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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.6 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 and Catalyst Access Points

The scenario of these Aironet 2800 series access points is for indoor environments and is focused on corporate environments with a high density of simultaneous users. The device has a very beautiful appearance, white and without external antennas with radios in 2.4ghz and 5ghz. The speed is high and almost matches the wired network. We separated the SSID of guests and staff by different VLANs to provide security and control of the data.
Felipe Santos | 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 and Catalyst Access Points

  • Wide signal coverage.
  • Antenna movement: Client moving on the floor and migrating from access points.
  • Speed ​​delivered to the end customer and robust volume of customers connected in a single access point.
Gleison Leandro Rodrigues | 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 and Catalyst Access Points

  • Roaming seems to be an issue with newer devices on the older 1600 access points.
  • The coverage provided by different power levels doesn't seem accurate at times.
  • Susceptible to common interference issues in healthcare.
Anonymous | 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 and Catalyst Access Points

No score
No answers yet
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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 and Catalyst Access Points

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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 and Catalyst Access Points

Although it is a good product and could easily fulfill our requirement, we already have a lot of Cisco products made by Aironet for our wireless network. Our trust in our reseller for Cisco equipment was the other reason.
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 and Catalyst Access Points

  • Fast wireless deployment: just connect a new AP to an 802.11x controlled switchport and profiling (ISE) and WLC makes all the job. This allows us to enable new workplaces within the organization.
  • Great coverage: less access points per area, avoiding increasing budget.
  • Mobility: With Aironet and Cisco WLC we have seamless roaming.
  • Investment protection: We can even use old AP models like Aironet 1142 (discontinued) with our WLC , so we don't need to get rid of them.
Joe Benitez Moreno | 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 and Catalyst Access Points

General

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

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