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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.7 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

The Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 [Wireless] Controller is able to handle all of our wireless needs with only some minor support hardware. We were looking for a higher level of service that we could have gotten with Linksys. I am very happy that we went with Cisco, the improvement has made my work more efficient.
Michael Nugent | 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

  • Fast reliable data transfer. We have not experienced dropout.
  • Easy configuration and deployment. We were using the device in a few hours.
  • Management of the controller is user friendly and intuitive.
Michael Nugent | 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

  • Price of the hardware and licensing usually has room for improvement.
Michael Nugent | 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

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Reliability and Availability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller 9.1
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I can not say much more about its availability and reliability. We have not seen any downtime or interruptions due to the controller. I am happy with our purchase and it is performing above my expectations. I will be adding additional hardware to the network and I anticipate it being a Cisco product.
Michael Nugent | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We have not had any issues with the Wireless controller. Our last system had consistent down time and intermittent dropout. The controllers ability to handle all of our traffic is impressive and a welcome improvement over our previous system. Our initial investment has already been recovered in reliable service and improved company wide throughput.
Michael Nugent | 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

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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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

We original worked with a Linksys based wireless system. Cisco improved our network reliability and speed which were the key reasons we upgraded our hardware in the first place. It appears that Cisco is better suited in a Business environment than its competitors are. I look forward to completing the network and to see it fully functional.
Michael Nugent | 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

  • In the short time this hardware has been in place we have seen a marked improvement in productivity.
  • I have had to spend significantly less time correcting network issues.
  • The improvements will pay for the hardware in a short time.
Michael Nugent | 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 Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller

General

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

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