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Cisco Aironet Access Points

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Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

I feel that Aruba wireless solutions are suited for most any environment. It is possible to scale from one AP to hundreds. It is capable of both personal and enterprise level security to fit any organization's standards. Coupled with the software tools, you have incredible control over your entire environment.
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Cisco Aironet Access Points

Some advice on the Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point 1852: 1) Don't mix models. The controllers seem to work slightly better if they control all the APs in the designated wireless space. 2) Turn off load balancing if at all possible. If your users are spread out, like in an office environment, don't let the controller move everyone around. It does not work well and our devices had poor signal strength constantly. 3) If you need Cisco help, do yourself a favor and do a wireless map (signal strength map) in advance and have it ready so they don't put you off for several days while you jump through this hoop.
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Pros

  • They offer both a controller-based and controller-less option. This allows customers of all sizes to deploy a wireless network without the upfront cost of controller hardware. A controller can be added later.
  • Aruba also offers Airwave which is a single management point for all AP swarms in the environment. It offers many reporting features as well as visual RF maps displaying heatmaps of the AP signals and client positioning.
  • The Aruba Access Point we have (224s and 225s) also offer both PoE and external power supplies for those smaller deployments that may not have PoE capable switches.
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  • Rugged housing and very robust design.
  • Two different models.
  • One with internal antennas only (1562I) and another model with external antennas as an option (1562E)
  • PoE with very low power consumption
  • Excellent temperature range (-40 to 65 degrees celsious
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Cons

  • Although there is a Help option within the IAP web GUI, it would be nice to have it be a little more descriptive about what some of the features are and do.
  • Online documentation could give more information about configuration and troubleshooting, but a call or email to support usually has things resolved relatively quickly.
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  • Stability
  • Heat dispersion
  • Water resistance
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Cisco Aironet Access Points8.0
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It just works and pairs with our other Cisco kit works very well
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Usability

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Cisco Aironet Access Points7.5
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Everything clear and easy to use
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Reliability and Availability

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Cisco Aironet Access Points9.1
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This access point does not usually randomly shut off. It can't happen but it's generally due to a power over ethernet failures which would could be considered a user error.
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Performance

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Cisco Aironet Access Points9.1
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Performance on this access point is excellent. They're used by some of the largest companies in the world for the highest density applications.
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Support

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Cisco Aironet Access Points6.8
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Cisco TAC can be sometimes hit and miss.
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Implementation

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Cisco Aironet Access Points8.2
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Proper pre-planning would help you avoid any issues. Any deployments at scale should be double-checked.
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Alternatives Considered

In the past we used Cisco APs. As many may agree, Cisco is not known for their management software and interfaces. Aruba makes this much more user friendly. The cost is also a major factor. The hardware seems to be equal in quality to Cisco, but at a reduced price.
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Compared to Motorola/Symbol - it is easier to manage and scale the solution. Using the controllers one can build up avWiFi network to spread access to new building using only a few clicks. There is also functionality to build a mesh network with APs communicating with each other over radio.
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Scalability

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Cisco Aironet Access Points9.1
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The access point is extremely Hardy this was the Prime reason we bought this model.
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Return on Investment

  • The access points are more cost effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment. This has allowed us to deploy more access points to provide better coverage.
  • The simplicity of deployment has freed up time for us to focus on other projects and tasks.
  • The visual RF maps have given us better insight into where coverage holes may exist in our environment.
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  • I cannot speak to the specifics of ROI, but these units do fulfill our business needs.
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Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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Free Trial
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Cisco Aironet Access Points

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
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