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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The most common users of Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Government Administration industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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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
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 8 out of 10
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Previously we had saturation and reliability issues with our former Wireless Solution, then we decided to implement a Cisco Virtual Wireless LAN Controller and Access Points and many of these problems went away. Configuration was a little bit tricky. But so far, The Virtual Wireless LAN Controller and Access Points (series 2700 and 2800) are doing their job ok.
Mohd Shahid Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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
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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.
Syed Asad Siddique | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Apart from the use of this, [Cisco] Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) is a network module that copes with wireless network access points and concedes wireless components to connect to the network. Cisco Wireless LAN [Controller is] time and time again used to acquire control over our routers which switches firewalls, gateways, and other relevant networking devices. Undoubtedly, this enterprise edition of Cisco Wireless LAN controller is being used throughout the entire organization with lots of exquisite features like; LAN controller can optimize wireless network access points randomly which untangled the whole networking process. There are so many networking patches which solve out through using this medium of wireless networking that our organization found very precious and worthful networking aspects, it is [also] durable and it will fit in small spaces, we can rely on this solution.
Score 9 out of 10
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 9 out of 10
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The Cisco Wireless Access Controllers for our organization gave us an ease of being able to secure the entrance of both internal and external equipment to the corporate network or BYOD, the integration for a solid authentication with LDAP or third parties makes it an excellent option for different user densities.
Score 8 out of 10
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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
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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
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller is in use at our company as a means to centralize management for all our wireless network access points. It also allows us to manage WiFi networks, wireless LANs, and users on those networks in a really easy-to-understand manner. It solves the problem of having to manage all these things individually. As a member of the IT department I find that the Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN Controller is an important part of our system and integral to having a large WiFi network available. It solves many WiFi issues that we had before the transition.
Score 8 out of 10
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For us as a medium-sized company with a lot of smaller branches, it was very important to find a solution that could provide wireless connectivity both for the employees and our guests in all of our locations. It would have to be easy to implement and relatively cheap; however, it would need to provide the required level of security. And we have found Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers that fully met our needs and have been a very stable solution for some time already. We have implemented them in every branch without any issues and they can now be centrally managed, which saves a lot of time for us. By implementing Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers we provided freedom of movement to our employees as well as made it possible for them to serve our customers in much more effective way.
José Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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This wireless LAN controller provides the wireless network management of some branches of our operation. We have implemented several APs and are managed by two Cisco 3504 Wireless LAN Controllers in redundancy to avoid interruptions. One of the problems that the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller solves is easy configuration, installation, and monitoring, because all APs are self-provisioned by it automatically.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are used to manage 30 access points (AIR-CAP2702I-Z-K9 with internal antenna and AIR-CAP2702E-Z-K9 with external antenna). In our company, four years ago, the intention of the controllers was to create a corporate wireless network, with authentication via active directory and radius for all employees. Each employee, after authentication, is directed to their own VLAN, regardless of where the antennas are.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are used across our entire organization to manage multiple wireless network across 5 different sites. It allows us to centrally manage, control, and configure these networks from one easy to use interface. The ability to split and prioritize wireless traffic is very important running a warehouse with hundreds of wireless device users.