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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

In case one needs to manage a complex network with a significant number of access points, Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller is an appropriate solution since it can handle well a large amount of nodes and allows a detailed and customized configuration of each one of the APs in an individual way. For a small number of devices, the price does not justify of use of such powerful solution.
João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

The reason [Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is] not a 10/10 in this section is really if you're using another provider for your main network equipment then this may not be the easiest transition. If you're already using Cisco stuff then yes go for the upgrade and get these better units in place. Their range and function outweigh their cost increase.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • It supports the latest Wifi-Gen6 specifications, which include improved bandwidth.
  • The setup is easy and support from Cisco is great.
  • Exceptional support for more than a thousand access points at great data throughput.
  • Chromecast support service is another big plus with this wireless controller.
Rashid Hassan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • Cisco DNA support. It is easy to integrate, configure, and manage.
  • Extended wireless coverage while providing amreliable connection.
  • No speed loss thanks to dual 5 GHz radio. It applies on the same elevation level; different floors require enabling 2.4 GHz for better performance.
Christopher J Evans | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • The help information is sometimes not very clear. An item may have a reference number next to it, at the bottom of the page it will have an explanation, but sometimes they are too brief to make sense.
  • If they can somehow add debugging on the page instead of requiring us to go through the CLI to collect the debug ut put, that would be great.
Richard Dean | 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

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
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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

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Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
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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

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Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.7
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Performance is probably the Aironet's biggest strength. They are workhorses just like most of Cisco's other enterprise-level equipment. Meaning they have a solid code base, and great hardware that can just run and run without intervention. And we found that each AP can handle so many users we stopped even counting!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

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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 tried out the Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 in the past and haven't noticed too much difference with the Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller. We generally trust Cisco products and found no issues within any product we have purchased in the past. We have looked at other organization's products but we believe Cisco is the best for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

We looked at the Aruba Wireless Access Points as well as the Cisco APs, but we settled on the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points because they were more cost effective and we have more familiarity with the Cisco line of network products and how to manage them.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.0
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This is probably the best part of the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points lineup. They are designed to work seamlessly with the wireless LAN controller, and what you get (after some initial configuration) is an amazingly easy rollout of APs. You can literally plug these in anywhere on the network and the wireless LAN controller will identify, update, and push the appropriate configuration to it within minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

  • Positive impact: Time savings for staff setting up new access points
  • Positive impact: Not having to worry about devices just going down for no reason
  • Negative impact: If you're budget is small you're going to have a tough sell on these
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

Pricing Details

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

General

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

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

General

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

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