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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Would quickly recommend [Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers] to a colleague or local organization if they're already invested in Cisco equipment as they may likely be able to add their existing AP's to a current controller. If they were building their network from the ground up I may recommend a higher class series of wireless LAN controllers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

Best in small networks & appropriate in industrial areas. AP works fine in any temperature & location (in remote locations office or remote location). Open area wireless connectivity is good with good range. Simple VLAN management and management are good. Backup and restoration is very good. Small home offices using wireless network work awesome.
Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

  • The WLC are very reliable. In the 10+ years the company has had them installed, we have not had any hardware or component failures.
  • No need for reboots. The CISCO WLC is not like a router you may have at home which you may have to reboot every few weeks or months. It can run for months without needing a reboot.
  • The Cisco WLC gives you a quick Network Summary when you first log into the system. This is very helpful to get a quick rundown on the status of your wireless network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

  • Strong signal strength.
  • Can configure multiple profiles in a controller.
  • Whitelist and blacklist for clients.
Engr Umer Usmani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Configuring wireless settings is very confusing because various settings are scattered all over the interface in different tabs
  • Lots of settings use Cisco's technical verbiage rather than common phrasing, so it's confusing what a lot of settings will do and requires researching the meaning before modifying the setting
  • The interface could be easier to use to do simple tasks such as reboot an access point
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

  • Hanging issues are common in large scale networks. Even wireless controller is hanged in peak hours.
  • Issues in VLAN configuration and port configurations.
  • Cost is high in front of other brands.
Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As I said before, the only thing we miss in our old model is the fact that the management interface never received an improvement in design. It has the same look and feels since it was launched. It's not that it's hard to use. It's just the case of could be modernized.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 3 answers
As usual, the support from Cisco's TAC (Technical Assistance Center) is lacking. Granted, they always get the job done, but the amount of lead time on a non-emergency is enough to make you just handle it yourself. The good news is that if you ask for Cisco's assistance and forget about it, they'll jump on by the time you've forgotten where you were in troubleshooting it and have it fixed for you.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Depending on your client needs you may want to go with a Unify system or Aruba controller less system if they are a small to medium business. The reason why we use Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers, is due to how well they work in congested environments and have a wealth of configuration settings.
Michael Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

Against my requirement, D-link fulfills all of these including pricing, unified controller, and the mitigation of rouge APs.
Engr Umer Usmani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Frustration levels have gone way down after going to the wireless lan controller
  • You could argue money has been saved as we can keep a single lineup of AP's and corresponding wireless lan controller
  • Costs will have to go up when you start adding one of these into the mix
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

D-Link Wireless

  • Organizational needs are fulfilled [which] means return on investment.
  • Smooth connectivity increases productivity. Yes, we are satisfied in this area.
  • Management and troubleshooting are core features & very quick in production area.
Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

General

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

D-Link Wireless

General

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

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