Cisco Wireless WAN Competitors and Alternatives

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SarmadAlwakeel
Real User
IT Manager at Cyber IT Solutions
Oct 27 2019

What is most valuable?

It's very easy to use. The hardware is very easy to use, compared to Microsoft. Microsoft is more complicated. It has software that is okay if you are familiar with it. In my opinion, Ubiquiti hardware is more heavy-duty than Microsoft. It is also the first company in Iraq that provides a product… more»

What needs improvement?

They should make more advanced features for power users. I am a technician and I am functional, but I do need some features that I find only in Microsoft. I cannot find them in Ubiquiti. This is a very important point because although the user experience is very easy, it lacks many features that can… more»

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

The price is reasonable and there's only a one-time payment. We have had this for a long time and I haven't seen any additional fee after paying for the installation.

What other advice do I have?

They have a product that is used a lot in Iraq homes, because they use it to get an education, through the internet from an access point. This is used by all people in Iraq. There are some other companies like TP-Link, but TP-Link is not stable. TP-Link has many issues in their products. So you can… more»
Dave Orr
Reseller
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The granularity of standardization and technical controls would be the big one in terms of valuable features. You can control everything, every technology within the wireless arena. It contrasts with Meraki which is very much macro-driven so you don't have the visibility of the complete engine. From an engineering and consultant perspective, I want full control. The Cisco WLC solution supplies… more»

What needs improvement?

With the WMM there are a few bits and pieces missing that some of the other vendors have. Cisco has a bad habit, although they'd probably see it as a good habit, of not applying extras. I want more managing features. Cisco would love you to go and buy Cisco Prime, which is very expensive, especially if you want to get reports active for the SME market. They generally don't add to existing products… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would want people to be aware that Cisco Wireless WAN is a top-end product and solution. Their portfolio is superb. They have major experience and maturity and are very much in tune with their field. I work in warehousing facilities. Like most things, though, there are pros and cons. Cisco is the top end, commercially. It's going to be double the price, and I mean double the price, of everything… more»
MohamedTalbi
Real User
Network and Security Engineer at Neurones
Oct 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The redundancy and the functionality of the SD-WAN connection that gives us the possibility to connect via smartphones is the solution's most valuable feature. The load sharing is also very good. The solution is extremely user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

The engineering of the solution has some negative points, especially in terms of troubleshooting. It's difficult to troubleshoot when we have a problem. It's not like other products like Cisco or Palo Alto which make troubleshooting much… more»

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

You have an option to license the solution for one, three, or five years. There aren't any extra costs over and above the licensing fees.

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

I previously worked with Cisco. I also work with Palo Alto and Check Point. We switched mostly due to the price difference. With Fortinet, it's cheaper and we don't sacrifice quality. It's also easier to use than say, Check Point, which was… more»

What other advice do I have?

There's no need for maintenance with this product. Occasionally something may need troubleshooting. If it's something the team can't handle, you can always call Fortinet's support team. I'd advise others to test the solution. It's a very… more»
Reseller
Network Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the software infrastructure. The analytic solution is good and should be improving further.

How has it helped my organization?

Ruckus works very well for hospitality solutions.

What needs improvement?

The technical support for this solution needs to be improved. This product needs a point-to-point, bridge solution. The network access controls should be improved. The Cloudpath feature should be… more»

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

I have had experience with a lot of different brands over the past fifteen years. Ruckus still has some work to do if they want to compete with Aruba and Cisco, except in the case of a high-efficiency… more»

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, Ruckus is the best wireless company. They have recently joined forces with CommScope, and are facing some positive changes because of it. Overall, this solution is ok and one that I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am impressed with the point-to-point bridge solution that is offered by Cambium networks.
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