Extreme WiNG (formerly Zebra Technologies, Motorola Solutions and Symbol Technologies) wireless LANs represent a complete set of hardware components, services and management features to run a truly enterprise wireless network.
The main components of WiNG WLANs are Access Points and RF controllers.Types of the Access Points are:
- Thin AP: Fewer own intelligence, cannot work without an RF controller, and all wireless traffic is tunneled through the RF controller. Examples include Zebra AP100, AP200, AP300, and AP650 (with WiNG 4 only).
- Dependent AP: Cannot work without RF controller but the wireless traffic must not be tunneled through the RF controller. Examples are AP621, AP622 and AP650 (with WiNG 5 only).
- Independent AP: They are able to work without an RF controller. RF controller can be used for their central management or extending of security.
Examples of Indepent APs:
Zebra Solutions offers the following types of RF controllers:
- RFS4000 - for smaller networks and the installation of the branches, can handle up to 6 Thin APs or 36 Independent/Dependent APs
- RFS6000 - for medium-sized Wi-Fi network can handle up to 48 Thin APs or 256 Independent/Dependent APs
- NX4500 - integrated LAN/WLAN solution supporting up to 72 WiNG 5 Independent/Dependent APs
- NX6500 - integrated LAN/WLAN solution supporting up to 264 Wi-NG 5 Independent/Dependent APs
- NX9600 - for global Wi-Fi network with up to 10.240 WiNG 5 Independent/Dependent APs
- VX9000 - virtualized WiNG 5 RF controller
RF controllers can be connected together into clusters to manage and secure large Wi-Fi networks exceeding boundaries of countries.