The clean air with Cisco Aironet
Updated June 13, 2018

The clean air with Cisco Aironet

Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

We have recently replaced several autonomous wireless systems that were spread across our organization with an enterprise Cisco Aironet managed wireless system. This was our decision due to the large demand our customers have requested to support their future business needs and processes.
  • Their ability to auto negotiate within the system to adjust the radios between the different frequencies.
  • Easy automated installation with the wlc and prime.
  • The flexconnect capability that allows the use of local internet connectivity to be used for nonbusiness connectivity.
  • The mounting brackets are confusing to figure out what you really need when ordering.
  • Decreased configuration overhead.
  • Increased visibility and troubleshooting ability.
  • Connecting customers to wireless devices that are increasing their productivity
I haven't had the system installed long enough to see what benefits could be realized.
We haven't utilized any addons at this time.
We have had great success in the enterprise, small branch deployments. I would like to see better industrial and outdoor abilities.

Cisco Aironet Additional Questions

I believe that there is always room for improvement.
  • Public Connectivity
  • Business Connectivity
  • BYOD
  • Product Usability
The main decider was the ability to centrally manage wireless and wired network devices from one management console

Using Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

600 - Public Safety, Public works, CMO, Finance, IT, Arts and Cultural services.
2 - Network Engineer, network admin
  • Room Automation
  • Asset tracking and inventory
The Aironet series does everything we need it to and more.

Evaluating Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points and Competitors

I wouldn't change anything

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points Implementation

Make sure to get a professional wireless assessment before purchasing AP's. That way you will only purchase what you need and know where the wiring infrastructure will need to be to streamline the installation and tuning process.
  • Third-party professional service company
ConvergeOne
Change management was a minor issue with the implementation
  • We upset some customers by implementing controls and accesspolicies
  • We started blocking certain types of websites and had some backlash for it.

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
No - We keep a few on the shelf spares for emergencies.
We were looking for a way to change the color of the AP with either paint or some kind of cover. The support team actually researched and provided third party products that were recommended by Cisco.

Using Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

There is always room to improve
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Tuning with the WLC
  • Physical Installation
  • SSID creation
  • Modifying the installation of the standard mounting bracket
  • Modifying the color of the AP to blend in with Architecture of Historical sites