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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

FortiAP

Any rollout is well suited for a FortiAP - from small office networks, to large warehouse deployments. Adding additional APs to your network is simple and easy. Monitoring is simple with Forticloud monitoring. Configuring the devices can be as complex or as simple as you need. Adding additional Fortinet devices (I have switches and firewalls) makes the network even more secure and easy to manage - all devices working in tandem make monitoring much easier
Nathan Venno | 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

FortiAP

  • Built sturdy for harsh environments.
  • They perform and/or surpass performance levels shown on their data sheets.
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

FortiAP

  • Deploying your first AP is a little confusing - you need to register it with Fortinet, and then deploy it. I am a master now, but this took me call to support to understand how to roll these out.
  • Adding them in to the correct folders on Forticloud took a little bit of figuring out, but again, once I had it it was simple.
Nathan Venno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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FortiAP

FortiAP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is an excellent product for an SMB - cost isn't outrageous and deploy is simple. I can monitor my network without breaking the bank.
Nathan Venno | 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

FortiAP

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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

FortiAP

FortiAP 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Fortinet support is outstanding! They are second to none. They pay attention to details and the needs of the customer.
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

FortiAP

FortiAP does not fall short compared to other vendors. They have all the features other vendors offer at a much more competitive price-point, which makes purchasing FortiAP a lot more attractive.
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

FortiAP

  • Increased overall coverage of wireless for my users - no more calls about dropped wireless (our cell service is very spotty).
  • Easy to roll out - no issues here.
  • Expensive - you are paying for a business, not a home use devices - sticker shock might happen initially.
Nathan Venno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

General

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

FortiAP

General

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

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