Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued) vs. Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)

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
Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Mobility Express was a controllerless wi-fi solution, used by businesses to quickly deploy a wireless network without requiring substantial IT resources. The product is discontinued.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)
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 Mobility Express (discontinued)
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)
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 Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(30 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.9
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Performance
9.2
(2 ratings)
7.9
(5 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points (discontinued)Cisco Mobility Express (discontinued)
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
As it provides virtual WLC functionality, it has incredibly amazing built-in features that perfectly suit small to medium companies. It has the capability to manage the entire organization network seamlessly. It might be possible that it won't work smoothly and elegantly for large firms where there is a bulk amount of data bandwidth used.
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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
  • Easy to setup
  • Less maintenance
  • Less disconnection
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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
  • Honestly, I haven't found very many issues since we started using it, and I'm glad for that!
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
We are all happy with Aironet and Prime.
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Cisco
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
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Cisco
We are using it 24x7 and it never hangs or create problems in connectivity.
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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
After initial configuration and fixing minor issues with the firmware, the system worked really well, without any downtime. We were also satisfied with the throughput and range.
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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
Cisco Mobility Express is far better than other products. It is a renowned brand in network products, and they are reliable and efficient as compared to other products that I have used so far. It is highly recommended.
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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
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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
  • It has given our IT team time back from not having to fix issues everyday with the network.
  • It makes it easy for visibility of the network and allows those who are new to it to learn it quickly.
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