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Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points?

The Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points includes the 9115 and 9117, and designed to meet high demand network access.

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Cisco opinion

9 out of 10
June 04, 2024
Incentivized
The Cisco access points are being used across all of our departments. From the Main Government Center, the hub of the community, to all …
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Amazing Experience

9 out of 10
February 08, 2024
Incentivized
We are using the new Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points c9105 with/without embedded wireless controller options. After the deployment, the …
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What is Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points?

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The Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points includes the 9115 and 9117, and designed to meet high demand network access.

Reviewers rate Performance highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We created a wireless network for users out in the field, out at the office to have stability for users to connect to internal applications, out to internet, basically just to get a better connection for and better user experience.
  • It make users able to roam the office without having to worry about cables and also it makes people more productive by not just having to be wired in from that perspective and have meetings wherever they want in the office from that perspective, but also just production in many different areas where people use this for security reasons and stuff like that.
  • Room for improvement would be less time to program the hardware from the beginning so that way we can actually deploy faster instead of waiting on for it to sync and get the configuration updates and stuff like that.
Well, it's really suited everywhere. I mean, gas station has it, offices have it, refineries. Every business department is going to use wireless one way or the other. So it's really useful in many aspect of the business. As far as not where not to use it, I can't really think of any because I mean wireless is everybody's daily life. I mean, you have your cell phone and people don't want to use their data so they get on WIFI.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Well, this is actually to cover the WIFI area. So we use this product to cover the WIFI as a part of the WIFI's infrastructure. So that's the wireless access points to give access to the users as well as the clinical devices.
  • So this product actually helps in healthcare facilities where we have a wireless, we call this WOW monitors. It's Wireless On Wheels. So we use those monitors to the patient's room to room. So in that case, rather than connecting it to wire, so it really helps us to connect through the WIFI and access the patients whenever we be needed.
  • Well, so right now I can't see any shortcomings or concept of this product as long as it actually gives us a flawless throughput through our wireless devices. So we don't find any issues with that so far.
Well suited in the sense that we use wireless on wheels devices a lot, having devices to monitor the patient's room to room. So this is a very useful, actually, it helps us to transmit the data through the wireless infrastructure. And I don't see, it's less because the WIFI is everywhere, it's very vital part of our life, so I can't say any shortcoming, so it's less useful
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it for refreshes, replacing older model end of life access points. We're replacing them with these newer 9100 series access points so they can be supported with the latest code and WIFI 6 performance and all that. We are also putting them in our new building standups that don't have existing WIFI, so we're putting them in new builds as well.
  • It's good for high density deployments that we have. In areas where they have a lot of users and they all want to be on WIFI, so people could have two phones, their laptop and they all want to be in a congregated area, it's really good for handling that traffic compared to our older APs.
  • They could definitely download their code faster. When we first get them out of the box and join them on the network, it takes probably 20, 30 minutes per access point to download the new code from the wireless controller and then reboot itself and then come back online.
  • When you're configuring it on the controller, if you want to switch access point groups, we have them broken out per site. Every time you add it to one of those groups, it also has to reboot. That's like downtime for us. That could be improved, I think.
It's good for new builds. If you have a new building or new area by itself, it would be great for that. It's not so great, which we've run into this. If you try to mix it with older model or different model APs that are running a different protocol, WIFI protocol, they call it the salt and pepper deployment. You'll have clients and devices that are roaming between the two different model APs and it's really not good for connectivity, so I wouldn't really recommend it. If you're not going to replace all the APs in a specific area with the 9100, then I wouldn't recommend it for that.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points 9166 and they are great. They have some great AI integration that helps with client roaming, and authentication. They are very quick and offer multiple deployment choices. The great thing is you have access to deploy these within the Meraki cloud, which has lots of benefits in itself, or you can deploy them with a controller based system. These APs are at the forefront of enterprise wireless, and I would suggest them to anyone who needs a serious wireless infrastructure.
  • Deployment
  • Device management
  • SSID and ACL deployment
  • Accessory options
  • Form factor choices
They are great in small to large deployments. They may be a bit overkill (the 9166's specifically) for home offices though. I would say that they should be used for deployments that are 2000sq ft or larger/ more than 30 active clients at a time.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Currently being deployed through 3 buildings by the whole organization. We also use them for guests who are not in the organization. For internal they allow access to internal/external apps for laptop users. For guests, they allow guests to get internet resources during their time at the company.
  • In recent years they have been reliable in saying connected to controller.
  • Have had good failover to other controllers.
  • Roaming has been good.
  • Some Aironet have had problems keeping config on reloads in the past.
  • In the past there has been strange hold timer issues.
I think in a large campus wide deployment they have been effective in providing coverage to 5000+ users at a given time within the same. I haven't personally seen other types of scenarios based on companies current direction of expansion.
June 04, 2024

