Cisco AP’s in a Cisco Shop Make Sense!
June 13, 2019

Cisco AP’s in a Cisco Shop Make Sense!

Preston Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

We use Cisco Wireless Access Points to augment our wired infrastructure. We do not have a sole wireless environment but we do rely heavily on wireless for mobile device roaming and conference room support. Our wireless implementation also supports all of our IOT devices such as smart boards and meeting room displays.
  • Roaming.
  • Mesh environments.
  • Orphan app support.
  • Spectrum management.
  • Spread spectrum support.
  • Rogue app detection.
  • Low downtime.
  • Centralized management.
  • Lower level engineering support required.
We have seen drastic improvement with the new clean air deployment. Interference within the spectrum is now proactively detected and the configuration can be automatically modified if the access point policy supports those features. Otherwise, we have yet to implement a full client link. It is on our road map for Q4 of this year.
We are planning to implement the client link with the new improvements to the end user experience and security that it brings and we are hoping to have fewer disconnections and connection issues in general. We are a
also looking to gain additional security measures over a typical 802.1x or wpa2 password, so we should be more secure and better prepared for the future.
  • Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)
We compared Cisco Acess Point to Aruba and while we found benefits in both, the biggest advantage for us was the fact that we were already an existing Cisco shop and the learning curve to implement Aruba access points over Cisco would have been too costly and time-consuming.
In small to mid-sized deployments, Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points have some coverage gaps. They work really well in high-density environments. With an overlapping coverage model, Cisco Access Points thrive. In smaller models, the roaming and handoff are lackluster at best. You end up with a lot of rap errors.