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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • I consider that its implementation is recommended for configurations where the amount of access point exceeds 50 devices and the performance exceeds 4 Gbps.
  • In environments where the access point density is less than 10 units, we can use the option of Express Mobility.
Erik Velasquez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

As any Cisco Aironet Access Points, the 3800 model is more for power users than beginners. It is for sure very more complex to maintain and trouble shoot than solutions like Cisco Meraki APs.
By the way, there are a lot of settings that can be customized and it is really interesting for difficult environments like industrial factories.
The 3800 model is also robust so it should stay durable and reliable.
But if you want to use the mesh mode or make a wireless bridge, this model is not appropriate as it is not supported for now.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Centralized management has been the greatest factor in our preference for the 5520 controllers.
  • The web portal administration site is intuitive and granular. We have enjoyed the ease of administration on through the portals.
  • We have been very pleased with the effectiveness of Dynamic Channel Assignment (DCA) and Transmit Power Control (TPC) Algorithms. These feature settings (out of the box) have worked nearly flawlessly for us.
Aaron Oberman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

  • Cisco APs are managed very easily from a Cisco WLC controller.
  • Cisco APs provide lots of enterprise-grade options such as rogue detection and automatic power configuration.
  • Cisco APs have many different mounting options, which makes them very versatile in a healthcare environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • Can improve on the possiblilty of using the physical controllers with the virtual one
  • Can improve on the possibility of having site to site failover capabilities - controllers at production goes down and controllers at our DR site takes over
  • The possibility of an app in your phone for alerts and minor configuration of the controllers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

  • Outdoor capabilities. We have actually blown up a few outdoor units. Water got inside the outdoor units and had visible rust
  • Costs compared to other AP’s in the market. Ruckus and EnGenius work out a bit cheaper
  • Mounting options are limited
Ashveen Nandan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It works grear and will definately renew.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points 7.9
Based on 3 answers
We are all happy with Aironet and Prime.
Montasir Azad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The Cisco 3802 product performance is excellent. Not only for the speed and range of the wireless it provides, but also for the fact that - when deployed in a large scale environment - the performance does not fail. It provides the same network connectivity for users ranging from 1 to 30-plus concurrent connections.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller 9.7
Based on 10 answers
Cisco is always available if we need support. If they are unable to solve the problem right away they will reach back to us in a timely manner and advise what we need to do. As well there team provides additional guidance if we hit any stumbling blocks. There service has been great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

Cisco is the most stable company in switching parts including wireless, and it has the most powerful support team with a lot of online documents, community and market share so when you get stuck, you can find support from anywhere. And usually you won't need it as its product is very stable and reliable.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

Our selection of Cisco Aironet Access Points versus the Meraki Access Points was entirely on a political basis with our vendor. In the future, we are actually looking to migrate towards the Meraki system. Even though the Meraki feature-set is lacking, we really only require those features, and our cost would be largely cut by this migration. It would be a solid win, but maybe not recommendable to everyone.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

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Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 2 answers
Contrary to a solution like the Cisco Meraki access points, the Aironet access points like the 3800 are linked to the Controler. And depending on the version of the controller, it will support only some models of access points.
For big sites, it may be difficult to upgrade the controler to support new ap models like 3800 because we still have old access points.
And it is also the same between new access points and old client devices so it is always a bit tricky.
After that, if the access point model is supported by the controller, it is really simple to install a new one
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

  • The controller redundancy and coverage area is exceptional.
  • Quality of service and high level of performance and stability is essential for the organization to deploy it globally.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

  • Users are able to carry on with their work while moving, changing seats, rooms or having an ad-hoc Skype meeting on the way to lunch. It is always hard to justify the value of connectivity but be assured, when it is not working the business impact is immediate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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