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Cisco Wireless Primary Use Case

Network Engineer at County of victoria

We work at a courthouse, however, we manage the data for the entire county. We have them at the Sheriff's office. They use them in commissary purchases, which is a separate SSI and separate VLAN. That's to segregate wireless traffic for different groups of people per their needs. 

We have lawyers that maybe need to reach back into the network and access their documents when they take a laptop to the courtroom with them. And so through that, we've done some radius authentication. Therefore, it's not just an SSI ID. They actually have to log in with credentials as well. 

Then, we have a guest SSID just for general public access, and that's basically running wide open. We do have a simple password audit, however, everybody knows it, and that's separated by VLAN as well and run through Palo Alto. We also have a whole different SSID for patrol units for the Sheriff's office, where they upload car videos and update their car computers wirelessly. We use it broadly. 

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Division Head Enterprise Infrastructure (SVP) at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We have two types of controllers in our network. One is a Cisco Wireless Controller, which is software-based, and the second one is an SD-WAN Controller, which is hardware-based.

We have installed this controller in the two buildings. One is in Lahore, and one is in Karachi. In one of them, there are around 54 wireless LANs and 54 wireless routers for 200 to 300 customers, and the other one is also serving 250 to 300 customers.

We are using its latest version. It is deployed on-premises because as per the regulations, we cannot put not any controller on the cloud for the banking infrastructure. That's why we install the controller on the site.

We have installed it for secure connectivity while roaming within the building. We have four VLANs. One is the wireless one for the most senior executives. We have a grading system in the bank. The senior vice president, the executive vice president, and the president are in one group. The second VLAN or Wi-Fi is for the assistant vice president and the vice president. The third one is for all users from OG-3 officers to OG-1. The fourth one is for any guests who walk into our building, such as vendors or workers who come into the office building.

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Technology Specialist at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

Everything I do is generally command line and I use the gooey of the device. I also use a Cisco network assistant to manage the devices. I have a third-party monitor that checks to make sure everything's online — that's it. I don't have any kind of integrated solution where everything is captured within one piece of software.

I prioritize what buildings I can try to upgrade the access points from. I am looking to update my controllers because my controllers are older. They still function fine; I haven't needed to change them yet. I know eventually, they become end-of-life — that's when I'll have to switch them out.

I use Cisco wireless controllers, 2500s. I know they're pretty much going to be end-of-life soon, but I've been using them. They've been solid, I've had them for numerous years. That's what I use to manage those devices. My switches are pretty much a 3650s layer-three and they provide POE over POE plus over 40 access points to be online. It's a big network, but I keep everything in a very basic way. It's easily managed; it's just a very small department.

We're a school district, so every kid has a device. Every teacher has a device and everything is wireless. On a full school day, we can have up to 1,500 devices online at the same time. I try to make sure that everything is connected and that we have enough bandwidth. And if there's an issue that ever comes up, I always try to go there and evaluate it and correct it when needed. With the Cisco product that I've had, I've never had a lot of downtime. So I've been pretty happy with what they provide.

I want to purchase more because I want to update. Wireless standards are changing. You've got to go to WiFi 6, which is 802.11ax. That's in a few years. I don't need to do that yet because our devices won't accommodate that. Everything's still back on So there's no point, but in the future, maybe two, three years down the line, when we start getting new devices that accommodate WiFi 6, and I'm going to look for access points to be able to accommodate it as well.

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Engineer at Comunidad Cristiana Misioneros San Wenceslao

In our warehouse, we use a wireless solution for every job we have there. For example, we have dispatch trucks or picking. They call it picking when you choose the products and go to the warehouse site of our clients. All of that operation is wireless.

They use a Vocollect solution for warehouse sites. If we don't have wireless, they don't have Vocollect and without it, they don't know how to offer dispatch for the trucks.

For plants, we have solutions for tablets. The tablets manage all of our equipment, our principal machines. That's why we need the wireless option that Cisco provides.

We use the solution for connectivity for our employees.

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Coordinator of the IT Department at College Notre-Dame

Until we switched to Ruckus about a month ago, we had used Cisco Wireless products for the past ten years at our school of about 1800 students and 250 employees, including the teachers. The teachers and students all use iPads so wireless (Wi-Fi) is a big part of our network.

We used Cisco for everything, including wired switches, wireless switches, the core switch, etc. For the wireless network we used Cisco WiSM, which is the old version of Cisco's wireless controller. Since we had used this Cisco equipment for so long and it was showing its age, we ultimately decided it was time for us to renew everything along with all the new features that are now available.

