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Cisco Ap541n
7.2 out of 10

Cisco Ap541n

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Overall 2
2.0

Poor WiFi

Haso Keric, Amazon
27 April 2015
  • Summary: Despite being on 2.04 the WiFi is very poor - also Cisco recommends you place a Hotspot every 200ft. Heck my 20$ router from bestbuy handles more then 200ft.
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Overall 10
10

Five Stars

IS, Amazon
3 March 2015
Overall 2
2.0

Utter Crap!

Philfy Phil "philfyphil", Amazon
20 April 2013
  • Summary: This has to be the worst wireless product ever. I have two of these and they both have the same issue, and I've battled with them for about two years. This cannot be a Cisco product!. Firmware is at level 2.04, the last ever released.
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic device once upgraded to latest firmware

Brandon, Amazon
9 April 2013
  • Summary: When this first came out apparently it sucked, but I deployed five of these in a clustered environment all with the latest firmware and they were incredible. Excellent signal, no reported dropped connections in over 3 months of use, excellent clustering support.
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Overall 2
2.0

Wi-Fi is very poor.

Rafael Alves, Amazon
27 March 2013
  • Summary: Wi-Fi connectivity is very poor. Had this product for less than 20 days and it was enough to had it returned. Connection drops and low throughput are among the bad side of this device. Cisco could have done a much better job on this Security Appliance.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great access point for "power" users

Greg B., Newegg
10 January 2013
  • Summary: Overall I rate this device a 4/5 because of the shortcomings mentioned above. I only use 5GHz so the throughput may not be quite as good using the 2.4GHz bands, but it's a very stable AP with enough power features for anyone.
  • Pros: 1. Web Interface - I usually balk at these. The web interface for this AP is very responsive and allows one to configure almost all of the available features. 2. Features - Client isolation, HTTP redirect, MAC filtering, SNMP, and you can send logs to a remote device. The access control options, ...
  • Cons: 1. Command line interface - Disappointing to say the least. Both telnet and ssh access are enabled and you can only disable them through the CLI. For those familiar with other Cisco CLI products, this one will seem very foreign and clumsy. 2. An eight character limit on passwords - Really Cisco? ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid performer

Eric P., Newegg
29 September 2012
  • Summary: This device will work if you take a few minutes to configure it properly. It's not a $50 homeowner-style device. Use the GUI and walk through the settings to ensure the configuration is appropriate for your environment.
  • Pros: This is a solid box that does what it's designed to do. Selectable 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz. PoE is a great option on this level of device. Use the GUI for basic or advanced configuations and this device just plain works. Have not had to fiddle with this device, or reboot, for over a year. Well worth the c...
  • Cons: No simultaneous dual-band operation. Range and penetration could be better. Signal penetrates our concrete block walls better than the $30 home WAP we replaced - but not by much.
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Overall 10
10

Nice WAP!

Marvin W., Newegg
10 August 2012
  • Summary: Best range of most of the WAPs I've been exposed to. The flat, boxy shape will fit in a 1RU rack space nicely. Good, solid signal, but will once in a blue moon will lose its config info, keep a BU copy on your HDD in case you need to re-program it.
  • Pros: Unit can be managed from a web G.U.I. just like all of Cisco's web-managed products. Setup must be done on a stand-alone computer until you can get the internal IP info changed. Also, able to save configuration. You can enable and disable a multitude of SSIDs. Beware, you MUST leave the Cisco SSI...
  • Cons: Our first AP541N bit the dust from a nearby lightning strike. Like all of Cisco's consumer or small business products, they are a bit weak in this regard. I've lost a lot of Cisco routers and switches over the years due to nearby EMP pulses from lightning. I would think they would harden their pr...
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Overall 8
8.0

one more thing

michael g., Newegg
9 June 2012
  • Summary: an AP this pricey should have been simultaneous DB
  • Pros: see my last review
  • Cons: it does not do simultaneous dual band - its 5ghz or 2.5ghz - not both - at same time
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Overall 8
8.0

good for SoHo use

michael g., Newegg
9 June 2012
  • Summary: You better have a big spot to install it and forget trying to hide it or blend it into the room or decor! it works great with cisco 7921 & 7925 wireless phones but it did seem to lack great range i needed way more AP's than anticipated to cover an entire penthouse apartment (10+) for voice also the...
  • Pros: -5Ghz A & N Bands -Great Web GUI -Lots of Control/Settings -PoE
  • Cons: -Took a while for the firmware to reach a solid and useable revision -Big and heavy - Antenna connections are flimsy and strip easily
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