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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Dead simple to setup, deploy, upgrade and manage. If a colleague was asking for a solid AP that just runs and runs without tiring out and they dont want to break the bank with the higher end units, this is a great place to look. I would say that you're going to have to deal with Cisco licensing support at some point during setup, but thats par for the course.
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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

I always recommend two WLCs instead of a single one to think about the failover scenario. It is very important to think about this detail. Catalyst 9800-L is for small to medium scenarios supporting up to 300 access points to purchase the performance license. Licenses can be extended over time without any problems. As the company grows, we buy more and enable our access points.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

  • Until 2018, our Aironets were 1560 series, and each was managed separately. We had about 9 devices, 3-4 per floor, strategically placed on each floor to get a good coverage map over a three-floor environment. Their coverage was greater than expected. With the latest 1852 models we have, they are managed by a controller, and frankly, the coverage is a smaller area, requiring more units. We have worked with support for months and this is the final outcome of all the setting changes - we simply need more devices to cover the same area.
  • None of the models I have used have needed reboots. We usually only reboot the devices annually, and they don't have issues requiring restarts.
  • With the 1560 series, the connection strength was extremely consistent. With the new 1852 model, which is managed by one of the WAPs as a controller, it is supposed to use smart technology to load balance (optional) and determine which of the WAPs is appropriate to connect the requesting device to - great idea - but it does NOT work well.
Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

  • 10G Uplinks to improve the performance of network traffic.
  • Supports up to 5,000 connected clients.
  • Supports up to 250 access points.
  • Visibility of applications transmitted by users/groups in vlans.
  • 1x authentication portal with radius.
  • Compact 1RU.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

  • On the Mobility Express models, it’s hard to configure all from the GUI, and sometimes the GUI is buggy
  • In Mobility Express, the (virtual) controller is not able to push the right image to the APs. This sometimes results in not joining the APs
  • Some minor issues with firmware
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

  • To support more access points and customers to manage, it is necessary to purchase another performance license that we have not purchased.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 1 answer
If Cisco keeps innovating the feature sets on the next 1800 models, I would definitely try it out to improve the experience of my users and to keep them on the latest technologies
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Usability

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Pretty straightforward guide, which was built since OEAP600 AP's and never improved, this is a good thing for user to tackle when they configure the personal SSID, but does not reflect how it should be in 2020, where everything is mobile compatible and app ready. Cisco are going to have an app for this, but it comes with greater cost.
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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Reliability and Availability

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller 9.1
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As previously mentioned, we have no problems with inoperative WLC because we have two units in an active/standby scenario. The WLAN network is not essential for the company because many use notebooks and smartphones on the corporate network and need access to the internet at all times.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 8.3
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Great overall Performance from a WIFI perspective, creating a truly enhanced coverage map and providing good VOIP throughput. The dual radio, 4x4 MIMO WAVE2 spec provides up to 1.7Gbps to client devices and has Link Aggregation Group (LAG) for the two 1 Gigabit ethernet ports. In conjunction to this the Wave2 has the ability to transmit beam-forming connectivity for a better client experience overall.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We prioritize a scenario in high availability and redundancy with an active WLC and the secondary standby in order to prevent the wireless network from being inoperable. Our second redundancy in addition to the equipment is the internet links where we also have two. With two WLCs we have a secure and always available network.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 8.2
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If you are able to identify the problem initially, you would be able to explain it to the TAC. In order for the TAC to understand it, the TAC engineer must be competent enough to understand it, and have the devices already in lab to test with. Each bug I encountered the TAC was able to help. And I was able to file at least 3 bugs on the 1815T and M.
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Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Speaking about Access Points in the 1830 series that are devices slightly below the 1850 series that we have talked about, the biggest advantage that I think we can have when buying one of the 1850 series would be to have a greater data transfer from the Access Point to the users since the 1830 APs only reach 867 Mbps at the frequency of 5GHz, compared to the new series that can reach 1.7 Gbps. That helps us a lot when making transfers of heavy data, improving download time on wireless devices, be it a smartphone or a laptop, etc.
Benjamín Marrón Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Scalability

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 8.4
Based on 4 answers
The scalability is good and can be increased according to the company's demand. If controlled by a wlc the concern is minimal because it has the capacity to manage many access points. If you use the 1852i hardware, it is more sensitive and serves only a few units.
Paula Cristina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

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Return on Investment

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

  • We can be in Mobility Express mode where the AP provides the controller functionality to support a small to medium deployment without requiring a dedicated controller.
  • Access Points are centrally managed via a WLC reducing the management overhead for deployment, configuration, and upgrade.
Darren Hosking | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

  • Artificial intelligence to manage and distribute the best signal to access points and users on the WLAN network.
  • Support for the new 802.11ac wave 2 protocol with gigabit ethernet.
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

General

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

Cisco Catalyst 9800-L Wireless Controller

General

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

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