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Cisco offers wireless LAN.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/40/Lo/FONU3QRZAKPW.jpegThe WLC worksI am using Cisco Wireless Lan Controllers as my enterprise controllers. This is a new installation that will grow control of up to 100 WAN locations. Our original solution consisted of several autonomous wireless systems, this created a support and maintenance nightmare for a two-man network team. I no longer have to log into every app and manually configure and troubleshoot.,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,7,Improved business processes by getting employees mobile Less time overhead for the network teamWifi Management made easierWe use Cisco Wireless LAN controllers to control many offices in our company. It manages the ability to break out the access and functionality of how the Wireless experience works for Groups, Departments, employees and guest access. We use it for managing corporate office and remote office APs. It resolves the business problem of having to go to a remote office just to manage an AP; you can easily manage them remotely, configure them, and even power them on.,Ease of management WEB interface Remote management,Web Interface features WEB page customization,9,Optimized performance Flexibility Integrated security,Aruba Networks Wireless and NetGear ProSafe Managed Switches,VMware ESXi, SpiderOak, SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog ServerWorth it, can be betterThe rise of mobile devices has raised the need for robust and secure wireless infrastructure. At early stages, wireless equipment was labeled as "nice to have" devices but suddenly people have discovered it is a "must have" for most situations. It addresses the one basic problem, connectivity for non-cabled devices.,Robustness Reliability Support,Controller GUI can be more visually attractive Some tries on CLI based technology has failed which lowers customer respect,9,Reliability Support Wideley deployed,Aruba Networks Wireless,Aruba Networks WirelessWirellesationWe use two wireless controllers (5508) with ISE & Prime supporting about four hundred Access Points (1602). Three hundred of them are installed at our stores and the rest are installed at our premises. Most of the usage is by providing internet access (especially at stores). For now we have implemented a POC with CMX analytics at our stores and I hope to change the MDM platform from Mobile Iron to Meraki.,Nice signaling Futures Design,Easier configuration from Controller Not three licenses at ISE Better monitoring with Prime,9,Positive one: Operational efficiency Positive two: Easy access from everywhere Negative One: More complex security Negative two: "Heavy" reports,Aruba Networks Wireless and Fortinet Wireless LAN,SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, Infoblox IPAM, Check Point 2200 AppliancesCisco Wireless 2500-series: Simple and inexpensive, but effectiveWe use Cisco Wireless controllers (2504) and lightweight WAPs globally. We primarily use Cisco wireless to provide guest access. We do occasionally use it for restricted corporate access as well.,The 2500-series controller is fairly easy to set up and configure, which helps get up and running quickly, value-add! Upgrading the firmware and pushing updates out to the lightweight WAPs is easy, which helps speed system administration. GUI is useful, compact, and self-explanatory, at least with standard settings - though if you move to more advanced features, it can get a little tricky.,The CLI is lacking. Does not work like standard IOS or NX-OS devices. Confusing combination of standard CLI commands vs. menu-like display. When a lightweight WAP goes offline, it "disappears" from the GUI, which makes it difficult to determine down vs. doesn't exist. A "red x" would be great. Lightweight WAPs are limited in that SNMP is not supported. Monitoring systems would have to inspect the WAPs via the controller.,7,The cost of the 2504 controller is very low, and if you get the lightweight AP bundle, the price can't be beat. Can get up and running very quickly. We have 4 controllers globally, with lightweight controllers in every region, some local, some "flex". Works great.,Aerohive Wireless and Aruba Networks Wireless,Riverbed Steelhead, Cisco Nexus, ExtraHop
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July 02, 2018

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "The WLC works"

