Cisco 8540 WLAN Controller is a good option to manage your network
December 18, 2020

Cisco 8540 WLAN Controller is a good option to manage your network

João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

We use Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller to centrally manage a WiFi network for a Smart City project in Portugal. It is being used by our research lab to measure mobility statistics and other parameters, besides providing free network access to the population in the area where the project was deployed (in a coastal region).
  • Easy to setup and deploy the wireless network.
  • Full control and customization of all Access Points.
  • Security features and multi-protocol support.
  • Price can be a little bit overwhelming for some organizations.
  • Some advanced configurations are not easy to grasp without support.
  • There could be some VPN solutions embedded by default.
  • After installation and deployment, it saves a lot of time to the organization in daily operations.
  • Provides security protection which could have a severe impact in any business.
  • Saves staff costs by automatizing the process of managing the network.
We have [done] some work before with the Cisco 3504 product, but the more recent Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller provides a wider range of capabilities for managing the wireless network and each individual device [and] also being able to handle more users. Unfortunately, we didn't test and deploy equivalent products from other concurrent companies.

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

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In case one needs to manage a complex network with a significant number of access points, Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller is an appropriate solution since it can handle well a large amount of nodes and allows a detailed and customized configuration of each one of the APs in an individual way. For a small number of devices, the price does not justify of use of such powerful solution.