Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points are a great wireless solution for any size company
December 14, 2020

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points are a great wireless solution for any size company

Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

We use Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points as the APs for our corporate wireless network at our Chicago and Dallas offices. We have the APs ceiling mounted at intervals across the floors and in central conference rooms to make sure that we have steady coverage throughout our two offices. The Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points have been rock-solid since we have installed them, and having them coupled with the Cisco 8540 Wireless LAN Controllers makes wireless network administration relatively straightforward.
  • Great price point
  • Easy to managed and upgraded with Cisco WLAN Controller
  • Provides great indoor wireless coverage
  • Cisco TAC support could be better
  • We have seen a decent number of APs have hardware failure issues
  • Could have more advanced features
  • Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points have given us stable and fast wireless capability
  • Easy to set up a guest wireless network
  • Very easy to manage and upgrade APs from a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller
I rated the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points an "8" because we have been very satisfied with this product that we have been using for the past few years. These access points have been secure, stable, and have delivered good speeds with great coverage areas for our corporate offices. We have also been able to set up a guest wireless network with a rotating password without much management overhead.
I gave this an 8 because we have found the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points to be very scalable when paired with a Cisco Wireless Network Controller. We are using the Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller to manage all of our 2800 APs at both of our corporate offices. We are able to push out new wireless policies and firmware upgrades easily using the controller.
We had our site survey done by a third-party vendor to help us determine how many access points we would need for optimal coverage. Once we had that, getting the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points installed was not too difficult. We have them ceiling mounted across the office floors and in our main conference rooms. It was easy to get the APs to connect to our Cisco wireless controller as well and into that central management console.
We are using the Cisco 8540 Wireless Controllers to manage our Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points at both our Chicago and Dallas offices. We have redundant wireless controllers in each office for high availability. This configuration seems to work very well--we haven't had any major outages or issues over the past few years.
We looked at the Aruba Wireless Access Points as well as the Cisco APs, but we settled on the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points because they were more cost effective and we have more familiarity with the Cisco line of network products and how to manage them.
Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points are great for all wireless networks from SMB up to Enterprise. It is beneficial to manage the access points via a Cisco Wireless Network Controller as well, so you don't have to manage each individual access point. The Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points can handle all of the recent WLAN protocols that should accommodate all of your end users' laptops, portables, phones, etc.