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ExtremeWireless is the #10 ranked solution in top Wireless LAN tools. PeerSpot users give ExtremeWireless an average rating of 7.4 out of 10. ExtremeWireless is most commonly compared to Aruba Wireless: ExtremeWireless vs Aruba Wireless. ExtremeWireless is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 44% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 17% of all views.
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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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ExtremeWireless Pricing Advice

What users are saying about ExtremeWireless pricing:
  • "We pay approximately $30,000 per year."
  • "It's not as expensive as some and is scalable to our needs."
  • "I rate the price of Extreme Wireless a three out of five."
  • "ExtremeWireless isn't budget-friendly. The hardware costs around 20,000 Indian rupees. We're still using an older controller, so it doesn't require a license, unlike the newest versions of the ExtremeWireless controller."
  • "The solution is priced well and we currently are only paying for a license for maintenance."
  • "Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade our virtual appliance to the next version or build a new virtual appliance with new devices, and it's not good for us. The overall licensing subscription could be better."
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    Manik Chavan - PeerSpot reviewer
    Assistnat Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Department at Walchand College of Engineering
    Real User
    Top 5
    Simple to implement, provides seamless connectivity, and is reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "It provides seamless connectivity if you move around."
    • "The cost is a little high."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using the product for learning and research purposes, and for academics.

    We can connect with the hotspot through this, however, due to the fact that we're not moving outside of the buildings, it also provides connectivity on any place on our campus. If you are there inside the rooms or classes, you will get connectivity. We upload it outside of classrooms also. You can learn and study anywhere. You do not have to just be in the classroom or labs.

    What is most valuable?

    It provides seamless connectivity if you move around. There is not a need to reconnect with the AP, again and again, where you have to provide the passwords. Once you log in, you can move anywhere without any disconnectivity. That is the best feature.

    The initial setup is straightforward. 

    What needs improvement?

    There aren't any areas that need improvement. 

    The cost is a little high.

    It's not as complete as a few other options on the market.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for about one year.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is a pretty stable product. I don't recall dealing with bugs or glitches and it doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of the product is good. It's not a problem if you need to expand. We just add new devices and take on new licenses. 

    We have about 2500 people currently using the product. 

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

    We used something else that wasn't really that similar. We deployed the different access points at different positions at different locations. That was not cloud-based.

    How was the initial setup?

    The solution was pretty simple to set up. It didn't take too long. 

    We have not observed any kind of maintenance since last year. Maybe in the future, that may be required.

    What about the implementation team?

    We had a third-party deploy the solution for us. 

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

    I'd rate the licensing a three out of five. There are a few additional fees. 

    What other advice do I have?

    We use both the cloud and the on-premises devices. 

    My advice is that new users should take two solutions. They should have a local NMS kind of thing that should be there and not generally only be based on the cloud. Every device that we have should be able to push on the network management software. It should be compatible with other devices also.

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's not complete. It should be competitive with other devices also, not only from XP. The cost of this product is also somewhat on the higher side as compared to the other devices. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    PeerSpot user
    Principal Systems Engineer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Mediocre technical support and the initial setup could be easier, but the cloud-managed aspect is good
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature is the cloud-managed aspect."
    • "Technical support is an area that needs to be improved."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use these wireless access points in our corporate warehouses.

    We've got people using their phones and laptops to do things such as presentations. There are also production-oriented activities, where we use handheld devices for scanning. These are warehouse-type activities.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the cloud-managed aspect.

    What needs improvement?

    Technical support is an area that needs to be improved.

    The initial setup could be easier.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with ExtremeWireless since they were Brocade VCS. We worked with Brocade for several years and then got rid of those products, opting for ExtremeWireless approximately four years ago.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability-wise, so far so good. Overall, it hasn't been bad at all. I can't say that it's been horrible.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    With respect to scalability, this product is good. It's on par with the competitors. We have several hundred users.

    How are customer service and support?

    The ExtremeWireless technical support is mediocre.

    I would rate the technical support a four out of ten.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Neutral

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

    This product was in place when I joined the company.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is not as easy as it could be but it's not that bad.

    The length of time for deployment depends on the number of access points that are being installed. In our case, it wasn't too bad.

    What about the implementation team?

    As this is a cloud-based solution, maintenance is done by the vendor. The maintenance required on our end is fairly low.

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

    This product is not too expensive but not inexpensive, either. It is on par with everybody else. The cost varies depending on the number of access points that you have.

    We pay approximately $30,000 per year.

    What other advice do I have?

    In summary, this is not a product that I recommend. Rather, I would suggest that people implement Cisco instead.

    With Cisco, you get a true enterprise-class, best-in-breed solution. The Cisco support is top-notch, and the Cisco community is unlike anything else. Cisco's website is intuitive, they communicate rather effectively, whereas, Extreme is a smaller company and their website is not intuitive.

    The cloud-managed portal changes, it seems like on a whim, without communication. One month it might be that you find something like a configuration item here, and then the next month it's hidden somewhere else. Whereas, Cisco is much more streamlined, much more communicative, and much more intuitive to use.

    I would rate this solution a four out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Network Engineer at Cliftons
    Real User
    Top 20
    An easy to deploy solution that can scale and expand
    Pros and Cons
    • "It's cloud-based and very easy to deploy."
    • "It is a subscription model, so it is maybe a bit pricey."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a training company and supply wireless at venues for our customers and staff. It is used during meetings, trainings, and events. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    I think it's a good solution, it can scale and expand.

    What is most valuable?

    It's cloud-based and very easy to deploy. Just input serial numbers of the AP and you can easily connect to the PoE switch. You can configure many SID policies in the central method and deploy automatically to the AP. 

    What needs improvement?

