Cisco Systems Catalyst 9800-l Wireless Controller_fiber Uplink (C9800-L-F-K9)

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller_Fiber Uplink

Category : Wireless
Brand : Cisco
Model : C9800-L-F-K9


Built from the ground up for intent-based networking

The Cisco® Catalyst® 9800-L is a fixed wireless controller with seamless software updates for small and midsize enterprises.

Built from the ground up for intent-based networking, the Cisco Catalyst 9800-L brings together Cisco IOS® XE Software and Cisco RF excellence to create a best-in-class wireless experience for your evolving and growing organization.

The Cisco Catalyst 9800-L is feature rich and enterprise ready to power your business-critical operations and transform end-user experiences:

  • Choose between copper and fiber uplinks. This choice gives you flexibility in your network.
  • High availability and seamless software updates, enabled by hot and cold patching, keep your clients and services always on in planned and unplanned events.
  • Secure the air, devices, and users with the Cisco Catalyst 9800-L. The wireless infrastructure becomes the strongest first line of defense, with Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) and Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). The controller comes with built-in security: Secure Boot, runtime defenses, image signing, integrity verification, and hardware authenticity.
  • Built on a modular operating system, the controller features open and programmable APIs that enable automation of day-0 to day-N network operations. Model-driven streaming telemetry provides deep insights into your network and client health.
  • Cisco User Defined Network, a feature available in Cisco DNA Center, allows IT to give end users control of their very own wireless network partition on a shared network. End users can then remotely and securely deploy their devices on this network. Perfect for university dormitories or extended hospital stays, Cisco User Defined Network grants both device security and control, allowing each user to choose who can connect to their network. (Available second half of calendar year 2020.)
  • The Wi-Fi 6 readiness dashboard is a new dashboard in the Assurance menu of Cisco DNA Center. It will look through the inventory of all devices on the network and verify device, software, and client compatibility with the new Wi-Fi 6 standard. After upgrading, advanced wireless analytics will indicate performance and capacity gains as a result of the Wi-Fi 6 deployment. This is an incredible tool that will help your team define where and how the wireless network should be upgraded. It will also give you insights into the access point distribution by protocol (802.11 ac/n/abg), wireless airtime efficiency by protocol, and granular performance metrics.
  • With Cisco In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), network downtime during a software update or upgrade is a thing of the past. ISSU is a complete image upgrade and update while the network is still running. The software image—or patch—is pushed onto the wireless controller while traffic forwarding continues uninterrupted. All access point and client sessions are retained during the upgrade process. With just a click, your network automatically upgrades to the newest software.

Product overview

  • Maximum number of access points : 250, 500 (with Performance license)
  • Maximum number of clients : 5000, 10,000 (with Performance license)
  • Maximum throughput : 5 Gbps, 10 Gbps **(with Performance license)
  • Maximum WLANs : 4096
  • Maximum VLANs : 4096
  • Fixed uplinks : 2x 10G/Multigigabit copper or 2x 10G/Multigigabit fiber
  • Power supply : 110W, 12V DC, AC/DC adapter
  • Maximum power consumption 84.5W (assumes 2pc 2.5W SFP and with 4.5W USB load)
  • Deployment modes : Centralized, Cisco FlexConnect®, and fabric
  • Form factor : 1RU; half-width chassis allows side-by-side installation in standard 19-in. rack
  • License : Smart License enabled
  • Software : Cisco IOS XE
  • Management : Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime® Infrastructure, and third party (open standards APIs)
  • Interoperability : AireOS-based controllers
  • Access points : Cisco Aironet® 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 access points, Cisco Catalyst 9100 802.11ax access points
  • Always on : The Cisco Catalyst 9800-L provides seamless software updates for faster resolution of critical issues, the ability to introduce new access points with zero downtime, and flexible software upgrades. Stateful Switchover (SSO) with active standby and N+1 redundancy keeps your network, services, and clients always on, even in unplanned events.
  • Secure : Secure the air, devices, and users with the Cisco Catalyst 9800-L. Wireless infrastructure becomes the strongest first line of defense with Encrypted Traffic Analytics and SD-Access. The controller comes with built-in security: Secure Boot, runtime defenses, image signing, integrity verification, and hardware authenticity. Cisco Advanced Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (aWIPS) is a complete wireless security solution that uses the Cisco Unified Access® infrastructure to detect, locate, mitigate, and contain wired and wireless rogues and threats.
  • Open and programmable : The Cisco Catalyst 9800-L controller is built on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, which offers a rich set of open standards-based programmable APIs and model-driven telemetry that provide an easy way to automate day-0 to day-N network operations.

