Cisco Wireless Other Advice

TeamLead7740
Team Lead - Network and System Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
I rate this Cisco solution an eight out of 10. To bring it up to a 10, as I mentioned earlier, you have to get a Cisco Prime in order to view signal strength and what's going on, which is an additional cost. You have to buy another product to manage WLC, so why not have Cisco Prime built into WLC so there is one product? That way you wouldn't need to have to buy additional software or licenses to manage WLC. It's basically: WLC manages access points, Prime manages WLC. So why not all under one umbrella, that way you don't have to jump through multiple pages to look and troubleshoot. If all is in one place it would be much easier. If it's the first time you're implementing it, there is a different way of doing it. Now, I think, Cisco offers a different type of a wireless controller. It can be cloud-based, it can be on a switch module, or it can be just an appliance. So it's based on what your environment looks like and what kind of failover you want. Based on your needs, that's how you have to design. Also, look into other products and evaluate them yourself. Have a demo on your site for Aruba or Cisco and see, regarding the high density, how many clients are connecting to one access point and where the breakpoint is, those kinds of things. Evaluate yourself and go with whatever makes sense for your company. View full review »
Ravi Ramachandran
Senior Manager - Pre Sales at Emarson Infotech Pvt Ltd
Whatever solution used, the design of the wireless network is the most important part of how well it works. I would plan on putting in 60% of the effort to the design and 40% to the deployment. In the designing phase, you must actually get into the network, look for interference issues, create proper wireless heat maps and place the wireless network connection points in the exact location where it is required. I would rate it an eight out of ten. View full review »
it_user504159
CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Up until now, it has been a good product, so go ahead with it. It works well. We have been happy with it for the last four years. View full review »
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FawziSIYOUCEF
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I would advise someone considering this solution to be prepared. Understand your needs. Undertake a very clear site survey to be in a position to present the best-adjusted solution. If you don't do your due diligence you can buy a very good product response, but it won't resolve the wireless coverage problem; the key is to deploy a strategic wireless solution and adjust the parameters as needed. As well as being able to scope access points. I rate this solution an 8 out of 10. I give it an 8 because it's a general rating of the overall product. Cisco is a network and security technology provider. Their strength lies in the network and security solution. The wireless solution can be built better. View full review »
Vasantharaju P
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Cisco Wireless has been around for quite some time. Cisco is a leader and its Wireless product is very reliable, so investing in it is a safe bet. I would rate this solution at eight out of 10 because of the availability of support, and its stability. My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are the * product knowledge * support from the vendor and the availability of the technical staff to support it. View full review »
Lehtihet Lamine
User at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
I started first with the 1440, without a wireless controller in an autonomous access point. Two years after that, I moved to the 2504 Wireless Controller - a 40-access-point deployment. The next year I was working in a car manufacturer's warehouse. I managed three warehouses. One of them was a 5520 with 300 access points. Another site was with the 5508 with less than 200 access points. I would rate Cisco Wireless at seven out of 10 because, when we compare it with other solutions like Aruba or Aerohive, Cisco is behind in technology and just a little more expensive. Aerohive, as I mentioned, has some access points in the new 802.11ax standard and Aruba, in many cases, is more user-friendly to configure and to manage. View full review »
Wirelesscb63
Wireless Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
My suggestion would be to go with Cisco products. View full review »
Ibrahima Thioub
Technology Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
I noticed with the 1552E access points, the local mode has more coverage than the flexconnect mode. View full review »
Responsi5dd1
Network and Security Team at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
I would rate it a seven out of ten and I would recommend this solution. View full review »
Tareq Alansari
Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
I would strongly advise any company, but especially in business, to use this wireless solution. I rate Cisco Wireless at nine out of 10 because, as I said, I like the performance, stability, the easy implementation and the controller. There is just that one problem with the controller, so that's why I gave it a nine and not 10. View full review »
Muklit Chopra
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco wireless is a pretty good product. I would definitely recommend buying it. If you are looking for a wireless solution I would definitely recommend going with Cisco Wireless. I rate Cisco Wireless at about eight out of 10. It's pretty good, it's very compatible with other Cisco products. View full review »
Nabin Dev
CCIE, Sr. Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would rate Cisco Wireless at eight out of 10 because of its ease of installation on virtual platforms, on appliances. It is easy to maintain and configurations are straightforward. It provides the flexibility to create and integrate with many social Wi-Fi solutions. It is a reliable and stable solution. The ROI is very good. View full review »
Supattra Smithsirikajone
Senior Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would rate this solution eight out of ten. View full review »
Myo Thet Oo
Senior Operation Manager at ATG Systems
I would advise someone considering this product to use it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten because it has easy digital effects, it's easy to use and, has good stability. View full review »
Rattana Chhay
Operations at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
I’ve been working with Cisco Wireless since 2008. Although CPI and controllers have come a long way, the AP is the limiting factor. There are a lot of assumptions in the controller algorithm. Don’t just conduct a passive survey. Set up three APs and do an active survey with RRM enabled among three. Cisco’s wireless solution is a seven out of 10, in my experience, compared to other solutions. It has limitations on the polarization processing. View full review »
Manager712
Manager / IoT Evangelist Solution Business Strategy at a manufacturing company with 1-10 employees
Security and support are important factors when looking at this kind of solution. Cisco is more expensive but you have to compare the security and support you are getting. The support, in particular, is very critical, especially if you are in a conference call and the sound breaks off. You need them to get back to you quickly. Cisco is a large company, the number-one company, and those are important factors when selecting a vendor. The other factor is the pricing, in addition to support and security. I rate Cisco Wireless at 10 out of 10 because I have never had a problem. I am a happy customer. View full review »
Peter Molloy
IT Director at a K-12 educational company or school with 1-10 employees
The device works very well and distributes a good signal across the four sites. Overall, during my brief use of the Meraki MR33, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of its features. Deploying a full Meraki system provides even more features, allowing you to break down the network and identify specific points of failure. The switches can even detect cable issues which quite often can be the main cause for a call-out within my business. I would rate it nine out of 10. View full review »
it_user572145
Manager Corporate IT at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
When implementing this solution, you require the right partner to be in place to support it, that is the first requirement. I would rate this solution at nine out of 10. The best part of the solution is the stability. Also, the easy usage of the switches They are automatically switched on and get their configuration. I don't need any technical person to look at it. View full review »
Technica8dcf
Technical Account Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I would rate it a seven out of ten. It's good but it's not a ten because there are some specific technicalities they can improve on. I would recommend using this technology. View full review »
it_user524856
Network Enginer with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is still a reliable and useful product but other vendors are catching up. View full review »
Can Unal
Network Consultant at Destek A.Ş.
I would rate it a nine out of ten. No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues. View full review »
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