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Score 9.7 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

Cisco Switches are most suited to larger organizations. Small networks would not really benefit from the large cost outlay and would be better off with a switch from a lower tier of Cisco's product line, or something from another manufacturer. For the 9120 range of Access Points, I would say that if you are an organization that has hardware that supports the latest WiFi 6 or the 802.11AX standards, then it is definitely worth considering getting these.
Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

I always recommend two WLCs instead of a single one to think about the failover scenario. It is very important to think about this detail. Catalyst 9800-L is for small to medium scenarios supporting up to 300 access points to purchase the performance license. Licenses can be extended over time without any problems. As the company grows, we buy more and enable our access points.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

  • First off, the overall physical design. Slim, light, and can be mounted anywhere. Blends into ceilings/walls and is easy to mount. (Clients are very picky with overall look sometimes).
  • Easy to deploy and configure, making the setup very quick, minimizing any potential downtime during installation and/or maintenance upgrades.
  • Fast and reliable at a decent price point for the clients.
NAKIA EPLEY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

  • 10G Uplinks to improve the performance of network traffic.
  • Supports up to 5,000 connected clients.
  • Supports up to 250 access points.
  • Visibility of applications transmitted by users/groups in vlans.
  • 1x authentication portal with radius.
  • Compact 1RU.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

  • The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point is very different from traditional AireOS devices so there is a higher learning curve.
  • Bugs in some of the codes.
  • Getting it to join a legacy Wireless LAN Controller is harder.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

  • To support more access points and customers to manage, it is necessary to purchase another performance license that we have not purchased.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points have been a solid deployment for me. Using their interface is a mix of new and old. They run IOS, so if you know the CLI, you can easily navigate around them. You can join them to an older controller if it supports a certain version, you can join it to a new 9800 controller--very straight forward--and you can run the embedded wireless controller on them directly. I've found this to be very useful at smaller sites. The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are not limited to feature sets like the older generations' mobility express platform.
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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
As previously mentioned, we have no problems with inoperative WLC because we have two units in an active/standby scenario. The WLAN network is not essential for the company because many use notebooks and smartphones on the corporate network and need access to the internet at all times.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller 9.1
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We prioritize a scenario in high availability and redundancy with an active WLC and the secondary standby in order to prevent the wireless network from being inoperable. Our second redundancy in addition to the equipment is the internet links where we also have two. With two WLCs we have a secure and always available network.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point 10.0
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Cisco has been very good at correcting early issues with their code. Their TAC support has been fantastic when I would open a case with issues I was facing. Even though the hardware was new, they were very familiar with the interfaces and issues I was having. In the past I've been concerned about adopting a new product right away because of support issues. That was not the case here. Once I had the deployment up and running, they have had a good run of reliability.
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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

I have briefly evaluated the Brocade range of switches, and although they are very good value, I found that they didn't have the same range of compatibility and available expertise from other vendors in order to be able to troubleshoot issues.
Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

  • Solid connectivity for clients and their vendors.
  • Ability to grant guest access for several different client scenarios.
  • High level of security.
NAKIA EPLEY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

  • Artificial intelligence to manage and distribute the best signal to access points and users on the WLAN network.
  • Support for the new 802.11ac wave 2 protocol with gigabit ethernet.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

General

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

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