SVP)||Supported, as required for Legacy Polycom handsets|
|Intra-subnet roaming||Seamless mobility of wireless clients within the same subnet|
|Inter-(IP) subnet roaming||Seamless mobility of wireless clients across IP subnets|
|Fast roaming||Opportunistic PMK caching for fast roaming|
|HIGH AVAILABILITY NETWORKS|
|WiNG 5 enables the creation of highly reliable networks, with several levels of redundancy and failover mechanisms to ensure continuous network service in case of outages. APs in remote sites coordinate with each other to provide optimized routing and self healing, delivering a superior quality of experience for business critical applications. Even when WiNG 5 site survivable APs lose communication with the controller, they continue to function, able to bridge traffic while still enforcing QoS and security policies — including stateful inspection of Layer2 (locally bridged) or Layer 3 traffic.|
|Smart RF||Automatically adjusts channel and power to achieve optimal RF performance.
Enables mitigation for Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi Interference and Neighbor AP failure for Coverage Hole Recovery and Deadspot Recovery.
Detects interference from neighboring RF sources and automatically tunes the network to avoid impact and automatically adjusts power to provide coverage on access point failures, coverage holes and deadspots.
|Airtime fairness||Ensures optimal experience for high throughput clients when sharing the airwaves with legacy clients.|
|SMART Band Control||Enables efficient use of the spectrum, by load balancing wireless clients across bands, or channels within a band, as well as guiding 5 GHz capable clients to the 5 GHz band.|
|Clustering of WLAN controllers||Automatic Synchronized Configuration, Active / Active, Active / Standby modes are supported.|
|VRRP||Yes, with Active:Standby configuration|
|Load balancing of wireless-to-wired traffic||Allows load balancing of traffic from different APs across multiple controllers, similar to WiNG 4.x in flat AP300 L2 deployments.|
|Dual image bank||Dual image bank prevents disruption to the network during network upgrades.|
|Critical resource monitoring||Protects against network disruption by monitoring critical resources (gateways/ servers) and failing over to secondary links when required.|
|WLAN auto shutdown||Dynamically disables/enables WLANs based on network transitions. Prevents clients from associating to WLANs that have limited or no connectivity. WLAN is automatically re-enabled when connectivity is restored.
Triggers include: AP un-adoption, loss of primary wired link, a meshpoint that is unable to reach root or a critical resource that is unreachable.
|AAA Redundancy||Ability to configure multiple RADIUS servers for failover. AP also has the ability to be configured with onboard RADIUS server.|
|GAP FREE SECURITY|
|When it comes to wireless security, one size does not fit all — a variety of solutions are required to meet the varying needs and demands of different types of organizations. Regardless of the size of your WLAN or your security requirements, our tiered approach to security allows you to deploy the features you need to achieve the right level of security for your networks and your data. And where a hub-and-spoke architecture can’t stop threats until they reach the controller inside your network, WiNG 5 distributes security features to every access point, including those at the very edge of your network, creating an around-the-clock constant network perimeter guard that prevents threats from entering your network for unprecedented gap free security.|
|Native IDS/IPS||Provides the following native capabilities: Extensive WIPS Event Detection, Customized WIPS Signatures, Device Categorization, Unauthorized AP Detection and Anomaly Analysis with Client Blacklisting.|
|Air Defense sensor conversion||Ease of use with the ability to dedicate radios to Air Defense sensors|
|Stateful packet inspection firewall||Yes. Includes firewalling at layer 2 and at layer 3 (IP), Application Layer Gateways, Association ACL, Centralized Association ACL, Client Disassociate on Excessive Denies, DHCP Broadcast to Unicast Conversion, Dos Attack Detection, Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI), Hole 196 Detection / Protection, IPv4 ACL and Rules, MAC ACL and Rules, Per VLAN Enable / Disable, Rogue DHCP Server Detection, Storm Controls.|
|Role based firewall||Firewall policy enforcement based on user roles, besides the standard firewall policies by subnet, port, etc. Role can be assigned based on various parameters, such as AP Location, Active Directory Attributes, OpenLDAP Attributes, Authentication State, Authentication Type, DHCP Fingerprint, Encryption Type, Group Membership, MAC Address, SSID Name and User Defined LDAP Attributes.|
|Device fingerprinting||Provides classification of devices by type, class, Operating System (OS) and OS version. Provides the network administrator with statistics and visual display of the distribution of devices in the wireless network.|
|Network Address Translation (NAT)||Yes, including Static NAT, Dynamic NAT, Port Address Translation (PAT), NAT after IPsec, NAT Load Balancing / Failover, NAT Precedence|
|L2NAT – Layer 2 NAT||Provides a mechanism to send Internet traffic locally out from the AP/ controller, while sending corporate traffic back to the NOC, when both are on the same WLAN/ VLAN. As a result, Internet traffic does not always have to return to the NOC, eliminating longer latencies. By addressing Local IP address requirements, traffic destined for local resources (such as printers) can remain within the site.|
|IPsec VPN||Site-to-site and Remote VPN support|
|Auto IPsec tunnel||Simplifies IPsec configuration by allowing APs to obtain IP addresses via DHCP to automatically create tunnels.
