Cisco 1815 Access Point - entry level indoor AP
March 07, 2019

Cisco 1815 Access Point - entry level indoor AP

Darren Hosking | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst 1815 Series Access Points

We have deployed Cisco Aironet Access Points (APs) across a number of customers and sites as part of our wireless-as-a-service solution. They provide 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wave 1 access and support current standards and wireless features. The APs are centrally managed via a Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) which provides self-healing RF management (purchased separately).
  • Dual 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radio support
  • Support current wireless standards and Cisco features
  • Variety of power options available
  • Integrated Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) 4.1 radio
  • No CleanAir support
  • No mGig support
  • We can be in Mobility Express mode where the AP provides the controller functionality to support a small to medium deployment without requiring a dedicated controller.
  • Access Points are centrally managed via a WLC reducing the management overhead for deployment, configuration, and upgrade.
Cisco AP supports the latest wireless standards to provide the best user experience including high performance and fast reliable roaming. This includes:
  • 802.11ac wave 2 - high throughput and MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output)
  • 802.11k - neighbour reporting provides a list of nearby APs to assist the client to make a better and faster roaming decision
  • 802.11v - BSS transition management allows the WLC to suggest to the client a better AP to roam to
  • 802.11r - Fast BSS transition allows a client to roam to another AP quickly with minimal impact
Many new features are realised through software updates via the WLC the AP is associated with, providing a long life for APs instead of requiring organisations to replace APs regularly to obtain new features. Note, some features may not be achievable via a software upgrade only (e.g. 802.11ax support).
  • Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)
Aruba's AP range includes APs with similar specifications to the Cisco AP range. Review the data sheets of similar specification APs to determine the exact differences.

Currently, Aruba supports a segmentation feature called Multizone which allows different SSIDs on an AP to be terminated on different controllers. Cisco does not have a similar feature.
This model is a good entry level, indoor access point suitable for typical office environments. To support higher wireless speeds, multiple gigabit ethernet interfaces can be aggregated when connecting to the wired network. The AP also operates on 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) so may also be suitable for environments that do not support 802.3at PoE.