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


Valuable Features

  • Certificate based authentication
  • ACL for Guest

Improvements to 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.

Room for Improvement

  • Reporting
  • Active Passive Failover on Controller

Use of Solution

More than four years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Good.

Technical Support:

Good.

Previous Solutions

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.

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.

Implementation Team

We implemented it in-house.

ROI

I think we got our ROI within a year.

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.

Other Solutions Considered

We compared it to Aruba which was our existing solution.

Other Advice

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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