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Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points (discontinued)

Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points (discontinued)

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What is Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points (discontinued)?

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.

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What is Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points (discontinued)?

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.

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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.

FortiAP and Ubiquiti WLAN are common alternatives for Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points (discontinued).

Reviewers rate Performance highest, with a score of 9.1.

The most common users of Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points (discontinued) are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Dave King | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use the Cisco Aironet across the entire organization. We have multiple offices that require WiFi and the Aironet allows us to configure employee access as well as an isolated Guest access as needed
  • Relievable and always running
  • Support through cisco TAC
  • Licensing cost
  • Third Party integration
  • Firmware upgrades
The Cisco Aironet Access Point are well suited for any office environment. they provide reliable service, security options and are always running and very reliable. They would less appropiate for a home office environment, somewhat of an over kill for a SOHO environment.
August 12, 2022

Cisco 1850 WiFi APs.

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use 1850 lines of APs in midsize and smaller sites. Other Cisco models like the 2800 series are used at larger bases.
  • Provide good WiFi signal distribution.
  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to manage.
  • They do good job at right type of environment.
  • Not the best choice for larger sites.
Doing a great job at small sites with a limited # of rooms to cover. We normally restrict them to coverage within a single room.
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our Cisco Access Points (APs) are being used in some of our branch offices. At first, they were used across the whole organization but owing to Cisco licensing costs, some of our branch offices were migrated out of Cisco APs to something else. As usual, the business problem that these [Cisco] APs address is wireless access.
  • Cisco Aironet [Access Points] have good antenna coverage.
  • They can function well as a local RADIUS server when there is no external RADIUS available.
  • Cisco [Aironet Access Points] can function in different modes - repeaters, bridges, standalone, etc.
  • Compared to an Aruba AP, Cisco [Aironet Access Points] should have at least 2 Ethernet ports to allow them [to] function as a switch in an event where there is only one Ethernet RJ-45 wall socket for uplink. One port from the AP can serve as [an] uplink, and the other port can serve as [a] downlink to another device like laptops, phones, or even another AP or switch. Aruba IAP 225 and IAP 535 can handle this very well.
  • Cisco's [Aironet Access Points] GUI is very poor in terms of look-and-feel, and usability.
  • Compared to Aruba APs, a cluster of autonomous Cisco [Aironet Access Points] should be able to function together in such a way that one of the APs can be the virtual controller to manage the other APs in the same cluster.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have an access point park installed in the organization for professional purposes. One of the pieces of equipment installed internally is the Cisco Aironet 1850 model with internal antennas. It is responsible for delivering wireless internet to employees and guests. Guests access the network through Facebook check-in or portal authentication. Employees authenticate through active directory login with integration to Cisco's ISE tool. These access points do not need an external power supply and are connected to 2960x PoE switches.
  • 4x4 MIMO 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
  • 7Gbps at 5Ghz.
  • AP with internal antennas. It is ideal for an office environment with reduced design and one that is white in color.
  • CleanAir.
  • Manageable by a Controller or by an internal controller using the Cisco Mobility Express feature.
  • The Cisco Mobility Express feature is still flawed and needs to be improved.
  • It doesn't support wifi 6 so far.
