The ease of WiFi access with Cisco 5520 Wireless Controllers
November 14, 2019

The ease of WiFi access with Cisco 5520 Wireless Controllers

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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco Wireless Controllers integrate with our ISE and help manage wireless users and mobile devices. We have three SSIDs that help segment employees, mobile devices and guest users. We had to upgrade to this model because of issues we experienced with our guest network. As we work with a number of consultants and external companies, the guest WiFi needed to be stable to support these external users.
  • Easy integration with ISE
  • Simple GUI that assisted in configuring the controllers, APs and security
  • Support of the new 2800 and 3800 AP models and also support our previous 3700s AP model
  • We bought two controllers and tested the seamless failover capabilities so users who are connected do not realise a failover occurred
  • Can improve on the possiblilty of using the physical controllers with the virtual one
  • Can improve on the possibility of having site to site failover capabilities - controllers at production goes down and controllers at our DR site takes over
  • The possibility of an app in your phone for alerts and minor configuration of the controllers
  • Faster network access.
  • Less reliance on physical connections.
  • Users that have corporate apps with built-in flows so that feedback and quick access is possible on the go.
Best bet is the integration with ISE. Users use their active directory credentials to access the wireless and very simple guest portal to gain access to the Internet. We plan on integrating Cisco DNA Centre in the future that will give us more visibility and improved performance.
Our local resellers implemented it in our network. Very knowledgeable and backed by Cisco support. The implementation was very smooth with no issues experienced the few days after the cut over. So far the support was great.

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It is well suited in an environment that has mostly laptop users, has BYOD/corporate cell phone use, or that encourages collaboration via voice and video meetings. Definitely fits with a company that has on-the-go staff that requires quick access to resources.

Using Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

120 - Cross functional teams from most departments
2 - CCNA and CCNA wireless
  • Guest access to the Internet for visiting consultants and business partners
  • Employee access to their resources
  • Mobile access for business apps and flows
  • Mostly office 365 access
  • Connecting to collaboration products like webex, polycom, zoom and goto meeting.
  • Use of the company pabx soft phone via mobile
  • Technicians use of their service desk mobile app while in the go
  • Integration with DNA centre for more visiability
  • Manage connections of regular devices like TVs, marketing screens customers and possible expansion for customers to use on a different segment
It works grear and will definately renew.