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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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What is 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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Cisco offers wireless LAN.

Fortinet Wireless LAN are common alternatives for Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers.

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The most common users of Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The newest one we're moving to is the 9800 series. And I just have a very limited experience with those. It seems to be better so far. We'll see more options I guess for configurability on the new ones as well, which is nice. And I like the way that the controllers pair together better than they did with the older controllers.
Paulo Thame | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The integration with Cisco solutions are excellet, with WLC 9800 plus Cisco DNAC the troubleshoot are made easy, if you have 3D maps on DNAC, you can navigate on the place were the problem is marked and see how the signal are near it. All connections are stable and trustfull.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We looked at Meraki, Ubiquiti and Aruba along with Cisco. At the time, all of the systems were decent well designed systems. Cisco was decided upon because of the depth of products, the support and recommendations of others. We are very happy with the system, and plan to stick with it. While on the high end of the cost spectrum, we have found it to be worth the cost.
Joyal John Peter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Cisco provides better security and ease of use with multiple solutions compared to other vendors. Cisco also has additional features which can support small businesses. It also offers cloud-based solutions at a cheaper rate compared to other solutions available. Another highlight is the Cisco products come in different colours and sizes which can be chosen as per different site requirements and are not easily available by others.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The Aironet access points are used for employee WiFi access, and they integrate well with Meraki. They would offer a separate guest network, too, but the decision was made to physically separate the guest network, so even if a bad actor would gain access to the ethernet port of the AP, they'd still not see any company traffic.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We did not stack them with this as it was an a kind of isolated location. may be later we go for extended and advance solution but not now as we already deployed other competitor products. So right there is no chance for this changing in such large scale, but we will preform some POC for this in future.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
To be honest I've never used any other WiFi products except Cisco. Even at home. I'm a firm believer in their product lines, durability, and stability. I've attended seminars about Juniper Mist, Aruba but nothing caught my eye that our Cisco products couldn't do.
Ahmed Mujeeb | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Unifi Controllers are not much stable in terms of connectivity and user handling, also Unifi controllers are installed on VM which is also a dependability whereas Cisco WLC is a separate appliance.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I would say the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers would be a top contender as the best enterprise wireless controller that I have used. It has so many features and settings that can be controlled compared to other vendors. The newer Cisco 9800 is a different technology. At this time I prefer the older style of design because I am more familiar with it. I feel that the quality and longevity of the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are better than the competition and when you need support Cisco TAC has been more helpful and knowledgeable compared to the competition.
Mohd Shahid Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are used to manage the APs and these APs can be connected to the switches, based on the ap power consumption these switches will be used and they are very easy to configure. And cisco switches are more compatible with the APs like configuring the QOS, easy to identify on a switch.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
D-Link Wireless network solution is a good solution for small businesses. It has all the features of an enterprise-class wireless solution. However, it does not perform well with a high number of users and devices. Cisco Wireless [LAN Controllers] Solution, on the other hand, is built for large enterprises and can easily handle high user density environments [with] a high amount of wireless traffic.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The feature set was better in Cisco wireless solutions as compared to Motorola Wireless and Ubiquiti. In cost comparison, Cisco was cheaper than Motorola but Ubiquiti was even cheaper, build quality and hardware specs were also better in Cisco, and we used the D-Link product before it failed to fulfill our needs.
February 11, 2021

King of WLAN

Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
D-Link Provide Good services but day by day users are increased in our wireless network we need to be improved our network connectivities as well as we face issues in communication and face production lose so we decide to move on Cisco, we study and implemented in our organization its provide very good results.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)
The Cisco equipment is miles better than the comparable Aruba Networks Wireless LAN devices. I would not quite put them in the same category as not all features are comparable. You also gain a lot of support on the back end by going with a large brand like Cisco, including more regular software patches and updates.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)
We don't have an experience with another vendors in this segment; however, from the marketing materials and the demo we have seen, Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers were the best for our needs, as they provide a relatively easy deployment process and management process afterwards, which was very important for us as a small IT organization.
José Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I have known how to use several wireless LAN controllers and Cisco APs for a few years and I can say that this new line is really surprising and great. The purchase price is relatively low compared to the amount of wireless network control technology features available--roaming to facilitate commuting in the company, OEAP technology to enable home office, support up to 150 APs, WiFi 802.11ac gigabit ethernet, control and self-provisioning of APs, ClientLink to avoid interference, and others.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Regarding the Aruba system, in our environment, many more access points would be needed to cover the same area as the Cisco solution. This significantly impacted the value of the investment—more than double what we spent on the Cisco solution.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco [Wireless] LAN Controllers are the high-end solution to wireless connectivity both in terms of cost and reliability. The Ubiquiti UniFi solution is the lower-cost solution that is both easier to configure and easier to manage long-term. The Cisco RV series is not worth it unless you need an all-in-one solution for firewall and wireless. For a non-critical network, I don't think the Cisco WLAN Controller can compete with the Ubiquiti UniFi Controller because the Ubiquiti system will be far cheaper and nearly as reliable although it can't handle quite as much total throughput compared to the Cisco WLAN Controller.
December 11, 2020

The Best Option for Us

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers has quite a few more options. This is good depending on the situation that you are trying to resolve. I would love to see the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers move out of the appliance realm and into a cloud solution. Cisco Meraki has some advantages, too. I like that it is cloud based and super easy to configure. I see Meraki becoming a solid option for the future but maybe not what we need yet.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers in my experience handles a larger quantity of wireless devices than the offerings from Ubiquiti. But that's not to say Ubiquiti products do not have their place. In my experience, Ubiquiti products do very well in small business environments. Also Cisco's tech support has some of the most talented engineers to help fix problems that may be encountered quickly. It may take a great amount of time to get the right help from Ubiquiti's engineers.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
When we first converted from autonomous WAPs to controller-based LAPs we chose a Cisco 2504 Wireless LAN Controller (recently replaced by the Cisco 3504). Although the Cisco 2504 performed perfectly, once our connected endpoints reached 50, we decided to upgrade to the more robust Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller. Allowing for more maximum connections and SSO HA pairing, the Cisco 5508s have been a great investment.
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