Edgecore Networks EWS101 | Wireless LAN Controller

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Edgecore Networks EWS101 WLAN gateway-controller is an ideal solution for distributed site deployments and SMBs that require cost-effective Wi-Fi access control, 802.1X, up to 50 ECW/ECWO APs, Desktop type, 1 x WAN / 4 x LAN, up to 2k Local Accounts. Recommended for chain stores and distributed sites.

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Edgecore EWS101

The EWS101 is an entry-level wireless LAN controller that provides enterprise-grade functionality for SMBs, retail/chain stores, and distributed sites. With AP management, user authentication, policy assignment, traffic shaping, firewall features all packaged into a single box, the EWS101 allows smaller organizations with minimal IT resources to enable the same level of network security and management capabilities as their large enterprise counterparts. The EWS101 is extremely affordable, easy to deploy, and simple to manage, making it the ideal choice for SMBs needing a comprehensive Wi-Fi solution.

The EWS101 is capable of managing up to 50 ECW/ECWO-series Wireless Access Points, which can be deployed and configured easily by anyone, including non-wireless savvy users. For example, automated AP discovery prevents network administrators from having to go through the hassle of individually adding and configuring each access point. Access points as well as connected Wi-Fi devices can then be monitored and managed from a centralized point, with extensive logging & reporting features to assist in troubleshooting and maintenance.

As Wi-Fi enabled handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets become ever so prevalent in our daily lives, businesses and network operators alike are faced with a mind-boggling dilemma – how to simultaneously address the needs of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), manage Wi-Fi users, and maintain network service quality for mission critical applications. The EWS101 is designed exactly with these requirements in mind, and with a total cost of ownership that satisfies even the most price conscious, organizations are guaranteed to receive an unmatched ROI on their wireless LAN infrastructure.

AP Management Simplified. Edgecore EWS-series gateway-controllers come with a complete suite of AP management functionality to simplify the deployment and management of complex Wi-Fi networks. Template-based configuration allows network administrators to quickly update multiple APs’ settings from a single interface, while detailed information about each AP’s statistics and real-time email notifications helps increase troubleshooting efficiency. Finally, by grouping APs for load balancing and detecting rogue APs, organizations can ensure the performance of their wireless networks.

Hybrid Gateway-Controller Architecture. As a hybrid architecture integrating both access gateway and WLAN controller functionality in one box, network administrators are able to easily correlate user traffic logs, user policies, and AP statistics for more intelligent allocation of overall network resources. Traditional AP management solutions offer only limited user management capability, and are unable to directly meet the increasing demand in public and enterprise Wi-Fi networks for detailed user access control and monitoring. Furthermore, when compared to separated controller the gateway architectures, Edgecore provides much simpler single interface management and greatly reduced overall cost of deployment.

Multiple Customizable Captive Portals. With Edgecore’s Service Zone design, a single deployment site can be segmented into multiple virtual deployments, each with its own captive portal, authentication options, and network configuration. For retail locations such as shopping malls, this mechanism can be used to enable location-based advertising by directing the traffic from different access points to different Service Zones. Additionally, venues such as conference centers or exhibition halls can also utilize Service Zones easily create ad hoc networks without changing existing network architecture.

Guest Wi-Fi with Self-Registration. The integrated guest Wi-Fi platform within Edgecore’s gateway supports a wide-array of methods for guests to authenticate and obtain Wi-Fi access. Guests can register and login by themselves using e-mail, SMS, or popular social media platforms such as Facebook, and also have the option to pay for premium access directly via their own PayPal accounts. Businesses can also opt to use Edgecore’s ticket printer to create user accounts on-demand, or integrate Edgecore Wi-Fi with their own kiosks and POS systems via the on-demand API.

