Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 1850 Series Access Points Reviews

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Benjamín Marrón Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 13, 2019

The benefits of Cisco Aironet 1850 series Access Points.

Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 04, 2019

Cisco - 1852 Controller Devices Constantly Presenting User Frustrations

Score 5 out of 10
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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 06, 2019

Cisco Aironet is the global standard for managed WLAN services

Score 10 out of 10
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We use Mobility Express (1800er) in small locations and use WLC-Cluster (3500 or 9800 and 3800) and ISE in larger environments. We sell it as a managed service for the customer, therefore they do not have access to the hardware. Even in wireless environments with many other neighbors, stable use and configuration is no problem.
  • Good in production areas
  • Works in offices with many users and voiceover WLAN
  • You need to understand how it works, it's not as automatic like Meraki
It is one of our global standards in the WLAN at customer locations. It's very scalable and flexible in installation and use. The guest portal is ready for all possibilities and installations. Access Points work in rough environments, too. The module for the 3800-series is interesting to sniffer the environment and get a good RF spectrum of the location from the customer
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About Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 1850 Series Access Points

The Cisco Aironet 1850 Series Access Points is an enteprise solution designed to provide small networks with enterprise depth of features.
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