Cisco Aironet are light as air to manage
February 06, 2021

Cisco Aironet are light as air to manage

Tomasz Piekarski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Mix of AIR-AP2802 and AIR-CAP2602 are used in our customer warehouses and branches, and they act as a primary network access for office computers and warehouse equipment. Depending on location, access points are managed by different hardware revisions Cisco WLC in 8.5 firmware version. In most cases, they are unproblematic, and after installation do not require any physical maintenance.
  • Great coverage.
  • Easy central management.
  • Great reliability.
  • Easy deployment.
  • Access to advanced config is easy.
  • Power measurements and neighbouring AP channel detection are built-in.
  • Form factor.
  • Automatic channel allocation is prone to be problematic.
  • Price.
  • No central management options other than WLC.
  • Management overhead reduction.
  • Reliability reduced time spent on problem solving.
  • Increased network access bandwidth.
Never had any issue with Cisco Aironet Access Points that could not be solved by power cycling.
Great scalability, extending network is fast easy and risk free.
Addition of single Access Point does not take more than one hour. Replacing all access points and the WLC installation process took us 3 weeks, but we were gradually replacing old Access Points, and for some time running two parallel WLANs. It allowed us to make the transition seamless, and users did not notice any interruptions.
Without central management provided by Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers, managing WLANs that covers big areas would be cumbersome. All of security, user experience, band management that is invaluable. Reduction of management overhead greatly improves administrators and engineers work.
Cisco Aironet Access Points and Wireless LAN Controllers provide more advanced functions, more security options and better interoperability with other Cisco products than Aruba IAPs.
A great example of use would be large warehouses that need network access for scanners and other equipment - use of central management and Aironet Access point would speed up deployment process. A scenario that Cisco AIR AP would not perform so well are small branches.