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Score 9.2 out of 100

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 [Wireless Controller] has a support for about 6000 access points with a great throughput of around 80 Gbps across all the systems and clients and it is very well suited for the large campuses, high data traffic places, enterprises with thousands of employees and big data centers. Not suited for small offices or campuses with less users and data traffic.
Agha Kamran | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

  • Download csv of all APs on the controller.
  • Monitor traffic.
  • Send commands to the AP from the controller.
Anonymous | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

  • Support for traditional settings.
  • More documentation and guides.
  • Legacy model support.
Joyal John Peter | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

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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

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller 9.2
Based on 3 answers
I never faced downtime or non availability of Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 network during my use at work. Application also works great throughout, and IT department normally performs planned outages for upgradations or routine performance checks and that too happens without affecting the end users as it also allows the data traffic rerouting through it's application tool for smooth operations with continuity.
Agha Kamran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller 8.9
Based on 3 answers
At times the 9800-CL has been finicky but the hardware based 9800-80 appliance has been good. The controller is built on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, which offers a rich set of open standards-based programmable APIs. The controller comes with built-in security: Secure Boot, runtime defenses. It is smart licensing enabled.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
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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.
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

The new software, features, and improved GUI come up to par with its competition.
Joyal John Peter | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

  • It is well efficient and highly capable Wireless controller and offer highly positive ROI for the big enterprises.
Agha Kamran | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 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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