    They should add more security. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using this solution for more than three years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is great actually, I'd rate it an eight. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Scalability is very easy and good. 

    How are customer service and support?

    I think customer support is good. 

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

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

    I used Aruba and Huawei Wireless but not on the same scale as our current needs. 

    How was the initial setup?

    It doesn't take long. You just configure on the cloud and add a new AP with serial number when you install. It is not long at all, maybe a half day or one day. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We did it ourselves, it was not complicated at all. 

    What was our ROI?

    It's not as expensive as some and is scalable to our needs. 

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

    It is a subscription model, so it is maybe a bit pricey. Normally we have 200-300 users but sometimes up to 1,000.  Actually, I think it's good. In wireless, Cisco and Oracle are expensive tools.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We compare different solutions, the advantages and disadvantages. Maybe we can use Cisco Meraki or Cisco Wireless. We evaluate them because we know the solutions, the brands. We look at security, performance and scalability. The most important thing we look at is cost. Aruba is a no go for us.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Other
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    Gassan Armouti - PeerSpot reviewer
    CEO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Simple implementation, simple to scale, and great support
    Pros and Cons
    • "ExtremeWireless is a flexible solution."
    • "The user interface of ExtremeWireless could be better. It is not user-friendly."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use ExtremeWireless for internet conductivity.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Extreme Wireless has helped out organizations because of its flexibility. We can easily configure multiple SSIDs. It gave us the option to provide a separate connection for our guests and our team. Additionally, it has given us the ability to segregate our network. People don't have access to a specific server if they don't have the restriction level to see them.

    What is most valuable?

    ExtremeWireless is a flexible solution.

    What needs improvement?

    The user interface of ExtremeWireless could be better. It is not user-friendly.

    In the future release, they could improve by making an easier way to work on an extender for existing wireless networks.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using ExtremeWireless for approximately one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    ExtremeWireless is very reliable and stable. We didn't have any problems throughout the year.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We are not that dynamic in terms of employee number, or employee count. We haven't had the need to grow or shrink in size. However, scalability is very easy. You only need to add the serial number for the access point on the cloud and it will use the same settings and configuration, everything will be ready without touching anything.

    How are customer service and support?

    I would rate the support from Extreme Wireless a five out of five.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup of ExtremeWireless is straightforward. The time it takes for the implementation depends on the complexity of what is needed to be configured. If you want something straight out of the box, you can have it ready in maybe 10, or 15 minutes. If you want to build something complex regarding multiple networks, multiple SSIDs, or some kind of security measure, you will need a couple of hours. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We did the implementation in-house. The solution does not require maintenance.

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

    I rate the price of Extreme Wireless a three out of five.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate ExtremeWireless a nine out of ten.

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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
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    Sachin Vinay - PeerSpot reviewer
    Network Administrator at Amrita
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    It provides us with enterprise-level authentication methods at a decent cost
    Pros and Cons
    • "ExtremeWireless provides us with enterprise-level authentication methods at an excellent cost. It supports all the latest authentication methods. Another advantage is the built-in DHCP server. We don't need third-party DHCP servers to get the IPF."
    • "ExtremeWireless support isn't very good."

    What is our primary use case?

    ExtremeWireless is deployed in our staff quarters. It's a small building with three floors, and we have deployed eight ExtremeWireless access points. It is an appropriate solution for the moderate bandwidth needs in the staff quarters. However, we don't use ExtremeWireless for heavy video streaming and other activities that require high bandwidth. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    It is really hard to find locks or shed events in the controller, which makes troubleshooting difficult. When there are some issues, we need another login license to analyze this log. The controller has no log-based features.

    What is most valuable?

    ExtremeWireless provides us with enterprise-level authentication methods at an excellent cost. It supports all the latest authentication methods. Another advantage is the built-in DHCP server. We don't need third-party DHCP servers to get the IPF.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using ExtremeWireless for about eight years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    ExtremeWireless is stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    ExtremeWireless isn't scalable. It's good for a medium-sized deployment. 

    How are customer service and support?

    ExtremeWireless support isn't very good. 

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

    We used Ubiquiti and Fortinet before. ExtremeWireless has some of the same issues as Ubiquity. We are looking for a better access point with more penetrating power indoors. Extreme is somewhat better.

    How was the initial setup?

    Setting up ExtremeWireless is easy, and we can do it without any vendor help in less than a day. After deployment, we require three network engineers to manage and maintain the solution. 

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

    ExtremeWireless isn't budget-friendly. The hardware costs around 20,000 Indian rupees. We're still using an older controller, so it doesn't require a license, unlike the newest versions of the ExtremeWireless controller.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    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.

    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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    PeerSpot user
    Head of Information technologies systems department at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Stable, but licensing model could improve
    Pros and Cons
    • "The stability of the solution has been fine."

      What is our primary use case?

      We use ExtremeWireless for our networks in our stores, logistic center, and head office.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have been using ExtremeWireless for approximately  15 years.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The stability of the solution has been fine.

      How are customer service and support?

      We have not needed support.

      How was the initial setup?

      The full deployment of the solution took approximately two weeks.

      What about the implementation team?

      We have two engineers that do the implementation and maintenance of the solution. We used an integrator for the implementation.

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

      Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade our virtual appliance to the next version or build a new virtual appliance with new devices, and it's not good for us. The overall licensing subscription could be better.

      We are on an annual license for the use of this solution. Typically when we build a new store, we buy approximately 30 access points with licenses.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We have recently evaluated Huawei, Cisco, and Aruba solutions.

      What other advice do I have?

      We are n the process of deciding if we are going to switch to another solution such as Huawei, Cisco, or Aruba.

      I rate ExtremeWireless a seven out of ten.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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