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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points is rated higher in 1 area: Performance
  • Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

7.7

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

77%
29 Ratings
8.8

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

88%
12 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.9

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

79%
3 Ratings

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.3

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

93%
2 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
12 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.9

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

79%
2 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
12 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

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.
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Cisco

I recommend using this Cisco 1850 access point for offices, factories, schools, colleges, hospitals, and other indoor environments. It has great support for a medium density of simultaneous connections and has interesting features to mitigate and improve the quality and strength of the wifi signal. The captive portal brings more security and control of who is accessing the wifi network and prohibits unauthorized access. The price is great, and it has Cisco's reliability in technology.
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Pros

Cisco

  • 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.
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Cisco

  • It is a versatile, clean, balanced and secure access point.
  • Wifi 5 802.11ac wave 2 technology.
  • Client link and cleanair are functions to mitigate and improve user connection.
  • Reliable smartnet service for warranty and technical support.
  • Perfect for offices and indoor locations.
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Cons

Cisco

  • 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
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Cisco

  • Management software has been spotty, such as DNA Center (early versions pre v2).
  • Software has been unreliable (mainly AirOS).
  • Not supporting older APs has been when moving to new versions has been painful and caused multiple business complications such as audit support and mass AP replacements.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      We are all happy with Aironet and Prime.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      We have rolled out the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points as our previous models have come end of life/end of sale. We are more than pleased with the performance that the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points have provided our locations and have not run into any issues during or after deployment.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      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.
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      Cisco

      Cisco is the preferred WiFi solution worldwide. Typically any support issues are resolved with an internet search. The Cisco solution is typically one of the first to release new WiFi standard-based solutions. Also, their solution works the first time out of the box. Many of the other products may require a call to their technical support because of software flaws or unsupported scenarios. Not so with Cisco. It works out of the box, has many available use cases, and has great support if needed.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      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
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      Cisco

      Considering my campus has 3000 of these, and the programs that come with the Cisco Access Points make it really easy to know exactly which Access Points are down, and being able to troubleshoot through SSH from the office is a God sent.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • 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.
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      Cisco

      • Cisco was able to provide a product that met specific business requirements because they have offered a wide range of devices with various feature sets.
      • 9100s have a 3rd radio that allows for a lot of additional security features
      • 9100s have the same level of reliability and performance as the previous generation and continue to impress.
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