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Score 8.4 out of 100

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is rated higher in 6 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability
  • Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.9

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

79%
27 Ratings
8.9

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

89%
60 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

91%
3 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

Usability

6.6

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

66%
3 Ratings
6.4

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

64%
2 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

91%
2 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

Performance

8.5

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

85%
13 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

Support Rating

6.8

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

68%
4 Ratings
8.1

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

81%
7 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

82%
6 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

8.5

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

85%
12 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is very well suited for large enterprises and high-density environments. It is not well suited for high ceiling buildings like warehouses and storage places because of low antenna gain. In our main office, it is working very well. For around thirty or so wireless devices this access point works very well and after forty or so wireless devices it starts to suffer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

For a large (several hundred+) corporate environment, you will probably want a [Wireless LAN Controller] to be able to scale your AP footprint. Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] stand up to the task and, as mentioned, once you get it set up how you want, it really doesn't need to be messed with except for periodic updates. Just manage your APs from there.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • It is an 802.11ac wave 2 access point capable of reaching rates above 2Gbps
  • 5ghz
  • MU-MIMO to achieve higher transmission rates over the wireless network
  • 160Mhz channels
  • CleanAir prevents interference on 2.4Ghz radio
  • Beamforming for better signal routing to the device
  • Easily installed and configured by a wireless controller
Carlos Santos | 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 Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • CleanAir - Put this technology into all the APs.
  • GPS Tracker - I can't understand why only the Cisco 1570 has this option as well as larger Cisco 3800 APs. Why can't this be in all APs so they can be easily mapped in Google for positioning and later plotted for the coverage zone.
Edwin Sandys | 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

Pricing Details

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Because until now I haven't had any issues or cases where I needed to create a ticket with Tac from Cisco related to their performance or availability.They have a small size that permits or allows you to install it in each place that you need to mount it, their design is small and appropriate for every kind of office.
Axel David Olivares Hernández | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Although it is a very good product, support is easy and can manage by Level 1 support persons and downtime is too much less but still there is a cost factor matters which is consider by each organization. Furthermore, organizations also compare with other competitors so it is hard to pursue and defend the high prices.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.6
Based on 3 answers
Lately we had less issues. Most probably because we reduced the number of Wireless LAN controllers. So less trouble for upgrades as well.We don't have any access point in stand alone mode. It's something I don't suggest, unless it's just for a small office and not for a larger company with different sites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 6.4
Based on 2 answers
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

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 2 answers
This access point does not usually randomly shut off. It can't happen but it's generally due to a power over ethernet failures which would could be considered a user error.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Downtime fear is the first fear which IT persons look and want to eliminate as much as they can but eventually you have to face it as nothing is perfect. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are feasible to use and easy to manage and other than this their issue reported are pretty low so you can get the best up time. now it also depends on scenario as well as environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 13 answers
Performance wise [Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points] are among of the best pieces of technology we have on premise. I don't say that lightly, we have a lot of cool tech. But if you consider how many users are connecting to these day in and day out without a single blip when they're downloading large files, roaming to new AP's or needing a boosted signal at a far end of the range then these are unmatched.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Cisco Wireless Lan controller are feasible to use and easy to manage and other than this their issue reported are pretty low so you get the better uptime. if your get the uptime then it means its a stable product in your environment. Product performance also depends on the product management and Cisco Wireless Lan controller management is easy so you can get the great output.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.8
Based on 4 answers
I believe that there is always room for improvement.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 8.1
Based on 7 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

Implementation Rating

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.2
Based on 6 answers
Make sure to get a professional wireless assessment before purchasing AP's. That way you will only purchase what you need and know where the wiring infrastructure will need to be to streamline the installation and tuning process.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 1 answer
That was a great experience of having a new project and working on it. Although we got some hurdles and challenges but we overcome all the things and try to work efficiently for this. in this time Cisco support team also helps a lot an give pro tips which help us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

D-Link Wireless access points and D-Link Wireless controllers were being used in our organization previously. They were working well with a small number of users. But as we started to expand wireless coverage and the user base started to grow they became less efficient and frequent disconnection and low-speed issues were faced. Cisco Aironet Access points overcome these issues and have been working great in our environment.
Umair Ali Khan | 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

Scalability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 12 answers
When it comes to deploying the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points in locations around the school district it has become easier as you get used to putting 4 screws in the mounting plate to the bracket and then slide the access point onto the bracket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Cisco is a brand name and people trust on it. if any one thing about the networking then Cisco is among those brand which is count as trusted brand and people rely on it. Also it support is good so people can use it. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are easy to use and manage so it requires less effort.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • The main thing is you can set them and forget about them, they don't cause a lot of problems so you can focus on other things.
  • They have performed well, in areas where we needed more APs to offload, these can handle more users.
Erick Saldana | 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

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