Cisco opinion

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco access points are being used across all of our departments. From the Main Government Center, the hub of the community, to all outlying departments across the boundaries of the entire community. Really anywhere where wireless access is vital to the success of Daily operations and task vital to our community.
  • Easy to program
  • Ease of install
  • Great Controller interface options
  • cost
  • signal strength
Quickly deployable to fill in gaps or dead zones. Easy to install.
Signal strength/and coverage easily impeded by certain material types that can make you use more than expected in certain environments.
June 03, 2024

Top review

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
3702 and 3892
They are being deployed in our government school wifi network
  • The range
  • Easily mountable
  • Durable
  • Weight could be lighter
  • Ceiling brackets could more sturdy
The outdoor models work great. The indoor are not that suitable for the classroom ceiling.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use 120 Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points. We use Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points for IT environments in more than 20 different locations. In some locations, we use 2 - 4 APs in one flour. We use a network controller and Cisco Catalyst Center. We use Cisco ISE for managing security. We have several SSID. We use 2.4Gh and 5GHz radio frequency.
  • Good coverage
  • Two frequency bands
  • High connectivity speed
  • Radio disturbance
  • Energy consumption
  • Even better coverage
We use Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points in IT and OT networks. Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points is reliable. With Cisco ISE, the security is not the issue. Some Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points work in extreme environments and they work as expected. Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points are really easy to mount. The problems that we have are in locations where there are a lot of other WiFi networks and end user is far from Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points and there.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use them in the whole organization to compensate for the lack of a wired working station. They address the issues about user capacity and 2.4 Ghz low channel utilization.
  • Coverage
  • User capacity
  • Performance
  • Office areas
  • Common areas
  • Outdoor
They are perfect for indoor areas with high density requirements. They have some issues in outdoor environments.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use them for our customers’ environment to help them create a good wi-if network within every building of their organization and also on every floor with great RF profiles and all the works within a C9800 controller. Within that controller, we have enabled a few options to make sure the connection and coverage are great.
  • Coverage
  • Management
  • Ease of install
  • None
  • None
  • None
Within healthcare buildings, they’re great for coverage and ease of use for the customer.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points (9166) are being deployed across our healthcare customers to ensure best in class wireless services for endpoints, accurate RTLS telemetry being fed into Spaces and the additional benefits of the integrated environmental sensors to kickstart the journey into Smart Workplaces.
  • Distributed RRM via the wLCs
  • Seamless roaming
  • Low profile aesthetics
  • Additional methods for incorporating aesthetic requirements, such as color coding the APs
  • Decreased boot times
Deployment across healthcare locations where mission critical wireless connectivity is required with inherent security applied. The ability to ensure each environment is covered with either internal or external antenna models, which helps with ensuring that such areas as clinical clean environments can have dedicated wireless without compromising levels of cleanliness.
February 08, 2024

