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    The Airwave is the best feature for a single management point for all APs in the environment. Aruba Wireless offers a good user experience.
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    The APs themselves have been pretty solid. We haven't had too many of them go bad or anything like that. The wireless performance seems pretty good. The ability to provision the devices is pretty good, and the back end is also pretty good.
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    It's a stable product. The most valuable features are the multiple types of user groupings and access management.
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    We were able to utilize the elements of the core and provide a solution to our customers similar to that of Cisco Meraki. Its stability is most valuable.
  6. The quick setup and automatic code embedded in one access point is really useful.The products offer a lot of flexibility. Almost everything can be configured. It works very well for providing remote services.
  7. Ubiquiti WLAN has been stable and is easy to install.All of the interfacing is very good.
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  9. We've found the solution to be quite stable.The solution is very user-friendly and easy to use.
  10. I found that It's really good when comparing it to any other product or it is much better in terms of features that the customer requires.The product is a stable solution.

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author avatarit_user163557 (Consultant)
Vendor

Several things come to mind but a few things stand out.
1. The term "future ready" comes to mind. I've seen businesses put
significant money into WiFi only to find some aspects of their networks are
either not compatible with new Wireless IP standards or their
infrastructure incapable of handling the increased bandwidth for the newer
standard. Operating at 2.4GHz is no longer efficient. The newest
standard is 802.11x. The foundation of your network sets the tone for all
that occurs on it. If it needs an upgrade that should be part of any
research and planning. Technology moves quickly, you must be able to move
ahead with it.

2. You need to understand the range of WiFi specifications from 802.11 to
802.11x and everything inbetween as to how it affects your network and how
it will affect your networks future growth.

3. If you aren't the person with the specific networking skills needed find
someone who is. Finding truly talented network engineers can ensure your
WiFi network will be able to handle what comes along for many years down
the road by using generic switches, easily replaced modules and being able
to program or write the code to manage the system. Your network is only as
good as who builds it and you need someone who has the skills, talent and
smarts to implement for the longer term. I've seen these guys operate and
when they do what they accomplish can be called a work of art, or better
yet, state of the art. Your network operates at state of the art levels
because they think that way. You need not hire the most expensive
technical engineers but it pays to hire the best you can.

4. While cost is not the most important factor it still rates high for most
if not all purchasing decisions. I won't get brand specific but quality
matters more than name and while some name brand equipment is fine, you
need not purchase the most expensive access points and switches to
accomplish the job well. Compatibility, ease of use and quality components
that will last are more important in my opinion. Proprietary equipment
which locks you into a certain brand for more expensive repurchase or
replacement parts can quickly blow a budget. Look for good quality, good
performance and compatibility with other equipment. This provides for a lower
total cost of ownership.

5. System management and ease of management is essential to balance the
network and maintain your network without unnecessary overlap or
interference. Good management is an absolute necessity for maintaining user
access and to supplement thorough planning. Good planning really helps
when you have to deploy hundreds if not more access points as a business
expands to accommodate growth and remote users. I was always taught to
look ahead at least 5 years. If you have a network in place or are putting
one in place, you are not done when successful connectivity is
established. It's not a set it up and leave it situation. Maintaining the
network and looking for opportunities to provide services comes with the
territory.

6. Securing the network from rogue users while allowing authorized
personnel and guest user access. This probably comes under plan design and
management but is no less important. Todays world requires enhanced
security by way of WLAN Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Intrusion
Detection System (IDS) control to contain wireless threats, enforce
security policy compliance, and safeguard information.

7. Computers and peripheral equipment are often overlooked when researching
a WiFi network. It does no good to have a world class network capable of
operating at 5GHz frequency range and you purchase $100,000 worth of cheap
computers or laptops because they were a deal but they will only operate at
2.4 GHz because they have obsolete NIC cards and now you have a huge
bottleneck and significant wasted dollars. The 802.11ac specification
operates only in the 5 GHz frequency range. Cheap systems, printers and
other peripherals generally do not. Do not find yourself in the position
or out of a position because of spending significant money on boat
anchors. I've seen it done.

8. Then I'd look at increasing IP telephony and video-conferencing
capability within the WiFi network for users and clients. Scalability and
ease of expansion should be a no brainer.

Hope this helps answer the question.

author avatarTony C Leung 梁仲江
Real User

Reliability, ease of diagnostics...enabling a no-hassle always on wireless service to my users.

author avatarRalph Malone
User

TCO is what I look at.  You can get the APs cheap but what is the yearly maintenance cost do you need cloud or local control.  The big manufacturers all have good products as I have said when buying laptops many times the chips are the same the boards are the same what is the difference service after the sale!  These are my 2 big things I look for.

author avatarAnand Shahane
Real User

Performance, ease of management with minimal manpower and security in term of WIPS

author avatarit_user163557 (Consultant)
Vendor

I've found that Juniper networks equipment is more scalable and less
proprietary. Cisco isn't a bad solution but more expensive initially and
for replacement components. Juniper is solid and reliable and some say
better than Cisco because open source software can be used with it. I
deliberately did not recommend a brand and really dislike doing so in a
forum. Makes one look like a sales person with an agenda. WiFi not so
fundamental anymore. More mainstream yes but getting much more complex
with load balancinng, access security and equipment compatibility.
Compatibility is where it's at for scalability. Cisco does not guarantee
their equipment will work with other vendor equipment though at times it
might.

author avatarRizwan Siddiqi
Real User

Signal strength

author avatarNaveen Babu
Real User

Range, brand reliability, support 

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Wireless LAN Articles

MichaelZhang
IT Director at GUANGDONG TECHNION-ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Apr 08 2021

The wireless network has been one of the critical pillars in Guangdong Technion-Israel Insitute of Technology(GTIIT) since its birth in 2017, connecting well over 75% of different types of mobile devices and shouldering over 90% of network traffic from end-user devices to internal servers or internet resources. The IT Department faces considerable challenges.

All staff and students rely on the university Wi-Fi for teaching and learning, but also HD-video-intensive entertainment after office hours, consuming significant amounts of bandwidth. The IT team is under heavy pressure to monitor the wide-ranging performance and latency issues and ensure service quality. Thanks to Aruba OS 8 platform and Wi-Fi 6, we brought device density to support the increasing number of mobile devices owned by staff or students.

The second challenge is the indoor Wi-Fi coverage in student dormitories and staff apartments. Although GTIIT is a new university with modern buildings, we are not an exception in terms of the Wi-Fi signal attenuation in buildings or structures. On the one hand, the IT Department deployed Aruba UX sensors to actively monitor the connection performance in different areas; on the other hand, through the published AirWave Heatmap, all staff and students can easily see the Wi-Fi signal strength across the whole campus to avoid a weak zone.

At GTIIT, adopting Wi-Fi 6 is critical to the Israeli-originated institution's overall mobility strategy and its desire to attract top-notch faculty and students. Amid nine Sino-Foreign universities across mainland China, GTIIT has long been viewed as visionary and innovative, and introducing Wi-Fi 6 is one of the key differentiators.

GTIIT positions educational informatization as a key enabler for the university’s goals, constantly examining how IT infrastructure can facilitate the university’s growth and remain competitive, innovative. GTIIT has a modern student hub which is the first place armed with Wi-Fi 6 technology. In the new South Campus under construction, it will be powered exclusively by Aruba Wi-Fi 6. The ultimate goal is a fully mobile campus where students, faculty, and staff can explore new methods of learning and living.

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