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Cisco 1140 AP versus Aerohive

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Hey Experts,

We currently have a couple Cisco 1140 APs in our NYC office.  We have mostly Macbook Pros connecting to them and often see a lot of dropped connection and overall slow network speeds.  We have played with the configurations for hours only to continue to see these problems.   We are located on the bottom floor of a building with residential apartments above us and all around us in other nearby buildings.  Using a wifi network monitor, I can see about 40 - 45 other SSIDs in our airspace.  

After talking to some colleagues and doing some reading, I am considering replacing my Cisco APs with Aerohive or at least doing their trial period.  My question is, have anyone had any experience with Aerohive in a similar situation as I describe above?  Have you been happy with their performance?

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Why not post some info for us to look at before you take such a drastic step?

The equivalent Aerohive kit tends to propagate a little further than the Cisco APs as their antennas have a slightly higher gain but that doesn't generally mean that performance will be any better.  In fact, it might have the opposite effect in a crowded RF environment.  The APs will still use the same frequencies so you're not actually going to do anything different by replacing the APs.

I would suggest installing InSSIDer on a laptop and take a screenshot of what it sees after a couple of minutes scanning.  This will provide some valuable info which could help.

It's definitely worth a try, instead of spending thousands on new kit only to see the same problems.
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