Wireless Controller


  • Product Status: Live

  • Integrated appliance for centralised wireless network management
  • Support for 12 Access Points; upgradeable to 66 Access Points1
  • Up to 4 Wireless Controllers in a cluster, to manage up to 264 Access Points centrally1
  • Dynamic wireless network adjustment to ensure top performance at all times
  • Can be connected directly to the Internet when upgrading with VPN/firewall license – ideal for branch offices
  • Easy to use Web interface and straightforward configuration
  • USB port for file and printer sharing
  • Enhanced security with Captive Portal and RADIUS support

Below optional upgrade licence available to upgrade the number of access point support per device:

  • DWC-1000-AP6-LIC: 6 access points support upgrade for DWC-1000
  • DWC-1000-VPN-LIC: VPN security service pack for DWC-1000

The D-Link DWC-1000 Wireless Controller is a centralised wireless LAN manager developed specifically for campuses, branch offices, and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). With the ability to manage up to 12 wireless access points (upgradeable to 66) and a maximum of 264 wireless access points in a controller cluster1, the DWC-1000 is a cost-effective mobility solution for small to medium-sized deployments. Its auto-managed AP discovery and single point management allow customers to acquire an enterprise-class system without the burden of maintaining massive and complex configurations. 

Robust and Optimised Network

The DWC-1000 features a self-organising, self-optimising, and self-healing network capability to increase the stability of the entire wireless network. With interval-based radio scanning and performance analysis, the DWC-1000 automatically adjusts radio channels and output power periodically to avoid interference and keep the wireless network in an optimised state. In the event of a sudden loss of wireless signal caused by a “dead” access point in the network, the DWC-1000 will increase the transmit output power of neighbouring access points to expand RF coverage.

Comprehensive Security

 The DWC-1000 provides a comprehensive wireless security solution for any network. On the wireless side, the DWC-1000 detects rogue access points and rogue clients using a Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS), as well as anticipating wireless threats, preventing any potential damage and unauthorised access to the network. Other fundamental wireless security features include WPA Personal/Enterprise, WPA2 Personal/Enterprise, WEP, and MAC authentication to determine the identity of wireless devices. The captive portal feature allows administrators to block clients from accessing the network until the clients verify their identities. These authentication and authorisation layers also provide a robust security barrier to protect against attacks from within the network.

High Scalability, Availability, and Flexibility

To address the constantly growing scale and needs of business networks, the DWC-1000 offers a flexible selection of expansion features: administrators can purchase a Business Wireless Plus license to upgrade the capabilities of the DWC-1000. D-Link offers two types of Business Wireless Plus licenses: an AP license upgrade and a VPN license upgrade. The AP license upgrade increases the number of manageable access points. By default, the DWC-1000 can manage up to 12 access points. Purchasing an AP license will upgrade this to 66 access points per controller1. 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 uninterrupted Internet connectivity. The virtual private network (VPN) feature provide secure remote control to manage access points in branch offices. Site-to-site VPN tunnels use the IP Security (IPSec) Protocol, Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP), or Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol (L2TP) to facilitate branch office connectivity through encrypted virtual links. In addition, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN tunnels empower your mobile users by providing remote access to a central corporate database.

Simplified Management

Centralised remote control of managed access points provides a simple way to automatically discover compatible D-Link wireless access points, add them to the managed access point list, and configure them with one-time deployment settings. With the controller clustering feature, the administrator can easily log into one wireless controller and perform essential configurations on other wireless controllers in the cluster group. The real-time monitoring of access points and associated client stations enable the efficient utilisation of network resources. System alarm and statistics reports on managed access points also help the administrator to use the DWC-1000 to manage, control and optimise network performance.

Hardware version C1. The number of managed APs can be increased through purchase of license upgrades.

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 per 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 System2

  • 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-2600AP
    • DWL-3600AP
    • DWL-3610AP
    • DWL-6600AP
    • DWL-6610AP
    • DWL-6610APE
    • DWL-6620APS
    • DWL-6700AP
    • DWL-7620AP
    • DWL-8610AP
    • DWL-8710AP
  • 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-2600AP Wireless N300 Unified Access Point
    • DWL-3600AP Wireless N300 Unified Access Point
    • DWL-3610AP Wireless AC1200 Selectable Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-6600AP Wireless N300 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-6610AP Wireless AC1200 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point
    • DWL-6610APE Wireless AC1200 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point with External Antennas
    • DWL-6620APS Wireless AC1300 Wave 2 Simultaneous Dual-Band Unified Access Point with Smart Antenna
    • DWL-7620AP Wireless AC2200 Wave 2 Simultaneous Tri-Band Unified Access Point 
    • DWL-8610AP Wireless AC1750 Simultaneous Dual-Band 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 Upgrade Firmware for Access Points with DWC-1000 FW.4.4.x Read Answer
  • How to create captive portal on DWC-1000 – FW.4.4.x Read Answer
  • How to Create Multi-SSIDs and VLANs - FW.4.4.x Read Answer
  • How to Add Access Point and Configuration of Profiles in the DWC-1000 – FW-4.4.x 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
Version Date Type File Size
DWC-1000 Datasheet - PDF 0.83mb Download
IP Surveillance Product Guide - PDF 3.58mb Download
Storage Product Guide - PDF 2.63mb Download
Version Description Date Type File Size
Product manual Manual (English) 25/02/2016 - - Download
CLI Manual (English) CLI Manual (English) - PDF 1.70mb Download
Version Description Date Type File Size
Quick Installation Guide (English) - PDF 1.13mb Download
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Firmware Rev A1B1C1 - 18/10/2017 Download
Firmware Release notes included Firmware
Release notes included
17/07/2017 Download
Firmware Release notes included Firmware
Release notes included
17/08/2015 Download


06/03/2014 Download
MIB files

MIB files

25/02/2014 Download
Firmware Please see the release


Please see the release note for further information

30/04/2013 Download
Version Description Date
CE doc 1.00 Revision A1 CE document 03/09/2013 Download
DWC1000_AP_Profile_Guide AP profile configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_Set_WLAN_Client_MAC_Auth WLAN client MAC authentication configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_License_Activation_Guide Additional access points support and VPN/firewall/advanced routing license activation guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_L3_Discovery_Guide Layer 3 (L3) discovery configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_L2_Discovery_Guide Layer 2 (L2) discovery configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_IPsec_VPN_Tunnel_Guide IPSec VPN tunnel configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_Guest_management_guide Guest management feature configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download
DWC1000_Captive_Portal_Guide Captive portal feature configuration guide 30/04/2013 Download