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D-Link DWC-1000
Unified Wireless Controller with 6 AP License

D-Link DWC-1000

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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 regular-based 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.

Comprehensive Security
The DWC-1000 provides a comprehensive wireless security solution for any network. On the wireless side, the Wireless Instruction Detection System (WIDS) detects rogue access points and clients as well as anticipates wireless threats, preventing any potential damage and illegal access. In addition to its wireless security features like WEP, WPA Personal/Enterprise, WPA2 Personal/Enterprise, and MAC Authentication, the Captive Portal feature blocks clients from accessing the network until their identities are verified. This double-layer authentication and authorization provides thorough security to protect against attacks on the network.

High Scalability, Availability, and Flexibility
To accommodate for size and structural changes, Business Wireless Plus license upgrades are available to improve the DWC-1000’s capabilities. D-Link offers two Business Wireless Plus licenses: an AP license upgrade and a VPN 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 and 24 access points per controller after the AP license upgrade.

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 use 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 mobile users by providing remote access to a central corporate database.

Simplified Management
Centralized remote control of managed access points makes it easy to automatically discover compatible D-Link Wireless Access Points. With the controller clustering feature, administrators can log into one wireless controller and perform configurations on all others within the group. The real-time monitoring of access points and associated client stations enable the efficient utilization of network resources. System alarms and statistics reports on managed access points further help the administrator use the DWC-1000 to manage, control, and optimize network performance.


Network Architecture

  • Manage up to 6 wireless APs, upgradable to 24 APs1 per controller maximum 96 APs1 per Peer Group (up to 4 controllers)

Robust Network Security

  • Wireless Instruction Detection System (WIDS)
  • Rogue AP Detection & Classification
  • Captive Portal
  • WEP, WPA Personal/Enterprise, WPA2 Personal/Enterprise

Fault Tolerance

  • Option ports WAN traffic failover2
  • Outbound load balancing2

Compatible D-Link Wireless Access Points

  • DWL-8600AP (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • DWL-6600AP (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • DWL-3600AP (802.11b/g/n)
1 The number of managed APs can be increased through purchase of license upgrades.
2 Features enabled through purchase of the VPN/Router/Firewall license upgrade.

Technical Specifications:

D-Link DWC-1000 Specifications
  • 2 10/100/1000 Option Ports3
  • 4 10/100/1000 LAN Ports
USB 2 USB 2.0 Ports
Console RJ-45
Capactiy and Performance
Maximum Access Points per unit
Maximum Access Points per cluster
Concurrent Captive Portal authentication users (Wired/Wireless) 124/400
Dedicated IPSec VPN tunnels2 40
Dedicated PPTP/L2TP VPN tunnels2 25
Dedicated SSL VPN tunnels2 20
Access Point Managment
Compatible Managed APs
  • DWL-8600AP
  • DWL-6600AP
  • DWL-3600AP
AP Discovery & Control
  • Layer-2
  • Layer-3
AP Monitoring
  • Managed AP
  • Rogue AP
  • Authentication Fail AP
  • Standalone AP
Client Monitoring
  • Authenticated Client
  • Rogue Client
  • Authentication Fail Client
  • Ad-hoc Client
Centralized RF/Security Policy Management Supported
Fast Roaming Supported
Intra-controller/Inter-controller roaming Supported
AP Monitoring Supported
Intra-subnet/Inter-subnet roaming Supported
Wireless Security
  • WEP
  • Dynamic WEP
  • WPA Personal/Enterprise
  • WPA2 Personal/Enterprise
Wireless Instruction Detection & Prevention System (WIDS)
  • Rogue and Valid AP Classification
  • Rogue AP Mitigation
LAN Security 802.1X port-based access control and guest VLAN
  • Captive Portal
  • MAC Authentication
VLAN Group Up to 255 entries
802.1q VLAN Tagging Supported
Subnet-based VLAN Supported
Port-based VLAN Supported
  • Each feature supports 100 rules
  • Supports up to 600 firewall rules
Dynamic Route RIPv1, RIPv2
Dynamic DNS Supported
NAT, PAT Supported
Web Content Filtering Static URL
Route Failover Supported
Outbound Load Balancing Supported
Virtual Private Network (VPN)2
Encryption Methods DES, 3DES, AES, Twofish, Blowfish, CAST-128, NULL
IPSec NAT Traversal Supported
Dead Peer Detection Supported
IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) Supported
IP Authentication Header (AH) Supported
VPN Tunnel Keep Alive Supported
Hub and Spoke Supported
1 The number of managed APs can be increased through purchase of license upgrades.
2 Features enabled through purchase of the VPN/Router/Firewall license upgrade.
3 The first Option port is enabled by default. The second Option port is enabled through purchase of the VPN/Router/Firewall license upgrade.


Network Implementation within L2/L3 Network in an SMB Environment

Network Implementation within L2/L3 Network in an SMB Environment

Remotely Managed AP Implementation
(VPN/Router/Firewall license upgrade required)

Remotely Managed AP Implementation


Download the D-Link DWC-1000 Datasheet (PDF).

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