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Score 9.2 out of 100

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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points is rated higher in 6 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Performance, Support Rating, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.6

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

96%
18 Ratings
8.8

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

88%
59 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

91%
1 Rating
7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

Usability

9.1

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

91%
2 Ratings
6.4

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

64%
2 Ratings

Availability

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

Performance

9.1

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

91%
5 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

82%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.2

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

82%
1 Rating
8.1

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

81%
7 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

8.8

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

88%
5 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

73%
1 Rating

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

For a large (several hundred+) corporate environment, you will probably want a [Wireless LAN Controller] to be able to scale your AP footprint. Cisco [Wireless LAN Controllers] stand up to the task and, as mentioned, once you get it set up how you want, it really doesn't need to be messed with except for periodic updates. Just manage your APs from there.
Derek Benson | 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 Wireless LAN Controllers

  • The WLC are very reliable. In the 10+ years the company has had them installed, we have not had any hardware or component failures.
  • No need for reboots. The CISCO WLC is not like a router you may have at home which you may have to reboot every few weeks or months. It can run for months without needing a reboot.
  • The Cisco WLC gives you a quick Network Summary when you first log into the system. This is very helpful to get a quick rundown on the status of your wireless network.
Anonymous | 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 Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Configuring wireless settings is very confusing because various settings are scattered all over the interface in different tabs
  • Lots of settings use Cisco's technical verbiage rather than common phrasing, so it's confusing what a lot of settings will do and requires researching the meaning before modifying the setting
  • The interface could be easier to use to do simple tasks such as reboot an access point
Anonymous | 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

Starting Price

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

General

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

Starting Price

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 Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Although it is a very good product, support is easy and can manage by Level 1 support persons and downtime is too much less but still there is a cost factor matters which is consider by each organization. Furthermore, organizations also compare with other competitors so it is hard to pursue and defend the high prices.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 6.4
Based on 2 answers
As I said before, the only thing we miss in our old model is the fact that the management interface never received an improvement in design. It has the same look and feels since it was launched. It's not that it's hard to use. It's just the case of could be modernized.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Downtime fear is the first fear which IT persons look and want to eliminate as much as they can but eventually you have to face it as nothing is perfect. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are feasible to use and easy to manage and other than this their issue reported are pretty low so you can get the best up time. now it also depends on scenario as well as environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 5 answers
In general, this AP has great performance for having MIMO 4X4 with 4 antennas for receiving and sending signals to users. AP 1850 has good construction and integrates the CleanAir feature that works to change the frequency channel when it senses external interference.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Cisco Wireless Lan controller are feasible to use and easy to manage and other than this their issue reported are pretty low so you get the better uptime. if your get the uptime then it means its a stable product in your environment. Product performance also depends on the product management and Cisco Wireless Lan controller management is easy so you can get the great output.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 8.2
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 8.1
Based on 7 answers
As usual, the support from Cisco's TAC (Technical Assistance Center) is lacking. Granted, they always get the job done, but the amount of lead time on a non-emergency is enough to make you just handle it yourself. The good news is that if you ask for Cisco's assistance and forget about it, they'll jump on by the time you've forgotten where you were in troubleshooting it and have it fixed for you.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 1 answer
That was a great experience of having a new project and working on it. Although we got some hurdles and challenges but we overcome all the things and try to work efficiently for this. in this time Cisco support team also helps a lot an give pro tips which help us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet has it place in the modern workplace and is great for single location deployments creating a good robust affordable solution. Installing them in a plant that has exposure to environmental elements they have stood the test of time, well so far. If you are looking for multi-location, multi-national or international deployments with a single plane of glass the Cisco Meraki MR's are a better choice, enhancing the time to deploy and ease of management.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Depending on your client needs you may want to go with a Unify system or Aruba controller less system if they are a small to medium business. The reason why we use Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers, is due to how well they work in congested environments and have a wealth of configuration settings.
Michael Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points 8.8
Based on 5 answers
It can easily support growth and be deployed in multiple locations. The access point has an integrated controller that can manage up to a certain amount of equipment in different locations. Setup is instantaneous and takes approximately 10 minutes to configure itself.
Flavio Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Cisco is a brand name and people trust on it. if any one thing about the networking then Cisco is among those brand which is count as trusted brand and people rely on it. Also it support is good so people can use it. Cisco Wireless Lan controller are easy to use and manage so it requires less effort.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Wireless LAN Controllers

  • Frustration levels have gone way down after going to the wireless lan controller
  • You could argue money has been saved as we can keep a single lineup of AP's and corresponding wireless lan controller
  • Costs will have to go up when you start adding one of these into the mix
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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