Efficient high density access points
May 15, 2021

Efficient high density access points

Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

We had requirements around implementing WiFi across our offices in our plant area. Initially, small business WiFi was implemented as there was less demand and fewer users. But, as the organization grew our user base also grew and we needed to upgrade our Wireless infrastructure to support the growing need. After evaluating multiple vendors we decided to go with Cisco Aironet Access points. Since then our wireless infrastructure is working great and we only needed to fine-tune it a bit after initial deployment. In fact, now we have shifted almost all users on WiFi and no one is using cable anymore.
  • High density user support
  • 11ac support
  • MIMO support
  • Centralized management
  • Clean air for RF
  • Rogue detection and containment
  • Requires POE+ switches or adapters
  • Expensive hardware
  • Sometimes AP stuck in bootloop after OS upgrade
  • Does not work with normal POE
  • High speed wireless access for users
  • Reduced cabling costs
  • Enabled mobility for users
  • Lower TCO
We have been using Cisco Aironet Access Points for more than 2 years and they have been performing great. Our user base has also grown since they were implemented but these access points have handled the extra users greatly and we did not need to upgrade or replace our wireless infrastructure as of now.
Cisco Aironet Access Points are made for large environments. There are multiple models to choose from depending on your budget and requirements. There are outdoor models as well which can be implemented in harsh outdoor environments. They are also scalable and can be increased as per growth of a company. the controllers support large number of access points, even the lower level controller supports upto 150 access points.
Cisco Aironet Access points were purchased and implemented just before I joined my current company. So I cannot comment on how much time it took for the products to be delivered and implemented. However we were noticing improved results after implementation and the overall performance of our wireless infrastructure was improved greatly with improvement in user connection speed and stability.
We have around 34 access points in total and we are using Cisco 3504 Wireless controller to manage them. We have two of them and we have installed them in HA configuration. They have been working flawlessly and we have extended our wireless coverage in multiple areas of our head office and plant without the need to upgrade or change our wireless LAN controllers.
D-Link Wireless access points and D-Link Wireless controllers were being used in our organization previously. They were working well with a small number of users. But as we started to expand wireless coverage and the user base started to grow they became less efficient and frequent disconnection and low-speed issues were faced.
Cisco Aironet Access points overcome these issues and have been working great in our environment.
Cisco Aironet Access Points are enterprise-grade access points and they are designed to handle a large amount of users with high-speed data access. Their hardware is very robust and high performance which lets it handle traffic at high data rates very efficiently. they are perfect for high-density environments lie universities, hospitals, stadiums etc.
They become expensive for a small office environment where there are [fewer] users.