Cisco's budget friendly WiFi controller series: 2500.
September 13, 2022

Cisco's budget friendly WiFi controller series: 2500.

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2500 Series Wireless controllers

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

The Cisco 2500 WiFi series is used to spawn guest WiFi in office buildings. It was chosen to implement a completely physically separated network from the core company/employee WiFi access. As it's only serving guests, we didn't need to support a large scale of clients; the 1000 clients this series offers is more than enough.
  • Automatically prioritizes time critical applications (e.g. VoIP, Video Chats).
  • PoE so no additional wires need to be pulled.
  • Provides information about RF interference, easy to diagnose connection issues.
  • Only supports 1 Gbps.
  • VLAN management.
  • QoS for time critical applications (VoIP, Video conference).
  • Central management of all APs.
  • Very quick roll-out of guest network.
  • Cheap option in the enterprise segments.
The Aironet access points are used for employee WiFi access, and they integrate well with Meraki. They would offer a separate guest network, too, but the decision was made to physically separate the guest network, so even if a bad actor would gain access to the ethernet port of the AP, they'd still not see any company traffic.

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Setup is very quick as it is designed for smaller organizations. Of course, this comes with its own limitations, but it's really the question of what you need. If you can cover your office space with 3 to 4 access points, you got a pretty good alternative to the more enterprise-level of Cisco Wireless products, but you still get excellent throughput and signal strength.