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Real User
Team Lead - Network and System Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 03 2018

What is most valuable?

This product has a Clean Air Solution, which means it can detect non-WiFi signals. It not only signals but it can also detect that what type of device it is coming from… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Most of wireless controllers' features are similar, but what sets WLC, the Cisco wireless controller, apart is that it has an end-to-end solution, meaning that it's… more»

What needs improvement?

If needs to provide more visibility. It can detect and do it, but as technicians we don't have a lot of visibility into seeing exactly what's happening. It doesn't give us… more»

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

As far as I know Cisco is very competitive, price-wise. Talk to your third-party vendor. It all depends on the company size - how many employees, how big the building is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have always used Cisco. I have friends and colleagues who have used Aruba and other things. As I mentioned earlier, they're very similar as far the access points go… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When I joined this company they already had a modular for 6509 switches. So from there I migrated to a 5508 Controller. So at the time it was much easier, since the… more»
Ravi Ramachandran
Reseller
Senior Manager - Pre Sales at Emarson Infotech Pvt Ltd
Sep 02 2019

What is most valuable?

From a technical point of view, I think the major difference in feature set has been the granular application visibility and control that an wireless administrator has… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen that Our organization and many other organization for whom we have provided wireless solution have improved using this product because it helps enhance user… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the technology is already at a level where it's good enough. In some ways, it's better than wired. But there is always a backlash when it comes to lack of… more»

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

Cisco licensing is usually provided for 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of 5 years. Longer terms of SLA… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We definitely tried many solutions before going mainly with Cisco Wireless, including Ruckus and Aruba. The major reason to go with cisco has been the support system… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Though cisco is our first choice, we have evaluated other options like Aruba and Ruckus.
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Real User
CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 22 2018

What is most valuable?

Authentication is the important feature for us.

How has it helped my organization?

Since we have a central server from which our authentication is run, a user who comes from, let's say, California, doesn't have to ask any for credentials. He just comes to my network, logs in with… more»

What needs improvement?

There are certain features which I would want which are not there. There is always a wish list, that my WiFi should give me one, two, three, four, five. Certain things come, certain things don't, and… more»

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

The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before this solution we did not have any wireless solution, we had a stand-alone wireless. My global team wanted Cisco, so we went with Cisco. But, in a couple of other places, we've used Aruba and… more»

What other advice do I have?

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.
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Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the new centrally managed solution. The interaction of the product with the different security solutions in the market.

How has it helped my organization?

The tool has greatly improved the system interaction between employees. What I mean by that is with this wireless connectivity between networks, we have the ability to use mobile communication in… more»

What needs improvement?

Improvements can be made in the wireless connectivity. Particularly, the wireless, rods and, microchips and other access point components. I think that Cisco can improve its product line… more»

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

As far as pricing and licensing go it really depends. I think that it would be better to have more flexible licensing mostly for our clients because then we could commercialize those solutions and… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other options for our client's needs. We evaluated solutions based on the client's budget and system requirements. In Nigeria, we need to take weather conditions into account. Our… more»
Vasantharaju P
Real User
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Aug 26 2018

What is most valuable?

With Cisco Wireless we have DNA technology for the frequency in which it operates, so that in case of any frequency interference it can look for and switch to another frequency, where there no interference. Another feature of Cisco Wireless… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco Wireless technology allows us to logically segregate networks, to segregate the traffic between multiple types of endpoint devices, connected to the network. For example, corporate laptops are connected to one network, corporate… more»

What needs improvement?

There are a couple of shortcomings in Cisco Wireless right now. I don't see a policy model for the wireless technology solution. If Cisco could bring the wireless architecture around with the controls, it would lead to being able to… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The shortlist was Aruba and Cisco. The features are more or less the same, but the cost is also important.
Lehtihet Lamine
Real User
User at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

There are a lot of valuable features and functions. One example is CleanAir to detect and troubleshoot interference issues. Another is RX-SOP to optimize roaming.

What needs improvement?

The web interface for Cisco controllers could be better. It could be more user-friendly. Sometimes I have to remember how to access some functionalities or how to enable or execute some functions. If… more»

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

This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive. Whether the pricing is a good value depends on the product. I was looking for some Cisco products and found that some are expensive, like the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I moved to Cisco because it's a solution that many companies use. I already had experience with Cisco routers and switches, so it was easier to configure and to manage Cisco products.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have compared it with some other products like Aruba and Aerohive to see what the functionality and performance are like. I have seen, for example, that the Aerohive already has some access points… more»
Real User
Wireless Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller, for example, has a number of features: * supports a lot of access points * better GUI * better management * better control. If an issue comes up, the GUI of this particular wireless controller is well… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In general, for the wireless LAN controller, Cisco is coming up with new solutions every day, they're improving their products. Networking is getting serious, becoming easier to be done for clients, configurations are becoming easier to be… more»

What needs improvement?

Maybe the actual Cisco products can also be made cloud-based, though it would be competing with the Meraki. But I think that would improve the market. It would improve configuration. It would help the clients a lot, because if everything… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I did not switch to Cisco. We suggest products based on the clients' needs. It depends on the different scenarios we come across. It depends on the clients, what their requirements are and what their budgeted is, because Cisco is more on… more»

What other advice do I have?

My suggestion would be to go with Cisco products.
Ibrahima Thioub
User
Technology Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 29 2019

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… more»

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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

What other advice do I have?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For the first configuration, we used apple access points and the HP procurve and D'Link switches.
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With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
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