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2017-06-27T21:05:00Z
Moshiur Rahman Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
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Cisco Wireless Aironet 3802i vs. ALE OmniAccess Stellar AP1230. Which one is the best for the industry?

Cisco Wireless Aironet 3802i vs ALE OmniAccess Stellar AP1230.Which one is the best product in terms of quality, performance, number of client capacity, field coverage, centralized controller and price?

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Moshiur Rahman Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
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2018-02-27T15:15:52Z
27 February 18

Please give your feedback after use both product Cisco Wireless Aironet 3802i and ALE OmniAccess Stellar AP1230 in your environment.

it_user536211 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director with self employed
User
2017-07-20T11:49:56Z
20 July 17

I'd say there's no right answer. All the big vendors AP's and WLAN management systems are built well to perform. You can compare datasheets but you'll only ever see a little real difference in performance and capacity in a bake-off. Think about what is the best fit for your own infrastructure and environment. If it's a large projects get their SE's in to demo and assist. See what's on the roadmap etc. and you'll soon know what's going to be best for you and your organisation.

it_user627279 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2017-07-20T00:42:50Z
20 July 17

After talking to a coworker about the Cisco, those are good for office areas. They are both meant for warehouse industry areas. Neither of us are familiar with the other brand. There are a few buvs with the Cisco as it is fairly new to the market. No it does not control a 100 APs, it will control quite a few but not sure of the number though.

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Managing Partner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
2017-07-19T15:25:41Z
19 July 17

Cisco is a very robust solution. One characteristic difference is the radios are modular and can be upgraded for future specifications I do not believe the Alcatel-Lucent radios can. Both are quality products. I do not have direct experience with Alcatel-Lucent products except for their IP PBX for small business. The client capacity will vary based on users needs. Alcatel’s website has bad links to their 1230 data sheets so I could not get the information on the capacities. But with 802.11ac wave 2 the theoretical throughput is 2.34gbps. Price Cisco $1115 it is controller based so you need the controller. I do not have any information on pricing for the Alcatel Lucent APs

it_user449112 - PeerSpot reviewer
Company Director of I.T. with 1-10 employees
User
2017-07-19T13:23:36Z
19 July 17

To be honest if you are looking for a high density solution you should be looking at the FORTINET product set.. ap822i series with a controller

PeerSpot user
Director of Information Technology at a tech services company
Real User
2017-07-19T13:16:58Z
19 July 17

I've using CISCO Wireless AP for years now and lastly I've implemented a large Wireless network over 50 plants in the automotive field.When it came to decide which brand and model to choose, we did insite tests on different plants over the world.The only brand able to work in good conditions in hard environments (Electromagnetic disturbance, dust and humidity) was Cisco.All of the others worked well only inside offices but not in the plants.We test the maximum number of clients connected with more than 50 people connected with no significant bandwidth reduction on CISCO AP.
In terms of price, we were able to get Cisco AP for ~400 € each.

Hope this helps.

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Vendor
2017-07-19T12:10:50Z
19 July 17

We work in the field of event WLAN - always byod and always high density.

We define high density as more than 1 connected station per m² and more than 500 stations in total.

No doubt - between the two we would go with cisco! rock solid enterprise products - period.

In our business it is not a question of money. it has to work right from the start as we built

WLAN systems for thousands of stations for just a day or a week.

If asking me in person - I would go with Meru/Fortinet AP832i or AP832e because we have a huge experience with this AP and it works just great. 4x4 MiMo and Wave 2 are not really a reason to go with an access point. if wave 2 is mandatory I would chose the FortiAP U421EV.

Our Last Event: PREMIUM Exhibitions during the Berlin Fashion Week (3K stations byod), re:publica

Stage 1 (1.200 Stations) and one of the founders asked the audience to start a speedtest.

the WLAN survived but the 1Gbit Uplink was fully loaded J

it_user648573 - PeerSpot reviewer
Networking Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2017-07-19T11:43:12Z
19 July 17

depending on the scenario we would always propose Aruba wireless infrastructures. The reasons are:
• Standards based
• Strong integration with the Aruba switching
• Aruba’s strategy to power the intelligent edge – secure network and compute – transforming employee experience – intelligent spaces - IoT
• Aruba AirWave management
• Scalability
• Secure access with ClearPass (much better received in the market than Cisco ISE)
Aruba would be a much fairer comparison with Cisco Aironet then Lucent Alcatel. My advice is to verify this with the several Gartner reports.

PeerSpot user
IT Network Specialist / Project Manager / IT Environment Architect
Real User
2017-07-19T11:39:06Z
19 July 17

Hi, I've got experience just in Cisco Wireless Produts, I don't know about Alcatel/Lucent Products. I'd choose Cisco because of their Global Leadership and know-how. They invest a lot in Development of new technologies and I think it will be the best choice for you.

Vendor
2017-07-19T11:35:00Z
19 July 17

What is the existing infrastructural solutions of the environment?

it_user648573 - PeerSpot reviewer
Networking Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2017-07-19T11:26:18Z
19 July 17

Firstly, DTP is not a US-based company. Furthermore, depending on the scenario we would always propose Aruba wireless infrastructures. The reasons are:

· Standards based

· Strong integration with the Aruba switching

· Aruba’s strategy to power the intelligent edge – secure network and compute – transforming employee experience – intelligent spaces - IoT

· Aruba AirWave management

· Scalability

· Secure access with ClearPass (much better received in the market than Cisco ISE)
Aruba would be a much fairer comparison with Cisco Aironet then Lucent Alcatel. My advice is to verify this with the several Gartner reports.

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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
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NM
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20 October 21
They both do a great job. But it depends on the application scenario.  For corporate environments probably Cisco will perform better not only because of Cisco Wi-Fi features but especially because you can be integrated with all Cisco infrastructure and manage it all. In heavy-duty environments, like public hot-spot, stadiums, exhibition centers, etc, Ruckus should be considered. In this type of applications, pure Wi-Fi performance is more important than management features or security, and therefore, it could be the better choice.
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