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Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

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.

Powerful

Get the deep visibility and insights of wireless assurance, centralized management, and comprehensive security to help your network reach its potential.

Did you know that with Cisco User Defined Network …

IT admins can give end users control of their own network partitions on a shared network—perfect for dormitory living or extended hospital stays. As a feature from Cisco DNA Center, User Defined Network delivers both device security and control.

Compare Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers

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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 midsize 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 small and midsize deployments
  • Up to 100 APs and 2000 clients
  • License-free management, scalable architecture, and enterprise-class security

Get assured wireless performance and location services

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