Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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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.

Cisco now offers a two-question, two-minute interactive tool to identify the Cisco products and services that help solve up to five network challenges.

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Cisco offers wireless LAN.

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

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.2.

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

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Syed Asad Siddique | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Cisco Wireless LAN [Controllers] provide solutions [for] us [to] show visibility and integration for other review software.
  • This edition of Cisco Wireless LAN [Controller] devices provides seamless connectivity to our users in so many locations.
  • The foremost positive use of having Cisco Wireless LAN [Controller is] that this device manages in [the] best way in [the] wireless network device to connect the network.
  • Easy to deploy networking access points, easy to upgrade reliability and connectivity.
  • The smartnet service provider is very expensive.
  • Some errors in the control of the application, it presented the message that the appliances [were] offline, but it was not.
  • Huge hardware and equipment costs should be a serious concern.
  • [It has a] moderate learning curve.
  • We are looking for some improvement in terms with end-users and needed to use [the] intensification merits that [are] provided in the new series.
  • We want interactivity between the end-users and the software that is located.
  • Consequently, an integration that would use a client mobile device through some sort of espousal API would be [a] good move for improvement.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Centralized management
  • Cisco Clean Air
  • Native HA
  • MAC filtering
  • Support for high density environments
  • 11ac support
  • Automatic radio resource management
  • OS upgrade without downtime in HA pair
  • More features in virtual controller
  • Improvement in GUI for monitoring
  • Search filters for MAC address list in security
  • High-gain antenna options for outdoor APs
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • It's Cisco and like all our other Cisco products, chiefly switches, once you get it set up to your liking, it just runs itself after that. The reliability factor has been huge for us.
  • Ease in deploying new APs has been nice. We have a DNS record (and DHCP Option 43 as a fallback) that helps new AP find the WLC. The WLC takes it from there.
  • Good monitoring of connections, kicking people off, [and] blocking certain MACs are all useful features.
  • With the 5508, at least, the interface is very dated. The newer WLCs are streamlined in the Web UI and seem to be able to achieve the same results in fewer (and clearer) steps.
  • Steep learning curve right out of the box. Having a vendor assist that stands these up all the time will be very helpful.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • The Clean Air feature are very useful
  • Being a very large controller, it allows the connection of many access points and does not consume much
  • Documentation from design to setup is excellent from Cisco
  • Unfortunately it is a very expensive equipment to buy
  • Great knowledge is needed to start the equipment
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Easy to upgrade access points together
  • Stable interface
  • Bug and feature updates come out continuously
  • They do cost more than the competition
  • We have run into many licensing issues on the back end
  • Bug patches updates and outages are frequent
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Well built hardware
  • Nicely designed UI
  • Very few outages if any
  • Management for all features isnt easily discoverable
  • Lots of issues getting some remote sites (vpn) access points into the system
  • Needed to convince management of the high price tag
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Great stability of access to the network.
  • Strong authentication and entry permission.
  • Excelente cobertura y alcance.
  • Intuitive and friendly to manage.
  • High hardware equipment costs.
  • Medium learning curve.
  • Support and updates far away.
February 11, 2021

King of WLAN

Irfan Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Hanging issues are resolved after Cisco Wireless deployment, over loading of users on a single AP is managed well.
  • Users are connected very smoothly, now no issues reported from users.
  • Logs and rectification are very easy and troubleshooting is very good.
  • One windows solution for all wireless issues company & country-wide users.
  • Pictorial shape must be added in reporting or add date range for logs
  • Recently removed or added devices must be highlighted in a report or on the dashboard.
  • Single tool for Cisco Wireless and Cisco switches network monitoring.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Easy-to-use web interface
  • Fast push of settings and firmware to APs
  • Simple management of many SSIDs and networks
  • Upgrades can be fairy difficult
  • Licensing is always a sore point for Cisco products
  • Among the top of wireless LAN controller price ranges
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Latest GUI has made managing it much easier
  • Constant firmware updates for bug fixes and feature additions
  • Well made hardware that can run for years without any problems
  • Cisco brand carries a large weight behind it!
  • Its not going to be the cheapest of LAN controllers
  • Having to deal with licensing issues almost yearly
  • TAC cases can be hard to get going sometimes (due to licensing usually)
  • Cost is a factor with big name brands
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Stability and reliability on a top level, as they have never needed a reboot
  • Easy to implement as you just install them and have centralized control
  • Security on a top level, with the AI functionality from Cisco and management panel where you will immediately see any threats
  • Interface UX is a bit complicated
  • No mobile applications for configuration on site
  • Licensing is bit complicated
José Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Unified management and easy control of everything
  • Roaming layer 2 to allow even greater mobility
  • Automatic provisioning of APs with the controller
  • Manages up to 150 APs and 3,000 users at the same time
  • This version could be upgraded to support up to 200 APs; it would be amazing if that happens
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Robustness
  • Ease of implementation
  • Vast material available
  • Many professionals available
  • A cleaner interface (mainly the advanced mode)
  • Synchronization of controllers in active-active format
  • Clearer and more documented integration with third-party tools (such as Zabbix, Nagios, etc.)
Score 9 out of 10
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  • They are relatively easy to set up in addition to its good documentation and tech support.
  • It seems to have a lot of software/firmware updates which isn't necessarily bad but can throw you off if you have specific settings or configurations.