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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Cisco offers wireless LAN.

Aerohive Wireless and 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) and the Government Administration industry.

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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.
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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.
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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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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.
Mohd Shahid Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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.
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  • 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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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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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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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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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
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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 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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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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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
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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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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 8 out of 10
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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.