Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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What is Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers?

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers : Cisco offers companies a comprehensive wireless portfolio to address the needs of networks, from small deployments all the way up to large enterprises. Optimized for 802.11ac Wave 2 and Wi-Fi 6performance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers are highly scalable, service-rich, and resilient platforms that provide centralized control, flexible management, and troubleshooting for large and small-scale deployments. Cisco aims to equip companies with the tools they need to help grow their network as their business grows with their wireless LAN controller portfolio.

Cisco promises to deliver key wireless innovations through custom-built access points that go beyond the Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax) wireless standard to provide radio-frequency excellence for high-density environments.

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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cisco Wireless controllers for production users and engineers in the first phase. Benefits that can be considered: No doubt it provides ease on the administrative and implementation side, as its configuration is easy and GUI is very user-friendly. Strong authentication provides good security. Stable APs and makes roaming easy between multiple areas. You can configure HA in multiple APs. It is a very stable device and has very few issues you may face which ensures your uptime much more. Things you may Dislike: SSH support is a limitation of Web Browsers. Too many updates annoy the admins. Application consumption information did not appear. Pricing is high as compared to market products.
  • Interface is good.
  • Configuration is easy.
  • High Availability.
  • Stable product.
  • Pricing
  • Limitation on SSH console.
  • Web Browser Limitation.
  • Licensing Requirements are too much and which are costly too.
You can use it in rough environments and where the critical places where uptime is more likely considered. Since it is easy to configure, you can install it in remote locations so in case of replacement the local engineer or any person can easily replace it as it will reduce the traveling cost. Many companies are budget-constrained so where pricing is considered, this product is not for them as they can go for alternate options. If you wish for high customization then this product did not support it so you can move to the other competitors.
  • No Training
In the support time, i got a good response time and have a great experience. it also helps me some of the tips to learn and use in future if i am using cisco and other product as well as the concept are generally same. some of the time response time is not up to mark but you can escalate and align another engineer through process. but some times you can bare the time so you did not go for this option.
Overall usage of Cisco Wireless controllers were good and the accessibility, configuration and management was easy so we got a piece of mind from this product. not so much issue we faced on Cisco Wireless controller which save us a lot of time so we can consume that energy in other projects and productive work.
Cisco is a brand name and people trust on it. if any one thing about the networking then Cisco is among those brand which is count as trusted brand and people rely on it. Also it support is good so people can use it. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are easy to use and manage so it requires less effort.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use 5520s and 5508s. 5520s for our 4800 APs with location services enabled on them. We use the 5508s for our older APs. Both controllers give us a single pane of glass approach to managing the APs.
  • Segmentation
  • QoS
  • Administration
  • Ease of use. The product is big and there are lots and lots of screens/pages to wade through.
  • Could use a set up wizard to walk you through basic configurations
I'm an old-timer. When Cisco first introduced WiFi APs, my first AP was a hairnet 350. It was so popular we bought over 100 of them for our users. At the time they had to be administered individually. When the controllers came out and you could use them to manage many APs it was better than sliced bread.
Ahmed Mujeeb | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers for the mobility and proper handshake between the APs, which it does great, and other controlling options like Radius integration, Captive portal, and mac-binding are the plus points.
  • Clean Air - interference Mitigation.
  • Swift switching in the roaming between APs.
  • Dashboard can be improved and more user friendly.
  • Mac address support per SSID should be increased.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are well suited for mid-size organizations, as per my experience they can handle up to 25 APs very well which was my requirement.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cisco WLC 5520's for all of our critical Wi-Fi needs in our administration areas as well as our industrial areas. Those areas include warehousing and industrial manufacturing which is quite harsh on electronics. We use them for inventory management, wireless voice handsets, video conferencing, IoT connectivity, and daily user access. Our WLCs are set up in local mode so all traffic goes back to the controllers for central management as well as bringing data back to the data center. We oftentimes would need a wired ethernet connection where one was not possible so we would implement both mesh and workgroup bridge deployments using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers.