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Mgr - Applications Enterprise Applications at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

We're using Cisco Wireless for patient tracking or infant abduction and security — for securing the floor and our infant patients. Cisco is also used for device management, such as IV pumps and other small but significant pieces of equipment that we need to track. We're also using it for temperature monitoring in the refrigerators for drugs and things that must be kept at a specific temperature. We use Cisco Wireless for patients' access and any wireless cart, whether it's a PC or an EKG machine. And we have different channels for stuff in the health network and the staff network versus what is publicly open for the patients and family.

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Head Of Architecture Department at a university with 51-200 employees

I use Cisco Wireless for education as I am managing a school. We use it for connectivity for students and teachers. It is an international private school. This is why we have to get high speed connectivity.

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Network Architect at Summa Health System

We primarily use the solution for our handheld devices. We have about 30 most likely that are medical hand-held devices. We do have a lot of wireless devices out there, including carts. We've got Vocera Badges that we use.

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Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We use the solution purely for a wide extension, in over it to achieve the desired coverage. It's a structure for our employees, and it offers end-to-end coverage for our employees to gain access to our corporate environment when they need to.

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Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution in order to provide wireless clients access to our hospital network.

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Technology Manager at International School Of Dakar

We use Cisco Wireless for networking in an education center.

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Network and Security Engineer at SK international

Our primary use case is to provide enterprise wireless solutions for employees. We're a system integration provider, and we have a number of customers. Our customers deploy our wireless solutions in an active-standby mode for better network stability. We mostly have customers who have standalone wireless controllers.

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C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution Inc. Pvt. Ltd.

We are implementing Cisco Wireless in various environments including hospitality (controller-based deployment along with room AP in 90+ room property), and corporate (both standalone and controller-based).

The wireless system has been integrated into the hotspot for guest access and enterprise authentication has been used for the employees. For authentication, both the inbuilt database and integration to FreeRADIUS has been used. We have also used AD in the corporate environment for authentication. The controller has been deployed in HA.

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IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

The solution is primarily used to connect users to the internet. It's the main product we use for this purpose.

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ICT manager at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees

We have a business center with about 600 tenants. We use Cisco wireless throughout our business center. We have a coverage shortfall for WiFi access for our customers.

We have 600 users in our building spread between roughly 20 to 25 different companies. We all have different needs and different security issues. 

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Cisco Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use it for users within the company. We have a separate network for them. We have another network for outside people. 

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Board Member and Co-Owner at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We use the solution for our company as well as for our clients. 

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Domain Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

I've worked with system integrators and I have deployed the product on multiple types of environments. I've worked at the corporate offices. I've worked on 3G, 4G offloading, public Wi-Fi networks, et cetera.

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Telecom/Networking Analyst at a religious institution with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Cisco Wireless as part of our network infrastructure. 

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CEO at Dinet Systems Ltd

I implement this solution in restaurants with an external aerial or near the beach. I also deployed this solution in big warehouses.

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Telecommunications Specialistde Telecomunicaciones at Telalca

Some of my clients have used this product as a Mobility Express Solution and a Mobility Controller. There are numerous potential use cases for this product.

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Network Engineer at Saudi Customs

We use the solution for so many things. We are a Saudi customs organization, and we are using it for the mobile user inside the port and for the trucks themselves. We use it for the trucks as the trucks also need to use wireless. They're moving inside the port. We need it for providing internet to the user. We also use it for the intranet network and for the internet network.

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Solution Manager, Network at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution for wireless services. We use it for wireless LAN.

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Chief of Systems at a mining and metals company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use this solution in our enterprise offices where some access points are installed.

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Assistant Network Operations Security Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Cisco Wireless so that our users can have conductivity within the building.

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It specialist

We moved to the solution after we had some hardware issues. 

We use it with laptops for wireless connection via the cloud.

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Sales Leader - Data Center at YSSY & Co

I primarily offer my clients solutions with managed services, the standard managed services. It is used for wireless connectivity.

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Technology Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

We've got a very large install base with Cisco Wireless. We use it for a number of situations.
We use it in warehouses, retail branches, and offices.

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Sr.Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We have a variety of segments in retail and hospitality, and each has different requirements. We are using this desk with IC for wireless, and we have high throughput access points depending upon the need and the number of footfalls. So we have designed for high throughput or traffic for video. We have a lot of video sessions — Teams meetings — so it definitely helps.

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Gerente División Plataforma at Sonda S.A.

We are primarily using the solution for wireless connectivity and expedience.

