One of the best managed WAPs out there (with some caveats)
18 March 2015
Summary: I work as an IT consultant and I've installed hundreds of the SonicPoint Ni/Ne WAPs in conjunction with Sonicwall routers. I've never had an issue with these devices. A few pointers. (1) They are designed to be used with a Sonicwall - without one, they are simple, dumb APs.
Summary: This year we are removing ALL Sonicpoint units from our network and are replaced with another big vendor that starts with the letter "C" (you can only guess who). Our test and first deployment with the new AP's have completely resolved any issues we were having with the Sonicpoints.
Pros: Once configured working with a Sonicwall router they can easily be deployed by users with limited knowledge
Cons: My company is mainly a Sonicwall shop with routers and access points in 30+ locations, we have not been happy with this unit from the start. Constant problems with dropping for no reason when standing less then 5-10 feet away from the access point, we have tried modifying the settings on the unit...
Summary: This product is HORRIBLE! Overpriced, hard setup, and not best choice. Sent the Sonicpoints back (4 = $1200) and went with Unify (6 = $400) and got better coverage, faster speeds, and easy setup.
Summary: I use these products all over the place. When used in conjunction with a Sonicwall router, they're unbeatable in functionality but not for the non-professional as configurations are not designed for your amateur hardware tech. I love them.
Summary: Bought 6 of these to replace some older Soncpoints. These new Ni's work very well and provide a strong, reliable signal which is surprising since they have no external antennas in their small, compact package. We're in a big high-rise building with a lot of wireless traffic.
Summary: We first tried 4 of these units in an office and they kept dropping connections, and even when clients where connected they dropped packets and had spikes in latency. after a few hours they would just drop all packets.
Summary: Got an NSA2400 and a SonicPoint Ni. Looks good on paper. The SonicPoint basically drops every couple of days. You can connect and all seems OK, but in reality it won't deliver any traffic. There are zero indications anywhere in the product (at firewall or using the LEDs) that something is wrong.
Summary: Contrary to other reviews this unit does work as a standalone unit without the need for a Sonicwall router to manage it. This fact is well documented in the instructions and if you google 'sonicpoint standalone mode'.
Pros: Easily configured and we've had no problems stacking 15+ users each on these in a conference room setting. Having a Sonicwall router will help with management if you have multiple Sonicpoints but IS NOT NECESSARY. Each unit has a standalone mode where it is configured in the same manner as any ot...
Cons: None so far that I can't just blame on overcrowding of the 2.4gHz space.