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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

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
8.2

Cisco Mobility Express

82%
5 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

82%
1 Rating

Cisco Mobility Express

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4

Cisco Mobility Express

84%
5 Ratings

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1

Cisco Mobility Express

81%
5 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

90%
2 Ratings

Cisco Mobility Express

N/A
0 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 Mobility Express

As it provides virtual WLC functionality, it has incredibly amazing built-in features that perfectly suit small to medium companies. It has the capability to manage the entire organization network seamlessly. It might be possible that it won't work smoothly and elegantly for large firms where there is a bulk amount of data bandwidth used.
HASAN SARFRAZ | 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 Mobility Express

  • Easy to setup
  • Less maintenance
  • Less disconnection
JK Nosis | 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 Mobility Express

  • Honestly, I haven't found very many issues since we started using it, and I'm glad for that!
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 Mobility Express

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 Mobility Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Mobility Express

Cisco Mobility Express 8.4
Based on 5 answers
We are using it 24x7 and it never hangs or create problems in connectivity.
Ahmed Mujeeb | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Mobility Express

Cisco Mobility Express 8.1
Based on 5 answers
After initial configuration and fixing minor issues with the firmware, the system worked really well, without any downtime. We were also satisfied with the throughput and range.
Anonymous | 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 Mobility Express

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 Mobility Express

Cisco Mobility Express is far better than other products. It is a renowned brand in network products, and they are reliable and efficient as compared to other products that I have used so far. It is highly recommended.
HASAN SARFRAZ | 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 Mobility Express

  • It has given our IT team time back from not having to fix issues everyday with the network.
  • It makes it easy for visibility of the network and allows those who are new to it to learn it quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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