Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

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Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

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simplify the WLC Config

9 out of 10
January 18, 2022
We use two 9800-80 SSO Clusters as a replacement for the WLC8540. We are at the moment in the migration phase. In the end, there will be …
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What is Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers?

The Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 is a modular wireless controller with optional 100 Gigabit Ethernet (G) modular uplinks boasting seamless software updates for large enterprises and campuses, and security with ETA and SD-Access.

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers?

The vendor presents their solution as built from the ground up for intent-based networking and Cisco DNA, and state the Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers are Cisco IOS XE based and integrate the RF excellence of Cisco Aironet access points, creating a best-in-class wireless experience for your evolving and growing organization. The 9800 Series is built on an open and programmable architecture with built-in security, streaming telemetry, and rich analytics.

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The Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 is a modular wireless controller with optional 100 Gigabit Ethernet (G) modular uplinks boasting seamless software updates for large enterprises and campuses, and security with ETA and SD-Access.

Ubiquiti WLAN and Fortinet Wireless LAN are common alternatives for Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers.

Reviewers rate Availability and Performance highest, with a score of 8.8.

The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Telecommunications industry.

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Score 10 out of 10
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Compared to older Cisco WLC, Catalyst 9800s are easier to manage and SSO HA is more reliable. Compared to Aruba IAP, the number of features is greater. Meraki is easier to set up but having a central controller gives greater control.
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In this case, we are a Cisco partner and we have to offer our customers the newest products. The Cisco 5520 controller is already from an old family and that is why we decided to go with the Cisco Catalyst 9800-40 Wireless Controller.
Score 10 out of 10
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In old Cisco-fashion, the product is very reliable, and once setup just works. While it might not have all the bells and whistles in the WebUI, like other products may have, you have complete freedom of configuration on the CLI. Overall a great improvement from older generation WLAN controllers, and all in all a well suited successor
Score 9 out of 10
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I have never really liked the fact that APs are managed in the cloud (like Meraki), and when we migrate back some sites to the Catalyst 9800-80, it was really good. It's much better equipped and provides much more features (ISSU upgrade is a must-have) Also compare to the previous 2500/3500/5500 WLC series, it's providing new features, and the management is simplified
Score 10 out of 10
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With Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller, there is easy configuration, control, and management of access points and wireless networks. However, the cost is relatively high.
David Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Ubiquiti has plenty of great features, and I would even recommend them for small sites. However, I don't think they don't scale as well when you start talking about enterprise scale. You would need to hire a couple of people and keep them on staff just to manage the same size or smaller Cisco deployments. Going with Cisco was a no-brainer for me.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco [Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller] is the premium WiFi solution with full options for the control of the WiFi network. The initial cost is high, but the cost comes with the most features of any other enterprise-grade WiFi solution. Cisco is a leader in this space. Going with Cisco will help to guarantee support for many years of service and even beyond the manufacturer's support dates.
Michael Nugent | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We original worked with a Linksys based wireless system. Cisco improved our network reliability and speed which were the key reasons we upgraded our hardware in the first place. It appears that Cisco is better suited in a Business environment than its competitors are. I look forward to completing the network and to see it fully functional.
December 11, 2020

The Controller with NoS

Score 9 out of 10
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There is no room of comparison with the older AirOS. The 9800 series is built over a complete new architecture, the whole point of this HW is to learn from the AirOS mistakes and never do them again. With new technology comes new challenges, which in my opinion, is licensing. I chose this platform because Cisco are moving there.
Score 9 out of 10
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We have used the 5520 controllers in the past, and they do work fine, but with 9800, there is greater control of policies and profiles that can be set up and it provides greater flexibility and options to build the Next-gen wireless infrastructure. On top of that, the CL can be remotely brought up on any existing x86 server in the network without having to buy additional WLC appliances.