Reviews (1-25 of 26)
- Centralized configuration and management is something that Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers does very well. You just need to do the basic setup and once you connect a new AP to the network, it seeks the controller, downloads the most updated firmware, configuration and that's it. For big deployments, it means a lot of work hours saved and deployment time reduced.
- As we see in several Cisco products, it's no different in this case. Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are so robust and stable that you almost forget they exist in your infrastructure. They are designed to support thousands of users, hundreds of access-points. Its software is always evolving also. We started, 9 years ago, with a software version that was updated several times, always adding new features and technologies like fast roaming, for example, running in the exact same hardware from 9 years ago.
- The same Wireless LAN controller can be used for multiple kinds of deployments, because the hardware is so powerful and the software is so flexible that you can deploy enterprise networks and guest networks at the same time, thanks to segmentation, multiple network interfaces, captive portal, etc.
- There was one missing functionality that was very important: the ability to update the software without having to reboot the controller. Luckily, since the recent launch of the Catalyst 9800 series, it was solved.
- The management interface, at least for old models, didn't receive and update since it was launched, so we miss some of the new interface elements we see in other products. It was also addressed in later hardware launches, but for old models, it's still a small fault.
- Depending on the size of your deployment, you may think that the cost of the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers can be a little high. Just keep in mind that the equipment will survive for a long time, so if you had a chance to invest in this, I think it worth the money.
- Ease of use
- Easy installation
- Easy to reset and/or reuse in another building should it not be needed.
- Ability to add a module for extra POE ports without having to go out to another PoE switch.
- Cisco needs to move away from the CLI. It's archaic and a dying art. It was great in it's day but the technology has surpassed this need.
- Implementation of DHCP/DNs without a seperate DNS/DHCP server. While basic DHCP/DNS is capable in the 2504 I'd like more options and a robust implementation without having to use a seperate device.
- Singular point of management.
- Simple Installation.
- Great integration with other Cisco products.
- Features can be located in weird spots, and can be hard to track down.
- It usually requires Cisco specific hardware to use.
- Manages lightweight access points.
- Facilitates in plug n play installs of the access points.
- Acts as the radius authenticator.
- It acts as the DHCP proxy.
- Can also act as a Firewall if we assign the ACLs.
- The Cisco Prime(CPI) which is the management tool for WLC that connects the 2x nodes causes some delay.
- CPI doesn't have most of the RRM features that WLC has.
- The concept of co-existence of In-band Mgmt and out of band Mgmt is confusing, which one to use with CPI.
- Upgrades and manages software upgrades on the access points. This is an automated deployment model were the WLC manages the upload and booting of new OS images on the AP.
- Gives good statistics of current uses of the network. The homepage of the WLC has developed over time, and as a high-level manager, it presents me with a good dashboard to see what the network is doing at a high level.
- Integration with Apple iOS. The new features give me the ability to observe network performance from the perspective of a user on the network, where previously I could only see the perspective of the network itself.
- Giving good statistics about how devices see the network.
- Being able to drill down in depth on how a particular device is using the network (think NetFlow type data).
- Reporting. There is very little reporting capability, leaving that to Cisco Prime Infrastructure, which not all of us have.
- Cisco has multiple wireless controller products that can address different business needs.
- Cisco Wireless Controllers are generally easy to use.
- Extremely easy to manage.
- Integration with legacy APs is a problem.
- Regional implementation.
- AP management is one feature of LWAPP that is a huge departure from previous ways of doing things.
- WLC has a higher processing capability than an individual AP, which allows you to offer an even higher level of coordination among multiple WLCs.
- LWAPP offers a separation between the existent LAN traffic and the "new" wireless traffic, it simplifies network planning and traffic handling.
- Usage of HA SKU WLC and the way it is considered. More benefits should be given to customers.
- Configuration options can be a bit confusing.
- Web UI, performance management, and traffic management are not easy.
- Supports all of the latest wireless technology and protocols
- Huge flexibility
- Works with several different access point models simultaneously
- Cisco isn't inexpensive
- Software upgrades give access to new features but you have to buy access points to match
Cisco WLC provides central management and monitoring of a large number of APs across multiple customer sites, as well as touchless deployment of APs with WLC discovery. Self-healing wireless continually monitors the RF environment and updates channel or power assignment based on interference, holes, etc.
- Quick and easy AP deployment across multiple remote sites using DNS WLC discovery. Ship the AP to the site and plug in. Then it's centrally configured from WLC
- Easy to use web UI - You can create and get a wireless LAN running very quickly
- Basic guest functionality included - you don't need to buy separate infrastructure and servers to provide wireless guest web authentication
- SSO HA - seamless failover for APs and clients
- Too many configuration options - I'd like to hide options that are not generally required to be modified. Make best practice configuration the default
- Web UI is looking a bit dated and needs an update
- Ability to export client or AP lists or details from the web UI
The decision to transition down such a path, to begin with, was simple - we needed consolidated management of the entire wireless infrastructure from a single point. I have not regretted making this decision since we first deployed the solution.
- Central Management - The central management console is actually very easy to use and facilitate.
- Dashboard - Reporting has improved since they introduced the dashboard two years ago I believe, definitely a good move by Cisco.
- Best Practice Auto-Config - This is probably the coolest thing ever. They have some best practice "one-click" configuration templates built into the new code which are easy and simple to use.
- More analytics are always better.
- Build integration and migration for Cisco DNA.
- Management - One centralized point of management makes troubleshooting and configuration very easy.
- Integrates well with Cisco ISE.
- Provides good information about rogue AP's and top talkers.
- Bug fixes.
- AP licensing.
- Include wireless heat maps as a feature.
- Centralized management is essential when you have 200 + access points. This is essential when changing policies or QoS.
- Secure connectivity with 802.1x or Cisco Identity management.
- Radius authentication pass-through for user authentication
- Does an excellent job in managing wireless signals when you have a dense deployment of access points.
- Cost of licenses and appliance.
- Complexity around add-on integrations.
Cisco Wireless Controllers are not suitable for small business applications in my opinion. TCO may not add up for smaller business.
- The wireless controller does well at providing central management of up to 6,000 APs
- Unfortunately, the Aironet controller code over the last few years has become very tired and buggy
- Would love to see more APIs built into the Aironet controllers. The newer generation Catalyst controllers have them
- Central Management
- Fastlane capabilities for Apple devices
- Simplified landing page configuration
- Has had several vulnerabilities
- The need for Cisco Prime for heatmapping and advanced features
- Pretty expensive
Cisco Access Points are well suited with CMX scenarios because you can have more information about your customers to make a more strategic and more targeted campaigns in order to increase your company's recognition and profit.
I suggest to re-design the Meraki Access points in order to minimize the cost of those and make this platform more eligible.
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