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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

89%
62 Ratings
8.0

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

80%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

6.4

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

64%
2 Ratings

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
7 Ratings
10.0

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

100%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Setup is very quick as it is designed for smaller organizations. Of course, this comes with its own limitations, but it's really the question of what you need. If you can cover your office space with 3 to 4 access points, you got a pretty good alternative to the more enterprise-level of Cisco Wireless products, but you still get excellent throughput and signal strength.
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WatchGuard Technologies

The WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud works well in any scenario. With the number of AP model options, this solution can work at a coffee shop all the way up to a multi-tenant facility with thousands of users.
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Pros

Cisco

  • It's Cisco and like all our other Cisco products, chiefly switches, once you get it set up to your liking, it just runs itself after that. The reliability factor has been huge for us.
  • Ease in deploying new APs has been nice. We have a DNS record (and DHCP Option 43 as a fallback) that helps new AP find the WLC. The WLC takes it from there.
  • Good monitoring of connections, kicking people off, [and] blocking certain MACs are all useful features.
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WatchGuard Technologies

  • Ease of Management
  • Secure
  • Wi-Fi Reporting
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Cons

Cisco

  • 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
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WatchGuard Technologies

  • As far as a native VLAN configuration, VLAN 0 is used while mostly all other vendors use VLAN 1 as the default (native) VLAN. Minor detail, but keeps configuration standard across the board.
  • The policing feature is powerful, but at times too powerful and needs to be modified a few times before getting the solution where you need it to be. Different levels of policing would be nice, with the option of creating your own and/or modifying an existing template.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      Although it is a very good product, support is easy and can manage by Level 1 support persons and downtime is too much less but still there is a cost factor matters which is consider by each organization. Furthermore, organizations also compare with other competitors so it is hard to pursue and defend the high prices.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      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.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      Cisco

      Downtime fear is the first fear which IT persons look and want to eliminate as much as they can but eventually you have to face it as nothing is perfect. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are feasible to use and easy to manage and other than this their issue reported are pretty low so you can get the best up time. now it also depends on scenario as well as environment.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      Cisco

      Cisco Wireless Lan controller are feasible to use and easy to manage and other than this their issue reported are pretty low so you get the better uptime. if your get the uptime then it means its a stable product in your environment. Product performance also depends on the product management and Cisco Wireless Lan controller management is easy so you can get the great output.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      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.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      The support team is great! I have never had an issue getting the support I needed. They make it a point to stick with the issue until it's resolved to the customer's satisfaction. They do not make you feel like you need to hurry up and close the ticket. They make sure the solution is working as designed.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      That was a great experience of having a new project and working on it. Although we got some hurdles and challenges but we overcome all the things and try to work efficiently for this. in this time Cisco support team also helps a lot an give pro tips which help us.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers in my experience handles a larger quantity of wireless devices than the offerings from Ubiquiti. But that's not to say Ubiquiti products do not have their place. In my experience, Ubiquiti products do very well in small business environments. Also Cisco's tech support has some of the most talented engineers to help fix problems that may be encountered quickly. It may take a great amount of time to get the right help from Ubiquiti's engineers.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud offers the cloud management solution unlike Ubiquiti which needs a controller that you need to setup, configure, update, and maintain. Also Security is offered with Secure Wi-Fi cloud.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      Cisco is a brand name and people trust on it. if any one thing about the networking then Cisco is among those brand which is count as trusted brand and people rely on it. Also it support is good so people can use it. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are easy to use and manage so it requires less effort.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • 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
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      • Less time spend on setting up Wi-Fi on client devices
      • Addressed our Security Concerns
      • Less time spent on Wireless Configurations
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