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  • Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

83%
9 Ratings
9.3

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

93%
4 Ratings

Usability

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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10.0

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

N/A
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10.0

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Cisco [Aironet Access Points] are well suited in offices where they can be managed by a wireless LAN controller (WLC). Using them in this way allows the APs to be well managed and security policies can easily be enforced down to users connecting to these APs for wireless access. Scenarios, where Cisco [Aironet Access Points] are less appropriate, are in small-office-home-office (SOHO) situations because of price and licensing costs to use a WLC to manage them. Thus, using them, in this case, would be that the APs would have to be in Autonomous mode, and the technical know-how in converting a lightweight AP to an Autonomous one is not straightforward.
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Cisco

Cisco Switches are most suited to larger organizations. Small networks would not really benefit from the large cost outlay and would be better off with a switch from a lower tier of Cisco's product line, or something from another manufacturer. For the 9120 range of Access Points, I would say that if you are an organization that has hardware that supports the latest WiFi 6 or the 802.11AX standards, then it is definitely worth considering getting these.
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Pros

Cisco

  • Outdoor mesh bridging of access points brings significant cost savings to many of our production facilities. Deploying mesh APs is a significant cost reduction over trenching conduit to connect remote areas via fiber.
  • Cisco APs are extremely resilient, with a failure rate of below 5% in some of our harshest environments.
  • Cisco APs have the intelligence to identify wireless interference sources with Clean Air technology
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Cisco

  • First off, the overall physical design. Slim, light, and can be mounted anywhere. Blends into ceilings/walls and is easy to mount. (Clients are very picky with overall look sometimes).
  • Easy to deploy and configure, making the setup very quick, minimizing any potential downtime during installation and/or maintenance upgrades.
  • Fast and reliable at a decent price point for the clients.
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Cons

Cisco

  • In the facilities where we operate, we had to put a reinforcement on the ceiling to avoid problems due to the weight of the access point.
  • On the appearance, it could be smaller and lighter.
  • As for the hardware, I think it's incredible, I don't see any points to improve.
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Cisco

  • The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point is very different from traditional AireOS devices so there is a higher learning curve.
  • Bugs in some of the codes.
  • Getting it to join a legacy Wireless LAN Controller is harder.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    Pricing Info

    Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point 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

      Usability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points have been a solid deployment for me. Using their interface is a mix of new and old. They run IOS, so if you know the CLI, you can easily navigate around them. You can join them to an older controller if it supports a certain version, you can join it to a new 9800 controller--very straight forward--and you can run the embedded wireless controller on them directly. I've found this to be very useful at smaller sites. The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are not limited to feature sets like the older generations' mobility express platform.
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      Support Rating

      Cisco

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      Cisco

      Cisco has been very good at correcting early issues with their code. Their TAC support has been fantastic when I would open a case with issues I was facing. Even though the hardware was new, they were very familiar with the interfaces and issues I was having. In the past I've been concerned about adopting a new product right away because of support issues. That was not the case here. Once I had the deployment up and running, they have had a good run of reliability.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      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

      Perfect integration into an otherwise already up-and-running Cisco environment
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Obviously, these things aren't cheap. But we do believe that with the functionality we get, we are getting a good return on productivity.
      • These things are really reliable, we don't spend a lot of time troubleshooting or replacing them.
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      Cisco

      • Compatibility with other vendors is the greatest advantage.
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