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Cisco offers wireless LAN.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/40/Lo/FONU3QRZAKPW.jpegCisco Wireless LAN Controller - quick and easy wirelessWe are using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) to provide XaaS for Wireless. A redundant pair of WLCs are installed in our data centers. Customers who subscribe to our services have access points (APs) deployed at their site which register with the WLC and are then centrally managed and monitored. 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,9,Quick and easy deployment of new sites. Self-healing RF management requires less tuning and troubleshooting. It is scalable to support more sites and APs by adding AP licenses.,,Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN), Aruba ClearPassCisco Wireless Controller is a MustWe currently use our Wireless LAN Controllers to manage AP's across multiple sites. We heavily rely on FlexConnect which is an awesome way to reduce our carbon presence within some of our sites, and the presence of Mobility Express opens up other opportunities. 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.,10,The cost is high and can deter investment, but if you sell the idea on the ROI, one can easily get such a solution approved. There has to be a better model for schools as the pricing doesn't always fit low budget institutions.,,Cisco Prime LAN Management SolutionWifi 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 ServerCisco Wireless LAN Controllers ReviewWireless is our primary method of communication across our school for staff and student interaction. Our wireless LAN controller runs 205 access points across our campus with 3500+ users.,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.,8,Reduced the complexity and time around deployment and management for wireless across our campus. Thereby freeing up our tech's time for other duties to improve our service delivery.,Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN),Microsoft 365 Business, Symantec Email Security.cloud8540 Wireless Controller ReviewWe have customers and our own internal IT running Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers to provide centralised management of multiple APs.,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,7,Positive - It allowed me to support large scale University wireless. Negative - As of late, there have been bugs.,
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March 08, 2019

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Cisco Wireless LAN Controller - quick and easy wireless"

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We are using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) to provide XaaS for Wireless. A redundant pair of WLCs are installed in our data centers. Customers who subscribe to our services have access points (APs) deployed at their site which register with the WLC and are then centrally managed and monitored.

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
Recommended for medium to large enterprises. Not recommended for small environments (unless for a remote site to a central WLC).
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March 06, 2019

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Cisco Wireless Controller is a Must"

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We currently use our Wireless LAN Controllers to manage AP's across multiple sites. We heavily rely on FlexConnect which is an awesome way to reduce our carbon presence within some of our sites, and the presence of Mobility Express opens up other opportunities.

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.
It is suited for all situations as long as people want to manage their wireless network with ease.
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October 16, 2018

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

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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 01, 2019

"Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review"

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Wireless is our primary method of communication across our school for staff and student interaction. Our wireless LAN controller runs 205 access points across our campus with 3500+ users.
  • 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 ideal for education or an enterprise where you have more than 30 access points.

Cisco Wireless Controllers are not suitable for small business applications in my opinion. TCO may not add up for smaller business.
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March 11, 2019

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers: "8540 Wireless Controller Review"

Score 7 out of 10
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We have customers and our own internal IT running Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers to provide centralised management of multiple APs.
  • 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
The 8540 Cisco Wireless LAN Controller is a good idea for anyone looking to support large numbers of access points and high wireless throughput.
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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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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"

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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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