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Cisco Wireless Controller 4400 or 5500 series?

Last Modified: 2013-11-12
I am doing an enterprise wireless deployment project.  Due to the economy, my budget has been slashed by 90%, which means I'll be doing more of this with my team and less with contractors.

Fortunately, I already have a bit of the hardware including 14 Cisco 1231 APs and 15 Cisco 1142 APs (to cover 300,000 sq.ft.).

I need a controller.  I was looking at the 4400 series and the 5500 series.  The 4400 is about $4K cheaper.  Why should I use a 5500?  Should I be looking at something else?

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So 4402 does not support N?
Jody LemoineNetwork Architect

It *supports* N completely, but the 5500 is optimized for the increased throughput that 250 802.11N APs will require.

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