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Head of IT Infrastructure at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution for the internal network connection.

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Lead Presales at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Cisco Wireless can be used for a wireless solution anywhere you require. 

Cisco wireless plus, Cisco routers, or Cisco switches,  when combining them together they work very well. Some of the controller features are available now in the Cisco switches and routers. Most companies have Cisco as their backbone infrastructure and if you have Cisco solutions already in place, you should continue with Cisco.

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Information Technology Executive

We have been using Cisco wireless for more than five years.

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Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

We use the solution for a corporate Wi-Fi network and we have another network for authentication for corporate devices, such as scales or hand scanners. These devices must have access to some internal resources and do not need accessing to the internet.

We have hardware controllers on our sites and a number of access points all over. The number is up to 25 currently.

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Senior Manager, Information Technology at a university with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution for networking; networking - for WiFi coverage. We don't use it for anything else. 

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Network Specialist at Mercury Limited

Our primary use case is for a guest portal type of scenario where different types of users can connect. We use SAML authentication for that. We are customers of Cisco via a third-party vendor and I'm a network specialist.

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Presales Consultant - Enterprise Networks at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We use Cisco Wireless for mobile WiFi connectivity to the end-users. It provides mobile device connectivity. They don't need any LAN connectivity to access the network. They can connect any mobile device or wireless device to access the network.

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Luiz Kazan - PeerSpot reviewer
Corporate Head of Digital Solutions Development Strategy | Smart Cities and 4.0 Industry at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Before Cisco bought Meraki, we used internal private clouds and offer them to all our customers about five years ago. We wanted a solution that has a centralized core in order to have control, instead of having to install controllers in each customer that you have. We were able to utilize the elements of the core and provide a solution to our customers similar to that of Cisco Meraki. Once the customer's contracts ended, we changed the solution to Aruba or Cisco Meraki.

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Director of Technology at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees

I use Cisco Wireless Wireless across my buildings for education. I have students that use Chromebooks and staff that teach using the tool. 

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Senior Technical Consultant at BT - British Telecom

I'm a senior technical consultant and we are service providers. 

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VP of IT at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are in the finance sector and we use this product to provide wireless connectivity access to our web application.

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ICT Diensthoofd - Head of ICT at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

We use it for all kinds of equipment including, laptops, mobile devices, and guest access. We are just using the basic features and just the wireless connection.

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Technical Support Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Our main customer of the Cisco wireless is in the retail sector, for example, Walmart.

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Network Support Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees

We use this solution to connect to the access point and link users wirelessly to the network, and centrally manage the APs.

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Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We use the solution for laptops, smartphones, and for both intranet and internet communication.

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ICT Infrastructure Architect at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees

We are using it just for connectivity.

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System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We have twenty switches in our corporate office.

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Network Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

These devices are being used for a large number of sites. We have around 3,000 APs.

For WLC, we are using 5508 and 7500 devices. We will be using 9800 devices soon.

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ICT Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Cisco Wireless is for wireless networking. We use WLAN to connect endpoints wirelessly to mobile phones, tablets, and laptops that have WiFi protocol enabled. We have more than 50 employees using this solution.

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Head of IT Network Division at Panorinformatika

The primary use case for our customers is having a product that provides a solution to complex problems. We have more than 100 customers using Cisco Wireless. 

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Director Of Information Communication Technology at Dire dawa University

I mainly use Cisco Wireless for the core switch and access switch, the router, the firewall, and the access point.

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IT Support Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I am using the Cisco Wireless WAP 300, 200, and 100 series.

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DevOps System Engineer at Monash University

I utilize it as a Wi-Fi solution for personal use. 

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IT Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

I use Cisco Wireless for wired and wireless networking.

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IT Adviser/Manager at CCSAUDE

We are customers of Cisco and I'm the company IT advisor and manager.

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Technical Operations Manager at a media company with 201-500 employees

I am using Cisco Wireless for wireless networking in an office.

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Operations Manager at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The primary use of Cisco Wireless is for IT solutions. 

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Integration Manager at Newcom

Our client is a manufacturer that uses Cisco Wireless to provide WiFi coverage for the entire factory. 

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Department Leader: Project Leadership Production Compact at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

We use this solution to provide network access and to manages wireless network devices.

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Application Security Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for Wi-Fi at home. We'll have all devices connected to this Wi-Fi router.

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Junior Network Engineer at Easy Systems

Our customers use Cisco Wireless for networking and WiFi.

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Learn what your peers think about Cisco Wireless. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
634,325 professionals have used our research since 2012.