Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller Reviews

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Benjamín Marrón Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 18, 2019

Cisco Wireless Controller 3504 Review

Score 9 out of 10
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As Cisco Partners, in our organization we have already implemented several 3504 devices for our small clients that do not need more than 120 Access Points. The problems solved by the 3504 controller are communication between all departments of the organization, focusing on mobility without the need to be physically in your workplace.
  • Mobility. There is no need to have wired devices.
  • High Availibility. By implementing two WLC 3504 we can create a solution that is redundant of the SSO type.
  • Easy to Deploy. Simply connect the equipment and through a wizard and we configure the WLC.
  • I think that the price is a little bit expensive in comparision with other vendors.
  • Maybe need to add a redundant power supply.
  • Maybe better time for booting the WLC.
The scenarios in which we could use the 3504 controller could be many, based on the size of the company or the place where it is intended to be placed. Since the WLC 3504 is limited to 150 Access Points and 3000 clients or connections we can say that it is It is better to implement this type of solution with small to medium-sized clients. If a higher density of users is required, a more robust equipment would be need to cover the total capacity for the wirelessly connected devices.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 07, 2019

Cisco Wireless Solutions

Score 9 out of 10
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It is used across our remote locations in Central America, including using local switching and AP 1852 connected to the WLC.
  • Simple to use.
  • Clean air technology.
  • No failures so far!
  • Licensing price is high.
  • Not fully compatible with DNA.
It is well suited for both local and remote branches and uses.
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Jason Polce | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 05, 2019

Cisco WLC 3504 Review

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We currently use the Cisco 3504 for small to medium sized wireless deployments for our customer's wireless deployments. We haven't utilized the integration with SD-Access and DNA Center yet but plan to in the near future. We have been replacing the older 2500 series WLCs with these to get the added throughput and additional visibility they offer.
  • Centralized Management of wireless APs
  • Added visibility and analytics on traffic and utilization
  • Enhanced GUI thats easier to use and provides more details than its predecssors
  • Faster AP failover in the event you lose a controller
  • Would be nice to see SFP+ ports instead of 1 mGig port for additional connectivity options
  • The upgrade process could be more streamlined like Meraki where you can do everything from the GUI instead of having to login to, find the new version, upload it, etc.
The 3504 is great for mid size wireless deployments where you don't expect the number of APs to exceed 100. The platform is much faster than then older 2504 and have added a bunch of enhancements. I wouldn't recommend this for enterprise deployments due to its scalability. For deployments that scale multiple sites we have used a mix of 3504s and Meraki deployments.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 18, 2019

Smart, small wireless controller that can fit many needs

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We use the 3504 as our foreign anchor to another institution's controller. So we can have shared access points, they are sending our wifi out, and on the way, anchoring the traffic to our controller. Its smart simple and working very well. And compared to its former model 2504, it is better because It supports SSO witch we also have configured.
  • Form factor
  • Capacity
  • Function level
  • When I have a 5g port why not also have a 10 g port?
The controller is good for sites where you have up to 150 access points, which is the maximum it can handle. Or, it will anchor the guest traffic out to the DMZ zone from other controllers. It can also be used for FlexConnect remote sites as the controller the APs are connecting to.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 01, 2019

If you are looking for a centralized Wireless LAN controller, Cisco 3504 is the solution

Score 7 out of 10
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We started to globally deploy Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller (WLC) when 2504 went end of life. With a WLC it's possible to centrally manage all the access points of one or more sites. This makes management more convenient. So instead of configuring each single AP, it's possible to modify everything in just one place, such as firmware upgrades and that means fewer costs for maintenance.
  • Central management
  • High availability
  • CLI
  • Sometimes with the GUI it's not easy for a new deployment, so we often use CLI
  • Every new firmware changes the order of the CLI configuration making upload of a template impossible
  • They could make a similar code of IOS, in order to unify commands
Best use for a 3504 WLAN Controller is in a data center or in general in central and strategic sites, to control all the local and branch access points. I suggest creating a proper design considering that the maximum number of access points is 150. Avoid installing too many WLC or too few, otherwise, it would mean a waste of money.
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About Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

The Cisco 3504 Wireless (WLAN) Controller provides centralized control, management, and troubleshooting for small to medium-sized enterprises and branch offices.
Categories:  Wireless LAN

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