The best wireless solution, if you are willing to pay the price ...
Updated January 09, 2019

The best wireless solution, if you are willing to pay the price ...

Carlos Daniel Casañas Bertolo ஃ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 2800 Series Access Points

The equipment was installed as part of the unified communications infrastructure of the new corporate building, including auditoriums, offices and external areas. They allow access to all available services and have total security in multiple classification factors.
This allows giving each user exactly the permissions that he requires, when he needs it to fulfill the functions to which he is assigned, taking into account the place, device, time and so on, dynamically and automatically.

Pros

  • Scope of the signal consistent with the specifications.
  • Good management of multiple accesses in convention environments.
  • Very good performance for videoconferencing traffic

Cons

  • Its analysis interface can be more friendly and intuitive.
  • Certain configurations could be simplified
  • - In this case the ROI is not something that you would like to put in your acquisition proposal
  • + Zero factory defects, off-line times, channel saturation.
  • + Centralized administration allows rapid deployment and updating of equipment, without delays or inconvenience for users.
Cisco created a new category with this solution, simply does not have competition at the level of its technology and performance.
If your project requires high-speed access guaranteed for all types of environments, with multiple access from various devices, with granular security requirements and your budget is enough to buy a small island and put your name to it ... Then you are seeing the right product!

Unfortunately, the greatest benefit that you can get out of it requires implementing a unified complete solution, which requires not a lot of cash reserved for the case.

Evaluating Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 2800 Series Access Points and Competitors

Yes - 
They are the replacement of the FortiAP that the organization possessed. At that time we were with many dissatisfiers regarding the management of high density connections in the auditorium due to several massive training events.
While initially looking for a more efficient AP in the management of high density connections, when testing several brands we find many other advantages in moving the infrastructure of wireless communications to Cisco.
The most important features would be a better handling of massive connections (40% better than the competition), more efficient management of VLANs for different connection privileges and the possibility of allowing the system to make a dynamic and transparent distribution of clients between APs for a load balancing.
I would avoid looking only for the update of a technological feature to be replaced (due to the urgency) and always see the possibility of updating all the technology (as long as it is treated as a valid investment), which then generated a serious delay at the moment of carrying out the tests, since it was necessary to talk again with the suppliers so that they can show us their integrated administration systems and not only the APs that we initially requested.

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