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Pros
"The most valuable feature for us is management of the systems. We can easily access all features.""Cisco Wireless is mostly stable with a low downrate and the signal rate is good. It is also easy to use.""The initial setup was quite easy. We have a very good relationship with our integrator and our integrator has a good relationship with Cisco. The integrator that installs Cisco is quite knowledgeable about the technology. They are trained and have a good relationship with their tech. We cannot be experts in each domain and we have to be supported by an integrator.""You need to learn the technology but after that the setup is easy.""It helps with the visibility on our network.""Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products.""This increased mobility has helped our organization. We can talk to one another from different locations and stay in constant contact and with employees across the enterprise. Everyone has access to up-to-the-minute communications and all documents and applications on our network.""Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive."

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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."

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Cons
"Probably more in terms of how much power it's using. Right now it just seems like it doesn't have enough power. Maybe that is all indicated, but says exactly how much power it's using.""One of our customers complained about the ripple, that some of the data was incorrect. We opened a ticket and brought it to their attention that maybe some of the data was not correct. As of now, it has been two months since we opened the ticket and the issue still hasn't been resolved.""No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues.""When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place.""The configuration interface could be easier. They should make roaming easier and should fix it so that when you cross a building you can keep the signal.""The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn.""Improvements can be made to the telemetry. The licensing gets in the way here. It makes it impossible to record the different flows across the wireless network.""The new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers."

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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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.""Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.""I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.""The cost model is expensive.""Cisco licensing is usually provided on a yearly basis rather than monthly. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of years. Longer terms influence the level of support that you get when it comes to Cisco SLA.""The problem with Cisco is always the pricing, as it is impossible to compete with others."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The Antenna system named BEAMFLEX + is the great difference between all other brands. This Patented Technology gives Ruckus the best performance in all scenarios. No doubt Ruckus is superior.
Top Answer: The two solutions are different from each other. Very briefly, you cannot have Meraki APs via a Cisco WLC and vice versa. Meraki is a cloud managed solution, while Cisco has both cloud and on- prem… more »
Top Answer: Hi Imad, Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba? Thanks in advance
Top Answer: The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution.
Top Answer: Setup cost was quite expensive, it's a concern.
Top Answer: The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.
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6.7
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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
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Computer Software Company8%
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Computer Software Company22%
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Computer Software Company17%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise33%
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Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 14th in Wireless LAN with 3 reviews. Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0, while Mist Access Points is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Has good durability, we can rely on this solution and it is easy to configure". 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, Fortinet FortiWLM and Huawei Wireless, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, ExtremeCloud IQ and Ubiquiti WLAN. See our Cisco Wireless vs. Mist Access Points report.

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