5 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
10 Ratings
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Score 9.1 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

Fortinet has a great portfolio of access points for indoor and outdoor needs, low and high density and even access points for ruggedized needs. So you can find the appropriate access point for pretty much all scenarios, from office to storage or outdoor environments. We can find all you need to roll out small to large deployments.
Anonymous | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

  • Better to work with a Fortinet partner, their support is inadequate.
  • Maybe a lack of security features when using it without Fortigate
Anonymous | 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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Fortinet Wireless LAN

No score
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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L 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-L Wireless Controller

No answers on this topic

Fortinet Wireless LAN

Cisco Meraki also have a great Wifi solution and easily managed as well (even more user friendly). But, at the end, FortiAP just offer quite the same experience for less bucks. In greater deals, Meraki can sometimes be more agressive and compete on pricing structure, in this case, I would probably prefer Meraki MR solution.
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

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-L 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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