Good value for the price but may not compete with a Cisco centralized controller
January 08, 2021

Good value for the price but may not compete with a Cisco centralized controller

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller

We have a mostly Cisco AP shop but was previously using a Cisco WLAN controller to manage all our APs. At a new HQ site, we wanted to try the new embedded wireless controllers in a simpler way with fewer points of failure than using a centralized WLC. This solves the major problem of a centralized point of failure.
  • Automatic controller failover in the event of an outage.
  • Lots of great deep security features that Cisco is known for.
  • Well priced for an all in one device.
  • Some bugs in the interface.
  • Issues with licensing and Cisco DNA integration.
  • Frequent software patches needed,
  • Money saved not needing a WLC and separate APs.
  • Time saved during setup if you're using a Cisco DNA.
  • Long term it may be more time spent diagnosing issues.

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

Yes

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

No

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

No

Did implementation of Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller again?

Yes

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While it is a fairly solid product for the price tag, some places may not want to deal with bugs and glitches that can occur. These are priced below a standard WLC with APs that are centrally managed. So if you have a site with lots of APs that need as much uptime as possible, this may not be the solution for you.