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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

FortiAP

Any rollout is well suited for a FortiAP - from small office networks, to large warehouse deployments. Adding additional APs to your network is simple and easy. Monitoring is simple with Forticloud monitoring. Configuring the devices can be as complex or as simple as you need. Adding additional Fortinet devices (I have switches and firewalls) makes the network even more secure and easy to manage - all devices working in tandem make monitoring much easier
Nathan Venno | 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

FortiAP

  • Built sturdy for harsh environments.
  • They perform and/or surpass performance levels shown on their data sheets.
Anonymous | 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

FortiAP

  • Deploying your first AP is a little confusing - you need to register it with Fortinet, and then deploy it. I am a master now, but this took me call to support to understand how to roll these out.
  • Adding them in to the correct folders on Forticloud took a little bit of figuring out, but again, once I had it it was simple.
Nathan Venno | 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

FortiAP

FortiAP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is an excellent product for an SMB - cost isn't outrageous and deploy is simple. I can monitor my network without breaking the bank.
Nathan Venno | 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

FortiAP

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

FortiAP

FortiAP 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Fortinet support is outstanding! They are second to none. They pay attention to details and the needs of the customer.
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

FortiAP

FortiAP does not fall short compared to other vendors. They have all the features other vendors offer at a much more competitive price-point, which makes purchasing FortiAP a lot more attractive.
Anonymous | 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

FortiAP

  • Increased overall coverage of wireless for my users - no more calls about dropped wireless (our cell service is very spotty).
  • Easy to roll out - no issues here.
  • Expensive - you are paying for a business, not a home use devices - sticker shock might happen initially.
Nathan Venno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

General

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

FortiAP

General

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

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