4 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

The controller is well suited for our environment where the number of users fluctuates and varies heavily by the day and also on the hours. Due to its versatility, it integrates well with the other servers and with the routers adapted to the main systems.
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

Unless you're a mega corporation, most mid size to large companies could use a few of these guys around to balance the wireless load a bit. I could recommend it to someone looking for a relatively cheap set of devices that can alleviate some of the strain on the network backbone that services your wireless systems.
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Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

  • Cloud-based, no appliance needed, no hardware cost
  • Supports any x86 architectures, Cisco, HP, IBM any server to be used to deploy this controller virtually
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

  • They seem solid and well built, hardly ever fail
  • Once you get a hand of the setup they're easy to add/remove
  • Automatic failover is seamless and super helpful
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Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

  • Documentation
  • Analytics
  • Licensing model
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

  • Some bugs in the interface.
  • Issues with licensing and Cisco DNA integration.
  • Frequent software patches needed,
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Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller 8.2
Based on 3 answers
The device allows for a high range of control and evaluation processes that generate a positive impact on the quality and clarity of the communications. Lack of repetitive errors is another aspect that it is highly valued by the IT experts when compared with similar products of the market.
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller 8.5
Based on 3 answers
As with any system, one should think about implementing the controllers in a highly available fashion, that way if one controller is upgraded, all the Access points can be moved to the 2nd controller and then post-upgrade, the APs can be moved back to the original controller. That way little downtime can be achieved.
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

There is no room of comparison with the older AirOS. The 9800 series is built over a complete new architecture, the whole point of this HW is to learn from the AirOS mistakes and never do them again. With new technology comes new challenges, which in my opinion, is licensing. I chose this platform because Cisco are moving there.
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

  • Maintenance
  • Acquisition cost
  • Quality
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Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

  • Intelligent configuring cuts out much time required to deploy access points
  • Mobile app has given us more (and faster) control over each departments devices
  • Having a well functioning wireless network encourages departments to keep adding devices!
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Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

General

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

Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

General

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

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