Cisco Wireless Primary Use Case

Technology Specialist at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

Everything I do is generally command line and I use the gooey of the device. I also use a Cisco network assistant to manage the devices. I have a third-party monitor that checks to make sure everything's online — that's it. I don't have any kind of integrated solution where everything is captured within one piece of software.

I prioritize what buildings I can try to upgrade the access points from. I am looking to update my controllers because my controllers are older. They still function fine; I haven't needed to change them yet. I know eventually, they become end-of-life — that's when I'll have to switch them out.

I use Cisco wireless controllers, 2500s. I know they're pretty much going to be end-of-life soon, but I've been using them. They've been solid, I've had them for numerous years. That's what I use to manage those devices. My switches are pretty much a 3650s layer-three and they provide POE over POE plus over 40 access points to be online. It's a big network, but I keep everything in a very basic way. It's easily managed; it's just a very small department.

We're a school district, so every kid has a device. Every teacher has a device and everything is wireless. On a full school day, we can have up to 1,500 devices online at the same time. I try to make sure that everything is connected and that we have enough bandwidth. And if there's an issue that ever comes up, I always try to go there and evaluate it and correct it when needed. With the Cisco product that I've had, I've never had a lot of downtime. So I've been pretty happy with what they provide.

I want to purchase more because I want to update. Wireless standards are changing. You've got to go to WiFi 6, which is 802.11ax. That's in a few years. I don't need to do that yet because our devices won't accommodate that. Everything's still back on So there's no point, but in the future, maybe two, three years down the line, when we start getting new devices that accommodate WiFi 6, and I'm going to look for access points to be able to accommodate it as well.

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Housni Hammoud
Coordinator of the IT Department at a educational organization with 201-500 employees

Until we switched to Ruckus about a month ago, we had used Cisco Wireless products for the past ten years at our school of about 1800 students and 250 employees, including the teachers. The teachers and students all use iPads so wireless (Wi-Fi) is a big part of our network.

We used Cisco for everything, including wired switches, wireless switches, the core switch, etc. For the wireless network we used Cisco WiSM, which is the old version of Cisco's wireless controller. Since we had used this Cisco equipment for so long and it was showing its age, we ultimately decided it was time for us to renew everything along with all the new features that are now available.

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Himanshu Singhal
Sr. System Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees

We use it to provide wireless access to our students, faculty, and non-teaching staff because we are a university, an educational institution. I am one of the non-teaching staff who takes care of the networking side.

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Ravi Ramachandran
Senior Manager - Pre Sales at Emarson Infotech Pvt Ltd

We as a system integrators provide wireless solution for big enterprise and PSU's. This solution primarily focuses on giving secured wireless access to employees and internet access to guests. 

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Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We provide seamless connectivity for the users in various locations. We can track a user and analyze them according to their behavior within the campus and according to their different locations. This gives us a full view of the locations that users gravitate towards and how they utilize the workspace areas within the campus.

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Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We use the solution purely for a wide extension, in over it to achieve the desired coverage. It's a structure for our employees, and it offers end-to-end coverage for our employees to gain access to our corporate environment when they need to.

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Terry Malensek
Network Architect at Summa Health System

We primarily use the solution for our handheld devices. We have about 30 most likely that are medical hand-held devices. We do have a lot of wireless devices out there, including carts. We've got Vocera Badges that we use.

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Sachin Patange
Network and Security Engineer at SK international

Our primary use case is to provide enterprise wireless solutions for employees. We're a system integration provider, and we have a number of customers. Our customers deploy our wireless solutions in an active-standby mode for better network stability. We mostly have customers who have standalone wireless controllers.

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Shrijendra Shakya
C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution Inc. Pvt. Ltd.

We are implementing Cisco Wireless in various environments including hospitality (controller-based deployment along with room AP in 90+ room property), and corporate (both standalone and controller-based).

The wireless system has been integrated into the hotspot for guest access and enterprise authentication has been used for the employees. For authentication, both the inbuilt database and integration to FreeRADIUS has been used. We have also used AD in the corporate environment for authentication. The controller has been deployed in HA.

