Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued) vs. Cisco Meraki MR

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)
Score 9.8 out of 10
N/A
Currently supported by Cisco, but no longer sold, Cisco recommends migration to the Cisco Catalyst 9100 Family of Access Points, which offer greater performance and flexibility.N/A
Meraki MR
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Cisco's Meraki MR Series is a wireless LAN solution.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Meraki MR
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Meraki MR
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Meraki MR
Considered Both Products
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)
Chose Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)
Compare to the Cisco Aironet 2800 serie there is not a really big difference. The 3800 is more powerful.
Regarding the Meraki access points the solution is really different than the Cisco Aironet 3800.
Both are good but are maybe better in some situations.
Meraki MR
Chose Cisco Meraki MR
The Cisco Meraki MR line of products stacks well against legacy Cisco Aironet equipment and comes with the added benefit of being cloud managed. I also like the fact that traditional legacy Wireless servers are no longer needed since all Meraki equipment runs through the …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR
The simple cloud configuration.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Meraki MR
Small Businesses
Ubiquiti WLAN
Ubiquiti WLAN
Score 9.1 out of 10
Ubiquiti WLAN
Ubiquiti WLAN
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Score 9.6 out of 10
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Score 9.6 out of 10
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point
Score 9.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Meraki MR
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(30 ratings)
9.0
(66 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.9
(3 ratings)
8.7
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Performance
9.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(16 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.6
(2 ratings)
9.5
(33 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Meraki MR
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
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
In a larger environment once you set up, I think it's really easy to manage. It's all I can say. So in any kind of a large environment, it's going to be super easy. Even in a small environment, you're doing minor clicks and configurations, so it's just going to be just as good there as it is in a large environment.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • 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's cloud based, so as long as we have an internet connection, we can access it. Whenever we push a change, it's one stop like a single pane of glass to manage all our equipment. And so that's what I liked about it.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • 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
  • Our current series doesn't have the GPS Telemetry for auto placement on maps that is coming out, I believe in future models, but we're not there yet. I believe they're trying to make them backwards compatible. So there is a lot of manual places on the map. Make sure you get it in the right location because that can determine its ability to locate your clients in the building.
  • And then I would say the other thing that they probably just need to work on a bit is a bit more of the RF management, the ability to see how is that AP broadcasting compared to others.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
We are all happy with Aironet and Prime.
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Cisco
Cause its intuitive, very clear and easy of use (no brainer) interface. It's whole portfolio in one portal aproach. Also cause the new features cycle release and the cisco Meraki comprehension of WiFi market. Also cause the fastest deployment available on the market that also comes with a easy to scale platform adding features and services in the same interface thats unique and awesome.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
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Cisco
To get basic functionality doesn't take long. Set up a new Meraki Dashboard activate the licenses and get internet connection for the APs and you are more or less done. The Dashboard will find your items and you're good to go.
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Performance
Discontinued Products
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
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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Cisco
Meraki support is usually top notch. The are quick to respond and stick with an issue until it is resolved. One of the difficulties I've had with Meraki MRs is the limited ability the customer has in troubleshooting. Much of the more technical aspects of resolution can only be accessed by the Meraki support team, meaning dedicated IT teams are reliant on them when more complicated issues arise.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
The usage scenario was different. I don't see this as a benefit versus harm comparison, necessarily. What happened was that, at a certain point, the implementation of the cisco solution was the winner of our public bidding process and with that, we implemented it and have used it ever since.
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Cisco
We looked at HP and their products, their Aruba products. We actually entertain looking at some of Cisco's products. The problem is once you start down a path with a technology that you choose and you get pretty deep down that path, it's very hard to try to change, especially when something's working so well
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
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
It's really easy just to add an AP to a dashboard. It adopts the config we already have there for everything else. So there's not a lot to configure. I guess it's kind of a one-time setup unless you have some unique use cases to where you want things, maybe not broadcasting from that AP or not. So it's a simple product to use.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • 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
  • Improved UX- the reliability of the MRs has alleviated the headaches we were seeing with our previous wireless solution
  • Improved customer feedback- In our industry, reviews and social exposure is critical. We have been able to implement a reliable wireless network for our retail sites so clients can provide reviews at time of service.
  • Increased security- we have been able to leverage the suite Meraki MR includes to ensure we are meeting our compliance requirements.
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