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Cisco Aironet Access Points Review: "Cisco - 1852 Controller Devices Constantly Presenting User Frustrations"
- 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.
Cisco Aironet Access Points Review: "Cisco accesspoints with software WLAN controllers will make your wireless life much easier!"
- 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.
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.
Cisco Aironet Access Points Review: "Cisco Aironet: More performance, more reliable, and super speed - a scalable Device"
- It delivers performance for secure and reliable wireless connections. The best part is reliability with speed.
- It provided the best performance for mobile devices and laptops due to the availability it provides - 3 times more than normal ones.
- The scalability is huge can go up to, or more, than an 18k access point which can almost cover any big organization.
- The highest 802.11n performance with Cisco CleanAir technology - for a self-healing, self-optimizing wireless network.
- Cost is a bit high. However, it's an extremely good product.
- I faced a few RF issues. The engineering team can do better on this.
- RF hidden node issue.
Cisco Aironet Access Points Review: "The best wireless solution, if you are willing to pay the price ..."
This allows giving each user exactly the permissions that he requires, when he needs it to fulfill the functions to which he is assigned, taking into account the place, device, time and so on, dynamically and automatically.
- Scope of the signal consistent with the specifications.
- Good management of multiple accesses in convention environments.
- Very good performance for videoconferencing traffic
- Its analysis interface can be more friendly and intuitive.
- Certain configurations could be simplified
- Coberture, it's the number one. The range is so wide, so our user can go furthest without losing connection.
- Features: reports, analytics, mobility express.
- A Bluetooth console would be great.
- An integrated radius solution will be great.
- Different colors (many clients don't like the white one and want to "paint" the AP).
- Indoor coverage with moderate populated areas, when you want to integrate other Cisco security products.
- Not suitable for construction sites or where you require heavy duty equipment.
- Office areas where mobility is required and are not as dense as a hotspot.
- Areas you want to secure rogue SSIDs.
- Performance has been solid.
- Reliability. I don't think we've replaced a single AP since deployment.
- Support has been helpful when needed.
- Initial setup was a chore. Adding APs to the system now is straightforward, but getting them up initially required a lot of time.
- Reporting is lacking from the controller. It requires Prime Infrastructure which is another difficult setup.
- Pricing. They are premium priced.
- Very good RF automation and innovations on how it can improve the end user experience
- The latest telemetry and intelligent capture features really provide the tools to ensure daily quality
- Intuitive and easy to understand controls and configurations
- Documentation of the features they provide. How those work and what the thresholds for different needs are.
- Use cases of when to utilise a feature and when not to use it.
Cisco Aironet Access Points Review: "Cisco wireless solution is quite effective, but there is no real innovation (yet)"
- Cisco Clean Air feature (with WLC).
- Roaming is really smooth and users are quite happy about that.
- Flexconnect feature.
- Sometimes it's quite hard to get the AP connected to the right WLC.
- If the APs lose connection to the WLC, then sometimes it will be automatically moved in shutdown state.
- Configuration via GUI is a really long process, while with CLI it takes a lot of effort.
Not so well suited for freezing chambers
- Their ability to auto negotiate within the system to adjust the radios between the different frequencies.
- Easy automated installation with the wlc and prime.
- The flexconnect capability that allows the use of local internet connectivity to be used for nonbusiness connectivity.
- The mounting brackets are confusing to figure out what you really need when ordering.
- Hand-shaking between the APs is good
- Connection is faster
- Prime works really good with Aironet APs to identify issues and user/device management
- Login simplicity
- Holding the login for smartphones
- Location services with Cisco APs, provided a dense enough coverage, is outstanding.
- The ability to manage everything in FlexConnect mode is great for remote offices.
- DNS-based filtering for guest users is extremely useful.
- The advantages of so many radios in a single AP are not easy to discern.
- 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.
- The client coverage with the 1562 APS was an added benefit of the mesh deployment.
- Client coverage was larger than expected
- Trust-sec integration with ISE provides additional security and supports our move to BSD access
- The 1562 APS was new in their product lifecycle there have been several software bugs
- Using the 5G band for mesh back hall limits range
- Office wifi and a general mesh [deployment] they work well.
- For a long-distance mesh [deployment] they have not performed as well.
Cisco Aironet Access Points Scorecard Summary
About Cisco Aironet Access Points
Access Points: Cisco promises to provide a comprehensive wireless portfolio to address the needs of networks, from small deployments all the way up to large enterprises. Cisco aims to deliver key wireless innovations through custom-built access points that go beyond the 802.11ac wireless standard to provide radio-frequency excellence for high-density environments.
Cisco considers itself the enterprise Wi-Fi leader, with more than 3 million Aironet access points sold. Cisco says its access points answer today's challenges, helping customers flourish in the mobile-first environment, optimize the user experience, and help provide ironclad security.
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