Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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Felipe Santos | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Cisco 2800 Series
In the current scenario, we have more than 20 Cisco Access Points installed at our site. To control all these devices we have a Cisco WLC. We use model 2802i access points to provide wireless networking for employees and guests. The technology allows the mobility to work at any table and room. We created a network for guests and another for employees with authentication on the Radius server. To manage everything the WLC configured in the datacenter room automates and controls all APs.
  • Cisco Aironet has a CleanAir feature to eliminate noise in the 2.4Ghz frequency.
  • Better signaling to the user's device.
  • High quality Cisco support.
  • Supports up to 200 users connected at a single access point.
  • Cisco needs to translate its equipment documentation into other languages.
  • This AP model does not have an integrated controller.
The scenario of these Aironet 2800 series access points is for indoor environments and is focused on corporate environments with a high density of simultaneous users. The device has a very beautiful appearance, white and without external antennas with radios in 2.4ghz and 5ghz. The speed is high and almost matches the wired network. We separated the SSID of guests and staff by different VLANs to provide security and control of the data.
We take advantage of all these features that are different from Cisco access points. CleanAir and Clientlink are two very important features in our APs in the company because they help to keep the wireless network up and running smoothly. CleanAir changes the 2.4Ghz radio frequency channel in case of detection of any external interference that is damaging the signal and Clientlink helps in better directing the signal to the user's device.
Gleison Leandro Rodrigues | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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 Access Point
Cisco Aironet [and Catalyst] Access Points are part of our wireless infrastructure and fit very nicely in. They are very manageable and so customizable with the Cisco controllers. The roaming compatibilities are far superior to other APs and controllers. The authentication options are also far superior to other brands and controllers.
  • Roaming
  • Authentication options
  • Guest Services
  • Rogue detection.
  • GUI
  • OS on APs
  • portals and further customization.
[Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points are] great for on prem roaming options, one of the best in the industry. There are no other brands that handle moving between APs so easily and seamlessly as Cisco Aironet [and Catalyst Access Points]. The need of controllers and redundancy of the controllers is a bit outdated, but APs could run autonomous[.]
ClearAir is perfect for AP interference, we are running this in a city with a very busy surrounding air with APs and other equipment, and clearair was able to always sustain great clear channel and air for transmission.
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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 APs 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.
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
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Cisco Access Point
We use Cisco APs 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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  • Cisco Access Point
  • Cisco 2800 Series
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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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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