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2018-05-24T10:15:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco Wireless?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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Top 10Real User

There are no subscription fees.

2021-11-07T10:05:11Z
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Top 5Real User

We have a yearly license.

2021-11-02T10:41:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't know the details about the pricing. Typically it just gets lumped into my project. So I'm not sure what we're paying in licensing fees.

2021-10-29T19:47:24Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco Wireless solutions should have a price reduction for educations centers. Education centers are there to help people grow and there are not large budgets. The solution tends to be expensive and it can cause difficulties when purchasing them here in Africa.

2021-10-11T16:54:54Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco's APs are licensed and you need to buy them. Basically, for every AP, you have to have a license. Some of the other devices do it so that they support X amount and you can buy the licenses for zero to 20, 20 to 40, et cetera, and it's a little bit more affordable. That's kind of why I was trending towards Ruckus. They handle their licensing a little bit differently. Every time somebody asks "How much is a wireless access point? We need wireless in this room." Well, then you tell them the cost and mention "Oh yeah, and there's a license." It's expensive. Users purchase each AP, and that's until the end of that product's life. If you break it down over a year, it's fairly affordable. However, nobody replaces one AP, we replace them all typically at the same time. Unless one dies or they need one expanded, as far as specific costs go, it's different for indoor and outdoor ones. It might be around $100 for a license. The internal ones are far cheaper than that.

2021-09-09T17:53:47Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We use the product under an educational license, and therefore, we find the solution to be reasonably priced.

2021-08-27T13:25:23Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It's expensive. The price could be cheaper. The license is a one-time purchase.

2021-08-18T20:57:30Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution does not come with a licensing fee.

2021-08-17T10:25:34Z
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Real User

Cisco has several pricing models. I think things have gotten more expensive due to the economic climate around COVID and things like that for most vendors now. Everybody is price-sensitive. I'm just the partner, so I'm looking at the solutions for the client. I'm not the customer. The customer, obviously, would say cheap is better and because a lot of people are price sensitive now they're trying to get as much value as they can at a good price.

2021-06-29T11:59:00Z
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Real User

It is expensive, and there are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fee. Its licensing model and cost should be improved.

2021-06-08T15:02:09Z
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Real User

Because the Cisco architecture is quite complex, you may end up having to add more components and licenses. So, the cost could go up.

2021-06-05T16:36:07Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I believe licensing is paid on a monthly basis.

2021-06-03T10:03:01Z
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Top 5Real User

Its licensing is hard to understand.

2021-05-06T09:03:51Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We do not need to pay a licensing fee to Cisco.

2021-03-31T10:02:40Z
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Top 20Real User

Its licensing is not simple. There are additional license costs for features, which is frustrating for us. There are some features that are included for free in the base Aruba product, but they are available at additional costs in this solution.

2021-03-04T08:05:34Z
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Top 20Real User

The price of this solution is a little more than competitors.

2021-02-27T10:40:57Z
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Top 20Real User

The price for this product is a little bit high, which is why I am not using the most recent version. Rather, I look for products there are mid-ranged, being not too old or too new. The licensing fee is yearly.

2021-02-25T12:44:13Z
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Top 20Reseller

I don't work with the commercial side, I don't have any estimate on the cost. That said, I do know that it is more expensive than other options.

2021-02-22T21:09:16Z
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Top 20Real User

It's expensive because a lot of the controls come with licenses. A couple of my controls have 15 or 25 access point licenses. And if it's in a building that I need more, then I have to go out to a vendor and be able to purchase the add-on license and then pop it in. It's not bad putting a license in, it's just the biggest complaint I have about Cisco is the cost. Right now there's no subscription. That's the other thing I like about it. We buy it and that's it. The only thing I purchase is the SMARTnet that allows me to do software upgrades for my equipment. I'm paying about $6,000 or $7,000 a year in SMARTnet contracts for that support. Basically, I use it more for the software updates that allow me to keep everything up to date.

2021-02-19T20:47:09Z
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Top 20Real User

This solution is expensive, but you get value for your money. Cisco is not cheap. That's actually an understatement. Our Cisco partners want us to partner with Cisco Meraki solutions because their cloud platform is monthly-based. We pay roughly $2,000 a year with our current subscription.