Secures MINT traffic between the AP and WLAN controller, or between WLAN controllers.
|L2TP client version 3||Yes|
|OUTDOOR WIRELESS AND MESH|
|When you need to extend your wireless LAN to outdoor spaces, our patented MeshConnex technology combines with comprehensive mesh networking features to enable you to create secure, high performance, flexible and scalable mesh networks.
With our mesh technology, you can cover virtually any area without installing cabling, enabling the creation of cost-effective outdoor wireless networks that can provide coverage to enterprise workers in vast campus-style environments as well as public safety personnel in patrol cars.
|MeshConnex||MeshConnex™ technology is an ad hoc networking solution that brings high-speed routing and advanced link management to wireless communications. The technology leverages patented and proven routing
techniques originally developed for battlefield communications. MeshConnex™ technology utilizes the Mesh Scalable Routing (MSR™) protocol, a hybrid routing algorithm that uses elements of both proactive and
reactive routing to provide fast route acquisition and route optimization. The protocol’s hybrid nature makes it ideal for broadband, low-latency applications such as video and IP telephony. At the same time, the hybrid algorithm guarantees loop-free routing, so packets are never ‘lost’, enabling seamless integration of indoor and outdoor networks.
|ORLA (Opportunistic Radio Link Adaptation)||Patented Rate Control algorithms used in conjunction with MeshConnex deliver the highest performance in dynamic outdoor environments. Opportunistic Radio Link Adaptation, known as ORLA, proactively probes other rates to determine if greater throughput is available, intelligently adjusting its selection tables to favor higher performance.|
|Extended radio range||Extends range of radio transmissions beyond the default out-of-the-box backhaul distances for outdoor APs.|
|Vehicle mounted modem||Software support and hardware accessories enable use of the AP 7161 as an in-vehicle modem. Includes multi-channel VMM support to roam in a network with multiple channels enabled for better frequency band utilization.|
|MeshConnex backhaul detection||Allows MCX on a root to monitor the state of the backhaul and take corresponding actions to optimize the mesh network performance.|
|Single hop Mesh (MINT Mesh)||Enables a low cost deployment by eliminating the need to pull wires for distribution. Improves network resiliency — in case of wired switch failures, APs can route traffic through alternate wired switches, with
the mesh link re-converging to locate an alternate route. This capability is supported on all 802.11n APs.
|NETWORK SERVICES, ROUTING AND SWITCHING|
|WiNG 5 integrates network services like built-in DHCP server, AAA server and routing protocols like policy based routing and OSPF, Layer 2 protocols like MSTP and Link Aggregation. Integration of services and routing/ switching protocols eliminates the need for additional servers or other networking gear in small offices thereby reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In large networks, where such services are deployed on a dedicated server/ router at the NOC, this provides a backup solution for remote sites when the WAN link to the NOC is temporarily lost. Integrating also provides the added benefit of coordination across these services on failover from primary to standby, assisting a more meaningful behavior, rather than when each fails over independently of the other for the same root cause.|
|Built-in DHCP server||Yes|
|Dynamic DNS support||Yes|
|Built-in RADIUS server||Yes. Supports EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS (MD5), EAP-TTLS (PAP), EAP-TTLS (MSCHAPv2), PEAPv0 (MSCHAPv2), PEAPv1 (GTC).
External LDAP adds support for the following: EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS (PAP), PEAPv0 (MSCHAPv2), PEAPv1 (GTC).
|VLAN load balancing||Distributes traffic from a single WLAN to multiple VLANs for load balancing of wireless network traffic.|
|Dynamic VLAN assignment||After users log in with their credentials, automatically places users on the appropriate VLAN.|
|DNS server forwarding||Yes|
|MSTP||Multiple spanning tree protocol|
|Policy-based routing||Enables routing based on network driven policies, a combination of: source, destination IP addresses, protocol and port.