For use of the AP 1850, in some locations, we are using Cisco Mobility Express to manage and control small wireless networks and in larger locations, we manage it in a centralized controller. The AP has good performance indices, great coverage area, few errors, and good overall quality. We integrate with DNA software to monitor the LAN and WLAN network in total and create alerts when something is out of the ordinary and self-repair rules. We recommend [Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Points] for indoor environments such as organizations' offices.
Flavio Pereira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Aironet 1850 Access Point is one of the models used at our branch office to provide wireless internet access in offices. The equipment is installed on the roof and is managed by an appliance-type Cisco Controller. They are well-built equipment and modern design, with 802.11ac wave 2 technology, with internal antennas, wide signal coverage, and extra features that optimize performance, directing the signal to the user, connecting more users at the same time. On Cisco 1850 Access Point we have 2 SSIDs, one for the corporate network and the second SSID for external people, wherein this network we set access restrictions and temporary for a period of 2 hours.
  • 11ac access point with great construction and design. Indoor model with integrated antennas for offices.
  • Access point supporting [a] high density of connected clients. It has access control and authentication.
  • Access point with technologies to optimize the signal, avoid noise, interference and maximize the number of connected clients without loss of performance.
  • Cisco Smartnet Warranty, delivering excellent quality of service and technical support for hardware and software updates.
  • Energy saving.
  • Smartnet warranty is expensive. It is necessary to evaluate the 8x5 option which is cheaper than the 24x7.
For companies that have older access points that only support older 802.11n technology or less, or that don't have a wireless network solution yet, this new generation Catalyst Cisco 1850 equipment is the best purchase option. They are smart, robust, and deliver a lot of quality to the user with the new 802.11ac wave 2 technology. They can be used in scenarios of small, medium, and large organizations and are easily configured.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We started using the Cisco Aironet [1800 Series] Access Points way back when they first released. Over the years they have gotten better, and each time we need to roll out a new location or replace units we're usually ordering the 1800 series or above. The 1800 series strikes a perfect balance between performance and price, and has solved a lot of complains from users about connectivity for their work and BYOD devices.
  • Well priced for the performance they provide
  • Fast units and easy management
  • Work well with a WLC management system
  • Typical Cisco licensing issues no matter if you have standard or smart licensning
  • Units can run hot depending on load and can leave heat marks on walls
  • Plastic could be better made as they start to crack in some places after the years of use
Dead simple to setup, deploy, upgrade and manage. If a colleague was asking for a solid AP that just runs and runs without tiring out and they dont want to break the bank with the higher end units, this is a great place to look. I would say that you're going to have to deal with Cisco licensing support at some point during setup, but thats par for the course.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
We deployed the Cisco 1850's across the entire organization of a client of ours. The customer was having intermittent connectivity issues and could not complete VOIP phone calls on a regular consistent basis. This was preventing work from being completed in a timeously manner and added delay to most of their projects. This problem was adding to the frustration the employees were feeling in preventing them from doing their jobs. What should be a simple process simply was not.
  • Provide a Mesh wireless Network.
  • Cisco Aironet WAP's provide Secure Wireless Networks.
  • Great options when prioritizing VOIP QoS Traffic.
  • Central Management and Deployment.
  • The CME control panel is basic.
  • Lacks compatibility with other Cisco Aironet Products.
  • Provide an easy upgrade path from Mobility Express to a full controller.
For a base mid level wireless network they perform well and are simple to configure and deploy. The 1850 have Wave 2 technology, which is able to provide almost LAN speed connectivity in some environments. They have dual 1Gb interfaces which can do load balancing to enhance the throughput of the WiFi network and allows for better QoS when deployed with WIFI based VOIP phones. The Coverage, especially in the metal plant they deployed in, exceeded our expectations and mapping as they have a 4x4 MIMO antennae set.
October 12, 2020

