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Pros
"It is a stable solution.""I like that Cisco Wireless is easy to implement. If you get stuck with any issues, they have ample documentation on the internet. It's easy to implement, and Cisco documentation is easily accessible.""It's very easy to configure the access points.""The initial setup is straightforward.""The speed and security are most valuable.""The most valuable features are mobility and security.""I find this solution easy to configure and use.""This is a very stable solution that solves complex issues."

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"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.""Ability to control the access points by groups.""The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution.""Has an extremely good feature set.""The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point."

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Cons
"The solution could be more stable.""The biggest reason why we could no longer continue with Cisco Wireless was because of the high cost to upgrade everything. It was disappointing that Cisco treated us as just another big company, and did not offer any leeway on their pricing given that we are an educational institute. And although the system we had in place from Cisco Wireless was good enough over the last ten years, it started to show its age when pushed to its limit during the pandemic.""Cisco is costlier relative to other solutions.""Controllers could be improved.""It requires a few tweaks in order to stabilize it. Its portal is complex. Cisco solutions are complex in general.""The new GUI interface and the newer version OS are a little bit more complex than the older version, however, it just might take some getting used to.""The solution is stable but it could be improved. However, this could be because there are not enough APs.""The licensing models need to be reviewed in some instances. Obviously Cisco's licensing models are quite challenging, and it can be costly."

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"The inter-functionality with other vendors was a negative for us.""The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.""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.""Configuration could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is an expensive product.""Because the Cisco architecture is quite complex, you may end up having to add more components and licenses. So, the cost could go up.""I think it's affordable. Maybe there are little differences, but it's not very expensive. But with all Cisco products, you have to pay more for the power supply. You'll have to pay for the PoE converter.""The price of Cisco Wireless is expensive and there is an additional cost for support.""From a pricing point of view, it's a little bit expensive compared to competitors like Aruba and others.""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 solution does not come with a licensing fee.""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: Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be very reliable and to consistently run very efficiently. Cisco Wireless helped… 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: On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three hours, the basic framework can be set up. Step-by-step instructions are available… more »
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 »
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2nd
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8.2
17th
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5
Average Words per Review
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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 Provider16%
Computer Software Company10%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company19%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company16%
Retailer6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise38%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise56%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Wireless vs. Mist Access Points and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 61 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 17th in Wireless LAN with 5 reviews. Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0, 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 Huawei Wireless, 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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