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Score 9.3 out of 100
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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%
11 Ratings
8.7

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

87%
7 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
9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
7 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
8.9

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

89%
7 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

Within our ever-changing environment, we have found the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points to be a great fit for all situations we have thrown in them. Our locations that have upgraded to the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points have also been pleasantly surprised by the additional coverage they provide, compared to previous access point models.
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

  • High bandwidth speed
  • Coverage for wireless connectivity
  • Adherence to Industry and Security standards
  • Integration to other Cisco product suites
  • Top tier technical support
  • Vast worldwide support from other business users
Victor Lau | 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

  • more customizable options for coverage area configurations
  • more inbuild advanced features to use as standalone device
  • features such as locations tracking without advanced modules
Anonymous | 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 9.0
Based on 7 answers
Performance is an important requirement in the wireless network and the [Cisco] Catalyst 9105 [Access Point] manages to deliver great throughput as it is a WIFI 6 device with MU-MIMO 2X2 and beamforming technology. [It also] supports a medium density of users without experiencing internet downtime issues.
Onessimo Azevedo | 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 8.9
Based on 7 answers
Scalability is not a concern for this product. We can readily add or remove access points as needed, depending on the requirement or the performance recorded - but so far everything has been smooth!
Ericson Aragoza | 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

  • Valuable solution with vast WiFi and security options
  • Users happy with excellent bandwidth and data handling
  • Higher initial costs, longer ROI than other solutions
  • Less support issues, return on support costs is lower
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

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