- Central Management
- Fastlane capabilities for Apple devices
- Simplified landing page configuration
- Has had several vulnerabilities
- The need for Cisco Prime for heatmapping and advanced features
- Pretty expensive
Cisco Access Points are well suited with CMX scenarios because you can have more information about your customers to make a more strategic and more targeted campaigns in order to increase your company's recognition and profit.
I suggest to re-design the Meraki Access points in order to minimize the cost of those and make this platform more eligible.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Review: "Cisco Wireless 2500-series: Simple and inexpensive, but effective"
- The 2500-series controller is fairly easy to set up and configure, which helps get up and running quickly, value-add!
- Upgrading the firmware and pushing updates out to the lightweight WAPs is easy, which helps speed system administration.
- GUI is useful, compact, and self-explanatory, at least with standard settings - though if you move to more advanced features, it can get a little tricky.
- The CLI is lacking. Does not work like standard IOS or NX-OS devices. Confusing combination of standard CLI commands vs. menu-like display.
- When a lightweight WAP goes offline, it "disappears" from the GUI, which makes it difficult to determine down vs. doesn't exist. A "red x" would be great.
- Lightweight WAPs are limited in that SNMP is not supported. Monitoring systems would have to inspect the WAPs via the controller.
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