NETGEAR Insight Access Points Alternatives and Competitors

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WC
Electrician at IHG Consulting LLC
Real User
Top 20
Easy way to update devices from anywhere in the world

What is our primary use case?

It is a multi-building campus. This way, when we are in-between buildings, we have them meshed together. Then, we can stay on the same WiFi throughout all three buildings. It is in a church, which I have one in my house. Then, we have a church that I go to, where we have three in one building, two in another building, and five in the third building.

Pros and Cons

  • "The meshing capabilities are the most valuable feature. When I am going in-between buildings, my phone doesn't have to pick up different WiFi. They are all the same. Even in-between the buildings, I stay connected."
  • "There is always room for improvement."

What other advice do I have?

I am very happy. We have made other purchases with NETGEAR products since the initial purchase. They are the way to go with their customer support as well as their easy equipment installation. We built a system, which is way above where it needs to be right now. So, it will be a long time before we have to increase it. My biggest lesson is to use the NETGEAR products because it was so easy. I would rate it as a 10 out of 10, but there is always room for improvement.
BP
Owner at a hospitality company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Insight management app on my phone enables me to set up and manage devices anywhere

What is our primary use case?

We use it for guest WiFi.

Pros and Cons

  • "We use NETGEAR's Insight management solution to do off-property controls. It is user-friendly and provides network management, monitoring, and service deployment across multiple remote and local sites. That means I don't have to be physically at a location to do things if I want to make any changes to the network. It saves time and money."
  • "Software-wise, they need to provide the ability to kick users out. If multiple users are abusing the system or the network, I should be able to block them for a time and, when I need to unblock them, I should be able to do so by using their MAC ID. That feature might already be there and I just don't know about it."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to go ahead and switch to this one, because this is the best-performing device I have seen so far. When you start doing multiple experiments, you end up with higher costs. I have learned from my mistake. I spent almost $2,300 to fix the internet for the hotel, and I could have done so for $1,000 with NETGEAR. The solution provides full insight into the data being used but that feature doesn't affect me as much because I don't really focus on what people use the data on. Overall, I would rate NETGEAR Insight Access Points at nine out of 10. The reasons it's not a 10 is…
Auditor in Charge - Project Manager at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Top 20
The Insight management tool lets you build a complex network even with limited formal knowledge

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use NETGEAR for home and office to allow internal network sharing among devices and people. It really is the backbone of the entire network. There is no need for servers or for other equipment beyond what we know is registered in the inside portal. As such, we just get a feed from our ISP and it goes directly into the access points. That's it. The population for our use case is pretty small. While there are three or four employees who utilize the Insight access points concurrently, there are many more who make use of it throughout the day.

Pros and Cons

  • "The metrics demonstrate that NETGEAR really does a good job of balancing the load between the various access points on the networks and this results in an elimination of downtime."
  • "While the data throughput does provide us with full insight into data being used, we find that it's not very accurate."

What other advice do I have?

We are making use of three WAX610s, one of each of WAC540 and WAX610Y, and five SXR80. I handle maintenance on my own and this is not a full time job. It's pretty straightforward and this is especially so as the units we have in place are up 100 percent of the time and are lightning fast. The biggest lesson that I've learned from using the Insight access points is that there is no need for expertise. A master's degree and networking for their use is not required to put together a complex network for meeting one's needs. What we've got going here is pretty complex. As it turns out, it's been…
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