2021-02-18T17:48:26Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing system is very rigid. I work for a school and we are just treated like big companies. At some point, there's a limit to what we can do about that. I can't remember what we paid for the equipment, though in the end we bought some extra switches from an aftermarket company. We started doing our own replacing of equipment, which we didn't really use. The SMARTnet contract was only for the core switch and the Wi-Fi controllers, and we didn't go that way for the rest of the equipment. If we had, it would have cost something around $2000-$3000 per switch, and we have 30 of them, so it wouldn't have been affordable for us.

2021-02-09T22:22:34Z
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Top 20Real User

The price is a little high. However, you get what you pay for. The quality of the product is high, you will find it is worth the money. There is some additional cost, for example, customer support.

2021-02-04T07:32:16Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions.

2021-01-24T08:53:55Z
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Top 20Reseller

The product could be priced better.

2021-01-06T09:23:13Z
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Top 20Real User

Our procurement team handles the contracts for this solution. Therefore, I don't have any insights into pricing.

2020-12-15T09:31:17Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing.

2020-12-13T02:35:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco is an expensive solution and considering the price, it should perform better.

2020-12-09T14:33:35Z
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Real User

Cisco has changed their licensing mode and they've become very expensive.

2020-12-02T11:52:29Z
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Top 20MSP

The cost of the solution is quite high in our region. It would be better if they could take cost into consideration in Latin America to make it more reasonable for local companies.

2020-11-16T19:43:03Z
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Top 5Real User

This is an expensive product.

2020-11-16T14:50:26Z
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Top 20Real User

The price of this product is reasonable.

2020-11-06T14:44:59Z
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Top 20Real User

Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult.

2020-11-04T02:26:37Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't handle the pricing. I don't have it in front of me. I'm not sure what the monthly costs are for our organization.

2020-10-26T16:19:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The pricing of the solution is little expensive if you compare it to other competitors.

2020-07-08T09:00:57Z
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Real User

Cisco licensing is usually provided for 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of 5 years. Longer terms of SLA influences the pricing. License pricing also depends on the features that are being used.

2019-05-27T16:12:00Z
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Consultant

I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.

2019-02-14T07:37:00Z
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Real User

Don't use Cisco Meraki. While pretty, the devices and licensing aren't worth the cost.

2019-02-07T03:22:00Z
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Real User

As far as pricing and licensing go it really depends. I think that it would be better to have more flexible licensing mostly for our clients because then we could commercialize those solutions and position them for a more broader market segment. The pricing depends on the size of the project and the support from the client side.

2019-02-05T07:16:00Z
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Consultant

It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.

2019-02-03T06:23:00Z
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Real User

This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive. Whether the pricing is a good value depends on the product. I was looking for some Cisco products and found that some are expensive, like the Cisco Spectrum Expert Wireless adapter.

2018-08-29T09:32:00Z
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Real User

It's good to compare pricing, but it's Cisco and I trust Cisco.

2018-08-23T08:15:00Z
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Vendor

I feel the product's pricing is a good value.

2018-08-23T08:15:00Z
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Consultant

The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output. That is more important. Price is secondary. Price will not play a very big role because if it does not deliver what I need... For example, if I were to buy a car without an engine, that's still a car, but it is of no use. I might as well buy a car that works. They have simplified the licensing. Now there is a single license that is required. Earlier, multiple licenses were required. Single licensing is good. As a customer, I don't need to keep an inventory of multiple licenses.

2018-08-22T06:41:00Z
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Real User

Pricing is a bit on the high side compared to its competitors but we have to consider the support and usages of the solution. Licensing is now RTU and smart licensing. We need three types of licenses, one for the: * APs * HA * controller.

2018-08-19T07:14:00Z
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Vendor

Never pay the full GPL price.

2018-08-07T13:21:00Z
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Real User

The pricing is high. It could be cheaper. Cisco is known for its high pricing.

2018-08-01T07:08:00Z
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MSP

I am not a fan of Cisco's software pricing model. Their management software is far too expensive.

2018-06-01T14:34:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We have 10 Cisco 1552E and i ordered 10 more. Now, i have the release for 8.0 and 8.5 for my wlc but i stay with 7.4.100 software version. I will stay with Cisco and see next time Insha ALLAH. The coverage will be extended and the dead zones will be covered.

2018-05-24T10:15:00Z
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