Cisco Wireless Review

Helps with the visibility on our network

What is our primary use case?

Solve WiFi problems, getting the best WiFi coverage. This was our challenge. The addition of different WLANs by division pushed us to change the configuration of our controller, DHCP and the RADIUS server with NPS.

How has it helped my organization?

Between 2011 and 2013, we had a lot of problems with our WiFi, especially with the AD. However, with the addition of the RADIUS, it helped. In 2014, it was made better with the configuration of five new WLANs in FlexConnect mode and our environment improved.

What is most valuable?

Our number of students increased by 35% (more than 600 students) and we used different devices (Mac OS X, Windows, Chrome OS for grade 4 through grade 12, Android, and iOS), which need a very good roaming sensitivity between access points. The separation of our WiFi for guest, staff, SP staff and two for students, and setting up one IP address for user help to have visibility on our network.

What needs improvement?

Everything is online NWEA TestTaker, Google classroom and courses. This is why we need to have better WiFi coverage. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We really have good stability. Because classes and work work well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Everything in the cloud and the cloud printing are working find. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer service is only good for money. While technical support is more flexible and they go straight as needed.

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

Yes, the network was horrible and everything was cascading. That's why we use cisco.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward because we only had one WLAN SSID.

And after we went in second step by adding a radius for the certificates only.

What about the implementation team?

Yes, we implemented that through with vendor team. Their level of expertise is very good.

What was our ROI?

Cisco is good but it expensive. That's why for me there is no better.

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

We have 10 Cisco 1552E and i ordered 10 more. 

Now, i have the release for 8.0 and 8.5 for my wlc but i stay with 7.4.100 software version.

I will stay with Cisco and see next time Insha ALLAH.

The coverage will be extended and the dead zones will be covered.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For the first configuration, we used apple access points and the HP procurve and D'Link switches.

What other advice do I have?

I noticed with the 1552E access points, the local mode has more coverage than the flexconnect mode.

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