  • Access Point Mangement
  • Security
  • User interface
  • Feature set for wireless control and fine tuning
  • Older interface
  • Training
  • Mesh setup can be difficult
These WLCs have become a critical piece of our infrastructure and we depend on them daily. These are normally deployed centrally in a server room or data center but they can be set up to manage access points at other remote locations in flex mode. The 5520 should be used for larger deployments when you have hundreds of access points that need to be connected. We have our setup in a HA pair so if one goes down the wireless will stay up. I would say these are for medium to large businesses who are willing to invest a lot into their wireless design because they are not a cheap solution but they work great once you invest in them and get them set up.
Score 8 out of 10
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Previously we had saturation and reliability issues with our former Wireless Solution, then we decided to implement a Cisco Virtual Wireless LAN Controller and Access Points and many of these problems went away. Configuration was a little bit tricky. But so far, The Virtual Wireless LAN Controller and Access Points (series 2700 and 2800) are doing their job ok.
  • Load Balancing
  • Reliable Service
  • Coverage
  • Support for new features
  • Hardware support
  • Help and documentation
  • GUI
If your LAN infrastructure is based on Cisco implementing a Wireless LAN solution would be a no-brainer. Good technical background and Cisco knowledge are a must since the manual, GUI, and help built-in are poor in many cases. CLI setup would be required to do a fine-tune-up. In general, Hardware performs well but there is a lot of room to improve.
  • No Training
Mohd Shahid Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We have customer organizations that are very big and it is difficult to manage each Access Point with the various types of authentication methods, to overcome this problem we have suggested different types of WLCs like 3504, 5520, and 9800 series. These controllers can be used based on the customer infra size and user counts. These controllers can be integrated with various authentication apps as well.
  • Manages different models of AP
  • Various authentication Methods
  • Wireless Guest user portals
  • Support for different AP's
  • Integration with Third party AP's
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers can be used in various types of Scenarios where you have a large number of users and need wireless connectivity and were the scenarios where you have more guests/visitors to provide wireless access through different types of login portals and authentication methods. There are scenarios like big events you can have a single authentication for multiple devices.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] have been used for many years as the primary solution for dispatching goods via handheld scanners. Reliability and consistency is the main reason for our usage of Cisco products. Access points are spread out through the warehouses, both indoors and outdoors. Working in harsh environments and in all weather conditions without a single glitch. Reliability is the key, and Cisco provides more than that.
  • Reliability
  • Easy to configure
  • Scalability
  • Software
  • Sorting of AP's by alphanumerical order
  • Built-in capability of guest portal
Healthcare, industry, small office or big office - it just suits well in every environment, and with [a] good knowledge base, you can be sure that no question [goes] unanswered. It is easy to get started using it, the wizard is intuitive and will get you up and running in matter of minutes.
Syed Asad Siddique | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Apart from the use of this, [Cisco] Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) is a network module that copes with wireless network access points and concedes wireless components to connect to the network. Cisco Wireless LAN [Controller is] time and time again used to acquire control over our routers which switches firewalls, gateways, and other relevant networking devices. Undoubtedly, this enterprise edition of Cisco Wireless LAN controller is being used throughout the entire organization with lots of exquisite features like; LAN controller can optimize wireless network access points randomly which untangled the whole networking process. There are so many networking patches which solve out through using this medium of wireless networking that our organization found very precious and worthful networking aspects, it is [also] durable and it will fit in small spaces, we can rely on this solution.
  • Cisco Wireless LAN [Controllers] provide solutions [for] us [to] show visibility and integration for other review software.
  • This edition of Cisco Wireless LAN [Controller] devices provides seamless connectivity to our users in so many locations.
  • The foremost positive use of having Cisco Wireless LAN [Controller is] that this device manages in [the] best way in [the] wireless network device to connect the network.
  • Easy to deploy networking access points, easy to upgrade reliability and connectivity.