Physical dimensions

  • Width : 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Depth : 9.06 in. (23.01 cm)
  • Height : 1.58 in. (4.02 cm)
  • Weight : 4.01 lb. (1.82 kg)

Ports and their purpose

  • 1x RJ-45 console port : Console port for out-of-band management.
  • 1x Micro USB console port : Console port for out-of-band management.
  • 1x USB 3.0 port : USB 3.0 port for plugging in external memory.
  • 1x RJ-45 management port : Management port used for out-of-band management. Also known as the service port.
  • 1x RJ-45 redundancy port : Redundancy port used for SSO.
  • 4x 2.5G/1G and 2x 10G copper ports : Ports used for sending and receiving traffic between access points and controller, northbound traffic, in-band management traffic, and wireless client traffic. Must be connected to the switch.
  • 4x 2.5G/1G copper and 2x 10G SFP+ fiber ports : Ports used for sending and receiving traffic between access points and controller, northbound traffic, in-band management traffic, and wireless client traffic. Must be connected to the switch.

Front LEDs

  • Power
    • Green : Green if all power rails are within spec
    • System status
      • Green
        • On: Cisco IOS XE boot is complete
        • Blinking: Cisco IOS boot in progress
      • Red
        • On: System crash
        • Blinking: Secure Boot failure
        • Off: ROMMON boot
      • High Availability (HA) port
        • Green
          • On: HA active
          • Slow blink: HA standby hot
        • Amber
          • Slow blink: Booted with HA standby cold
          • Fast blink: HA maintenance
  • Alarm
    • Green
      • On: ROMMON boot complete
      • Blinking: System upgrade in progress
    • Amber
      • On: ROMMON boot and SYSTEM bootup
      • Blinking: Temperature error and Secure Boot failure
    • Network link LED Indicator
      • Green
        • Solid green: Link
        • Flashing green: Activity
        • LED off: Link down