Key Features and Benefits​

Most Highlighted Features

  • AP Grouping
  • AP Load Balancing
  • Automatic Provisioning
  • Bulk Firmware Upgrade
  • Centralized AP Discovery
  • Detailed AP Status Monitoring
  • Rogue AP Detection

Hotspot Billing & Guest Wi-Fi features

  • Customizable Captive Portal
  • Social Media Login
  • Guest On-Demand Accounts
  • Multiple Billing Plans & User Quotas
  • SMS & Payment Gateway Interfaces
  • Location-based Login Advertisements
  • Multi-factor Email Verification
  • Flexible On-Demand API
  • Unique Service Zone Access Restrictions

User Management features

  • 802.1X or Browser-based Authentication
  • Simultaneous Authentiaction Databases
  • Flexible Role-based User Policies
  • Schedule-based Policy Assignment
  • User Bandwidth Control, Firewall, and Routing
  • MAC/IP Privilege Lists and Blacklists
  • Detailed User Browsing History
  • User Session Control & Limits
  • Traffic Isolation by SSID or Service Zone
  • User Event Logs & Traffic Statistics

Wi-Fi Performance Optimization features

  • Centralized AP Provisioning & Management
  • Configurable Connectivity Thresholds
  • Airtime Fairness & Band Steering
  • AP Grouping & Load Balancing
  • Rogue AP Detection
  • Seamless & Fast Roaming
  • Map-based AP Visualization
  • AP Status Monitoring & Notifications
  • Built-in Network Troubleshooting Utilities

Key Benefits

  • Cost-effective Solution: save up to 50% compared to traditional Tier-1 vendors, with no compromise on quality.
  • Faster Roll-out of New Services: hardware independence enables quicker deployment and shorter time-to-market.
  • Simplified Operations: streamline your network management to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Break Vendor Lock-in: benefit from fully validated and hardened carrier-grade solutions with a broad ecosystem of technology and integration partners.
  • World-Class Support: access 24/7/365 support to ensure smooth operations and fast issue resolution.

Use Cases

Most common use cases of product deployment

  • Chain stores
  • Distributed sites
  • Coffe shops



Virtual WLAN Controller

EWS WLAN Gateway-Controller


ecCLOUD Cloud Controller

User Need


• Hardware-independent: installable on existing servers/computing resources

• A self-defined HA backup mechanism

• Balancing the need for security & privacy

• AAA, user management, VPN tunnel

• CAPWAP tunnel – split/ full tunnel functions

• Sensitive security/privacy concern

• AAA, user management, VPN tunnel

• All-in-One hardware: ready with all features

• Easy management with remote configuration

• High availability

• Easy trouble shooting

• Flexibility & scalability

Competitive Edge


• Hardware-independent: installable on existing servers/computing resources

• A self-defined HA backup mechanism

• Balancing the need for security & privacy

• AAA, user management, VPN tunnel

• CAPWAP tunnel – split/ full tunnel functions

• Hotspot Gateway with VPN tunnel, & User management alongside device management

• HA mechanism: 3 Active + 1 Standby

• AAA, user management, VPN tunnel

• CAPWAP tunnel – split/ full tunnel functions

• User-friendly UI & can be accessed remotely over the internet at anytime, anywhere

• Ensuring high availability

• No need for extensive IT experts & handling HA redundancy

• Add-on: constantly introducing innovative solutions for subscribers

• Deployment flexibility & scalability

Number of Managed Devices


• VEWS5203: 300

• VEWS5204: 1.000

• VEWS5207: 3,000

• VEWS1000: 10,000

• EWS101: 50

• EWS5203: 300

• EWS5204: 1,000

• EWS5207: 3,000

• EWS1000: 10.000

• ecCLOUD: 250,000 (500 sites / cloud × 500 devices / site)

• ecCLOUD -VPC: 2,500,000 (5K sites / cloud × 500 devices / site)

Target Market

• Enterprise

• Telco



• Enterprise

• School

• Hospital

• Hotel

• Enterprise


• School

• Chain Sotre

• Chain hotel

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  • Automated processes – Minimize effort in installation/configuration by automating repetitive tasks.
  • Multi-purpose functionality – Utilize versatile solutions for switching, routing, load balancing, and more.
  • Customizable OS options – Install or switch operating systems based on unique needs.
  • Hardware-software independence – Benefit from a non-restrictive, adaptable infrastructure.
  • User-friendly interfaces – Seamlessly navigate CLI, Linux Shell, and automated installation/configuration.

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Ordering Information

Part Number Description
Entry-level wireless LAN gateway-controller (WLAN gateway-controller), up to 50 APs, Desktop type, 1 x WAN / 4 x LAN, up to 2k Local Accounts
Additional Features

Cloud & Management

Managed APs

Max. Number of Online Users

WAN Ports

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