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Pros
"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.""I find this solution easy to configure and use.""The solution offers very good application visibility and control integration for other analysis software.""Good connectivity and easy to configure.""The support offered by Cisco is excellent. They are very responsive and knowledgeable.""This product has a long life and you don't have any issues with it.""It is good, and it works.""I like many of the features that Cisco Wireless has to offer."

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"Ability to control the access points by groups.""If you compare wired versus wireless, it's convenient. You don't need to have one place for connectivity. You can move around and it's easier. Sometimes it's a hassle to work with wires, which is why wireless is so convenient.""The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution.""The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point.""Has an extremely good feature set."

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Cons
"One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive.""There should be an option for a wireless bridge that can be used to join two access points.""The pricing of the solution is expensive if you compare it to other competitors.""Controllers could be improved.""Apple is definitely causing a lot of issues by turning on more security features on its equipment. It is causing more problems on the business side. One is what they call a randomized Mac address that Apple has put out. As far as I know, Cisco doesn't have a fix for that.""There needs to be an access point that is compact and more suitable for small and medium-sized businesses.""It requires a few tweaks in order to stabilize it. Its portal is complex. Cisco solutions are complex in general.""Code stability is something that needs to be improved."

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"Configuration could be improved.""There seems to be different versions of standards used in the wireless access points. In the future, it would be helpful if the solution could come up with some kind of universal standard for all devices and all access points.""The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.""The inter-functionality with other vendors was a negative for us."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult.""The price of this product is reasonable.""This is an expensive product.""The product could be priced better.""Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions.""The price is a little high. However, you get what you pay for. The quality of the product is high, you will find it is worth the money. There is some additional cost, for example, customer support.""It's expensive because a lot of the controls come with licenses.""This solution is expensive, but you get value for your money."

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"The price of this product is approximately the same as competing products in the market."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The standard answer to such a question is: it depends. The pricing for both solutions is very similar: per-AP, Meraki is more expensive than Cisco Wireless. Cisco APs are cheaper, but the controller… more »
Top Answer: Ruckus Wireless offers users the benefit of being both easy to set up and get running as well as being very user friendly. This user-friendly quality also renders it easy to learn how to use and… more »
Top Answer: You cannot use them together if you want central management. This is because they are independent products.
Top Answer: The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point.
Top Answer: The price of this product is approximately the same as competing products in the market.
Top Answer: The main problem is that the power consumption for the access point is always screaming that it needs more power. It's supposed to be POE and I set it up as the recommend POE supply, and it's still… more »
Ranking
2nd
out of 26 in Wireless LAN
Views
26,914
Comparisons
24,090
Reviews
51
Average Words per Review
447
Rating
8.2
19th
out of 26 in Wireless LAN
Views
5,053
Comparisons
3,952
Reviews
4
Average Words per Review
358
Rating
5.8
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Cisco WLAN Controller
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Overview
With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.

Best Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE performance
In addition to delivering the best Wi-Fi range and performance which is automatically optimized through reinforcement learning algorithms, Mist Access Points have a dynamic vBLE 16 element antenna array for the industry’s most accurate and scalable location services.

Data collection, analysis and enforcement
Mist Access Points are purpose-built to collect metadata for over 150 states that allows the cloud-based AI engine to perform analytics, machine learning, location service and event correlation. APs incorporate a 3rd radio for always-on security monitoring, troubleshooting and synthetic client tests.

Converged platform for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and IoT
Access Points feature integrated Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and an interface port to integrate and control analog/digital devices. This enables Mist to bridge the physical, location and connectivity realms, unlocking value from your network and eliminating the need for complex and costly overlay solutions.

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Sample 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)
Dartmouth, Hitachi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, NTT, Okta
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider18%
Computer Software Company9%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Educational Organization5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company15%
Retailer6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise58%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Wireless vs. Mist Access Points and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
542,267 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 19th in Wireless LAN with 5 reviews. Cisco Wireless is rated 8.2, while Mist Access Points is rated 5.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Robust with a good level of performance and very helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mist Access Points writes "Fast, with good availability and good management". Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Cisco Wireless vs. Mist Access Points report.

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