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IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

The solution is primarily used to connect users to the internet. It's the main product we use for this purpose.

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Marc Gaethofs
ICT manager at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees

We have a business center with about 600 tenants. We use Cisco wireless throughout our business center. We have a coverage shortfall for WiFi access for our customers.

We have 600 users in our building spread between roughly 20 to 25 different companies. We all have different needs and different security issues. 

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Cisco Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

We use it for users within the company. We have a separate network for them. We have another network for outside people. 

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Telecom/Networking Analyst at a religious institution with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Cisco Wireless as part of our network infrastructure. 

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Luis Adrián Acurio
Telecommunications Specialistde Telecomunicaciones at Telalca

Some of my clients have used this product as a Mobility Express Solution and a Mobility Controller. There are numerous potential use cases for this product.

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Network Engineer at Saudi Customs

We use the solution for so many things. We are a Saudi customs organization, and we are using it for the mobile user inside the port and for the trucks themselves. We use it for the trucks as the trucks also need to use wireless. They're moving inside the port. We need it for providing internet to the user. We also use it for the intranet network and for the internet network.

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Solution Manager, Network at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution for wireless services. We use it for wireless LAN.

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Chief of Systems at a mining and metals company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use this solution in our enterprise offices where some access points are installed.

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Technology Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

We've got a very large install base with Cisco Wireless. We use it for a number of situations.
We use it in warehouses, retail branches, and offices.

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Diego Otheguy
Gerente División Plataforma at Sonda S.A.

We are primarily using the solution for wireless connectivity and expedience.

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Head of IT Infrastructure at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution for the internal network connection.

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Information Technology Executive

We have been using Cisco wireless for more than five years.

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Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

We use the solution for a corporate Wi-Fi network and we have another network for authentication for corporate devices, such as scales or hand scanners. These devices must have access to some internal resources and do not need accessing to the internet.

We have hardware controllers on our sites and a number of access points all over. The number is up to 25 currently.

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Luiz Kazan
Digital Solutions Arquitect - PaaS at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Before Cisco bought Meraki, we used internal private clouds and offer them to all our customers about five years ago. We wanted a solution that has a centralized core in order to have control, instead of having to install controllers in each customer that you have. We were able to utilize the elements of the core and provide a solution to our customers similar to that of Cisco Meraki. Once the customer's contracts ended, we changed the solution to Aruba or Cisco Meraki.

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Pawel Gawronski
Enterprise Architect at RB

We are customers of Cisco and I'm an enterprise architect. 

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Network Engineer at Saudi Customs

The primary use case is providing network coverage to mobile devices in our company.

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VP of IT at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are in the finance sector and we use this product to provide wireless connectivity access to our web application.

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ICT Diensthoofd - Head of ICT at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

We use it for all kinds of equipment including, laptops, mobile devices, and guest access. We are just using the basic features and just the wireless connection.

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Technical Support Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Our main customer of the Cisco wireless is in the retail sector, for example, Walmart.

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Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We use the solution for laptops, smartphones, and for both intranet and internet communication.

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ICT Infrastructure Architect at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees

We are using it just for connectivity.

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System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We have twenty switches in our corporate office.

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Gagandeep Garg
Network Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

These devices are being used for a large number of sites. We have around 3,000 APs.

For WLC, we are using 5508 and 7500 devices. We will be using 9800 devices soon.

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Dániel Halmai
Head of IT Network Division at Panorinformatika

The primary use case for our customers is having a product that provides a solution to complex problems. We have more than 100 customers using Cisco Wireless. 

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Department Leader: Project Leadership Production Compact at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

We use this solution to provide network access and to manages wireless network devices.

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Application Security Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for Wi-Fi at home. We'll have all devices connected to this Wi-Fi router.

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Senior Network Engineer at Best Buy Canada

Our primary use case is wireless infrastructure for retail and enterprise usage.

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