Score 7 out of 10
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I am using Cisco Wireless Lan Controllers as my enterprise controllers. This is a new installation that will grow control of up to 100 WAN locations. Our original solution consisted of several autonomous wireless systems, this created a support and maintenance nightmare for a two-man network team. I no longer have to log into every app and manually configure and troubleshoot.
  • 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
The best scenario for the Cisco Wireless Lan controller is in a Hub and Spoke backhaul network environment. Since you are bringing all of the packets to a central location for Internet and application interaction anyway it is easy for the WLC to communicate with the APs and provide the control and management needed. I would not recommend the WLC if you connect to your remote locations via internet connectivity, that is more suited for a cloud-based management solution.
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October 16, 2018

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Wifi Management made easier"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cisco Wireless LAN controllers to control many offices in our company. It manages the ability to break out the access and functionality of how the Wireless experience works for Groups, Departments, employees and guest access. We use it for managing corporate office and remote office APs. It resolves the business problem of having to go to a remote office just to manage an AP; you can easily manage them remotely, configure them, and even power them on.
  • Ease of management
  • WEB interface
  • Remote management
  • Web Interface features
  • WEB page customization
In a corporate office where you have many visitors, you can provide secure isolated access for visitors keeping the corporate network secure. You can manage how it is connected, and monitor for any issues that may arise
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March 20, 2018

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Worth it, can be better"

Score 9 out of 10
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The rise of mobile devices has raised the need for robust and secure wireless infrastructure. At early stages, wireless equipment was labeled as "nice to have" devices but suddenly people have discovered it is a "must have" for most situations. It addresses the one basic problem, connectivity for non-cabled devices.
  • Robustness
  • Reliability
  • Support
  • Controller GUI can be more visually attractive
  • Some tries on CLI based technology has failed which lowers customer respect
Cisco Wireless solution is appropriate for where wireless connectivity is required and doing some work on it. Enterprise segment, corporate segment, SMBs and education sectors. Maybe cloud solution (Meraki) is more useful than a classic wireless solution in multisite dependent infrastructures.
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January 26, 2018

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Wirellesation"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use two wireless controllers (5508) with ISE & Prime supporting about four hundred Access Points (1602). Three hundred of them are installed at our stores and the rest are installed at our premises. Most of the usage is by providing internet access (especially at stores). For now we have implemented a POC with CMX analytics at our stores and I hope to change the MDM platform from Mobile Iron to Meraki.
  • Nice signaling
  • Futures
  • Design
  • Easier configuration from Controller
  • Not three licenses at ISE
  • Better monitoring with Prime

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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October 17, 2016

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Cisco Wireless 2500-series: Simple and inexpensive, but effective"

Score 7 out of 10
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We use Cisco Wireless controllers (2504) and lightweight WAPs globally. We primarily use Cisco wireless to provide guest access. We do occasionally use it for restricted corporate access as well.
  • The 2500-series controller is fairly easy to set up and configure, which helps get up and running quickly, value-add!
  • Upgrading the firmware and pushing updates out to the lightweight WAPs is easy, which helps speed system administration.
  • GUI is useful, compact, and self-explanatory, at least with standard settings - though if you move to more advanced features, it can get a little tricky.
  • The CLI is lacking. Does not work like standard IOS or NX-OS devices. Confusing combination of standard CLI commands vs. menu-like display.
  • When a lightweight WAP goes offline, it "disappears" from the GUI, which makes it difficult to determine down vs. doesn't exist. A "red x" would be great.
  • Lightweight WAPs are limited in that SNMP is not supported. Monitoring systems would have to inspect the WAPs via the controller.
Good for simple environments or with light IT staff. As expected, this is Cisco so you get TAC, well-designed WAPs, and stability. Not as useful when you need extremely customizable or advanced monitoring is required. Logs could be better.
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About Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers : Cisco is the only vendor to provide 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 performance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers are highly scalable, service-rich, and resilient platforms that provides centralized control, flexible management, and troubleshooting for large and small-scale deployments. With Cisco's wireless LAN controller portfolio, you can grow as your business grows.

Only Cisco can deliver key wireless innovations through custom-built access points that go beyond the 802.11ac wireless standard to provide radio-frequency excellence for high-density environments.
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