Cisco Wireless vs Ubiquiti WLAN comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Aug 18, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Wireless and Ubiquiti WLAN based on our users’ reviews in our categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions say that their initial setup is both easy and straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their scalability and ease of use.

    Cisco Wireless users say it is durable, reliable, and easy to configure. Several users note that the dashboard could offer more manageability and flexibility.

    Ubiquiti WLAN users say it has a great management interface, but that firmware deployments affect the stability and reliability of the product.
  • Pricing: Cisco Wireless users feel it is an expensive product, whereas Ubiquiti WLAN users say that it is a reasonably priced, affordable solution.
  • Service and Support: Cisco Wireless users report excellent support, while many Ubiquiti WLAN users say the support is lacking.

Comparison Results: Both solutions received very positive reviews from users. Cisco Wireless has a slight edge over Ubiquiti WLAN since users feel it has better stability and better technical support.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN Report (Updated: May 2023).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"With Mist, every Wednesday they roll out new features.""The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis.""The most valuable feature of the solution is Marvis, the AI-driven network management system.""The most valuable feature of Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) is the ability to troubleshoot ports on the network. Additionally, when there is an update on the APs they are able to reboot quickly reducing downtime. Other solutions have a longer downtime when updates are done.""The simplicity is great.""In terms of reporting, in terms of all the user reports, it's very rich."

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"The most valuable features are mobility and security.""It integrates with Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA).""The most important thing for me is that all the access points are in one group and use one access code. So, when you move from one area to another, you don't disconnect and reconnect again. The device is also very easy to install and control.""The product enables mobility and centralized control.""The solution is easy to use and its stable.""Stable and scalable with good technical support.""I'm very satisfied with Cisco's technical support.""The most valuable features of Cisco Wireless are security and the ability to manage everything easily. Other solutions, such as Aruba are not as simple."

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"Ubiquiti WLAN is stable.""The solution is not complex to deploy.""The solution has a lot of great features.""The solution works well and in the short time I have used it, I've enjoyed its capabilities.""It is similar to the switches, where it is one of those things where it just works. They are very reliable.""The solution is very easy to install.""Ubiquiti WLAN's best feature is the free controller system software.""For me, the ease of configuration is a valuable feature."

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"I need a bit more time with it before criticizing the features.""Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) could improve if the MIST platform had a built-in master key. This would be an advantage.""The solution is expensive.""The price could be better.""The product should include adaptive Wi-Fi to show a more accurate location.""Juniper Wireless AP can improve by continually improving its reporting and integration with other systems.""If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited."

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"There are some features I would like to have in Cisco Wireless, such as Telemetry and other IoT. However, they are available in the new version of the solution.""The main concern is the length and overlapping. We have to put on four to six access points on the same floor, and we face the issue of overlapping areas. If Cisco can extend the range of their indoor APs, we would need to install just one or two access points, and it would eliminate the problem of the overlapping area.""The media stream and Mojo settings are not sufficiently supported.""The pricing could be reduced.""It was expensive. Considering the challenges faced in third-world countries like Pakistan or India, cheaper solutions are preferred.""The solution doesn't have much coverage area.""The installation is very tiring and painful, the process could be easier.""Cisco Wireless is expensive."

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"When they release new products, you should know if there backward compatibility, or do you have to replace the entire forklift, It is useful to understand their strategy and where they are headed.""Ubiquiti lacks troubleshooting tools. For example, there aren't tools that your clients can use to gather input on the AP itself. There's no visibility in the application layer or reporting. It doesn't have a lot of management features.""When I started to upgrade, the controller for Unbuntu was really struggling to start up, however, that has since been solved.""The solution could improve by having a cloud version. A cloud version is the easiest to configure anywhere in the world.""The product needs to improve the user interface in the migration from old to new versions.""They could enhance their products by integrating cloud access into each device.""I have never used cloud solutions. My first approach would be something related to the cloud, and backups on the cloud, and maybe an easier way to connect to it because I have an on-premises environment.""There seems to be a drop in service. It's definitely a reliability or stability issue we face."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay maybe 1000 SEK per year, per access point."
  • "Juniper Wireless AP's price is a little more expensive than other solutions, but you get what you pay for."
  • "The pricing is something Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) can work on. The pricing is very high compared to the competition."
  • "The pricing is too high."
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  • "It is expensive, and there are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fee. Its licensing model and cost should be improved."
  • "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 solution does not come with a licensing fee."
  • "The license is a one-time purchase."
  • "The price of the solution is fair."
  • "It might be around $100 for a license. The internal ones are far cheaper than that."
  • "The price of Cisco Wireless is expensive and there is an additional cost for support."
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  • "Ubiquiti has a good price compared to the other ones."
  • "When comparing the price of Ubiquiti WLAN to Aruba the price is reasonable."
  • "Ubiquiti WLAN is less expensive than Ruckus, but its price could be improved to make it more affordable and accessible."
  • "Ubiquiti WLAN is fairly well priced and available as a one-time purchase."
  • "It is a stand-alone price."
  • "Its cost is reasonable."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:With Mist, every Wednesday they roll out new features.
    Top Answer:It is a bit expensive. However, it is such a valued system, they can charge whatever they want.
    Top Answer:The price could be better. That is relative to the market right now since it is such a valued Access Point and system to… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be… 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… more »
    Top Answer:On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Ubiquiti and Aruba when looking for a WLAN solution. Ubiquiti offers good WLAN access both indoors and… more »
    Top Answer:For me, the ease of configuration is a valuable feature.
    Also Known As
    Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series), Mist Access Points
    Cisco WLAN Controller
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    Juniper Wireless Access Points work in conjunction with Juniper Mist Cloud Services and Mist AI to deliver premier wireless access capabilities. The Juniper Mist Edge extends microservices to the campus to bring agility and scale while enabling new applications at the edge.

    With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.

    UniFi is a revolutionary Wi-Fi system that combines Enterprise performance, unlimited scalability, a central management controller and disruptive pricing.

    Learn more about Juniper Mist Wireless Access Points
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    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)
    NASCAR Grand-AM, Maritime Parc, Outdoor Music Festival, One Republic Tour, British Armed Forces, Arcadia School District, Bartlett School District, Universidad del Azuay, Estelar Hotels, Intercontinental Bali, Moscow - Enforta, Miami - Sling Broadband, Manhattan - MST, Ecuador - Aire.EC
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Training & Coaching Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise17%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN
    May 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    Cisco Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 48 reviews while Ubiquiti WLAN is ranked 7th in Wireless LAN with 12 reviews. Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0, while Ubiquiti WLAN is rated 7.8. 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 Ubiquiti WLAN writes "Robust, easy to install, easy to deploy, and has good visibility". Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Huawei Wireless and Omada Access Points, whereas Ubiquiti WLAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, NETGEAR Insight Access Points and Aruba Instant. See our Cisco Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN report.

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