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Score 8.8 out of 100

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    8.7

    Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

    87%
    27 Ratings

    Usability

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    8.2

    Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

    82%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

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    9.0

    Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

    90%
    2 Ratings

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    Cisco

    [Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller's] software quality has been shed in recent years. The only problem I have with it is its inability to work with older Cisco Access Points. However, that's to be expected for any deployment. While the controller's UI works well, some areas could be improved. API integrations lack flexibility. [I feel] it's time for policy redesign. It can be a little difficult to determine coding quality.
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    Pros

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    Cisco

    • The GUI on the Cisco 8540 WLC is much better designed than other Cisco products. Its easy to navigate between the different settings to find what is needed.
    • The AP groups allows touching multiple APs at one time.
    • It also allows us to create standard SSIDs that can be used at all sites that connect back to it, this saves a lot of time instead of hitting each site with a local controller.
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    Cons

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    Cisco

    • Code quality is a bit hit and miss. This will be great for a while, then things will be bad for a while, then we'll do it again. The UI of the controller works, but could do with a refresh, and I would like to see some improvement on layout and organization.
    • The constant code/firmware upgrades and the QA of new code could be better.
    • Maybe the compatibility with old Cisco Access Points could be improved, but it's normal in all kinds of deployments.
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      Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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        Usability

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        Cisco

        Very well made product. Very stable. We have had no issues administering the 8540.
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        Support Rating

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        Cisco

        It is a better product. The evolution is positive.
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        Alternatives Considered

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        Cisco

        We have [done] some work before with the Cisco 3504 product, but the more recent Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller provides a wider range of capabilities for managing the wireless network and each individual device [and] also being able to handle more users. Unfortunately, we didn't test and deploy equivalent products from other concurrent companies.
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        Return on Investment

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        Cisco

        • Network engineers find it easier to [manage] high-stress levels since they're more reliable and robust.
        • Their initial cost is very high compared to other router providers, such as Juniper.
        • Their hardware dependability can be a big drawback if you run on a budget.
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