Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points
We need wifi access in all our building, we use 802.1x authentication and move while on meetings on our building so we need good roaming experience. Cisco access points are the only ones that support fast roaming with 802.1x, besides that they are airtight so no issues with bacteria being trapped inside the access point, just a wiping cloth can clean the access point.
- Roaming while we are on meeting
- Categorize traffic
- The management interface of the 5508 Cisco controller where we plug them in is very user friendly
- Price tag is high.
- They are not pretty, compared to 2700 access point these are bulky and non-aesthetic.
- Peace of mind for our germ-phobic employees
- Wifi access and wifi roaming work really well
- Administration of the access points is easy for our deployment
We don't know if we benefit from that, we do know that the wifi works really well but that's all we care about, we haven't had wifi problems in our building ever, even before Cisco access points were installed so I guess that is a non-issue for us.
We use the product as it is, a Cisco Controller and a few 2800 access points in our building connected thre POE and that's it, we don't use any module.
We made our purchase decision based on Cisco access points being airthight and all others we reviewed were not, while reading product features it looks like fast roaming is also only really supported at Cisco so after we found those two features we stopped looking for alternatives, time is money and the time spent while deciding what to buy could be even more expensive than the product itself
If you have an office building that has air conditioner and people that is really wary of illnesses these Access points are the real only option, since these access points are airtight you can clean them just with a wiping cloth, most access points from other companies have at least one air flow inside the access point, that means that you have to open the access point to actually clean it, that's just not acceptable.