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ExtremeWireless is the #14 ranked solution in our list of top Wireless LAN tools. It is most often compared to Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN: ExtremeWireless vs Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN

What is ExtremeWireless?
Extreme ExtremeWireless Access Points deliver wired-like performance, at scale for high-density in every environment. Smart Access Points are equally adept for both distributed and centralized deployment models. ExtremeWireless Controllers provide advanced functionality to allow organizations to define how wireless voice/video/data traffic is processed without architectural constraints and in accordance with business needs.
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about ExtremeWireless pricing:
  • "There are both paid and free licenses of the cloud environment, with only basic functionality in the free version."
  • "The solution is priced well and we currently are only paying for a license for maintenance."
  • "The purchase of 350 access points cost approximately $250,000 USD."

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Gassan Armouti
CEO at SOLTEK IT
Reseller
Top 10
A stable and secure solution that is straightforward to implement

Pros and Cons

  • "The security is very good."
  • "The current product line is very high-level and is well suited for enterprise-level organizations, but they need a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses."

What is our primary use case?

This product is typically used to cover normal Wi-Fi applications, such as the hospitality sector or small companies. We have been involved in lots of projects where we have installed this solution for our clients.

What is most valuable?

This is part of an all-in-one solution for voice and wireless data. It has all of the basic features that the customers need.

The security is very good.

What needs improvement?

The current product line is very high-level and is well suited for enterprise-level organizations, but they need a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses.

For how long have I used the solution?

We began using this solution when it was Avaya Wireless, starting about ten years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution scales very well. We have not yet had problems scaling up to the number of access points that are needed. Our customers are a mix of medium-sized and enterprise-level businesses.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good. Their team is very helpful if you need it.

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

I have also worked with similar products from Aruba.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, typically taking about an hour to deploy. As long as the access points have been installed and are powered up, it takes about an hour to configure.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team deploys this solution for our clients. Typically, two or three people are involved, depending on the size of the project.

What other advice do I have?

With the inception of the Extreme Cloud, we are now in the process of migrating all of our customers to that cloud-based deployment.

Concerning Extreme Wireless, our customers are happy and I haven't had any specific requests for new features.

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to take the required training.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
ED
Product manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 10
Good support, easy to manage, and excels in the cloud environment

Pros and Cons

  • "The technical support from Extreme Networks is perfect."
  • "The ability to integrate with network devices from other vendors would be helpful."

What is our primary use case?

We are a distributor for various networking products and ExtremeWireless is one of the solutions that we have experience with. We do between 2,000 and 3,000 projects a year for industries such as hospitality, entertainment, and education.

What is most valuable?

Their main power is the cloud environment because it's much better than the others in the market.

This product is easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

The ability to integrate with network devices from other vendors would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this product for about 11 years, since before Aerohive was acquired by Extreme Networks.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is 100% because we have never had an experience with faulty hardware. This is a product that we will continue to distribute.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, so far, we haven't found a project that it wasn't able to fulfill. I think that officially, they go up to more than 10,000 IPs. We don't have such big companies in the Netherlands.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support from Extreme Networks is perfect. If we have an issue then there's always very quick response and we don't have any problems. As we are trained to give support to our clients, it is only on rare occasions that we need vendor support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It is all based in the cloud, so it's very simple.

What about the implementation team?

We are fully trained to give our customers the second and third-line support.

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

There are both paid and free licenses of the cloud environment, with only basic functionality in the free version. The paid version is priced to fit the market. Suitability of one over the other depends on the customer's needs.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and one that I recommend.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Distributor
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Senior Manager, Information Technology at a university with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Quick and easy to deploy with good scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "It's reliable and works well. It's pretty stable."
  • "The solution should offer better support."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for wireless coverage.

What is most valuable?

The solution doesn't have any issues. It's reliable and works well. It's pretty stable.

The solution scales well.

The installation process is pretty easy and the deployment is fast.

What needs improvement?

The solution should offer better support. It's not as good as it could be right now.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for five years or so. It's been a while at this point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is pretty good. If there are any issues, we are able to easily deal with them. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is scalable. We can expand it when we need to.

