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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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What is Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers?

Cisco offers wireless LAN.

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AirOS WLC Review

8 out of 10
February 11, 2023
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We use Cisco WLC as the main entry point to our network for our users, which are students and teachers, with employees as well.<br><br>The …
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Product Details

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.

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The most common users of Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers in our environment to manage and keep updated our Wireless Access Points. The Access points in our environment originally were not keeping up with the bandwidth and traffic that was going through the Access Points. When we finally updated the Access points we were able to allow more traffic through. The traffic was able to be filtered depending on the different content we wanted to allow or restrict. The Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers also gives us insight to rogue access points or devices that are trying to connect to our Access points or our controller. This LAN controller really was a game changer for monitoring our wireless traffic.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use this product to manage the connectivity over wireless. Like we have thousands of devices connected daily to our wireless environment. So we see who's connected, we have issues with troubleshoot. A lot of people need connect wireless. Right now everything is wireless from mobile iPads, laptops, and phones. We have to make sure they have WIFI coverage everywhere. And the product works fine.
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
So wireless line controllers are used to basically manage our wireless access points throughout the enterprise. Specifically, I manage the controllers for several hospitals, many clinics, and a couple of business offices as well.
Paulo Thame | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Wireless LAN Controller 9800 as a centralized solution to manage all access points, we have indoor and out door models.As a local government, some access points are in critical infrastructure, like hospital and some health unities, also we use it in administrative buildings, many schools and parks. In total, near 200 different places.The use cases are in administrative and guest networks. Also we integrate WLC 9800 with Cisco DNAC. Administrative networks use radius autentication, and the users get the VLAN where AP's are installed.
February 11, 2023

