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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Creating the policies itself is a little difficult and seems unnecessarily complicated, and not that self-explanatory. But once they are all setup, actually attaching them to WiFis is a matter of a few clicks, and can be scaled up very easily. Configurations can also be done very fine-grained. However, a wizard that guides you through the configuration would be very welcome
January 18, 2022

simplify the WLC Config

Score 9 out of 10
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Yes as I wrote before, the tags are very useful to have a regular config over all of the APs. So we have only to set the right AP Name, and then the Policy Tag, RF-Tag, and Site Tag are set to the right value.
Score 9 out of 10
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The policy management is very user-friendly. All the management aspect, for AP group, SSID, and so on is quite easy to handle even if it looks a bit different [from] "standard" WLC like 5500 series. It's providing lots of new features like wifi 6 support, ISSU for the upgrade with no downtime.
David Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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This is an area that Cisco really shines brightly. For example, we have a single guest network deployed across our footprint. When we want to update the password, we make one simple two-minute change, and the entire company has a new guest password. We basically manage all the hundreds of access points as easily as if they were just one. This was one of the main reasons we wanted to go with this platform because we knew that ongoing management would be easier.
Score 8 out of 10
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[Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller] is a very easy to use tagging system in WLC9800-L, there was a learning curve to learn it for the first time, but once you get the concept, you can tag any WLAN profiles, policies, flex profiles, sites to each AP / AP group to suit your company's preference. The system is very scalable, so you can easily add a new AP and configure it as you like by just tagging.
Score 8 out of 10
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The Cisco Catalyst 9800[-L Wireless Controller] is a full-featured solution that makes it easy to create, manage, and extend policies across the WiFi network. There [is] a vast list of features and options available to set WiFi policies. Cisco typically has the most comprehensive feature set for their WiFi setup. This can be used from the most simple to the most complex setups.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Our controller manages and automates the entire wifi network. We have automatic radio frequency control, access point range, 802.1x authentication, VLANs, DHCP server, visibility and control by applications in a layer 7 firewall, and also the quality of service, prioritizing certain sensitive traffic such as voice and video from our network. Our WLCs also manage to update the access points' firmware at the same time in the nighttime when there is no user connected.
Michael Nugent | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The interface is user friendly and intuitive which made it easy to get up and running in a few hours. I was not difficult to enable similar policies we deployed in our last system, and additionally increase our level of control within the network. The level of detail the Cisco controller allows when configuring policies is greater than I have observed in competitors products.
Score 9 out of 10
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The possibility to address all issues related to general and basic policies related to communication, access, and interfaces among users, IT experts, and visitors at the university is very important. It generates a standard way to implement the rules, policies, tasks, and reports that are requested.
Joyal John Peter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Yes, compared to traditional controllers the new 9800 controllers provide a wide range of options and policies you can create for specific AP's as well as SSID's. It gives a wider range of policy to be mapped to multiple AP's making security policy management easier without the need for NAC.
December 11, 2020

The Controller with NoS

Score 9 out of 10
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The tags and the new architecture of the 9800 family is a great way to manage the polices and AP. Even the CPU of the WLC itself, Cisco has invested on such architecture, and seems its paying of. Again, the problem appears on the license Cisco is proposing: it's complex and pricey, plus has to be bought with each AP, even if you do not have DNA.
Score 9 out of 10
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I have the ability to configure tags, policies, and priorities with great ease using the controller's GUI. A very helpful way to tag the sites so that it is easy to track the APs. Centralized policies and their management, I can have certain APs have a certain profile, advertise certain SSIDs, and with 2.4GHz vs 5, and many more options.