Allows the user to route different traffic types (such as corporate vs. guest) through different physical links.
|802.1x supplicant on access points||Yes|
|IGMP snooping||Yes — enables filtering of multicast traffic|
|802.3ad link aggregation||Yes|
|Wired and wireless integration||Yes|
|Network access protection interoperability||Supports interoperability for the following NAP systems via WLAN Controllers with multiple vendor systems including Microsoft (NPS), Forescout Technologies, Cisco Systems ISE, Bradford Networks, Symantec NAC
|MANAGEMENT, DEPLOYMENT AND TROUBLESHOOTING|
|WiNG’s comprehensive end-to-end management capabilities cover deployment through day-to-day management. You get true zero-touch deployment for access points located anywhere in the world, the simplicity of a single window into the entire network, plus the ability to remotely troubleshoot and resolve issues. And since our management technology is manufacturer-agnostic, you can manage your Zebra WLAN infrastructure as well as any legacy equipment from other manufacturers, allowing you to take advantage of our advanced WLAN infrastructure without requiring a costly “rip and replace” of your existing WLAN.|
|DEPLOYMENT AND TROUBLSHOOTING|
|Zero touch deployment||Auto provisioning policies allow for zero touch AP adoption. The matching auto provisioning policy is determined based on one or more of the following: CDP Match, DHCP Options, DNS Suffix, Hostname, LLDP Match, MAC Address, Model Number, Serial Number or VLAN ID.|
|Auto Install||APs with FIPS firmware can be plugged into the network out of the box, and they will automatically upgrade their firmware and configuration files.|
|Layer 3 access point discovery||Plug and Play auto-discovery without any pre-staging via DHCP. Static IP support is also available.|
|AP as an RF domain manager||In a deployment where the WLAN controller is at the NOC and a site has APs only, a single AP can act as an RF domain manager and locally control APs at the site. The AP can also distribute firmware updates and consolidate statistics from multiple APs to the NOC WLAN controller, substantially reducing WAN bandwidth requirements.|
|Multi-country deployment support||Deploy controllers in one region and distribute APs distributed across multiple geographic regions with the multi-country support.|
|Seamless packet capture||Provides built-in packet capture tools via telnet/SSH. Enables seamless packet capture while client roams from one access point to another. Capture also supported via Tasman Sniffer Protocol (TZSP). Files can be uploaded to an FTP Server.|
|Remote debug||Gives administrators the ability to look at interesting debug messages for a specific client at a remote site.|
|Tech support data feed||Ability to take a data feed for service and support.|
|Friendly nomenclature of APs and wireless clients||Enables easy troubleshooting through the ability to add friendly nomenclature to APs and wireless clients.|
|Locator LEDs for Aps||Easily locate APs that are installed in the ceiling when troubleshooting via a distinctive blink pattern.|
|Ability to disable LEDs||Flexibility of deployment, in healthcare|
|Web based management||Intuitive user interface via https. Includes device status, floor plans, heat maps (signal, interference, noise), network topology view, RF quality, system dashboard, system configuration, system diagnostics, system inventory, system operations, system security status, system statistics and traffic utilization.|
|Quick start wizard||Enables rapid set up of basic wireless network configuration.|
|Text-based configuration files||Enables easy import/export and modification of configuration files.|
|CLI support||Provides a Cisco-like CLI, accessible via sshv2, telnet and serial console.|
|SNMP support||Yes (including v2c and v3) — v3 encrypts SNMP traffic for enhanced security.|
|Administrator roles||Roles include: Helpdesk, Monitor, Network Admin, Security Admin, System Admin, Superuser, Web User Admin.|
|Management user AAA||Support RADIUS and TACACS+ for Authentication, Authorization and Accounting of management users.|
|FTP support||Built-in FTP Server supports FTP, SFTP and TFTP Clients.|
|Our standards-based technology offers the certifications required to ensure support for all Wi-Fi protocols, government grade FIPS
security and interoperability with a wide range of infrastructure.
|IEEE 802.11 amendments||IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11d, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11e, IEEE 802.11h, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.11n|
|FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification||http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm#2017
RFS-7000 is in progress
WiNG-4 is certified for AP-7131N and RFS-7000