Wireless Controller


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The DWC-1000 D-Link Wireless Controller is a centralised wireless LAN manager developed specifically for campuses, branch offices, and small to-medium enterprises (SMBs) that are looking for an easy to use, scalable solution to manage and configure their wireless network.

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  • Integrated appliance for centralised wireless network management
  • Support for 6 Access Points; upgradeable to 24 Access Points
  • Three Access Point models available, supporting every wireless standard
  • Up to 4 Wireless Controllers in a cluster, to manage up to 96 Access Points centrally
  • Dynamic wireless network adjustment to ensure top performance at all times
  • Can be connected directly to the Internet – ideal for branch offices
  • Upgrade licenses available for extra VPN and Firewall functionality
  • Easy to use Web interface and straightforward configuration
  • USB port for file and printer sharing
  • Enhanced security with Captive Portal and RADIUS support
The D-Link DWC-1000 Wireless Controller is a centralised wireless LAN manager developed specifically for campuses, branch offices, and small to-medium enterprises (SMBs) that are looking for an easy to use, scalable solution to manage and configure their wireless network. With the ability to manage up to six wireless Access Points (upgradable to 24) and a maximum of 96 wireless Access Points in a Controller Cluster, the DWC-1000 is a cost effective mobility solution business environments. Its auto-managed Access Point (AP) discovery and single point management allow customers to acquire an enterprise class system without the burden of executing large and complex configurations. With a robust and comprehensive security detection system, the DWC-1000 also enables managed APs to block potential attacks from unauthorised users and devices, especially for wireless environments.

Robust and Optimised 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 scheduled-based wireless frequency scanning and performance analysing, the DWC-1000 automatically adjusts wireless frequency channels and power periodically to avoid interference and keep the wireless network in an optimised state. For a sudden RF signal vacuum created by any faulty Access Point, the DWC-1000 will increase the transmit output power of neighbouring Access Points to expand radiofrequency (RF) coverage.

Comprehensive Security

The DWC-1000 provides a comprehensive wireless security solution for any network. Empowered by a Wireless Instruction Detection System (WIDS), the DWC-1000 detects rogue Access Points and rogue clients as well as anticipates wireless threats, preventing any potential damage and illegal access. In addition to other fundamental wireless security features including WEP, WPA Personal/Enterprise, WPA2 Personal/Enterprise, and MAC Authentication to determine the identity of wireless devices, the Captive Portal feature allows you to block clients from accessing the network until the clients verify their identities. This double-layer authentication and authorisation provides a robust security fence to also protect against attacks from within the network.

High Scalability, Availability, and Flexibility

Many businesses are frequently changing in terms of size and organisational structure. To address such changing needs, the DWC 1000 administrators the opportunity to purchase licenses to upgrade the DWC-1000’s capabilities. D-Link offers two types of licenses: an AP license upgrade and a VPN license upgrade. The AP license upgrade increases the number of manageable access points by six, to a maximum of 24 Access Points. 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 your mobile workers by providing remote access to a central corporate database. Both license options offer scalability, flexibility and increased functionality for potential business growth.

Simplified Management

Centralised remote control of managed access points provide a simple way to automatically discover compatible D-Link Wireless Access Points, add them into the managed access point list, and configure them with one-time configuration dispatch settings. With the controller clustering feature, the administrator can easily log into one wireless controller and perform essential configurations on others within the group. The real-time monitoring of access points and associated client stations enable the efficient utilisation of network resources. System alarms and statistics reports on managed access points also help the administrator to use the DWC- 1000 to manage, control, and optimise network performance. Furthermore, the DWC-1000 supports various D-Link indoor managed Access Points, including dual band and single band.

