52 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.3 out of 100
22 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

97%
12 Ratings
8.6

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

86%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

91%
1 Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

89%
9 Ratings

Support Rating

9.2

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

92%
8 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

88%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

I consider that its implementation is recommended for configurations where the amount of access points 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

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

We use Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points in every deployment we put out. Cisco has a wide selection of AP products and can typically meet any business need we have. We deploy larger 9130s in large offices in high-density locations and smaller APs in less heavily densely populated areas. USB support and 3rd party partnerships have allowed us to simplify wireless RF by not deploying duplicate wireless networks to support things such as digital signage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • It has the ability to manage all Cisco access points that we have, regardless of the model. The limit is 1500 pieces of equipment.
  • The WLC enables roaming functionality in the localities, this helps with collections, wireless IP phones, and access with notebooks.
  • The WLC manages the quality of the "air" and "signal" of the 2.4ghz frequency, avoiding noise and interference.
  • The WLC has an interesting feature of visibility of the traffic of the internal network.
Gabriel Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

  • [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points are built solid
  • [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points have a great range of coverage
  • [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points are easy to configure and manage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • We have had some issues with access points losing their configurations and going offline. This is not a common issue and we are not entirely certain if it is a fault of the controller or the individual APs. That said, the controller does not appear to retain the knowledge of the offline AP which can be a management headache.
Aaron Oberman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

  • Higher cost than most other solutions
  • Complex integration with other network solutions
  • A lot of technical documents that can be difficult to follow
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It works great and [we] will definitely renew.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points 8.9
Based on 9 answers
Cisco ap performance is high. but coverage is less when compared to other wireless brands. some peoples compare with other brands and are disappointed with the number of APs required to cover some user areas. because it needs more number of APs when compare with any other brand such as unify. other than that, all features are looking good
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller 9.2
Based on 8 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. Their team provides additional guidance as well if we hit any stumbling blocks. Their service has been great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Although the Cisco pricing within all the units I test is the most expensive one, I can satisfied with its performance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points 8.8
Based on 9 answers
The company can easily grow by purchasing new access points of the same model or higher and acquiring Cisco WLC licenses for management. It is a simple procedure and can be performed on demand.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • [It provides] centralized management.
  • Implementing the [Cisco] 5520 [Wireless] Controllers offered us a huge improvement in administrative time over our previous Cisco 3850 deployment. Being able to see all of our APs on a single controller as well as centrally manage them is a great benefit. This also removed the need to deploy specific equipment in different IDFs throughout our Industrial locations and instead only requiring switches with Power Over Ethernet (POE) capability.
  • Wireless performance has improved with the deployment of our 5520s, which allows our plant operators to do their jobs more efficiently while on the move.
  • Having three Cisco 5520 Wireless Controllers provides tertiary redundancy for our wireless networks. The solution is elegantly simple. Preventing downtime is, obviously, a profound part of our supply chain capabilities.
Aaron Oberman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

  • Cisco was able to provide a product that met specific business requirements because they have offered a wide range of devices with various feature sets.
  • 9100s have a 3rd radio that allows for a lot of additional security features
  • 9100s have the same level of reliability and performance as the previous generation and continue to impress.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Add comparison