  • The smartnet service provider is very expensive.
  • Some errors in the control of the application, it presented the message that the appliances [were] offline, but it was not.
  • Huge hardware and equipment costs should be a serious concern.
  • [It has a] moderate learning curve.
  • We are looking for some improvement in terms with end-users and needed to use [the] intensification merits that [are] provided in the new series.
  • We want interactivity between the end-users and the software that is located.
  • Consequently, an integration that would use a client mobile device through some sort of espousal API would be [a] good move for improvement.
This Wireless LAN Controller by Cisco is the best suited for organization networking needs. [It] propels all the networking-related issues [to come] into a very solution-based condition. In terms of less appropriation [these] devices, we are using with some interaction with the end-user and needed to engage features in the latest series of Cisco. The most blocking part in terms of [the] solution is very [perplexing]. There are more than eight access points [that] have [to be dealt with] accordingly. Generally, when we [get] a brand new access point, we have to go through some specific version [to get] everything in a working mode. This will [make it] very confusing and too complicated for the user. [We have to] battle through this loophole to keep our equipment revision and up to date.
Score 9 out of 10
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As our organization grew and our user base increased, we needed to upgrade our wireless network infrastructure and move towards a centralized solution, instead of isolated wireless routers and access points. After market research and study, we opted to go with Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers and Access Points. Since the deployment, it has been a core part of our overall IT infrastructure and it has been performing very well without any major issues.
  • Centralized management
  • Cisco Clean Air
  • Native HA
  • MAC filtering
  • Support for high density environments
  • 11ac support
  • Automatic radio resource management
  • OS upgrade without downtime in HA pair
  • More features in virtual controller
  • Improvement in GUI for monitoring
  • Search filters for MAC address list in security
  • High-gain antenna options for outdoor APs
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are enterprise-class wireless controllers. They are made and well suited for medium to large enterprises where there are more than 20 or 50 access points to manage and monitor. Small businesses will find it very heavy on their budget and if they do not [need] such a large solution, then they can opt for another less expensive wireless solution that better fits their requirements.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Our 5508 [Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers] support about 60 APs spread across our campus. It has been deployed in an HA pair on the anchor side for redundancy and hands off to a foreign controller of the same make/model in the DMZ to host our "web only" WLANs (such as for guests, BYOD, etc.) The WLC itself makes deployment of new APs as easy as connecting them to the LAN, allows for [the reasonable] setup of new WLANs, and for putting APs into groups to deploy WLANs to specific sets of APs. It also allows for decent monitoring of who is connected, to what, their signal strength, etc.
  • It's Cisco and like all our other Cisco products, chiefly switches, once you get it set up to your liking, it just runs itself after that. The reliability factor has been huge for us.
  • Ease in deploying new APs has been nice. We have a DNS record (and DHCP Option 43 as a fallback) that helps new AP find the WLC. The WLC takes it from there.
  • Good monitoring of connections, kicking people off, [and] blocking certain MACs are all useful features.
  • With the 5508, at least, the interface is very dated. The newer WLCs are streamlined in the Web UI and seem to be able to achieve the same results in fewer (and clearer) steps.
  • Steep learning curve right out of the box. Having a vendor assist that stands these up all the time will be very helpful.
For a large (several hundred+) corporate environment, you will probably want a [Wireless LAN Controller] to be able to scale your AP footprint. Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] stand up to the task and, as mentioned, once you get it set up how you want, it really doesn't need to be messed with except for periodic updates. Just manage your APs from there.
Score 8 out of 10
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We installed a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller in the offices of a car factory in Latin America. To be able to manage more than 200 access points deployed throughout the factory from the administration to the part of the car production line. Thanks to the controller you can create a complex configuration from vlan separation for each sector to the different SSIDs that were requested by the client for internal and external use. I never had any problems with this driver as it is very complex and works very well.
