Cisco Wireless Review

Guest WiFi is an option but older WAP's can be an issue as the firmware makes them problematic


What is most valuable?

Scalability

How has it helped my organization?

  • Multiple SSID's
  • Ability to offer WI-FI to guest in a secure environment

What needs improvement?

None.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years. (WLC 5508)

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Older WAP's can be an issue as the firmware makes them problematic. Requires upgrading the WLC firmware to see units properly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

8 out of 10.

Technical Support:

8 out of 10.

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

Several. Cisco is more scalable and actually less costly over time.

How was the initial setup?

Fairly straightforward - need to understand the Cisco way of breaking things out but otherwise no issues.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

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

Approximately $20,000 with no additional costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Meraki
  • SonicWALL

What other advice do I have?

Understand your need. Let the need drive the purchase not the other way around.


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

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Just a single comment: Meraki is currently a Cisco company. If you plan to acquire some product of them, keep in mind that you're buying from Cisco. :-)