1815 - Pick your Weapon

Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I thought of this model specifically (1815T) since in our campus we have two parts, the research part (Enterprise) and residential (Houses for faculty, students, employees, etc.) due to having extra ports, table top design and personal SSID feature. The most important feature was the personal SSID, as I could extend my enterprise networks plus the personal one to the residential area of my campus.
  • Extra switch ports.
  • Power.
  • Table top design.
  • Design in general.
  • Traffic is always encrypted by HW (degrades throughput to 60%).
  • Non PoE if required.
  • No CDP neighbors by design.
  • The extra ports are not as flexible as I thought.
They are well suited for teleworkers only, they cannot be used at houses (1815T), no other AP of that family has the same design as this one, which is a huge drawback when I selected it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have a huge residential area where we are currently rolling out a managed WiFi project. Our WiFi service is based on Cisco Aironet 1850.
  • Small size
  • Very beautiful devices
  • Good performance and coverage
  • Easy to set up
  • Personal SSID
  • Mobile application to manage personal SSID
  • Cradle or stand for AP, not all users prefer to mount it
  • API for programmability and remote management
I recommend Cisco Aironet 1800 Series. We use Aironet 1850m in residential houses for managed Wi-Fi service. Users are quite satisfied with the ability to have corporate SSIDs as well as personal ones.
Benjamín Marrón Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Currently we use Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 1850 in implementations with small and medium-sized clients, to help them cover areas where the wireless is unstable or there is a weak signal. This product has been used in small areas such as a room or an office, as well as in large areas such as an amusement park, in that aspect it is a very flexible and reliable product.
  • Connect Users via Wireless
  • Flexibility by not requiring a physical controller.
  • It´s a little bit expensive compared with other brands.
  • If you don´t have PoE in your switches you nedd adquire a Power Adapter o Power injector.
The Access points of the 1850 series are well implemented in small or medium-sized companies where, just by buying the required access points, you can put them to work. That is, they do not need a physical controller to manage them since a single access point can provide administration up to 25 more. You can also configure another AP to act as redundancy of the master, in the event that the master disconnects the backup will enter and take its role.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have a bunch of Aironet APs in our sales and product management areas. We needed to implement a simple but capable and secure wireless environment. Before we had several problems of disconnections and poor signals. Currently we have a segregated SSID and VLAN to offer connectivity to our customers and vendors.
  • High throughput
  • Fast handoff
  • Best support for all kinds of different devices. We have brand new Notebooks along with some legacy ones. Both work well.
  • The design goes along with any office (no fancy lights or huge in size like other access points)
  • Layer 7 Filtering Capability
  • Mesh Capabilities
  • Exceptional for general office use, using mail, browsing the internet, connecting to ERP and SAP reporting.
  • Not so well suited for high bandwidth 4K video streaming.
  • Recommended for small to medium sized companies who want a stable and fast AP.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
All of our wireless production networks are running on Cisco technology. We are a success case in the Latin American region with this technology. In the past, we had a lot of network disconnections that affected our production processes and our clients. After the implementation of Cisco Aironet, the issues are under control.
  • Roaming.
  • Signal stability.
  • Multiple SSID.
  • Signal potential.
  • Self-configuration.
If you have a lot of devices, Cisco Aironet is a great option. If you have multiple branches, you can combine Cisco Aironet with a wireless LAN controller and have a very scalable architecture. If you add Cisco’s Prime, the security across the wireless network will be strong, and I think this is a complete solution.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized

We are using multiple types of APs at the moment, mostly 1815 and in some cases the 1852 and 2800 series. The model depends on the location and type of traffic. Most offices we built with 1815s are controlled by Mobility Express. For some warehousing, we are using 1852 Internal and External access points with directional antennas for great coverage. In the past, I built multiple warehouse networks based on the 2800 series with 5500 series WLCs.

  • Stable APs overall
  • Scalability is great. We also are mixing multiple models with Mobility Express
  • We now have, in total, 55 Mobility Express networks, distributed over multiple offices and customers. With Mobility Express there is no need to buy lots of WLCs
  • On the Mobility Express models, it’s hard to configure all from the GUI, and sometimes the GUI is buggy
  • In Mobility Express, the (virtual) controller is not able to push the right image to the APs. This sometimes results in not joining the APs
  • Some minor issues with firmware

1815s are perfect for deploying in offices as they have good coverage and a small form factor. For warehousing, we had to move to the 1852s as they have more power but are also a bit bigger. A good central management dashboard for the 55 (virtual) WLC would be great. As of now, we are managing all (virtual) WLC standalone. For baselining and updates, this takes a little bit more time than we wanted

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have deployed Cisco Aironet Access Points (APs) across a number of customers and sites as part of our wireless-as-a-service solution. They provide 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wave 1 access and support current standards and wireless features. The APs are centrally managed via a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) which provides self-healing RF management (purchased separately).
  • Dual 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radio support
  • Support current wireless standards and Cisco features
  • Variety of power options available
  • Integrated Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) 4.1 radio
  • No CleanAir support
  • No mGig support
This model is a good entry level, indoor access point suitable for typical office environments. To support higher wireless speeds, multiple gigabit ethernet interfaces can be aggregated when connecting to the wired network. The AP also operates on 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) so may also be suitable for environments that do not support 802.3at PoE.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using the Cisco Aironet Access Points (AP) with the Mobility Express Software to provide a trouble-free WiFi network for 50 of our sites. We provide WiFi for company devices, employee smartphones, and guest devices by providing separate SSIDs and VLANs. This improves the security of our networks by keeping unmanaged devices away from our company resources.
  • Mobile Express software makes it easy to deploy and grow your network without having to configure every Accespoint.
  • The Built-in Best Practice Analyzer helps you deploy the best network for your users.
  • Rapid software updates and fixes available from Cisco.
  • Does require a beyond basic understanding of wireless networking technology.
  • Need to familiarize yourself with the documentation to make the most of the product.
The 1815 & 1850 APs with Mobility Express are very well suited for remote deployments where you need to have excellent visibility of your WLAN without being on-site.

