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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

87%
27 Ratings
8.0

Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points

80%
1 Rating

Usability

8.2

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

82%
1 Rating

Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

90%
2 Ratings

Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

[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.
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Cisco

Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points are well suited for a larger office or organization that has multiple buildings that require a larger-scale wireless network. The controller makes it easy to discover and deploy radios in a timely manner. The Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points are probably not well suited for smaller offices where one radio will suffice.
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Pros

Cisco

  • 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.
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Cisco

  • Ease of setup
  • Area of coverage
  • Device life
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Cons

Cisco

  • 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.
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Cisco

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Pricing Details

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Aironet 4800 Access Points editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Usability

      Cisco

      Very well made product. Very stable. We have had no issues administering the 8540.
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      Cisco

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      Performance

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      I give this rating because right out of the box we were able to configure multiple radios in the console and deploy them to our environment in a very short amount of time. The only issues we had was there was a bad radio, which was replaced quickly and easily.
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      Support Rating

      Cisco

      It is a better product. The evolution is positive.
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      Cisco

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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      We are not using any other Cisco products at this time.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      I gave the rating I did because, in my opinion, this product scales very well. We are able to add as many radios as we need to to expand our network to more sites, as we need them. So far, I have not had any issues when installing new radios.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • 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.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

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