  • The Clean Air feature are very useful
  • Being a very large controller, it allows the connection of many access points and does not consume much
  • Documentation from design to setup is excellent from Cisco
  • Unfortunately it is a very expensive equipment to buy
  • Great knowledge is needed to start the equipment
In the few years that I installed several Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers, I never had any hardware or software problems, the support is very complete from Cisco and the documentation on the website is very complete compared to other vendors. Based on the software, it shows that there is a lot of work since updates are constantly coming out. But at the cost level it is very expensive compared to other solutions.
Bruno Carvalho | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The scenario used is two WLCs installed in the local datacenter, one wlc appliance with licenses and the other is the HA model without license costs. This appliance manages the wireless network and configures the APs automatically. We just have to install the APs on the ceiling of the offices and connect the ethernet network and that's it. In the WLC we are able to capture details of each AP such as number of connected users, IP, radio frequency, range, noise, interference and others. In this management we are also able to administer authentication on users' radius server to allow access.
  • Support for 802.11ac APs.
  • Excellent quality smartnet contract.
  • Manages and automates the park of APs.
  • Incompatibility with some browsers.
  • Technical documentation in only a few languages.
It is great for controlling access points that are spread across different environments, even on different and distant sites and subnets. Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers helps us in IT to optimize the administration and maintenance work. With Prime management software we have the complete solution that includes monitoring and unified management. At the WLC we set up the captive portal to protect the network from attempted access by attackers and allow them to connect only those who have the credentials.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are using Cisco WLAN controller to manage a number of Wireless Access Points in our organization. Multiple APs are installed in our building and it provides a single console to manage them all. We enable, disable or manage patches through WLAN controller.

Its one window operation made life easy for IT professionals.
  • Managing APs.
  • Patching.
  • Controls over routers, switches, firewalls.
  • Command line.
  • Interface.
  • Complexity.
  • Ease of deployment.
  • Deployment security.
  • Real-time control of the access point.
  • Protocol extensibility.
  • Transport extensibility.
  • Reduces the amount of processing within access points, freeing up their computing resources to focus exclusively on wireless access instead of filtering and policy enforcement.
  • Enables centralized traffic handling, authentication, encryption, and policy enforcement for an entire WLAN system.
  • Provides a generic encapsulation and transport mechanism for multivendor access point interoperability, using either a Layer 2 infrastructure or an IP-routed network.
Score 8 out of 10
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We are using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers across the organization as a means to get all our separate access points managed with a single application. The Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] allows us to push updates, configurations, and changes out to all Access points at once instead of having to do these things separately which was a problem in the past.
  • Easy to upgrade access points together
  • Stable interface
  • Bug and feature updates come out continuously
  • They do cost more than the competition
  • We have run into many licensing issues on the back end
  • Bug patches updates and outages are frequent
Would quickly recommend [Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers] to a colleague or local organization if they're already invested in Cisco equipment as they may likely be able to add their existing AP's to a current controller. If they were building their network from the ground up I may recommend a higher class series of wireless LAN controllers.
Score 10 out of 10
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Originally we had deployed a massive rollout of Cisco access points and were managing them by hand with a ton of time spent setting them up, managing, and various other duties. This was time consuming and tedious. When Cisco showed us the Wireless LAN controllers we were easily sold. They have been rolled out across the whole company and are massive time savers!
  • Well built hardware
  • Nicely designed UI
  • Very few outages if any
  • Management for all features isnt easily discoverable
  • Lots of issues getting some remote sites (vpn) access points into the system
  • Needed to convince management of the high price tag
Ok so Cisco is known for good hardware, and super stable software. This lineup is no different. You can pretty much bank on your devices staying up for as long as they have power. Throw a UPS in there and they will run years straight. This continues the tradition and gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling when you know your network will stay up.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Cisco Wireless Access Controllers for our organization gave us an ease of being able to secure the entrance of both internal and external equipment to the corporate network or BYOD, the integration for a solid authentication with LDAP or third parties makes it an excellent option for different user densities.
  • Great stability of access to the network.
  • Strong authentication and entry permission.