At our company, we have 500 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We would prefer it if the support was a bit better. It could be faster. We find it's not as good as, for example, Cisco.

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

We also have experience using Cisco. We find their support better. We also use HPE solutions. 

How was the initial setup?

We found the installation process to be simple. It's straightforward and not difficult by any means. 

The deployment is also fast and takes maybe two to three hours or so. 

What about the implementation team?

We were able to handle the deployment ourselves with the help of technical support.

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

You do need to pay a licensing fee. Currently, we are upgrading. We pay an annual licensing fee. 

What other advice do I have?

I cannot speak to the exact version number we are using at this time. 

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We're quite happy with its capabilities.

So far, I would recommend the product to other organizations. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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GG
IT Production Engineer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to manage, good technical support, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We are using ExtremeWireless for our wireless network environment.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and manage. Overall it is very simple to understand and users do not know it is a cloud solution.

What needs improvement?

The reports could prove in ExtremeWireless. However, we are in the early stages of use and we might be able to configure them better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using ExtremeWireless for approximately a couple of months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found ExtremeWireless to be scalable. We have approximately 200 users using this solution in my organization.

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What is our primary use case?

We are using ExtremeWireless for our wireless network environment.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and manage. Overall it is very simple to understand and users do not know it is a cloud solution.

What needs improvement?

The reports could prove in ExtremeWireless. However, we are in the early stages of use and we might be able to configure them better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using ExtremeWireless for approximately a couple of months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found ExtremeWireless to be scalable.

We have approximately 200 users using this solution in my organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

We had to use the support once when we had an issue on the portal and they were very good and resolved our issue.

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

I have previously used other solutions before ExtremeWireless.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and migration were very good from Aerohive to ExtremeWireless.

What about the implementation team?

We have one technician that does the implementation.

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

The solution is priced well and we currently are only paying for a license for maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate ExtremeWireless an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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GH
IT Director at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Perfectly stable, and the documentation makes the setup procedure easy

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is to support wireless infrastructure for the K-12 environment.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is stability.

What needs improvement?

The management portal is in need of improvement. In the next release, I would like to see more granular search functions in the administration portal.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Extreme for about 13 years, since it was known as Aerohive.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is 100%, which is why I chose them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This product is absolutely scalable. I just bought 350 access points to replace my existing infrastructure, and we support approximately 3,200 individuals.…

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is to support wireless infrastructure for the K-12 environment.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is stability.

What needs improvement?

The management portal is in need of improvement. In the next release, I would like to see more granular search functions in the administration portal.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Extreme for about 13 years, since it was known as Aerohive.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is 100%, which is why I chose them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This product is absolutely scalable. I just bought 350 access points to replace my existing infrastructure, and we support approximately 3,200 individuals. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is superb.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was convoluted, but once we worked it out with help from the documentation, it was simple.

What about the implementation team?

We completed the deployment with our in-house team.

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

The purchase of 350 access points cost approximately $250,000 USD.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We researched Ruckus Wireless but ultimately chose to use Extreme.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing Extreme Wireless is not to use MAC address filtering.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Joris Van den Bergh
Team Leader Solution Specialists at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
The fabric completely integrates with wireless

What is our primary use case?

The version that we install depends on the customer. ExtremeWireless has two different types. There are the campus and cloud options. We mostly focus on the campus option. ExtremeWirless is good for every enterprise ogranization. It's a set of network management tools.

What is most valuable?

In terms of the most valuable features, I like the integration with the fabric. The network fabric completely integrates with wireless as well. You can fully automate the installation and integration of the switching and the device portfolio within one fabric and management framework.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see more security features. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using ExtremeWireless for about…

What is our primary use case?

The version that we install depends on the customer. ExtremeWireless has two different types. There are the campus and cloud options. We mostly focus on the campus option.

ExtremeWirless is good for every enterprise ogranization.

It's a set of network management tools.

What is most valuable?

In terms of the most valuable features, I like the integration with the fabric. The network fabric completely integrates with wireless as well. You can fully automate the installation and integration of the switching and the device portfolio within one fabric and management framework.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see more security features. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using ExtremeWireless for about five years. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Extreme Wireless a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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