If you need a really cheap basic network the 1815/1850 APs are not what you need as they start to make sense for deployments of 3 or more devices.
Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have used Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points throughout our business for years. We have always had an internal and guest wireless network, with the guest network being for our clients or employee personal devices.
  • Until 2018, our Aironets were 1560 series, and each was managed separately. We had about 9 devices, 3-4 per floor, strategically placed on each floor to get a good coverage map over a three-floor environment. Their coverage was greater than expected. With the latest 1852 models we have, they are managed by a controller, and frankly, the coverage is a smaller area, requiring more units. We have worked with support for months and this is the final outcome of all the setting changes - we simply need more devices to cover the same area.
  • None of the models I have used have needed reboots. We usually only reboot the devices annually, and they don't have issues requiring restarts.
  • With the 1560 series, the connection strength was extremely consistent. With the new 1852 model, which is managed by one of the WAPs as a controller, it is supposed to use smart technology to load balance (optional) and determine which of the WAPs is appropriate to connect the requesting device to - great idea - but it does NOT work well.
  • With the 1852 managed controller model, we find the signal strength is constantly in flux for our two different manufacturer laptops, iPhones, iPads, Pixel 2 phones, etc. In other words, it's not device specific. We also find that frequently, the controller (with load balancing on or off) will often push a laptop or phone off to connect to a WAP down the hall with a much lower signal strength (due to distance) than the one on the ceiling above our head. It's very frustrating.
  • The 1852 managed controller model has much fewer options for configuration and technical specs - there are very few choices because Cisco has set lots of defaults for you and gives you no choice any longer.
Some advice on the Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Point 1852: 1) Don't mix models. The controllers seem to work slightly better if they control all the APs in the designated wireless space. 2) Turn off load balancing if at all possible. If your users are spread out, like in an office environment, don't let the controller move everyone around. It does not work well and our devices had poor signal strength constantly. 3) If you need Cisco help, do yourself a favor and do a wireless map (signal strength map) in advance and have it ready so they don't put you off for several days while you jump through this hoop.
January 13, 2019

Cisco Wireless

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco Access Points for multiple wireless networks within our organization as well as our remote retail store locations for guest access. These access points allow us to solve the need of having BYOD environments for both employees and guests.
  • Ease of use/configuration
  • Reliability
  • Expandibility
  • None so far!
These access points are great for our enterprise environment, and offer great coverage for all of our buildings. They are well suited for a retail environment to support the needs of consumers wanting WiFi access.
June 22, 2018

Novalogiq Review

Jose De Jesus | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
We have 2 Cisco Meraki MR32 Cloud Managed AP with roaming enabled for the entire office, also we sell Aironets and Meraki APs for our customer.
  • Cisco Meraki Traffic Analytics
  • Great Visibility about apps and bandwidth usage
  • Great Controls for not allowed applications.
  • Access Control
  • RF and antennas propagation.
  • Better or easy way to change firmware for example from WLC ios to StandAlone or Mobility Express need to be improved.
  • Better prices for midsize business.
They are perfect almost for everything uses cases but in some scenarios like warehouse or outside locations you need to use more APs than the competitors.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco 3600s and 3700s as our primary access point and we also use the Officenet OEAP 612 1810 and 1815 for remote access users.
  • Ease of use
  • Troubleshooting tools on controller
  • No separate power needed
  • More plug and play
  • Faster throughput for OEAP
  • Dedicated radios for packet capture, no need to turn off other radios to do what is needed
[It's well suited] for Remote users for work at home
June 12, 2018

Aironet AP review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have over 3000 Cisco Access Points on campus supporting all students, staff, and faculty.
  • Manage numerous clients
  • Provide high throughput
  • Robust and reliable
  • Cost
  • Form factor
  • Reporting bad radios
Aeronet Access Points are great for large enterprise deployments but perhaps less so for environments small enough to not require a WLC (wireless LAN controller).
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