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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco Wireless?

Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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5555 Answers

reviewer1373880 - PeerSpot reviewer

Pricing is a little higher for Cisco Wireless than all other vendors. Cisco should work on improving the pricing because there are some other vendors out there in the market which may have the same features or equivalent features that Cisco has at a lesser price.

Yaser-Altwailey - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

The price of Cisco Wireless is in the high range compared to other solutions. The solution could be less expensive.

reviewer1778529 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The price of Cisco Wireless could be adjusted down, it is a bit expensive. The solution is worth it for the name and the brand. However, there are more products now in the market that give you the same quality, but at a cheaper price.

reviewer1768326 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The pricing is on the high side. For example, it is more expensive to use than Aruba. We have a license, however, I do not manage it.

JaromirLikavec - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

The price of Cisco Wireless equipment is expensive. Cisco has introduced a subscription pricing model where you have to always pay and renew.

reviewer1125813 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

There is no license required to use Cisco Wireless solutions.

MuhammadNaeem - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The licensing is usually for an average of three years, depending on what we buy. There may be some add-ons that could cost a bit more. While, typically, Cisco is a little bit more costly, the costs also depend on your relationship with Cisco.

Ali Liaqat - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

There are no subscription fees.

reviewer935628 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We have a yearly license.

reviewer934653 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I don't know the details about the pricing. Typically it just gets lumped into my project. So I'm not sure what we're paying in licensing fees.

Ibrahima Thioub - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

Cisco Wireless solutions should have a price reduction for educations centers. Education centers are there to help people grow and there are not large budgets. The solution tends to be expensive and it can cause difficulties when purchasing them here in Africa.

Lorenzo Mata - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Cisco's APs are licensed and you need to buy them. Basically, for every AP, you have to have a license. Some of the other devices do it so that they support X amount and you can buy the licenses for zero to 20, 20 to 40, et cetera, and it's a little bit more affordable. That's kind of why I was trending towards Ruckus. They handle their licensing a little bit differently. Every time somebody asks "How much is a wireless access point? We need wireless in this room." Well, then you tell them the cost and mention "Oh yeah, and there's a license." It's expensive. Users purchase each AP, and that's until the end of that product's life. If you break it down over a year, it's fairly affordable. However, nobody replaces one AP, we replace them all typically at the same time. Unless one dies or they need one expanded, as far as specific costs go, it's different for indoor and outdoor ones. It might be around $100 for a license. The internal ones are far cheaper than that.

reviewer1567812 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We use the product under an educational license, and therefore, we find the solution to be reasonably priced.

reviewer1644672 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It's expensive. The price could be cheaper. The license is a one-time purchase.

Wesley Wang - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution does not come with a licensing fee.

reviewer1559886 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Cisco has several pricing models. I think things have gotten more expensive due to the economic climate around COVID and things like that for most vendors now. Everybody is price-sensitive. I'm just the partner, so I'm looking at the solutions for the client. I'm not the customer. The customer, obviously, would say cheap is better and because a lot of people are price sensitive now they're trying to get as much value as they can at a good price.

reviewer1593852 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It is expensive, and there are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fee. Its licensing model and cost should be improved.

Mateen Ahmad - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Because the Cisco architecture is quite complex, you may end up having to add more components and licenses. So, the cost could go up.

Dániel Halmai - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I believe licensing is paid on a monthly basis.

reviewer1571142 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Its licensing is hard to understand.

YaserAltwailey - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We do not need to pay a licensing fee to Cisco.

reviewer1520502 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Its licensing is not simple. There are additional license costs for features, which is frustrating for us. There are some features that are included for free in the base Aruba product, but they are available at additional costs in this solution.

reviewer1447938 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price of this solution is a little more than competitors.

reviewer1516401 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price for this product is a little bit high, which is why I am not using the most recent version. Rather, I look for products there are mid-ranged, being not too old or too new. The licensing fee is yearly.

reviewer1112427 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Reseller

I don't work with the commercial side, I don't have any estimate on the cost. That said, I do know that it is more expensive than other options.

reviewer1486461 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It's expensive because a lot of the controls come with licenses. A couple of my controls have 15 or 25 access point licenses. And if it's in a building that I need more, then I have to go out to a vendor and be able to purchase the add-on license and then pop it in. It's not bad putting a license in, it's just the biggest complaint I have about Cisco is the cost. Right now there's no subscription. That's the other thing I like about it. We buy it and that's it. The only thing I purchase is the SMARTnet that allows me to do software upgrades for my equipment. I'm paying about $6,000 or $7,000 a year in SMARTnet contracts for that support. Basically, I use it more for the software updates that allow me to keep everything up to date.

