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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller and Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

87%
27 Ratings
8.7

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

87%
7 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

82%
1 Rating

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
7 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

90%
2 Ratings

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

89%
7 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 and 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 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 and 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 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 and 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 8540 Wireless Controller

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

General

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

Starting Price

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 and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Cisco Aironet and 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 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 and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 and 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 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Cisco Aironet and 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 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 and 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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