Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points vs. Ubiquiti WLAN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points are designed to provide simple installation, intuitive web-based configuration, and an integrated setup wizard to make them easy to use. Models include the Cisco WAP 150, and the WAP 125. The WAP 131 and WAP 121 older models are end of sale.N/A
Ubiquiti WLAN
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Ubiquiti offers a family of WLAN products, namely the UniFi line of products.N/A
Pricing
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access PointsUbiquiti WLAN
Considered Both Products
Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points
Chose Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points
We ended up actually moving from Cisco WAPs into a full Ubiquiti stack, as our IT people preferred the coverage and more "enterprise" IT-focused features and the flexibility of a setup not necessarily marketed and designed for small businesses. I'd say at 40-50 people, you may …
Ubiquiti WLAN
Chose Ubiquiti WLAN
Cisco wireless is super expensive and the management is very complex. Ubiquiti wireless is both affordable and simple to setup. Ubiquiti has a more user friendly interface. Cisco does have more settings and more network monitoring stats but it's typically not worth the price.
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Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access PointsUbiquiti WLAN
Small Businesses
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 8.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.8 out of 10
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Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
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Score 9.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access PointsUbiquiti WLAN
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(6 ratings)
8.9
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
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1.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access PointsUbiquiti WLAN
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
As an IT technician I was involved in the deployment and configuration of some access points. Work was easy to attach it to the ceiling and connect to the CAT6A network cable. The controller located in the main building transmits all settings remotely in less than 15 minutes to the access point and it is already operational. The WAP 150 has a compact style and looks great on the ceiling because the antennas are internal and radiate omnidirectionally to users. We created three networks, one 2.4Ghz, the second 5Ghz and the other exclusively for patients.
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Ubiquiti Networks
Ubiquiti is well suited to not just indoor WLAN access, but also outdoors. In fact, the range of the outdoor applications, while maintaining throughput is astonishing. I would say this is not a solution for a 1-5 person small office, due to the costs.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Compact access point with internal antennas and easy ceiling mounting.
  • They are reliable and fast access points that work on the 802.11ac wave protocol with speeds of up to 1.2gbps at 5ghz. But they also work at 2.4 GHz.
  • Allows you to create a cluster of up to 4 access points on site and thereby manage radio frequency, power, and other network resources.
  • Access points can be managed on management and monitoring platforms with Cisco FindIT Network Management.
  • Allows to be installation easily with ethernet network cable.
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Ubiquiti Networks
  • The access points are rock solid for uptime. Once configured, they don't skip a beat and you'll forget they're there.
  • Excellent range and signal strength.
  • Very comprehensive configuration and administration via the UniFi Controller software.
  • The Ubiquiti access points look great! Whether wall or ceiling mounted, they are discrete and neutral enough to just blend in with the building.
  • Being powered via PoE, it's easier to place the access points where they're most useful.
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Cons
Cisco
  • I see that this model does not have the ability to mitigate strong interference at 2.4 GHz.
  • It is a model that does not serve auditors.
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Ubiquiti Networks
  • Management of devices has become much simpler with the UNMS application, but personally, I would like to see some AirMax-like devices from their Unifi line where everything could be managed from an Unifi controller.
  • Most Ubiquiti devices are 24V PoE, which is the bane of my existence. I have had several devices fried when staff plugged into standard 48V PoE. They generally don't fail catastrophically, either. You just get strange issues that are difficult to diagnose and eventually need to replace them.
  • Devices seem to have trouble with many patch cables/switches. Make sure you certify any patch cables you make and don't over crimp.
  • Sending devices from the factory with same 192.168.1.20 IP instead of DHCP makes it a pain to bulk-setup devices.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
Overall, we have been very happy with the results.
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Ubiquiti Networks
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Usability
Cisco
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Ubiquiti Networks
Ubiquiti makes great Access points at various tiers provided far better coverage and throughput than consumer-grade wireless repeaters and routers. We have not had any performance complaints from guests or from the administration who use the wifi on a daily basis.
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Support Rating
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Ubiquiti Networks
Ubiquiti's support is basically non-existent by design. However, their forums are a great resource if you are willing to do the research and ask questions. Keep in mind Ubiquiti sells hardware, not support so the responses will be from the community of professionals also using Ubiquiti just like you.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
The products of the Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points family are an excellent option within the segment in which they compete. We provide many enterprise-level features with costs close to entry-level. It allows us to maintain centralized administration, scale easily, and not lose observability, and it maintains the quality and robustness that Cisco has accustomed us to.
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Ubiquiti Networks
We have used products from Netgear, ZyXEL, Cloudmesh, Datto, Mereki, and EnGenius previously often choosing products based on a specific situation, since starting with Ubiquiti [WLAN] we have pretty much stopped [usage] of all other vendors in the networking field and standardized which better allows us to stock spare equipment. Best part is if you need to replace equipment it is easy to swap it out quickly as the controller also acts as a live configuration backup.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Increased productivity with the use of notebooks and tablets.
  • Mobility and allowed to work from home during the pandemic.
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Ubiquiti Networks
  • Initial ROI was positive - but now we need to replace them
  • We were able to deploy rapidly - configuration is easy if not consistent
  • Upgrades are easy to apply when they don't take the radios offline - which happens more often then not
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