Marc Gaethofs - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

This solution is expensive, but you get value for your money. Cisco is not cheap. That's actually an understatement. Our Cisco partners want us to partner with Cisco Meraki solutions because their cloud platform is monthly-based. We pay roughly $2,000 a year with our current subscription.

Housni Hammoud - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

The licensing system is very rigid. I work for a school and we are just treated like big companies. At some point, there's a limit to what we can do about that. I can't remember what we paid for the equipment, though in the end we bought some extra switches from an aftermarket company. We started doing our own replacing of equipment, which we didn't really use. The SMARTnet contract was only for the core switch and the Wi-Fi controllers, and we didn't go that way for the rest of the equipment. If we had, it would have cost something around $2000-$3000 per switch, and we have 30 of them, so it wouldn't have been affordable for us.

Luis Adrián Acurio - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price is a little high. However, you get what you pay for. The quality of the product is high, you will find it is worth the money. There is some additional cost, for example, customer support.

reviewer1454613 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions.

reviewer1307829 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Reseller

The product could be priced better.

reviewer1465872 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Our procurement team handles the contracts for this solution. Therefore, I don't have any insights into pricing.

Shrijendra Shakya - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing.

reviewer1232874 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Cisco is an expensive solution and considering the price, it should perform better.

reviewer1361055 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Cisco has changed their licensing mode and they've become very expensive.

Diego Otheguy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10MSP

The cost of the solution is quite high in our region. It would be better if they could take cost into consideration in Latin America to make it more reasonable for local companies.

reviewer1439676 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

This is an expensive product.

Henrik Stoklund - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price of this product is reasonable.

reviewer1328712 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult.

Terry  Malensek - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

I don't handle the pricing. I don't have it in front of me. I'm not sure what the monthly costs are for our organization.

reviewer1380057 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The pricing of the solution is little expensive if you compare it to other competitors.

Ravi Ramachandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Cisco licensing is usually provided for 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of 5 years. Longer terms of SLA influences the pricing. License pricing also depends on the features that are being used.

Supattra Smithsirikajone - PeerSpot reviewer

I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.

Phil Durgin - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Don't use Cisco Meraki. While pretty, the devices and licensing aren't worth the cost.

FawziSIYOUCEF - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

As far as pricing and licensing go it really depends. I think that it would be better to have more flexible licensing mostly for our clients because then we could commercialize those solutions and position them for a more broader market segment. The pricing depends on the size of the project and the support from the client side.

Can Unal - PeerSpot reviewer

It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.

it_user901734 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive. Whether the pricing is a good value depends on the product. I was looking for some Cisco products and found that some are expensive, like the Cisco Spectrum Expert Wireless adapter.

it_user572145 - PeerSpot reviewer

I feel the product's pricing is a good value.

Tareq Alansari - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It's good to compare pricing, but it's Cisco and I trust Cisco.

it_user504159 - PeerSpot reviewer

The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output. That is more important. Price is secondary. Price will not play a very big role because if it does not deliver what I need... For example, if I were to buy a car without an engine, that's still a car, but it is of no use. I might as well buy a car that works. They have simplified the licensing. Now there is a single license that is required. Earlier, multiple licenses were required. Single licensing is good. As a customer, I don't need to keep an inventory of multiple licenses.

Nabin Dev - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Pricing is a bit on the high side compared to its competitors but we have to consider the support and usages of the solution. Licensing is now RTU and smart licensing. We need three types of licenses, one for the: * APs * HA * controller.

it_user524856 - PeerSpot reviewer

Never pay the full GPL price.

it_user908133 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The pricing is high. It could be cheaper. Cisco is known for its high pricing.

it_user881832 - PeerSpot reviewer

I am not a fan of Cisco's software pricing model. Their management software is far too expensive.

Ibrahima Thioub - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

We have 10 Cisco 1552E and i ordered 10 more. Now, i have the release for 8.0 and 8.5 for my wlc but i stay with 7.4.100 software version. I will stay with Cisco and see next time Insha ALLAH. The coverage will be extended and the dead zones will be covered.

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