7 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 8.7 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

The Fortinet solution works in all scenarios due to the choice of access points. It is able to suit any environment. The access points will perform in any indoor or outdoor environment, and Fortinet support is second to none. They will assist you from beginning to end; ensuring your solution is working as it should.
Luis Lozada | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

  • Ease of configuration.
  • Ease of management.
Luis Lozada | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

  • In the web portal, it would be nice if you could create a customer, assign that customer all the devices in the solution, and have a single pane glass to manage them all. Right now you need to access different web links to manage the devices.
  • The security feature set could be a bit more sophistication, like an Arista AP which polices the air.
Luis Lozada | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

No score
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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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

No score
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Fortinet Wireless LAN

Fortinet Wireless LAN 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Fortinet offers excellent support. They will work with you until the solution is doing what it is designed to do, within its capabilities. They also do an excellent to follow-up with the end-user prior to closing the ticket.
Luis Lozada | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

As far as features, Fortinet has them all. When compared to Meraki and WatchGuard, it comes out miles ahead. The biggest difference is price. You pay less for the Fortinet, but you do not lose the features you need to have a great solution.
Luis Lozada | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

  • The cost of management decreased,
  • End-users connect flawlessly to the solution and are able to be productive when they are mobile.
Luis Lozada | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

General

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

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