The WLC works
July 02, 2018

The WLC works

Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

5520 Wireless Controller

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

I am using Cisco Wireless Lan Controllers as my enterprise controllers. This is a new installation that will grow control of up to 100 WAN locations. Our original solution consisted of several autonomous wireless systems, this created a support and maintenance nightmare for a two-man network team. I no longer have to log into every app and manually configure and troubleshoot.


  • Central Management
  • Fastlane capabilities for Apple devices
  • Simplified landing page configuration


  • Has had several vulnerabilities
  • The need for Cisco Prime for heatmapping and advanced features
  • Pretty expensive
  • Improved business processes by getting employees mobile
  • Less time overhead for the network team
The best scenario for the Cisco Wireless Lan controller is in a Hub and Spoke backhaul network environment. Since you are bringing all of the packets to a central location for Internet and application interaction anyway it is easy for the WLC to communicate with the APs and provide the control and management needed. I would not recommend the WLC if you connect to your remote locations via internet connectivity, that is more suited for a cloud-based management solution.


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