AirOS WLC Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco WLC as the main entry point to our network for our users, which are students and teachers, with employees as well.<br><br>The main business subject (more than problem) it addresses is to provide with an efficient and simple client side solution way to connect our users to internet and give them access to our ressources.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The controller is used to connect wlan-devices to the LAN. Connections are tunneled from APs to the controller. For certain SSIDs the tunnel gets extended to DMZ. Furthermore the controller helps troubleshooting connectivity issues and access problems.
Bothering is the fact you need for HA two licenses for each AP...
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
In our environment, we have over 6000 students and 1900 staff users that require access to the internet and network resources. We brought on the Cisco wireless solution originally to accommodate staff laptops and notebooks. Eventually students notebooks were requiring wireless connectivity too. With the expansion of the 1 to 1 plan, and BYOD (bring your own device) our wireless environment has expanded. With a strong secure wireless solution we can also accommodate visitors, students and support technicians much easier.
Joyal John Peter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Cisco wireless controllers are used for enterprise wireless deployments in various sectors. They provide all major features to be fulfilled and implemented as per each site's requirements. They come in with the best security as well as integrate and work with other products for seamless integration to provide world-class high security.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The Cisco 2500 WiFi series is used to spawn guest WiFi in office buildings. It was chosen to implement a completely physically separated network from the core company/employee WiFi access. As it's only serving guests, we didn't need to support a large scale of clients; the 1000 clients this series offers is more than enough.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Wireless controllers for production users and engineers in the first phase. Benefits that can be considered: No doubt it provides ease on the administrative and implementation side, as its configuration is easy and GUI is very user-friendly. Strong authentication provides good security. Stable APs and makes roaming easy between multiple areas. You can configure HA in multiple APs. It is a very stable device and has very few issues you may face which ensures your uptime much more. Things you may Dislike: SSH support is a limitation of Web Browsers. Too many updates annoy the admins. Application consumption information did not appear. Pricing is high as compared to market products.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use 5520s and 5508s. 5520s for our 4800 APs with location services enabled on them. We use the 5508s for our older APs. Both controllers give us a single pane of glass approach to managing the APs.
Ahmed Mujeeb | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers for the mobility and proper handshake between the APs, which it does great, and other controlling options like Radius integration, Captive portal, and mac-binding are the plus points.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco WLC 5520's for all of our critical Wi-Fi needs in our administration areas as well as our industrial areas. Those areas include warehousing and industrial manufacturing which is quite harsh on electronics. We use them for inventory management, wireless voice handsets, video conferencing, IoT connectivity, and daily user access. Our WLCs are set up in local mode so all traffic goes back to the controllers for central management as well as bringing data back to the data center. We oftentimes would need a wired ethernet connection where one was not possible so we would implement both mesh and workgroup bridge deployments using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers.
Mohd Shahid Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
We have customer organizations that are very big and it is difficult to manage each Access Point with the various types of authentication methods, to overcome this problem we have suggested different types of WLCs like 3504, 5520, and 9800 series. These controllers can be used based on the customer infra size and user counts. These controllers can be integrated with various authentication apps as well.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] have been used for many years as the primary solution for dispatching goods via handheld scanners. Reliability and consistency is the main reason for our usage of Cisco products. Access points are spread out through the warehouses, both indoors and outdoors. Working in harsh environments and in all weather conditions without a single glitch. Reliability is the key, and Cisco provides more than that.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
As our organization grew and our user base increased, we needed to upgrade our wireless network infrastructure and move towards a centralized solution, instead of isolated wireless routers and access points. After market research and study, we opted to go with Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers and Access Points. Since the deployment, it has been a core part of our overall IT infrastructure and it has been performing very well without any major issues.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our 5508 [Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers] support about 60 APs spread across our campus. It has been deployed in an HA pair on the anchor side for redundancy and hands off to a foreign controller of the same make/model in the DMZ to host our "web only" WLANs (such as for guests, BYOD, etc.) The WLC itself makes deployment of new APs as easy as connecting them to the LAN, allows for [the reasonable] setup of new WLANs, and for putting APs into groups to deploy WLANs to specific sets of APs. It also allows for decent monitoring of who is connected, to what, their signal strength, etc.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We installed a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller in the offices of a car factory in Latin America. To be able to manage more than 200 access points deployed throughout the factory from the administration to the part of the car production line. Thanks to the controller you can create a complex configuration from vlan separation for each sector to the different SSIDs that were requested by the client for internal and external use. I never had any problems with this driver as it is very complex and works very well.
Bruno Carvalho | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The scenario used is two WLCs installed in the local datacenter, one wlc appliance with licenses and the other is the HA model without license costs. This appliance manages the wireless network and configures the APs automatically. We just have to install the APs on the ceiling of the offices and connect the ethernet network and that's it. In the WLC we are able to capture details of each AP such as number of connected users, IP, radio frequency, range, noise, interference and others. In this management we are also able to administer authentication on users' radius server to allow access.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using Cisco WLAN controller to manage a number of Wireless Access Points in our organization. Multiple APs are installed in our building and it provides a single console to manage them all. We enable, disable or manage patches through WLAN controller.

Its one window operation made life easy for IT professionals.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers across the organization as a means to get all our separate access points managed with a single application. The Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] allows us to push updates, configurations, and changes out to all Access points at once instead of having to do these things separately which was a problem in the past.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Originally we had deployed a massive rollout of Cisco access points and were managing them by hand with a ton of time spent setting them up, managing, and various other duties. This was time consuming and tedious. When Cisco showed us the Wireless LAN controllers we were easily sold. They have been rolled out across the whole company and are massive time savers!
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is used in our company for providing wifi connectivity in a warehouse for parts pickers. It is also used to connect approx. 600 wireless devices on different segments of the network. We are using this equipment for over 2 years, no major issues encountered during deployment and day to day use, management is simple, and Mac address filtering also works well.
February 11, 2021

King of WLAN

Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are being used by my organization as our primary wireless connectivity solution company-wide and country-wide for our remote locations. Before Cisco, we used multiple brands for wireless connectivity; we always faced communication issues among departments, especially in the production area, so we studied and selected Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers for our whole organization.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I'm a network admin who is using the Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers in our business to manage our many wifi SSIDs--both WLANs and guest internet VLANs. We have many users and many access points, and this product solves the problem of management among all those devices and users.
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