  • Power : The Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller is powered by a single output 12V DC, 110W 120/240V AC adapter (C9800-AC-110W) that is shipped by default.
  • Wireless IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11d, WMM/802.11e, 802.11h, 802.11n, 802.11k, 802.11r, 802.11u, 802.11w, 802.11ac Wave1 and Wave2, 802.11ax
  • Wired, switching, and routing : IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T, IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX specification, 1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-SX, 1000-BASE-LH, IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging, IEEE 802.1AX Link Aggregation
  • Data Requests For Comments (RFCs) :
    • RFC 768 UDP
    • RFC 791 IP
    • RFC 2460 IPv6
    • RFC 792 ICMP
    • RFC 793 TCP
    • RFC 826 ARP
    • RFC 1122 Requirements for Internet Hosts
    • RFC 1519 CIDR
    • RFC 1542 BOOTP
    • RFC 2131 DHCP
    • RFC 5415 CAPWAP Protocol Specification
    • RFC 5416 CAPWAP Binding for 802.11
  • Security standards :
    • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
    • IEEE 802.11i (WPA2, RSN)
    • RFC 1321 MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm
    • RFC 1851 ESP Triple DES Transform
    • RFC 2104 HMAC: Keyed-Hashing for Message Authentication
    • RFC 2246 TLS Protocol Version 1.0
    • RFC 2401 Security Architecture for the Internet Protocol
    • RFC 2403 HMAC-MD5-96 within ESP and AH
    • RFC 2404 HMAC-SHA-1-96 within ESP and AH
    • RFC 2405 ESP DES-CBC Cipher Algorithm with Explicit IV
    • RFC 2407 Interpretation for ISAKMP
    • RFC 2408 ISAKMP
    • RFC 2409 IKE
    • RFC 2451 ESP CBC-Mode Cipher Algorithms
    • RFC 3280 Internet X.509 PKI Certificate and CRL Profile
    • RFC 4347 Datagram Transport Layer Security
    • RFC 5246 TLS Protocol Version 1.2
  • Encryption :
    • Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) RC4 40, 104 and 128 bits (both static and shared keys)
    • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES): Cipher Block Chaining (CBC), Counter with CBC-MAC (CCM), Counter with Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol (CCMP)
    • Data Encryption Standard (DES): DES-CBC, 3DES
    • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS): RC4 128-bit and RSA 1024- and 2048-bit
    • IPsec: DES-CBC, 3DES, AES-CBC
    • 802.1AE MACsec encryption
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
    • IEEE 802.1X
    • RFC 2548 Microsoft Vendor-Specific RADIUS Attributes
    • RFC 2716 PPP EAP-TLS
    • RFC 2865 RADIUS Authentication
    • RFC 2866 RADIUS Accounting
    • RFC 2867 RADIUS Tunnel Accounting
    • RFC 2869 RADIUS Extensions
    • RFC 3576 Dynamic Authorization Extensions to RADIUS
    • RFC 5176 Dynamic Authorization Extensions to RADIUS
    • RFC 3579 RADIUS Support for EAP
    • RFC 3580 IEEE 802.1X RADIUS Guidelines
    • RFC 3748 Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
    • Web-based authentication
    • TACACS support for management users
  • Management
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1, v2c, v3
    • RFC 854 Telnet
    • RFC 1155 Management Information for TCP/IP-Based Internets
    • RFC 1156 MIB
    • RFC 1157 SNMP
    • RFC 1213 SNMP MIB II
    • RFC 1350 TFTP
    • RFC 1643 Ethernet MIB
    • RFC 2030 SNTP
    • RFC 2616 HTTP
    • RFC 2665 Ethernet-Like Interface Types MIB
    • RFC 2674 Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges with Traffic Classes, Multicast Filtering, and Virtual Extensions
    • RFC 2819 RMON MIB
    • RFC 2863 Interfaces Group MIB
    • RFC 3164 Syslog
    • RFC 3414 User-Based Security Model (USM) for SNMPv3
    • RFC 3418 MIB for SNMP
    • RFC 3636 Definitions of Managed Objects for IEEE 802.3 MAUs
    • RFC 4741 Base NETCONF protocol
    • RFC 4742 NETCONF over SSH
    • RFC 6241 Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)
    • RFC 6242 NETCONF over SSH
    • RFC 5277 NETCONF event notifications
    • RFC 5717 Partial Lock Remote Procedure Call
    • RFC 6243 With-Defaults capability for NETCONF
    • RFC 6020 YANG
    • Cisco private MIBs
  • Management interfaces
    • Web-based: HTTP/HTTPS
    • Command-line interface: Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, serial port
    • Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Environmental conditions supported
    • Operating temperature:
      • 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
      • Note: The maximum temperature is derated by 1.0°C for every 1000 ft (305 m) of altitude above sea level.
    • Nonoperating temperature:
      • –13° to 158°F (–25° to 70°C)
    • Operating humidity:
      • 5% to 95% noncondensing
    • Nonoperating humidity:
      • 0% to 95% noncondensing
    • Altitude:
      • Operating altitude: 0 to 3000 m (0 to 10,000 ft)
      • Nonoperating altitude: 0 to 12,192 m (0 to 40,000 ft.)
    • Electrical input:
      • AC input frequency range: 47 to 63 Hz
      • AC input range: 90 to 264 VAC
    • Maximum power:
      • 9800-L-C max measured power = 86.9W (with 4.5W USB load)
      • 9800-L-F max measured power = 84.5W (assumes 2pc 2.5W SFP and with 4.5W USB load)
    • Maximum heat dissipation:
      • 9800-L-C: 296.4 Btu/hr (with 4.5W USB load)
      • 9800-L-F: 288.2 Btu/hr (assumes 2pc 2.5W SFP and with 4.5W USB load)
    • Sound power level measure:
      • Normal: 40 dBA at 25C
      • Maximum: 42.9 dBA at 40C
    • Power adapter:
      • Input power: 100 to 240 VAC; 50/60 Hz
  • Regulatory compliance
    • Safety:
      • UL/CSA 60950-1
      • IEC/EN 60950-1
      • AS/NZS 60950.1
      • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1
    • EMC - Emissions:
      • FCC 47CFR15
      • AS/NZS CISPR 22
      • CISPR 22
      • EN55022/EN55032 (EMI-1)
      • ICES-003
      • VCCI
      • KN 32 (EMI-2)
      • CNS-13438
      • Class A
    • EMC – Emissions:
      • EN61000-3-2 Power Line Harmonics (EMI-3)
      • EN61000-3-3 Voltage Changes, Fluctuations, and Flicker (EMI-3)

Software requirements

The Cisco Catalyst 9800-L runs on Cisco IOS XE Software version 16.12.1 or later. This software release includes all the features listed earlier in the Product Benefits section.

Table 9 lists the minimum software requirements for the controller models.


No licenses are required to boot up a Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controller. However, in order to connect any access points to the controller, Cisco DNA software subscriptions are required. To be able to connect to a Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series controller, each access point requires a Cisco DNA subscription license.


Find warranty information on at the Product Warranties page.

Cisco 1-year limited hardware warranty terms

The following are terms applicable to your hardware warranty. Your embedded software is subject to the Cisco End User License Agreement (EULA) and/or any Supplemental EULA (SEULA) or specific software warranty terms for additional software products loaded on the device.

Duration of hardware warranty: One (1) year

Replacement, repair, or refund procedure for hardware: Cisco or its service center will use commercially reasonable efforts to ship a replacement part within ten (10) working days after receipt of the RMA request. Actual delivery times may vary depending on customer location.

Cisco reserves the right to refund the purchase price as its exclusive warranty remedy.