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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

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-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

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-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

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-L 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-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

FortiAP

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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

FortiAP

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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FortiAP

FortiAP 10.0
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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-L Wireless Controller

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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-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

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-L 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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