Summary: Confusing web-based UI is the negative, else much to love about this product. Great range and predictable results. I was extremely surprised to see it working in a metal cabinet. Same cabinet with adequate range!! Metal cabinet had a plexiglass front , I must say but other AP were failin in the same environment.
Summary: I ordered 2 of these Access Points on July 30, and almost a month later, the items has still not shipped. The product page shows that the item is sold from IGEX Electronics, but I was receiving my updates from VoloTech. Also, VoloTech did not have any in stock, so they ordered them directly from Cisco and had it shipped out to me. I saw another reviewer saying don't buy these if you're in a rush, so I took it as 2 week, tops.
Summary: I came to this particular access point after many years of dealing with consumer-grade gear. This is an absolute beast, much higher and consistent throughput rates than you would ever see with cisco's linksys brands or equivalents. This model is only a single-band 2.4GHz, so the max theoretical speed (even on N) is 144mbps, so keep that in mind. Consistent speed is real-world 80-100 mbps, this tested from an installation with ~50 consistent client devices.
Summary: I have been working with Cisco products for over 12 years now. There is not much that has changed about the interface of their AP's in the last 7 years. The one thing I noticed about the this (the autonomous version) is that the GUI is slooooooooooww[...] So be patient when you configure it. It works and performs just like a Cisco should. However, I have been getting into Ruckus access points lately and they blow Cisco out of the water.
Summary: I bought this AP to improve the performance and security of my personal wireless network located in an apartment in a high-rise building with the WIFI spectrum flooded with vanilla linksys and netgear APs. I eventually succeeded in getting it to do both quite well. Please note that the "autonomous" APs (such as this one, with part numbers that begin AIR-AP) do not require a separate controller and as such are probably best suited for home or small office use.
Summary: I purchased this unit to have in-house in order to test a campus-wide deployment that will start in a few months. Amazon's product description was really lacking and I was unable to find any information on Cisco's site with regards to this particular model (AIR-LAP1041N-A-K9), but I went ahead and purchased it anyhow. It turns out that this unit only works with a Wireless Controller. We don't have a controller yet so I was unable to set it up in order to test it locally.
Its a really good AP if you have a WLC to manage it..
Steve Weltman "Steve Weltman", Amazon
10 December 2012
Summary: Don't try this if you're in a hurry to order. The LAP is NOT the AP version. You'll need to have a controller to manage this AP. I am certain it's a great AP...I have 16 more to configure for another client...with the WLC. The only thing I'd change was my ordering of a dual band (A/B) AP instead of a single band which can support better range and throughput in the A/N space than it's single band counterpart. These APs are a really good tool for a budget WLAN set up.
Summary: Why do you need an access point that you can modify with CLI? Because you can... This Cisco AP is a great AP for SMB with a savvy IT nerd like me. It's not designed to be an enterprise mainstay in the WLAN space, but it's got great tie-backs to security (802.1X, Radius, certificate based, etc), and it's fully stand alone. This unit has a CLI interface and a GUI that is reasonably well built. I'd say that the GUI was last minute because the response time is slow..
Summary: Yes, like others have said, this requires the wireless controller and will not work on its own. But before you criticize anyone for ordering the wrong thing - I plugged an exact part number in Amazon and this device came up. It is only now that my tech is configuring it that I realize I ordered the wrong device. Any other vendor I order from, be it CDW, Ingram Micro, New Egg, etc., if I put in a part number, the search engine of the vendor will pull that part up.