You can assign common set of configuration parameters and policies to controllers, service platforms, and access points. Profiles can be used to assign shared or unique network, wireless and security parameters within a large, multi-segment, site. The configuration parameters within a profile are based on the hardware model the profile was created to support.

Controllers and service platforms support both default and user defined profiles implementing new features or updating existing parameters to groups of controllers or access points. All WiNG OS supported access point models support a single profile that is shared amongst multiple access points. The central benefit of a profile is the ability to update access points collectively without having to modify individual configurations.

A profile allows access point administration across large wireless network segments. Changes made to a profile are automatically inherited by all member access points. You can override the profile settings at the device level. It is important to remember that individual access points with overrides applied no longer share the profile based configuration previously deployed. These devices require careful administration, as they no longer can be tracked as profile members. Their customized configurations overwrite their profile assignments until the profile can be re-applied to the access point. Each access point model is automatically assigned a default profile. The default profile is available within the access point‘s configuration file. Default profiles are ideal for single-site deployments where several access points may need to share a common configuration.


Default profiles are used as pointers for an access point‘s configuration, not just templates from which the configuration is copied. Therefore, if a change is made in one of the parameters in a profile, the change is reflected across all access points using that profile.