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Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Your network, your way

With business-critical applications running on billions of wireless devices, your users need a wireless network that is always on, secure, and flexible.

Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers combine the best of RF excellence with IOS XE benefits. These are the industry’s most reliable and highly secure controllers, ready to deploy anywhere--including the cloud of your choice. They provide operational ease and save time and money.

Benefits of 9800 wireless controllers

Always on

High availability and seamless software updates, enabled by hot patching, keep your clients and services always on during planned and unplanned events.


Help secure air, devices, and users. With Encrypted Traffic Analytics and SD-Access, wireless infrastructure becomes your strongest first line of defense. Catalyst 9800 controllers come with built-in security: secure boot, run-time defenses, image signing, integrity verification, and hardware authenticity.

Flexible deployment

Deploy anywhere to help enable wireless connectivity everywhere. Whether on premises, in public and private cloud, or embedded on a switch, Catalyst 9800 controllers have multiple scale options to best meet your organization’s needs.

Compare Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Catalyst 9800-40

  • For small to medium-sized campus deployments
  • Up to 2,000 APs, 32,000 clients, and 40-Gbps throughput
  • Hot patching, time saving and hitless upgrades
  • Advanced, on-demand telemetry

Catalyst 9800-80

  • For large campus and service provider deployments
  • Up to 6,000 APs, 64,000 clients, and 80-Gbps throughput
  • Hot patching, time saving and hitless upgrades
  • Advanced, on-demand telemetry​

Catalyst 9800-CL

  • Deploy in private or public (AWS) cloud
  • Up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 clients
  • Hot patching, time saving and hitless upgrades
  • Advanced, on-demand telemetry

Embedded wireless

  • Catalyst 9800 embedded on a Catalyst 9000 switch
  • Ideal for SD-Access-enabled distributed branches and small campuses
  • Up to 200 APs and 4,000 clients
  • Hot patching, time saving and hitless upgrades

Get assured wireless performance with Cisco DNA software

Cisco DNA software subscriptions power analytics and assurance across your network. Choose from three subscription tiers--Cisco DNA Essentials, Cisco DNA Advantage, and Cisco DNA Premier--to address your pressing wireless requirements.

Why upgrade to Catalyst 9800 wireless controllers?

Wireless assurance

With Cisco DNA Assurance, Catalyst 9800 wireless controllers help provide deep visibility and insights into the wireless network.

Centralized management

Cisco DNA Center provides centralized management for not only the Catalyst 9800 wireless controllers but all Cisco DNA-ready wired and wireless solutions from Cisco.

Compatible with Aironet access points

Catalyst 9800 series wireless controllers are compatible with Aironet Wave 1 and 2 access points.​

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