Cisco Wireless Reviews

Cisco Wireless is the #2 ranked solution of our top Wireless LAN tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Aruba Wireless - Cisco Wireless vs Aruba Wireless

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Himanshu Singhal
Real User
Sr. System Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found most valuable is its durability because we can rely on this solution. It is also easy to configure. Lastly, if something happens, we get good support from Cisco.

What needs improvement?

One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive. If we compare it to other brands like Ruckus or Aruba, it seems to be almost double in price. So that is a major concern. Recently, I have been looking for something comparable to Cisco which is a lower price. Cost is a major area because if you look at the technical features with other solutions, they seem to be the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would say that it's a good solution. Everything is there and I have nothing to point out. I would definitely recommend this product, but at the same time, I would say that they should bring their price down. Like every solution, it has pros and cons. It's just part of the process. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Wireless a nine. From the product side, I would rate it nine, but if… 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Jul 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution offers very good integration with a BYOD solution. The solution offers very good application visibility and control integration for other analysis software.

What needs improvement?

We are looking for more interaction with end-users and need to use the engagement feature that is provided in the new series. We want interaction between the end-users and the software that we are… more »

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

The pricing of the solution is little expensive if you compare it to other competitors.

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

I have only ever used Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

We're a Cisco partner. We use a variety of different versions of the solution, including the 800 Series, and 2800 Series. We are planning to go to the Catalyst 9000 Series soon as well. It's a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

A long time ago, we were comparing this solution against Aruba before the acquisition to HP. We also compare other products however, the main competitor was Aruba.
FawziSIYOUCEF
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 »
Ibrahima Thioub
User
Technology Manager at International School Of Dakar
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 »

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.

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.
Real User
Network and Security Team at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Feb 19 2019

How has it helped my organization?

We work in energy so we manage electric networks and gas networks. Someone had to move across the building and keep contact with the operator onsite for when there is an issue with the network so, for us sometimes it is a problem with gas. It's really important for us to stay connected with phone wifi. We have to study a lot of scenarios because if we have a data center on a remote site and if we… more »

What needs improvement?

When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place. Even if you're only using Cisco products you have a new algorithm and you have old material. For us, it's complicated because we have to maintain old parts or devices. We purchase new devices and we maintain several SSID which is not really recommended by Cisco. They prefer… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a seven out of ten and I would recommend this solution.
Consultant
CTO - Senior IoT Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is stability. It is one of the biggest advantages of this product. The user interface is quite good.

What needs improvement?

The problem with Cisco is always the pricing, as it is impossible to compete with others. It is not as easy to use as some competing products. In the future, I would like to see support for ZigBee built into these wireless devices.

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

For our Wi-Fi needs, we primarily work with Ruckus, although we also work with products from Cisco and Aruba.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to prepare for the need to use experts. If they don't want to use experts, they should not purchase Cisco products. That said, it is a good product and I recommend it. Ultimately… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We present our clients with the capabilities of different solutions and most of the time, price is the differentiating factor. Cisco is expensive but sometimes the name is what makes the difference and you win projects because of it.
Pawel Gawronski
Real User
Enterprise Architect at RB
Jul 19 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the connectivity of this solution. We have a pretty good team working on the product. They are quick and the solution is fairly easy to configure. Customization is not a problem because all products can be customized or cross-customized.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see an improvement in the controllers of the solution. I would ideally like to have software defined WiFi as an additional feature, everything connected with LVMs, so basically to define networking; ADPs which would define the perimeter and a combination of PSDN and WAN, etc. I would also like to see the use of the PE market and functions. Authentication and authorization processes… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
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What is Cisco Wireless?

With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
Also known as
Cisco WLAN Controller
Cisco Wireless customers
Aegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
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