  • Excelente cobertura y alcance.
  • Intuitive and friendly to manage.
  • High hardware equipment costs.
  • Medium learning curve.
  • Support and updates far away.
One of the cases of success within the company was to be able to order the wireless environment of the remote offices, in the past, we have a mixed environment for wireless networks where internal users and external supplier users to the company joined. The controllers have helped to improve the mobility of internal users of the company as well as the separation of external users towards a BYOD network.
Score 8 out of 10
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It is used in our company for providing wifi connectivity in a warehouse for parts pickers. It is also used to connect approx. 600 wireless devices on different segments of the network. We are using this equipment for over 2 years, no major issues encountered during deployment and day to day use, management is simple, and Mac address filtering also works well.
  • Simple to deploy, and use.
  • Rouge devices mitigation.
  • Multiple Ssids provision.
  • Frequently update features and security updates.
  • Grahical user interface needs improvement.
  • Required features must be easier to access.
In locations with heavy metal construction or storage, parts warehouse, press shop, etc, we observed low network coverage as compared with cambium network equipment. Connections drop and reconnect when a metal wall came across the device and access point. The issue was resolved by adding multiple access points and reducing transmit power to avoid interference.
February 11, 2021

King of WLAN

Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are being used by my organization as our primary wireless connectivity solution company-wide and country-wide for our remote locations. Before Cisco, we used multiple brands for wireless connectivity; we always faced communication issues among departments, especially in the production area, so we studied and selected Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers for our whole organization.
  • Hanging issues are resolved after Cisco Wireless deployment, over loading of users on a single AP is managed well.
  • Users are connected very smoothly, now no issues reported from users.
  • Logs and rectification are very easy and troubleshooting is very good.
  • One windows solution for all wireless issues company & country-wide users.
  • Pictorial shape must be added in reporting or add date range for logs
  • Recently removed or added devices must be highlighted in a report or on the dashboard.
  • Single tool for Cisco Wireless and Cisco switches network monitoring.
In large networks where users connectivity is not important in front of smooth data transmission Cisco is recommended because Cisco provided very very best connectivity for users and specially data transmission. HA is very excellent. We tried many times as drill we found very good results users even feel any shifting during drill.
In small networks it's not or less appropriate due to cost and other issues (small office always had financial issue).
Score 8 out of 10
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I'm a network admin who is using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers in our business to manage our many wifi SSIDs--both WLANs and guest internet VLANs. We have many users and many access points, and this product solves the problem of management among all those devices and users.
  • Easy-to-use web interface
  • Fast push of settings and firmware to APs
  • Simple management of many SSIDs and networks
  • Upgrades can be fairy difficult
  • Licensing is always a sore point for Cisco products
  • Among the top of wireless LAN controller price ranges
I can easily say that if you have the budget that allows for it, I would quickly recommend Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers to anyone with lots of APs to manage or many or complex WLAN configurations. There are other less expensive products from other companies, but if you want a solid choice that rarely fails, then Cisco is it.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller is in use at our company as a means to centralize management for all our wireless network access points. It also allows us to manage WiFi networks, wireless LANs, and users on those networks in a really easy-to-understand manner. It solves the problem of having to manage all these things individually. As a member of the IT department I find that the Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller is an important part of our system and integral to having a large WiFi network available. It solves many WiFi issues that we had before the transition.
  • Latest GUI has made managing it much easier
  • Constant firmware updates for bug fixes and feature additions
  • Well made hardware that can run for years without any problems
  • Cisco brand carries a large weight behind it!
  • Its not going to be the cheapest of LAN controllers
  • Having to deal with licensing issues almost yearly
  • TAC cases can be hard to get going sometimes (due to licensing usually)
  • Cost is a factor with big name brands
I would definitely recommend to any colleagues to use the 5500 series Wireless LAN Controllers that Cisco makes, as they're well made, run for a long time, get constant updates, and just work. If you're already a Cisco shop, there's not much incentive besides price to move to another vendor for this piece of the network. Very easy recommendation!
