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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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- Stable connection
- Definition of QoS, ensuring quality for online meetings
- Ease of installation
- Cost of access points
- Support and licensing cost
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Managing centrally is easy
- Nice looking devices
- Speed is good
- Reliability is excellent
- Sometimes a smaller form factor would be nice.
- 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.
- 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.