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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

If you want easy to setup wireless that works really well and can be managed from anywhere, Meraki is for sure the way to go. Once you get used to using the dashboard, it is extremely easy to use and will show you all kinds of details about the network and the clients on it. The Meraki design works well, especially if you are new to wireless, the settings are pretty basic but easy to follow. If you have an office environment and don't want the hassle of having a controller in a closet, then Meraki is a good fit. They might not always be suited for industrial designs where heat and extreme harsh temperatures are in play but other than that I've found I've been able to put them in manufacturing and office environments. If you want extreme tuning ability like you would see in a traditional Cisco controller, then you might not like the Meraki platform.
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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • Cisco Meraki Wireless does a GREAT job marketing their product and building your trust. They offer free and very informative webinars that offer free gear for your home network. They rely on word of mouth marketing and it simply works. They offer great try and buy programs as well. They stand behind their product and trust the technology.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless administrators dashboard is top notch. Their wireless UI interface is integrated with all other Cisco Meraki Wireless products. This makes it easy to use. It has single-use credentials and is seamless.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless support is also top notch. While they are backed by Cisco, Meraki always feels like you are working with a small business that takes your account seriously. They are specialized and a rare breed in the industry. Getting support from them is a pleasure!
Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | 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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management.
  • Must maintain subscription to utilize Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points.
  • Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The Cisco Meraki WiFi Access Point dashboard and support license is mandatory so to continue usage we will need to renew the license. We may opt to purchase a more current WiFi generation device if something newer is available at that time. Currently, happy with the use of the dashboard as it is very feature rich.
Victor Lau | 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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The Meraki dashboard is an excellent tool to administer and manage the Meraki WiFi Access Point. Navigating the dashboard is intuitive and there are lots of use cases on the Meraki site. The dashboard is the key to having a great administrative experience with the product, easy to use, fast to find information.
Victor Lau | 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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 9.4
Based on 13 answers
Cisco Meraki support has been very helpful when it comes to troubleshooting and supporting their products. There is an online knowledge base with tons of documentation and there is also 24x7 phone support available as part of the dashboard license. Every time I've called support, the engineer I spoke with has been very informative and dedicated to resolving my problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 7.3
Based on 1 answer
There were documents that detailed how the WiFi Access Point was to be installed and mounted. The only issue was to cable the device, we use a third party for this type of work and typically has to be performed after normal business hours. Other than that, the installation was easy.
Victor Lau | 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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

Meraki Wireless Access Points were superior to Cisco Aironets:Cloud-based dashboard for managing all Meraki devices.Alerts when devices or network is impacted.Easy deployment of Firmware upgrades.Faster network speeds.Wider network coverage.Required less number of Access Points compared to Cisco Aironet.
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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • KPI generator: Generator of commercial indicators that help us define the client's profile.
  • Consumption data: See in which the network is occupying the consumption by application and user.
  • Heat zones: See which is the area of ​​interest most traveled by the end user.
Salvador Pineda | 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 Meraki Wireless Access Point

General

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

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