Great access point to get your enterprise is on WiFi 6
December 15, 2020

Great access point to get your enterprise is on WiFi 6

Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point

Cisco Catalyst Switches are used in our organization to enable communication at the client end and enable high-speed, reliable communication between clients and uplinks to our router and data center. In conjunction with the switches, we use the Catalyst range of wireless access points, which enable us to provide reliable, secure, and segmented wireless access.
  • Reliability--Once correctly set up, there are very few things that go wrong with these.
  • Management--Although complex, which is how enterprise products are, the APs have a logical management feature set.
  • Industry-standard compatibility--There will be very few vendors who say that they don't support Cisco APs.
  • GUI--I find the few available GUIs are not up to the standard that some other vendors, such as Ubiquiti, or even Cisco's own Meraki range are.
  • Compatibility with other vendors is the greatest advantage.
We are just dipping our toes into the water with the automation functionality, but are able to do a lot with our Cisco Catalyst Switches and VMware virtual switches that you probably couldn't do with switches from another vendor. The Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point integrates into our infrastructure with Cisco DNA and allows us to integrate our authentication technology and get a good range of analytics about wireless access.
We are able to use advanced QoS policies and secure our network from a central point without too much swapping between interfaces. One of the best customization features that I like is that we are also able to use dual 5GHz mode to enable the best speed for our client machines, which are all 5GHz enabled and within good distance of the APs. This is an efficient use of the radios in the unit. In areas where we know that we have some older 2.4GHz IoT applications, we can set one of the radios to 2.4GHz and the other to 5GHz.
  • Brocade ADX (Discontinued)
I have briefly evaluated the Brocade range of switches, and although they are very good value, I found that they didn't have the same range of compatibility and available expertise from other vendors in order to be able to troubleshoot issues.

Do you think Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Catalyst 9120 Access Point again?

Yes

Cisco Switches are most suited to larger organizations. Small networks would not really benefit from the large cost outlay and would be better off with a switch from a lower tier of Cisco's product line, or something from another manufacturer. For the 9120 range of Access Points, I would say that if you are an organization that has hardware that supports the latest WiFi 6 or the 802.11AX standards, then it is definitely worth considering getting these.