Not a lot of products will give you this level of usability and solid build quality
December 14, 2020

Not a lot of products will give you this level of usability and solid build quality

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controllers are being used in our organization to tie in all our wireless Cisco gear and our many different wireless networks into an easy-to-manage, and easy-to-use centralized management system. It solves the problem of having several separate systems to manage directly.
  • Nicely made hardware
  • Large but strong rails that can keep up with the weight
  • Redundant power supplies and fans for great backup
  • Still trying to get the hang of Cisco Smart Licensing
  • Could be easier to configure the initial controller setup (a better wizard?)
  • Not sure its going to be in everyone's network budget
  • Positive impact: Time savings for staff setting up new access points
  • Positive impact: Not having to worry about devices just going down for no reason
  • Negative impact: If you're budget is small you're going to have a tough sell on these

Do you think Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller again?

Yes

Its a pretty easy sell if you're already using Cisco APs and having to manage them separately. In fact its your only real choice if you have existing Aironet devices. Managing them on another vendor's controller is only asking for issues. If someone asked, I would push them toward both Cisco APs and controllers to make their life easy, if they can swing it.