Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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What is Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points?

Cisco promises to provide a comprehensive wireless portfolio to meet the need of any organization. Whether it's a small deployment or a larger enterprise, 802.11ac Wave 2 or Wi-Fi 6, Cisco aims to deliver key wireless innovations that go beyond either standard. The vendor promises that all Cisco access points provide radio-frequency excellence for any environment.
Cisco is an enterprise Wi-Fi leader, with more than three million Aironet access points sold. Cisco products are built specifically for the digital world. Cisco's access points help customers flourish in the mobile-first environment, optimize the user experience, and help provide ironclad security.
Cisco access points answer both today's and tomorrow's challenges by making sure that the network is ready for the evolution of user expectations, the increase in IoT device attachments and next generation cloud-driven applications. With expanded wireless access the access points provide an unplugged and uninterrupted network experience that is intelligent, reliable and secure.
Cisco aims to deliver key wireless innovations through custom-built access points that go beyond the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless standard to provide radio-frequency excellence for high-density environments.

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Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco 2800 Series
We're using the Cisco Aironet across the entire building. They provide wireless communications to the Corporate business, the collaborators that come to do their work, the building itself and to visitors. On the corporate side, they provide connectivity to several departments and they provide many benefits, such as integration, single visibility and mobility.
  • Network and VLAN separation
  • Avoid Interferences
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Web interface
  • There are too many features, which can be confusing sometimes
The only scenario I wouldn't recommend would be on the residencial sites, and this has to do with the price. But if you really need a device that can solve all wireless problems this is the one to have. Compatibility and functionality are only a few of the reasons why I would choose it over any other vendor.
We do make use of the ClearAir interference reduction and it's one of the main reasons why we picked this solution.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Access Point
We used Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points in every legislative office. The focus was to provide coverage, individually, for each councilor in their room. Ensuring network quality, for web browsing and online meetings and events. We control access in a segmented way, with each room having a unique SSID, with access restricted to only the employees who worked there.
  • Stable connection
  • Definition of QoS, ensuring quality for online meetings
  • Ease of installation
  • Cost of access points
  • Support and licensing cost
In general, Access Points can be used in any environment as long as an efficient site survey is carried out so that there are no blind spots or even interference from other devices. It is important to ensure an infrastructure with conditions in order to take full advantage of the APS.
Speaking specifically of Cisco CleanAir, it provides an excellent scenario for the analysis of interference, spectrum quality, and signal, among other useful information. This helps us to keep the environment in maximum use, helping, including, the best location and disposition of the installation of the Access Points. Undoubtedly, it is something extremely necessary, not optional.
Score 5 out of 10
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Other
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.
We have benefitted from CleanAir interference reduction, especially due to persistent interference from Microwave ovens in the office kitchen. This hardware innovation assisted in identifying the device as a Microwave, the frequency band that it uses, and the APs that are affected by the Microwave oven frequency. These statistics enabled us to plan a better RF design around the kitchen area.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco 2800 Series
Our organization is one of the largest automotive companies here in Pakistan. It was essential for us to implement a centrally managed, high-performance, and efficient wireless network solution for our company. [A] Cisco wireless network solution was chosen after comparing other options in the market and within the solution, Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points were finalized for deployment as they supported the latest 802.11ac wave 2 standards. These access points have been deployed all over the head office, plant, and our remote offices and are working without any hassle.
  • 11ac wave 2
  • High density user environment
  • Cisco CleanAir
  • Rogue APs detection and mitigation
  • Radio resource management
  • Reduce boot time
  • Reduce licensing cost
  • Increase antenna gain
Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points are enterprise-class access points and they are made to be used in high user density environments such as big offices, cafeterias, meeting rooms, halls, etc. They are expensive as compared to other access points in the market, so they are better suited for large companies. Smaller companies may find it difficult to adjust their cost in their budget.
Cisco Aironet Access Points have several hardware innovations and our company has benefited from them. For example, Cisco CleanAir technology has improved overall wireless network performance and removed the disconnection errors which were caused due to channel overlapping or channel over utilization. Also, it reduces the impact of wireless noise automatically and does not let it degrade wireless performance. The rogue detection and mitigation is another great hardware feature [that] we are using to block unwanted wifi access points from interfering with our wireless network.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Aironet 1530 Series
Cisco Access Points provide connectivity in areas previously unreachable for network connectivity within our plants. Business efficiencies abound due to manual processes being replaced by wireless access to applications to gather production data in mechanical areas.
  • Outdoor mesh bridging of access points brings significant cost savings to many of our production facilities. Deploying mesh APs is a significant cost reduction over trenching conduit to connect remote areas via fiber.
  • Cisco APs are extremely resilient, with a failure rate of below 5% in some of our harshest environments.
  • Cisco APs have the intelligence to identify wireless interference sources with Clean Air technology
  • Powering options have been problematic in a few deployment scenarios. Newer APs have very robust power needs that are difficult to provide.
  • Cisco 3800 series APs have failed more frequently than previous models.
Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Pointss are excellent choices for both our enterprise offices and remote production sites due to Cisco’s depth of wireless product options. I have not encountered any scenario where I could not use Cisco APs.
Combining Cisco APs with Cisco DNA has allowed my organization to efficiently identify and mitigate persistent wifi interferers as the APs report the source of interference, the physical location of the device(s), and the specific occurrence times. The automated aspect of this combination allows network monitoring staff to cope with the majority of the issues, preserving wireless engineer resources.
Gleison Leandro Rodrigues | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Aironet 1540 Series
At the time when we used the Cisco Aironet, it was exclusively for office use. We used an average of 3 AcessPoint for a floor of 300 square meters and perfectly met our needs. On the floor, we had an average of 120 customers using the wireless network exclusively. With calls and videoconferences without any impact on the client's experience.
  • Wide signal coverage.
  • Antenna movement: Client moving on the floor and migrating from access points.
  • Speed ​​delivered to the end customer and robust volume of customers connected in a single access point.
  • In the facilities where we operate, we had to put a reinforcement on the ceiling to avoid problems due to the weight of the access point.
  • On the appearance, it could be smaller and lighter.
  • As for the hardware, I think it's incredible, I don't see any points to improve.
For wide coverage, response time, and robustness. Indicated for use in floors and large open areas.
Helps to accurately and quickly identify the source, location, and scope of interference. It has automatic actions to avoid current and future interferences, with a report. This is the service I like the most, where it helps us find intrusive access points and other devices that affect security. Provides continuous discovery across the system without affecting performance.


Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Aironet 1540 Series
We have been using Cisco Aironet Access Points for most of our branch offices. We needed a centrally managed system that is preferably part of our Cisco ecosystem. The main office had different requirements so we didn't use it there. The devices are also looking nice, which is a pro because they can hang in view.
  • Managing centrally is easy
  • Nice looking devices
  • Speed is good
  • Reliability is excellent
  • Price
  • Sometimes a smaller form factor would be nice.
I can't speak for others but having many branch offices is a good use case for the Aironet Access Points. They perform excellently, have good speed, and are very reliable. Deployment is easy too and it will fit and look nice in most places.
We have deployed these technologies in more or less the default setup. They contribute to the very good speed, performance, and stability of the wireless network. The Clear Air option seems to work great at reducing interference. Even at peak time, the network is never the problem.
November 12, 2019

Wireless for everyone!

Joe Benitez Moreno | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Access Point
We use Cisco Aironet and Access Points (AP) across all the organization, within the main campus and remote branch offices. All are managed by a Cisco WLC, serving about 25 VLANs. It provides secure connectivity to mobile devices for rating customer attention, BYOD, guest users and wireless IP phones.
  • Wireless network stability
  • Great coverage
  • Easy configuration
  • Support for several VLANs
  • Secure communications
  • Better form factor (smaller size)
  • Support for more clients per access point when using media traffic.
  • Better application visibility and control for lightweight and autonomous access points.
Cisco Aironet has a wide product portfolio for all scenarios, both indoor and outdoor. I've worked as a field engineer installing Cisco wireless solutions and now as a customer using and managing them. Across the many uses, I must mention: warehousing, enterprise office, outdoor wireless bridge, and high density wireless access. Of course, the success of any implementation will depend on a well conducted site survey.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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Cisco Access Point
We are using the Cisco Aironet access points across the whole organization. The access point and wireless network address all of our wireless needs across the organization, including medical equipment, telephony, as well as other applications. We also service a few branch offices with these access points from both a data and telephone perspective.
  • Deployment is easy from the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller. Also, if setting up autonomous mode, is pretty easy as well.
  • Easy to deploy and inventory.
  • Administration is complex but easily learned.
  • Roaming seems to be an issue with newer devices on the older 1600 access points.
  • The coverage provided by different power levels doesn't seem accurate at times.
  • Susceptible to common interference issues in healthcare.
Definitely not underneath mechanical penthouses, but I suppose that holds true with any wireless access points.
We love CleanAir, it does a great job of reducing our interference in most areas. We are just getting ready to upgrade to the 2800 model so we are really looking forward to that!
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