Amazing Experience

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using the new Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points c9105 with/without embedded wireless controller options. After the deployment, the difference we felt is the seamless connectivity no jitter and enhanced end users speed.
  • Secure connectivity
  • Seamless connectivity
  • No jitter
  • No disconnection
  • Pricing
  • Designing
It's well suited for the places where you want secure and seamless connectivity.
It's not appropriate if you have low bandwidth internet connection.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are running hundreds of Cisco access points . We are using it to provide reliable access to sdwan and internet services. We are utilizing following models: 9115, 9120, 3802, 2802 in flexconnect mode. Using local switching and local authentication in any location. We are supporting sites with Meraki wifi solutions.
  • Catalyst 9115i
  • Catalysts 9120i
  • Aironet 3802
  • Aironet 2802
  • MR55
  • Packet capture on Meraki APs - missing both direction
  • Sniffer mode on 9120 not working well with 9800 controller
I would recommend Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points to everyone, we find the best in class. We understand the gaps but still these are the most stable solutions on the market. We are missing flexibility on Meraki APs.- sniffing, packet capturing, debugging. Catalyst 9800-cl controller support in Meraki Dashboard would be great, hope Cisco will do it soon!
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our Wi-Fi network is built solely around several thousand Cisco APs that provide wireless access to all our users mobile devices. These include laptops, phones, tablets, medical equipment and so on. Our infrastructure stretches across varied locations from a few APs to thousands per location. Our users rely heavily on a functional wireless network.
  • Ease of deployment
  • Reliability
  • Ability to support our WiFi need
  • Packaging
  • Power draw
Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points are well suited for most applications as they scale very well and can be configured to work in a lot of different scenarios. However they are quite costly so they may not be suited for all business purposes. But they do perform and deliver and rarely cause issues.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Whole organization, in business offices and production facilities. They address the problem of providing Wi-Fi for all employees. And they solve our need for standardization.
  • Software Upgrades/Image downloads
  • Wireless coverage
  • Stability of operation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Flexibility in terms of ecosystem
  • Deployment modes
They are suited for every scenario since they come with a variety of antenna configurations and form factors and also outdoor solutions.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Educational institute. They connect the students and employees to the internet. In general de Cisco ap’s and alc’s have proven to be very sturdy.
  • Secure
  • Stable
  • Fast
  • Make them cheaper. ;-)
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Across all the organization.
  • Good coverage
  • Good stability
  • Good speed
  • Troubleshooting
  • Clients performance or KPI
  • Stability of all series
Beautiful design or sometimes might be too large. High density areas.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have about 1300 Cisco APs in use across our sites. They are providing network access to mobile devices, laptops, Wi-Fi phones and IoT devices. We are also looking to leverage the technology for asset tracking.

They provide good coverage, but improvements can be made in placement and configuration.
  • Good signal strength
  • Easy install
  • Easy to order
  • The Aires are very outdated GUI
  • Would like better RF management in dense deployments
Good for medium to large environments. Provide plenty of features.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Internal network. We are a partner and build networks for customers.
  • Reliability
  • Easy to deploy
  • Powerful
  • Ineroperability with other vendors
We are deploying Cisco Access Points in a lot of office areas and in production. Production areas depending on industrial machines it is difficult to deploy and need some special antenna design. Less appropriate for temporary deployments. For stadions and high-density deployment, we recommend Cisco as well. We have good experience with Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
They deployed Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points to our client but now we manage them.
  • Easy to configure
  • Robust
  • Easy to manage
  • Documentation
  • Price
  • Bug fixes
Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points are well suited for outdoor use.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points are reliable and proven worthy of our recommendation to one of our clients.
  • 9120
  • 9115
  • 2802
  • 9115
  • 9124
  • 2702
Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points has great reliability.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have been using Cisco Catalyst Access Points for many years. The first WLC I supported was WiSM2, 5508 and 2504. We later upgrade them to the 5520 and 3504. Currently, we are deploying the 9800-40 and 9800L across campuses. We also have multiple access points like the 3700, 3800, 1815w, 9130, and 9166. We used them to provide wireless connectivity throughout our campuses for staff, students and visitors.
  • Integration with Cisco Ecosystem
  • High Performance and Throughput
  • Robust Security Features
  • Awesome Warranty and Support and RMA
  • Cost
  • Configuration - setup and configuration can be complicated
  • Integration with Non-Cisco Devices
  • MESH
Cisco Aironet Access Points are well-suited for various scenarios where reliable and high-performance wireless networking is essential. However, there are also situations where they may be less appropriate, depending on specific requirements and environmental factors. For example, some of the well suited scenarios are Enterprise Environments, exhibition centers, Universities Institutions and office spaces as they offer seamless roaming and security protocols.

Less appropriate scenarios are small businesses with limited budget. Also if you are looking for a basic and easy to set up wireless solution for a lab or home network, do not go with Cisco. These APs are designed for enterprise level and is overkill for home network requirement and they are not user friendly.
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