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Which cisco access point?

  • I need to connect 8 college classes with 50 students per class connecting to the access point. Please suggest me the model and numbers if possible.
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Leo Laohoo
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What is the budget?

Is there a WLC?

No budget I just need to know the models comparison and ther is no WLC.

@subarayarsooper wrote:
No budget I just need to know the models comparison and ther is no WLC.

Ok, I'll bite. 

Install two Catalyst 9136 per classroom.



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You can go for Catalyst 9124I | 9124E | 9124D

These are basic modles....which will fit for small to middle levle...

Here is the link where you can compare features of different models...|184|185

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@Gopinath_Pigili why would you recommend an Outdoor AP (9124) for a classroom?
Makes no sense at all!

TAC recommended codes for AireOS WLC's   and   TAC recommended codes for 9800 WLC's
Best Practices for AireOS WLC's   and   Best Practices for 9800 WLC's
Cisco Wireless compatibility matrix
Field Notice: FN-63942 APs and WLCs Fail to Create CAPWAP Connections Due to Certificate Expiration
Field Notice: FN-72424 Later Versions of WiFi 6 APs Fail to Join WLC - Software Upgrade Required
Field Notice: FN-72524 - During Software Upgrade/Downgrade IOS APs Might Remain in Downloading State
     after 4 Dec 2022 Due to Certificate Expiration - Fixed in and latest 9800 IOS-XE releases
     also fixed in (8.5 mainline) and (8.5 IRCM) if you can't upgrade to 8.10
     TAC confirmed that Mobility Express AP TFTP download is not affected so ME still works but see FN-74035 below
Field Notice: FN-70479 Out-Of-The-Box AP Fails to Join WLC or Joins with Single Radio due to Country Mismatch - RMA required
How to avoid boot loop due to corrupted image on Wave 2 and Catalyst 11ax Access Points (CSCvx32806)
Field Notice: FN-74035 - Wave2 APs DFS May Not Detect Radar After Channel Availability Check Time
     fixed in and see the field notice for 8.5, Mobility Express and other fixed releases
Check your WLC config with Wireless Config Analyzer using "show tech wireless" output (9800) or "config paging disable" then "show run-config" output (AireOS) and use Wireless Debug Analyzer to analyze your WLC client debugs
Leo Laohoo's list of bugs affecting 2800/3800/4800/1560 APs

It really depends on what the layout of the classroom is, any mounting constraints, ceiling heights, and type of expected traffic

Also are the users only using a single device, or will BYOD devices be allowed in which case a 50 seat room could have 100-200 wireless devices online.

Generally speaking I would go with the 9136 like Leo said, but if there are mounting issues, then you may have to look at other models.

If there is no WLC, then you would have to make the decision do you want to purchase and manage one or are you more looking for a cloud managed solution. If thats the case then you will want to ensure the if selecting a Catalyst AP that it can be Meraki managed, or look at the Meraki APs or even look at another cloud vendors solution.

I recommend to have a wireless survey done to ensure coverage is there, as having supported universities in the past the students will be sure to make a racket if the WIFI isnt there

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Why not we not going with Meraki AP?

@subarayarsooper wrote:
Why not we not going with Meraki AP?

Because you said "no budget".  

I think Meraki is less than cisco's Access points. Can MR46 serve better.
One MR46 for two class rooms.

@subarayarsooper wrote:
I think Meraki is less than cisco's Access points. Can MR46 serve better.
One MR46 for two class rooms.

If no one is going to be honest and forthcoming about how much the budget (per AP) is going to be, nobody is going to answer the question.


@subarayarsooper wrote:
One MR46 for two class rooms.

If this is the only information provided, then my answer will be, "Get a wireless AP design placement done someone who knows what they are doing."


Price is going to depend on the discount that you can get, and it's going to be more or less the same for both Cisco and Meraki.

The only difference is that with Cisco you can buy the AP with initial DNA licensing for the minimum required 3-years, and it will continue working after that period with NEtwork essentials licensing, so you will keep access to manitor and make any change to the config. That don't happen with Meraki as after subscription is expired, you cannot monitor or configure anything, and is up to Meraki to make the AP to stop working.