I can see the appeal of being abble to do the config via the
internetcloud if you have multiple sites to look after
Last edited by old_n07; 8th July 2012 at 03:41 PM.
I would not touch Extricom with a barge pole. We had a system installed which never worked properly. The install was cheap (access points cable tied to pipes above false ceilings). Throughput was a joke. When we asked for help we were told we needed a £1300 support contract. When I asked reseller for where to find updated firmware for the switch they said we needed a £1300 support contract. We have retired the system now and it's just providing open access for 6th form smartphones / netbooks in a cafe area.
We are very interested in Xirrus. Not sure of the costs yet but we have a survey scheduled in a couple of weeks
We currently have an Extricom system installed and in the past I would have happily recommended them, however, it is now near impossible to get any decent level of support for the kit without paying massively over the odds. There are very few companies that support the Extricom kit near us (North West) so they just hike the prices up. Extricom themselves don't want to know and won't release firmware updates without a support contract.
We are currently exploring our options to gradually phase it out as we can't afford to do it all in one go.
I certainly wouldn't recommend them to anyone else now - although generally the kit has actually worked quite well for us! If they had the support to back it up then maybe it would be a different story.
old_n07 (9th July 2012)
We currently have Extricom 802.11n kit site wide. Let’s just say not impressed and wish the mony had been spent on another solution.
We are now in the slow process of replacing the Extricom bit by bit as we can afford it with Ruckus.
Sorry Extricom but the New Ruckus kit outperforms, hands down. I wish the school had never purchased the Extricom kit… What a waste of money.
Also used Aruba kit at an old school and would recommend that also.
Ruckus or Aruba I would personally recommend.
Anyone had any hands on with Aerohive?
Vi7ER (9th July 2012)
Dont forget to check out the HP Wireless solution - we have it here and it works a treat. Got very keen pricing as an HP bid. Fully integrated with PCM so you can see network overview both wired and wireless all from one screen. We went with the MSM430 AP's and a 765ZL that just plugs into our core switch. From power button to desktop, class set of 30 laptops in <3 mins, about 30 secs longer than wired :-)
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