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Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

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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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WLC 9800 review

10 out of 10
July 10, 2024
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We have 6x Virtual WLCs to manage stores APs and 1x WLC to manage HQs APs. We use then to manage APs, troubleshooting wifi problems, check …
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Happy Camper

10 out of 10
June 07, 2024
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I use Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers at various locations to provide WiFi for back-of-house, IoT, Guest access, etc.
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Product Details

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 highest, with a score of 8.

The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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July 10, 2024

WLC 9800 review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have 6x Virtual WLCs to manage stores APs and 1x WLC to manage HQs APs. We use then to manage APs, troubleshooting wifi problems, check the health of different connections and so on. This new model of wlcs come with a friendly interface and easy to use.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have chosen the Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers because we wanted controllers to pilot thousands of Cisco Access points all over the world.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Not much yet. In my experience from becoming a network engineer four-ish years ago to now, like I said, I used that 5520, which was a Cisco product. These 9800 are a lot smaller and tinier and they seem to do a lot more that the other ones couldn't do. It's a good product.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I ve used a Cisco 8500 series WLC. That is what we were using prior to the 9800. I think that the 9800 is a much better product than the 8500. In my experience, the 8500 was a little more stable on firmware releases and things of that nature. However, I started using that product at the very end of its lifecycle. But the 9800 excels in pretty much every category over the 8500 in my experience.
Sebastian Kozankiewicz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Compared to the previous Cisco 5520 and 5505 controller, 5508. The new Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers has been redesigned from scratch, Tag-based configuration is effective and transparent.​
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers perform very well and allow all infrastructure to be local instead of cloud hosted. This is an important feature, especially when different regions of the world use different clouds, creating disparate configuration locations.
Sergiu Campian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
the cisco catalyst 9800 wireless lan controller series is much more structured than the aruba solution and it can easier manage a larger number of devices. it's quite easy to add a new location, a new access point or to change and manage policies across the wireless network of the enterprise
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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
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