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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

87%
27 Ratings
7.9

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

79%
27 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

91%
3 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

82%
1 Rating
6.6

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

66%
3 Ratings

Availability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

91%
2 Ratings

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

85%
13 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

90%
2 Ratings
6.8

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

68%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

82%
6 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

85%
12 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

[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.
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is very well suited for large enterprises and high-density environments. It is not well suited for high ceiling buildings like warehouses and storage places because of low antenna gain. In our main office, it is working very well. For around thirty or so wireless devices this access point works very well and after forty or so wireless devices it starts to suffer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • 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.
Richard Dean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • It is an 802.11ac wave 2 access point capable of reaching rates above 2Gbps
  • 5ghz
  • MU-MIMO to achieve higher transmission rates over the wireless network
  • 160Mhz channels
  • CleanAir prevents interference on 2.4Ghz radio
  • Beamforming for better signal routing to the device
  • Easily installed and configured by a wireless controller
Carlos Santos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • CleanAir - Put this technology into all the APs.
  • GPS Tracker - I can't understand why only the Cisco 1570 has this option as well as larger Cisco 3800 APs. Why can't this be in all APs so they can be easily mapped in Google for positioning and later plotted for the coverage zone.
Edwin Sandys | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Because until now I haven't had any issues or cases where I needed to create a ticket with Tac from Cisco related to their performance or availability.They have a small size that permits or allows you to install it in each place that you need to mount it, their design is small and appropriate for every kind of office.
Axel David Olivares Hernández | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very well made product. Very stable. We have had no issues administering the 8540.
Richard Dean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.6
Based on 3 answers
Lately we had less issues. Most probably because we reduced the number of Wireless LAN controllers. So less trouble for upgrades as well.We don't have any access point in stand alone mode. It's something I don't suggest, unless it's just for a small office and not for a larger company with different sites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 2 answers
This access point does not usually randomly shut off. It can't happen but it's generally due to a power over ethernet failures which would could be considered a user error.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 13 answers
Performance wise [Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points] are among of the best pieces of technology we have on premise. I don't say that lightly, we have a lot of cool tech. But if you consider how many users are connecting to these day in and day out without a single blip when they're downloading large files, roaming to new AP's or needing a boosted signal at a far end of the range then these are unmatched.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It is a better product. The evolution is positive.
Carlos Zacarias Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.8
Based on 4 answers
I believe that there is always room for improvement.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.2
Based on 6 answers
Make sure to get a professional wireless assessment before purchasing AP's. That way you will only purchase what you need and know where the wiring infrastructure will need to be to streamline the installation and tuning process.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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.
João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

D-Link Wireless access points and D-Link Wireless controllers were being used in our organization previously. They were working well with a small number of users. But as we started to expand wireless coverage and the user base started to grow they became less efficient and frequent disconnection and low-speed issues were faced. Cisco Aironet Access points overcome these issues and have been working great in our environment.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 12 answers
When it comes to deploying the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points in locations around the school district it has become easier as you get used to putting 4 screws in the mounting plate to the bracket and then slide the access point onto the bracket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • The main thing is you can set them and forget about them, they don't cause a lot of problems so you can focus on other things.
  • They have performed well, in areas where we needed more APs to offload, these can handle more users.
Erick Saldana | TrustRadius Reviewer

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