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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco has a wide range of wireless controllers and 3504 is the entry level controller. It can support up to 150 Access points. Therefore it is very well suited for medium sized enterprises , however small businesses can also use it in their networks but it is not so light on the budget and small businesses will find it very expensive.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • I consider that its implementation is recommended for configurations where the amount of access point exceeds 50 devices and the performance exceeds 4 Gbps.
  • In environments where the access point density is less than 10 units, we can use the option of Express Mobility.
Erik Velasquez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • The user interface is faster and more responsive than the previous model.
  • Well built and sturdy hardware.
  • Included racking equipment was a nice touch.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Centralized management has been the greatest factor in our preference for the 5520 controllers.
  • The web portal administration site is intuitive and granular. We have enjoyed the ease of administration on through the portals.
  • We have been very pleased with the effectiveness of Dynamic Channel Assignment (DCA) and Transmit Power Control (TPC) Algorithms. These feature settings (out of the box) have worked nearly flawlessly for us.
Aaron Oberman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • I think that the price is a little bit expensive in comparision with other vendors.
  • Maybe need to add a redundant power supply.
  • Maybe better time for booting the WLC.
Benjamín Marrón Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Can improve on the possiblilty of using the physical controllers with the virtual one
  • Can improve on the possibility of having site to site failover capabilities - controllers at production goes down and controllers at our DR site takes over
  • The possibility of an app in your phone for alerts and minor configuration of the controllers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We have been using Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller in our network infrastructure for a long time now and it has been a very critical and beneficial addition in our network infrastructure. it has provided us with the tools required to efficiently manage and monitor our wireless network and users. it is a highly reliable and efficient device for any kind of environment.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It works grear and will definately renew.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The GUI is easier to navigate as compared to the 2504. Also the responsiveness of the GUI, the quicker failover capabilities and the enhanced visibility are all major improvements over the previous generation WLC.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 8.1
Based on 7 answers
Cisco TAC is well known and SLA levels are great. Cisco support website and Cisco communities are another help for issues resolution. TAC is always supportive over Webex and helps to resolve issues pretty fast. This is another assurance for people to go with Cisco as the TAC capabilities are proven for all product lines.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller 9.7
Based on 10 answers
Cisco is always available if we need support. If they are unable to solve the problem right away they will reach back to us in a timely manner and advise what we need to do. As well there team provides additional guidance if we hit any stumbling blocks. There service has been great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Like I said previously, switching wireless controllers was really simple and the process was very smooth. We believed that the 3504 could do everything and maybe a little more than what the 9800 was giving us when it started getting old. Both were great at managing the networks and the response times was similar
Duncan Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco is the most stable company in switching parts including wireless, and it has the most powerful support team with a lot of online documents, community and market share so when you get stuck, you can find support from anywhere. And usually you won't need it as its product is very stable and reliable.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • We have saved countless hours not having to configure each AP individually.
  • Budgets on the WLAN side have increased due to the cost increases.
  • Smart software has made it easier to get a new tech up and running.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • The controller redundancy and coverage area is exceptional.
  • Quality of service and high level of performance and stability is essential for the organization to deploy it globally.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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