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Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Your network, your way

Wi-Fi 6 devices are rapidly making their way into your users' hands. Empowered with higher capacity, reduced latency, stronger security, and better power efficiency, a Wi-Fi 6-supported Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controller fortifies your network and allows it to be deployed anywhere--including the cloud. Or choose the Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on Catalyst Access Points or on a switch, for controller features without a dedicated appliance.

Features and benefits

Always on

Whether planned or unplanned, network outages are painful. With Catalyst 9800, features such as high availability and seamless software updates help keep your network up and running. 

Secure

Every network needs a strong line of defense. With its secure boot, runtime defenses, image signing, and more, Catalyst 9800 helps secure your devices, users, and infrastructure.

Intelligent

When paired with Cisco DNA, your network works for you. Whether it’s providing you with enhanced analytics or being deployed in the infrastructure (including the cloud) of your choice, Catalyst 9800 gives you the choices you need for better efficiency.

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Compare Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Not sure what’s right for you? Try the Cisco wireless selector to find the best products for your needs.

Catalyst 9800-L

  • For small campus deployments with the flexibility of copper or fiber uplinks
  • Up to 250 APs, 5000 clients, and 5-Gbps throughput
  • Hot patching, time saving, and hitless upgrades
  • Advanced, on-demand telemetry

Catalyst 9800-40

  • For medium-sized campus deployments
  • Up to 2000 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 6000 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 6000 APs and 64,000 clients
  • Hot patching, time saving, and hitless upgrades
  • Advanced, on-demand telemetry

Embedded wireless for an AP

  • Catalyst 9800 embedded on a Catalyst 9100 Access Point
  • Ideal for distributed branches and small campuses
  • Up to 100 APs and 2000 clients
  • Hot patching, time saving, and hitless upgrades

Embedded wireless for a switch

  • Catalyst 9800 embedded on a Catalyst 9000 switch
  • Ideal for SD-Access-enabled distributed branches and small campuses
  • Up to 200 APs and 4000 clients
  • Hot patching, time saving, and hitless upgrade

Get assured wireless performance with Cisco DNA software

Cisco DNA software subscriptions power analytics and assurance across your network. Benefit from an always-available network that scales with your organization’s growth in applications, users, and devices.

Why upgrade to Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers?

Wireless assurance

With Cisco DNA Assurance, Catalyst 9800 Series 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 Series Wireless Controllers but all Cisco wired and wireless solutions for Cisco DNA.

Comprehensive security

Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers are the first line of defense, with features such as Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) and secure segmentation with Cisco Software-Defined Access.

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