Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L controller is intended for small and medium-sized companies. The unit enables centralization of multiple access point management and is capable of connecting up to 250 access points and 5,000 client devices at the same time. The controller features a very convenient configuration model based on profiles and tags.
9800-L Wireless Controller
Typical location
Main functions
Connecting Access Points and client devices
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Price: 4720 USD

Availability: Available

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Catalyst 9800-L model description


It makes it easy to create location-specific configurations and assign different configurations to different groups of APs. With OfficeExtend Access Point (OEAP) functionality, the controller can provide mobile workers and micro-offices with convenient access to the organization’s resources. They can work safely in the organization’s network from home or in a micro-office without the need to set up VPN connections.

The unit’s performance can be enhanced with the Performance license. With this license, the controller provides up to 10 Gb/s bandwidth and supports connection with 500 access points and 10 thousand clients. Cisco Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) enables advanced detection, location, and prevention functions, as well as eliminates intruders and malicious action sources from the network.

It constantly monitors the wireless network, detects occurring anomalies, unauthorized accesses, and attacks on the radio band in use. Cisco Catalyst 9800 also utilizes Cisco Trustworthy Solutions, which means that their hardware components and software are verified pre-launch. It protects against loading up non-original or modified software or using modified systems or modules.

Catalyst 9800-80 Ports

Catalyst 9800-L-C ports
Cisco Catalyst 9800-L-C ports description

Key technical features

The Cisco Systems wireless network is suitable for handling locations hosting a large number of users, such as office spaces or conference rooms. They work well for handling numerous sensors and IoT devices, as well as a great number of voice calls and video calls. They also support the latest IEEE standard 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 6. These standards take wireless networks to a whole another level, where they can be used concurrently by many devices at the same time.

Cisco Catalyst 9800 controllers are well-adapted to the rising requirements of Internet of Things support. Besides IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), they also support additional extensions for IoT devices. These include Bluetooth/BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and IEEE 802.15.4 (LR-WPAN) used for resource tracking or route searching, among others. They also support protocols used by IoT devices, such as ZigBee or Thread that are utilized in building automation systems or lighting.

The controller’s max bandwidth is 5 Gb/s. It’s powered by a single-plate network 12 V DC PSU, 110 W 120/240 V. Cisco Catalyst 9800-L works on Cisco IOS XE 16.12.1 system, which offers a comprehensive range of open-source programmable APIs. Thanks to solutions like Encrypted Traffic Analytics and SD-Access, the network infrastructure is the first, protected line of defense.

The controllers are available in two versions:

  • with four 2.5/1 GbE ports and two copper 10 GbE ports
  • with four copper 2.5/1 GbE ports and two optical fiber 10 GbE SFP+ ports

The unit supports a range of protection mechanisms, such as Secure Boot, Runtime defenses, integrity verification, and hardware authenticity verification.

Cisco Catalyst 9800 controller implement the latest WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3) security standard with obligatory Protected Management Frames (PMF). WPA3 also supports DPP (Device Provisioning Protocol), which makes it significantly easier to safely deploy IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

Connecting Access Points to the controller requires Cisco DNA subscription. In order to connect to Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series controller, each AP needs a Cisco DNA subscription license.

Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series controllers support four license levels:

  • Cisco DNA Essentials – includes a set of Cisco DNA Essentials functions
  • Cisco DNA Advantage – includes a set of Cisco DNA Advantage functions
  • NE – includes a set of Network Essentials functions. Available through Cisco DNA Essentials.
  • NA – includes a set of Network Advantage functions. Available through Cisco DNA Advantage.