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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

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

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 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

FortiAP

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

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 Catalyst 9800-80 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

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

FortiAP

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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

FortiAP

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

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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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

The new software, features, and improved GUI come up to par with its competition.
Joyal John Peter | 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 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

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 Catalyst 9800-80 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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