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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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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We had some software issues with controllers crashing due to a memory leak. SSO worked as intended but both controllers crashed 3-4 times a day. After patching it and rearranging virtual port channels, controllers have been working perfectly without any issues for over a year.
Score 10 out of 10
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Stellar performance, while setup is fairly manageable and once setup, just works. The CLI Syntax is coherent, which makes management over CLI possible for admins that aren't using Cisco products all day every day. In General, new WLC added some very good new features in the Software (e.g. new WebUI), while keeping the realiability of previous products
Score 9 out of 10
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So far, I can say the 9800 is offering outstanding performance. It has been a very good thing since the centralized access allows us to control LAN and wireless on the same devices. It's easier for the monitoring aspect and it's quite easy to configure and manage. The network is really stable since we deployed them
David Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As with the vast majority of Cisco products, this one is no different on the reliability scale. Once you unbox it and set it up, you will pretty much just be running it until you decide to turn it off. Unplanned downtime of a Cisco product can happen, but with all the attention to detail that Cisco engineers put into their designs, it's generally quite rare.
Score 8 out of 10
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[Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller] is very versatile and reliable, we have never had significant complaints regarding wireless so far. We use HA for redundancy and we can do upgrade activity with minimal downtime because of ISSU.
Score 8 out of 10
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Fully robust and well-built solution. The solution fully is able to support a full campus WiFi environment without having any issues. There is no slowness to setting up a WiFi solution or any delays when changes are made. The product [can handle] beyond the listed specifications, but Cisco has kept performance and throughput to allow for a robust and smooth experience.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We prioritize a scenario in high availability and redundancy with an active WLC and the secondary standby in order to prevent the wireless network from being inoperable. Our second redundancy in addition to the equipment is the internet links where we also have two. With two WLCs we have a secure and always available network.
Michael Nugent | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have not had any issues with the Wireless controller. Our last system had consistent down time and intermittent dropout. The controllers ability to handle all of our traffic is impressive and a welcome improvement over our previous system. Our initial investment has already been recovered in reliable service and improved company wide throughput.
Score 9 out of 10
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The performance of the device is pretty good--overall above similar products available in the market. IT made it clear with respect to performance and cost of maintenance. It was also remarked on the few times it generated any kind of problems such as downtime, lack of connection, and similar mishaps that lead to frustration.
December 11, 2020

The Controller with NoS

Score 9 out of 10
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On the scale I am testing this WLC, the performance is amazing. No crashes, no apparent issues are there. Later when it goes to PoC testing, things will be more clear on the issues and the software stability Cisco are claiming, hopefully it will be up to the expectations. I am not going to use high availability on this platform, as PoC does not require that.
Score 9 out of 10
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As with any system, one should think about implementing the controllers in a highly available fashion, that way if one controller is upgraded, all the Access points can be moved to the 2nd controller and then post-upgrade, the APs can be moved back to the original controller. That way little downtime can be achieved.