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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rugged housing and very robust design.
- Two different models.
- One with internal antennas only (1562I) and another model with external antennas as an option (1562E)
- PoE with very low power consumption
- Excellent temperature range (-40 to 65 degrees celsious
- A bracket for magnet mounting would be a nice feature.
- White colour option.
- 11ax support
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.
- 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
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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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