Cisco Wireless Review

Pros: certificate authentication, ACL for Guests. Cons: Reporting, Active Passive Failover on Controller.


What is most valuable?

  • Certificate based authentication
  • ACL for Guest

How has it helped my organization?

Right now more than 90% of our employees connect on wireless only. That minimizes a huge CapEx on LAN infrastructure. Users can connect from any of the offices of banglalink. Roaming is the biggest advantage we have got so far. For security purposes, certificate based authentication ensures that only banglalink employees can connect to those SSID.

What needs improvement?

  • Reporting
  • Active Passive Failover on Controller

For how long have I used the solution?

More than four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Good.

Technical Support:

Good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used an Aruba solution and we switched because Cisco had a flexible deployment model, it is easy to operate, and has a stable OS.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was, of course challenging. However, with the vendor, we worked hard on troubleshooting issues. For example, redundancy during controller failover was very challenging as the AP was taking long time to join with controller.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

What was our ROI?

I think we got our ROI within a year.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have two controllers in our 55 offices with more than 175 APs. It costs us around 100k. Currently we don't buy any support from OEM or a vendor, and we keep all necessary APs in stock. For the controller it costs us around 3k yearly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared it to Aruba which was our existing solution.

What other advice do I have?

Fantastic product for an indoor wireless solution. Smooth seamless AP handover, excellent Tech support, integration with other peripherals (AD, Cert server, SIEM etc.) and stable hardware. These are the reasons you should choose this product.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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