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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is rated higher in 1 area: Implementation Rating
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points and Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

7.9

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

79%
27 Ratings
9.3

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

93%
31 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

91%
3 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

91%
1 Rating

Usability

6.6

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

66%
3 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

82%
1 Rating

Availability

9.1

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.5

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

85%
13 Ratings

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

6.8

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

68%
4 Ratings
9.4

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

94%
21 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

82%
6 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

73%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

8.5

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

85%
12 Ratings

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is very well suited for large enterprises and high-density environments. It is not well suited for high ceiling buildings like warehouses and storage places because of low antenna gain. In our main office, it is working very well. For around thirty or so wireless devices this access point works very well and after forty or so wireless devices it starts to suffer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

If you want easy to setup wireless that works really well and can be managed from anywhere, Meraki is for sure the way to go. Once you get used to using the dashboard, it is extremely easy to use and will show you all kinds of details about the network and the clients on it. The Meraki design works well, especially if you are new to wireless, the settings are pretty basic but easy to follow. If you have an office environment and don't want the hassle of having a controller in a closet, then Meraki is a good fit. They might not always be suited for industrial designs where heat and extreme harsh temperatures are in play but other than that I've found I've been able to put them in manufacturing and office environments. If you want extreme tuning ability like you would see in a traditional Cisco controller, then you might not like the Meraki platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • It is an 802.11ac wave 2 access point capable of reaching rates above 2Gbps
  • 5ghz
  • MU-MIMO to achieve higher transmission rates over the wireless network
  • 160Mhz channels
  • CleanAir prevents interference on 2.4Ghz radio
  • Beamforming for better signal routing to the device
  • Easily installed and configured by a wireless controller
Carlos Santos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • Cisco Meraki Wireless does a GREAT job marketing their product and building your trust. They offer free and very informative webinars that offer free gear for your home network. They rely on word of mouth marketing and it simply works. They offer great try and buy programs as well. They stand behind their product and trust the technology.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless administrators dashboard is top notch. Their wireless UI interface is integrated with all other Cisco Meraki Wireless products. This makes it easy to use. It has single-use credentials and is seamless.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless support is also top notch. While they are backed by Cisco, Meraki always feels like you are working with a small business that takes your account seriously. They are specialized and a rare breed in the industry. Getting support from them is a pleasure!
Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • CleanAir - Put this technology into all the APs.
  • GPS Tracker - I can't understand why only the Cisco 1570 has this option as well as larger Cisco 3800 APs. Why can't this be in all APs so they can be easily mapped in Google for positioning and later plotted for the coverage zone.
Edwin Sandys | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management.
  • Must maintain subscription to utilize Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points.
  • Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Because until now I haven't had any issues or cases where I needed to create a ticket with Tac from Cisco related to their performance or availability.They have a small size that permits or allows you to install it in each place that you need to mount it, their design is small and appropriate for every kind of office.
Axel David Olivares Hernández | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The Cisco Meraki WiFi Access Point dashboard and support license is mandatory so to continue usage we will need to renew the license. We may opt to purchase a more current WiFi generation device if something newer is available at that time. Currently, happy with the use of the dashboard as it is very feature rich.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.6
Based on 3 answers
Lately we had less issues. Most probably because we reduced the number of Wireless LAN controllers. So less trouble for upgrades as well.We don't have any access point in stand alone mode. It's something I don't suggest, unless it's just for a small office and not for a larger company with different sites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The Meraki dashboard is an excellent tool to administer and manage the Meraki WiFi Access Point. Navigating the dashboard is intuitive and there are lots of use cases on the Meraki site. The dashboard is the key to having a great administrative experience with the product, easy to use, fast to find information.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 13 answers
Performance wise [Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points] are among of the best pieces of technology we have on premise. I don't say that lightly, we have a lot of cool tech. But if you consider how many users are connecting to these day in and day out without a single blip when they're downloading large files, roaming to new AP's or needing a boosted signal at a far end of the range then these are unmatched.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.8
Based on 4 answers
I believe that there is always room for improvement.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 9.4
Based on 21 answers
Cisco Meraki support has been very helpful when it comes to troubleshooting and supporting their products. There is an online knowledge base with tons of documentation and there is also 24x7 phone support available as part of the dashboard license. Every time I've called support, the engineer I spoke with has been very informative and dedicated to resolving my problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.2
Based on 6 answers
Make sure to get a professional wireless assessment before purchasing AP's. That way you will only purchase what you need and know where the wiring infrastructure will need to be to streamline the installation and tuning process.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 7.3
Based on 1 answer
There were documents that detailed how the WiFi Access Point was to be installed and mounted. The only issue was to cable the device, we use a third party for this type of work and typically has to be performed after normal business hours. Other than that, the installation was easy.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

D-Link Wireless access points and D-Link Wireless controllers were being used in our organization previously. They were working well with a small number of users. But as we started to expand wireless coverage and the user base started to grow they became less efficient and frequent disconnection and low-speed issues were faced. Cisco Aironet Access points overcome these issues and have been working great in our environment.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Meraki Wireless Access Points were superior to Cisco Aironets:Cloud-based dashboard for managing all Meraki devices.Alerts when devices or network is impacted.Easy deployment of Firmware upgrades.Faster network speeds.Wider network coverage.Required less number of Access Points compared to Cisco Aironet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.5
Based on 12 answers
When it comes to deploying the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points in locations around the school district it has become easier as you get used to putting 4 screws in the mounting plate to the bracket and then slide the access point onto the bracket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • The main thing is you can set them and forget about them, they don't cause a lot of problems so you can focus on other things.
  • They have performed well, in areas where we needed more APs to offload, these can handle more users.
Erick Saldana | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • KPI generator: Generator of commercial indicators that help us define the client's profile.
  • Consumption data: See in which the network is occupying the consumption by application and user.
  • Heat zones: See which is the area of ​​interest most traveled by the end user.
Salvador Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer

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