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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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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 Wireless LAN Controllers

Would quickly recommend [Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers] to a colleague or local organization if they're already invested in Cisco equipment as they may likely be able to add their existing AP's to a current controller. If they were building their network from the ground up I may recommend a higher class series of wireless LAN controllers.
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 Wireless LAN Controllers

  • The WLC are very reliable. In the 10+ years the company has had them installed, we have not had any hardware or component failures.
  • No need for reboots. The CISCO WLC is not like a router you may have at home which you may have to reboot every few weeks or months. It can run for months without needing a reboot.
  • The Cisco WLC gives you a quick Network Summary when you first log into the system. This is very helpful to get a quick rundown on the status of your wireless network.
Anonymous | 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 Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Configuring wireless settings is very confusing because various settings are scattered all over the interface in different tabs
  • Lots of settings use Cisco's technical verbiage rather than common phrasing, so it's confusing what a lot of settings will do and requires researching the meaning before modifying the setting
  • The interface could be easier to use to do simple tasks such as reboot an access point
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 Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As I said before, the only thing we miss in our old model is the fact that the management interface never received an improvement in design. It has the same look and feels since it was launched. It's not that it's hard to use. It's just the case of could be modernized.
Eduardo Viero | 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 Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 3 answers
As usual, the support from Cisco's TAC (Technical Assistance Center) is lacking. Granted, they always get the job done, but the amount of lead time on a non-emergency is enough to make you just handle it yourself. The good news is that if you ask for Cisco's assistance and forget about it, they'll jump on by the time you've forgotten where you were in troubleshooting it and have it fixed for you.
Anonymous | 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 Wireless LAN Controllers

Depending on your client needs you may want to go with a Unify system or Aruba controller less system if they are a small to medium business. The reason why we use Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers, is due to how well they work in congested environments and have a wealth of configuration settings.
Michael Miller | 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 Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Frustration levels have gone way down after going to the wireless lan controller
  • You could argue money has been saved as we can keep a single lineup of AP's and corresponding wireless lan controller
  • Costs will have to go up when you start adding one of these into the mix
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

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

General

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

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