Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

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Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point?

The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Series Access Points are enterprise access points presented by the vendor as going beyond the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard to provide integrated security, resiliency and operational flexibility as well as increased network intelligence.

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What is Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point?

The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Series Access Points are enterprise access points presented by the vendor as going beyond the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard to provide integrated security, resiliency and operational flexibility as well as increased network intelligence.

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Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are in use as the main and sole WiFi 6 access points across all offices, warehouses, and other buildings. Providing great WiFi speeds in combination with excellent coverage, they are the perfect choice.
  • Great WiFi coverage
  • Mounts perfectly on existing Wall/ceiling mounts of older APs
  • Great WiFi 6 speeds
  • MAC/Serial address labels could come pre-attached on front
  • Make status LED able to flash again via WebUI
Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are a great choice for indoor deployment, like offices, where general coverage is more important. In case of warehouse shelves, Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are a better choice, since an external antenna can be connected to optimize coverage for specific situations.
Very easy to scale out the AP deployment, even across multiple sites/countries/continents. Once everything is set up, no matter if for 5 or 100 APs, it can easily be scaled up to hundreds or even more APs with very few changes having to be made.
Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Cisco Catalyst Switches are used in our organization to enable communication at the client end and enable high-speed, reliable communication between clients and uplinks to our router and data center. In conjunction with the switches, we use the Catalyst range of wireless access points, which enable us to provide reliable, secure, and segmented wireless access.
  • Reliability--Once correctly set up, there are very few things that go wrong with these.
  • Management--Although complex, which is how enterprise products are, the APs have a logical management feature set.
  • Industry-standard compatibility--There will be very few vendors who say that they don't support Cisco APs.
  • GUI--I find the few available GUIs are not up to the standard that some other vendors, such as Ubiquiti, or even Cisco's own Meraki range are.
Cisco Switches are most suited to larger organizations. Small networks would not really benefit from the large cost outlay and would be better off with a switch from a lower tier of Cisco's product line, or something from another manufacturer. For the 9120 range of Access Points, I would say that if you are an organization that has hardware that supports the latest WiFi 6 or the 802.11AX standards, then it is definitely worth considering getting these.
We are just dipping our toes into the water with the automation functionality, but are able to do a lot with our Cisco Catalyst Switches and VMware virtual switches that you probably couldn't do with switches from another vendor. The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point integrates into our infrastructure with Cisco DNA and allows us to integrate our authentication technology and get a good range of analytics about wireless access.
NAKIA EPLEY | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Several of my clients use the Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point and all of them love it. Being the client's outsourced IT company, we are responsible for installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, configuration, etc. They are very reliable, can be mounted anywhere, and give a good solid connection.
  • First off, the overall physical design. Slim, light, and can be mounted anywhere. Blends into ceilings/walls and is easy to mount. (Clients are very picky with overall look sometimes).
  • Easy to deploy and configure, making the setup very quick, minimizing any potential downtime during installation and/or maintenance upgrades.
  • Fast and reliable at a decent price point for the clients.
  • From the tech side, there are no issues that I have ran into as of yet with these APs.
Price point is always a factor, these are a good option for those that have the need for the more beefy equipment, that can handle the high volume at a reasonable cost. The installation and configuration are very easy and quick to deploy into the existing network. I would say for our smaller to very tiny clients we wouldn't suggest this particular model, as it is designed for more of a heavy to high volume situations.
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I am using the Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points at all of my manufacturing facilities in the US. We have anywhere from 120 to 150 deployed per facility. We are a heavy manufacturer, so we need rugged devices that can last in harsh environment. We are using these access points all over in both the factory floor and the office. We use them for connecting wireless VOIP phones, mobile tablets (Windows, Android, and IOS) and IOT devices like cranes. The feature set in the Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point has been very help to keep our clients connected. We do use 9800 controllers (hardware and the embedded controllers that are built into the 9120), these new controllers have been redesigned, so the way you use them with the Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point is different than the prior wireless LAN controllers.
  • Works well in high-client-density environments.
  • Built strong to run for long periods in harsh environments.
  • Antenna selection makes them usable in all kinds of designs.
  • Excellent features and ability to be tuned.
  • The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point is very different from traditional AireOS devices so there is a higher learning curve.
  • Bugs in some of the codes.
  • Getting it to join a legacy Wireless LAN Controller is harder.
These Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are very well thought out. They do use IOS, which is very different but is the next generation in Cisco's wireless. They can be customized for all kinds of environments, which makes them great for a mixed deployments like office, research sites, and manufacturing floors. The various antennas you can get allows you to place them just about anywhere.
Cisco has been very good at correcting early issues with their code. Their TAC support has been fantastic when I would open a case with issues I was facing. Even though the hardware was new, they were very familiar with the interfaces and issues I was having. In the past I've been concerned about adopting a new product right away because of support issues. That was not the case here. Once I had the deployment up and running, they have had a good run of reliability.
The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points have been a solid deployment for me. Using their interface is a mix of new and old. They run IOS, so if you know the CLI, you can easily navigate around them. You can join them to an older controller if it supports a certain version, you can join it to a new 9800 controller--very straight forward--and you can run the embedded wireless controller on them directly. I've found this to be very useful at smaller sites. The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Points are not limited to feature sets like the older generations' mobility express platform.
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