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Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

Your network, your way

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 are compatible with the new Catalyst 9100 Series a​​ccess points that support Wi-Fi 6.

Benefits of 9800 wireless controllers

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. 


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

Flexible deployment

Choices for where and how to deploy your network are important. Catalyst 9800 provides options to enable your wireless connectivity on-premises, in a public or private cloud, or embedded on a switch. 

Compare Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controllers

Catalyst 9800-40

  • For small to 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

  • 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.

Comprehensive security

Catalyst 9800 Series wireless controllers are the first line of defense with features such as Encrypted Traffic Analytics and secure segmentation with Cisco Software-Defined Access.

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