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: Just a warning: I'm a network engineer. Now that that's out of the way, I'm happy to report that this access point is absolutely wonderful. It handles all of my network traffic with ease. If you've been unsatisfied with home wireless solutions, or even lower-level business wireless solutions, this is the access point for you.
Summary: -= UPDATE =- The easiest way to make this device work in standalone is to purchase it pre-configured for standalone by referencing the model #'s on this page: [...] It _IS POSSIBLE_ to make this device work in Standalone mode if you have already figured out the hard way that it won't work as is. However, you have to have a CCO login which can be obtained here: [...] Then download c1140-k9w7-tar.124-25d.JA.tar (or newer) from cisco's website.
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.
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..