Expensive but Robust and Reliable Access Points
October 06, 2021

Expensive but Robust and Reliable Access Points

Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

Our organization is one of the largest automotive companies here in Pakistan. It was essential for us to implement a centrally managed, high-performance, and efficient wireless network solution for our company. [A] Cisco wireless network solution was chosen after comparing other options in the market and within the solution, Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points were finalized for deployment as they supported the latest 802.11ac wave 2 standards. These access points have been deployed all over the head office, plant, and our remote offices and are working without any hassle.
  • 11ac wave 2
  • High density user environment
  • Cisco CleanAir
  • Rogue APs detection and mitigation
  • Radio resource management
  • Reduce boot time
  • Reduce licensing cost
  • Increase antenna gain
  • Reduced overall cabling costs
  • Improved network availibilty
  • Improved network coverage
  • Increased user mobility
  • High license cost
Cisco Aironet Access Points have several hardware innovations and our company has benefited from them. For example, Cisco CleanAir technology has improved overall wireless network performance and removed the disconnection errors which were caused due to channel overlapping or channel over utilization. Also, it reduces the impact of wireless noise automatically and does not let it degrade wireless performance. The rogue detection and mitigation is another great hardware feature [that] we are using to block unwanted wifi access points from interfering with our wireless network.
The higher-end Cisco Aironet Access Points also support modular enhancements for future upgrades or feature support. However in our company, Cisco Aironet 2800 Series is being used and they do not support modular enhancements, so we do not have any experience with access points modular upgrades which are released [from] time to time.
D-Link Wireless network solution was being used previously in [a] few areas of our plant and it was working well with [a] low number of users but as the company grew, and user base started to grow we started seeing hanging, disconnection, and very low-performance issues in our wireless network. We replaced the entire network with Cisco Aironet Access Points and since then the issues have been resolved and [the] wireless network is working with great performance.

Do you think Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points again?

Yes

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points are enterprise-class access points and they are made to be used in high user density environments such as big offices, cafeterias, meeting rooms, halls, etc. They are expensive as compared to other access points in the market, so they are better suited for large companies. Smaller companies may find it difficult to adjust their cost in their budget.