Score 8 out of 10
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For us as a medium-sized company with a lot of smaller branches, it was very important to find a solution that could provide wireless connectivity both for the employees and our guests in all of our locations. It would have to be easy to implement and relatively cheap; however, it would need to provide the required level of security. And we have found Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers that fully met our needs and have been a very stable solution for some time already. We have implemented them in every branch without any issues and they can now be centrally managed, which saves a lot of time for us. By implementing Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers we provided freedom of movement to our employees as well as made it possible for them to serve our customers in much more effective way.
  • Stability and reliability on a top level, as they have never needed a reboot
  • Easy to implement as you just install them and have centralized control
  • Security on a top level, with the AI functionality from Cisco and management panel where you will immediately see any threats
  • Interface UX is a bit complicated
  • No mobile applications for configuration on site
  • Licensing is bit complicated
Good for a wide branch network with a big number of presence points where you have to have a centralized point of management and a console where you can get a full overview of events and threats. However it does not always provide 100% accurate information, as there might be a delay with some parts of the statistics, which might make troubleshooting much harder.
José Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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This wireless LAN controller provides the wireless network management of some branches of our operation. We have implemented several APs and are managed by two Cisco 3504 Wireless LAN Controllers in redundancy to avoid interruptions. One of the problems that the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller solves is easy configuration, installation, and monitoring, because all APs are self-provisioned by it automatically.
  • Unified management and easy control of everything
  • Roaming layer 2 to allow even greater mobility
  • Automatic provisioning of APs with the controller
  • Manages up to 150 APs and 3,000 users at the same time
  • This version could be upgraded to support up to 200 APs; it would be amazing if that happens
Appropriate scenarios for Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers is like ours, which does not exceed 3,000 users and can control up to 150 APs simultaneously. It can be anywhere, as long as it is on the same subnet to maintain the connection. The Cisco 3504 Wireless LAN Controller has HA hardware, does not need to purchase an AP license, and also allows two devices to be connected in order to avoid failures and interruptions.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are used to manage 30 access points (AIR-CAP2702I-Z-K9 with internal antenna and AIR-CAP2702E-Z-K9 with external antenna). In our company, four years ago, the intention of the controllers was to create a corporate wireless network, with authentication via active directory and radius for all employees. Each employee, after authentication, is directed to their own VLAN, regardless of where the antennas are.
  • Robustness
  • Ease of implementation
  • Vast material available
  • Many professionals available
  • A cleaner interface (mainly the advanced mode)
  • Synchronization of controllers in active-active format
  • Clearer and more documented integration with third-party tools (such as Zabbix, Nagios, etc.)
All Cisco technology can be deployed in any scenario, from small businesses or homes to large industries. The question is which structure is the most appropriate? And it is the responsibility of the IT manager to find the best alternative for the implementation. Product prices can be a deterrent, depending on the structure of the company, but Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are manageable and cost-effective and worth the investment.
Score 9 out of 10
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This is a great device because it helps with managing all Cisco access points and resolving technical issues that may arise within the network.
  • They are relatively easy to set up in addition to its good documentation and tech support.
  • It seems to have a lot of software/firmware updates which isn't necessarily bad but can throw you off if you have specific settings or configurations.
It is well suited for small organizations with the need for extended connectivity.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are used across our entire organization to manage multiple wireless network across 5 different sites. It allows us to centrally manage, control, and configure these networks from one easy to use interface. The ability to split and prioritize wireless traffic is very important running a warehouse with hundreds of wireless device users.
  • Network setup
  • User management
  • Expandability
  • Difficult upgrades
  • Clunky interface
A Cisco Wireless LAN Controller is the perfect solution when trying to take your wireless network to the next level. It is a great solution when you need to prioritize certain wireless traffic over others and provide security across the entire network platform. It has also worked well in managing wireless networks distributed across multiple physically location and I would recommend it for anyone in a similar situation.