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Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications


Number of Ports

  • 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports 2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps option ports3
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps console port

Port Standards & Functions

  • IEEE 802.3 for 10BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3u for 100BASE-TX/FX
  • IEEE 802.3ab for 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet

Maximum Access Points pet Unit1

  • Default: 12
  • Upgraded:66 

Maximum Access Points per Cluster1

  • Default: 48
  • Upgraded: 264 

Concurrent Captive Portal Authentication Users1

  • 1024

Dedicated IPSec VPN Tunnels2

  • 70

Dedicated PPTP/L2TP VPN Tunnels2

  • 25

Dedicated SSL VPN Tunnels2

  • 20


LED Indicators

  • Speed (per 10/100/1000 Mbps port)

Dimensions (L x W x H)

  • 280 x 180 x 44 mm (11.02 x 7.09 x 1.73 in)

Power Supply1

  • External power supply 12 V DC/2.5 A

Max. Power Consumption1

  • 12.6 W


  • Operation: 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
  • Storage: -20 to 70 °C (-4 to 158 °F)


  • 5% to 95% non-condensing


  • FCC Class B
  • VCCI
  • IC CE Class B
  • C-Tick


  • cUL
  • LVD (EN60950-1)



  • VPN encryption
    • DES
    • 3DES
    • AES
    • Twofish
    • Blowfish
    • Cast-128
    • NULL
  • SSL VPN encryption
    • DES
    • 3DES
    • AES
  • IPSec NAT Traversal
  • IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)
  • VPN tunnel keep alive
  • Hub and spoke
  • Dead Peer Detection
  • IP Authentication Header (AH)
  • SSL VPN Message Integrity
    • MD5
    • SHA1


  • VLAN Group
    • Up to 64 entries
  •  Subnet-based VLAN
  • 802.1g VLAN tagging
  • Port-based VLAN


  • Route failover
  • Outbound load balancing


  • Fast Roaming
  •  Intra-subnet/inter-subnet roaming
  • Intra-controller/inter-controller roaming

Firewall System

  • Policy
    • Supports 100 rules per features
    • Supports up to 600 firewall rules
  • Web content filtering
  • Dynamic route RIPv1/v2
  • Dynamic DNS
  • NAT, PAT


  • Wireless security
    • WEP
    • Dynamic WEP
    • WPA personal/enterprise
    • WPA 2 personal/enterprise
  • LAN Security
    • 802.1x port-based access control & guest VLAN
  • Payment gateways
    • Paypal
    • Authorize.net
  • Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS)
    •  Rogue and valid AP classification
    • Rogue AP mitigation
  • Authentication
    • Captive portal
    • MAC authentication


  • Web-based GUI
    • HTTP
  • SNMP v1/v2c/v3
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)

Access Point Management

  • Compatible Managed APs
    • DWL-8710AP
    • DWL-8610AP
    • DWL-8600AP
    • DWL-6700AP
    • DWL-6610AP
    • DWL-6600AP
    • DWL-3610AP
    • DWL-3600AP
    • DWL-2600AP
  • 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
  • Centralised RF/security policy management


Compatible Wireless Access Points

  • Indoor
    • DWL-8610AP Wireless AC1750 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-6610AP Wireless AC1200 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-3610AP Wireless AC1200 Selectable Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-8600AP Wireless N300 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-6600AP Wireless N300 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-3600AP Wireless N300 Unified Access Point
    • DWL-2600AP Wireless N300 Unified Access Point
  • Outdoor 
    • DWL-8710AP Wireless AC1200 Simultaneous Dual-Band Outdoor Unified Access Point
    • DWL-6700AP Wireless N300 Simultaneous Dual-Band Outdoor Unified Access Point

Compatible Business Wireless Plus Licenses

  • DWC-1000-AP6-LIC Enables management of 6 additional access points
  • DWC-1000-VPN-LIC Enables VPN, router, and firewall functions


1 Hardware version C1. 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 can be enabled by purchasing the VPN/Router/Firewall license upgrade.


  • How to Optimise Wireless Settings DWC-1000 - FW.4.4.x Read Answer
  • DWC 1000 Configure MAC Filter Authentication Read Answer
  • How to Access Web UI when Managed Mode - DWC and DWS- Series Read Answer
  • How to Configure a Cluster between Two (or more) - DWC-1000 and DWC-2000 Read Answer
How to Create a Profile and Deploy It to Your Access Point using the DWC-1000
How to control an Access Point with the DWC-1000

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