1.  I recommend Aruba as well.
  2.  The AP’s are rock solid, reasonably priced, and easy to set up.
  3.  I have had varying experiences with support, licensing, and with upgrades 
(both good and bad).
  4.  I would ask why you have a requirement that the controller be cloud-based 
in this section.
  5.  The 300 series supports both PoE.af and .at, adjusting AP capabilities as 
needed

-Patrick

Patrick Mauretti
Sr. Network Admin
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Blvd
Brockton, MA 02302
508-588-9100 x1660


From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv 
<WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU> On Behalf Of John Rodkey
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:10 PM
To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: [WIRELESS-LAN] Wireless Options

Our college - about 40 buildings, 1200 students, 3500 wireless clients per day, 
currently 310 WAPs - is considering a major upgrade in WAPs, replacing a number 
that are 9 years old and no longer supported.

We could replace with the latest model of our existing vendor, but want to 
consider all the feasible alternatives.  We have a hard requirement that the 
controller be cloud-based, the system deal well with Mac clients, understand 
VLANs and an enterprise quality network, and have a rich set of configuration, 
logging, monitoring, and troubleshooting tools for dealing both with clients 
and access points. Responsive support is also required, and unsurprisingly  
total system cost is a significant issue.

3 vendors come to mind:  Meraki, Ubiquiti, and Aerohive.

Questions:
 1) do other vendors come to mind that play well in this space?
 2) what are your positive experiences with any of the above?
 3) what are your negative experiences?
 4) have you recently gone through this analysis, and if so, what were your 
conclusions?
 5) what issues have you experienced with PoE capacity requirements with these 
devices?

John Rodkey
Director of Servers and Networks
Westmont College
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