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What is Wireless LAN?

A Wireless LAN (WLAN or W-LAN) is a “Local Area Network” for wireless users, whether in a residence, dedicated business setting or in the nature of a mobile user off-premises. The connection is made through a wireless (radio Wi-Fi) connection. A Wireless LAN’s network links two or more devices using a wireless, a multi-channel delivery method within designated, finite areas such as a café, office building, home, school or any business that makes available to its employees or guests the availability or privilege of connecting to the internet.

Security is top-of- mind, with speed the most requested priority. Wi-Fi networks are usually deployed in an infrastructure node, where a base station will act as a hub or wireless access point hub. Sometimes called a “Hotspot”. Nodes then communicate through the hub, which most usually but not in every instance, has a wired or fiber network connection There may be permanent wireless connections to other nodes and a hard-wired redundant network used as a backup instead of the original primary system. Networks may offer multiple access points, within the same security SSID system. The client software would try to choose the best signal through the strongest access point. IT Central Station users choose Wireless LANs based on criteria such as ease of system management, the best available technical features, monitoring systems, open platforms, user support/vendor updates and reasonable cost. It is essential to detect and minimize any signal strength interference and implement adequate coverage. The IT professional will assess how many Wi-Fi units are needed, where they are placed and the quality and strength of roaming so client devices seamlessly navigate. Bandwidth and scalability need to be balanced with the thought of future needs, and one must take into account the speed of evolving technology to mitigate investments.

Some are of the opinion that Wi-Fi itself is ubiquitous and mainstream, yet becoming problematic because of access security, vital equipment compatibility and bandwidth and load balancing. The software needs to be updateable and brand reputation and longevity becomes an issue when forecasting ahead 5 years+.

Wireless LANs must secure networks from non-credentialed users, yet allow authorized and guest users access. IT Central Station IT professionals are aware that the best available computers and peripheral equipment investments up front are the prudent choice to anticipate IP telephony, growth of bandwidth, video- conferencing and multi-media use that can on some levels grow exponentially. Some users will find large data files presently work better through a legacy Ethernet connection, but this may quickly change and the FCC is now a factor in available resources.


Best Wireless LAN Solutions

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Mojo Networks
Real User
Director Of Technology
Apr 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Being a cloud solution has been great. Also, the reliability and functionality. For example, we had testing going on a year ago, in the spring. And we'd gotten a handful of the Mojos to start to build our environment. We took over one access... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have Help Desk tickets every day on our old wireless network. And since we've switched to Mojo, we've had zero. We've had no Help Desk tickets. Our old WiFi solution was taking up 20 hours of a staff member every week. And now we... more»

What needs improvement?

We're working with engineers on a new feature set that we would like. I'm not sure what I can say about it in public. It's just that nobody else has this. There's nothing negative. But they're working on a feature set that are going to blow... more»
Real User
Team Lead - Network and System Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 03 2018

What is most valuable?

This product has a Clean Air Solution, which means it can detect non-WiFi signals. It not only signals but it can also detect that what type of device it is coming from. And if it needs to change the channel in order to avoid that unwanted... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Most of wireless controllers' features are similar, but what sets WLC, the Cisco wireless controller, apart is that it has an end-to-end solution, meaning that it's running off of Cisco switches, and a Cisco router. So all the platform, from... more»

What needs improvement?

If needs to provide more visibility. It can detect and do it, but as technicians we don't have a lot of visibility into seeing exactly what's happening. It doesn't give us a lot of log information for us to troubleshoot. They probably have... more»
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Aruba Networks
User
District Technology at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 16 2018

What is most valuable?

There aren't a lot of features that Aruba has that their competitors don't. With that being said, some of the implementations or features do work as advertised: easy deployment of APs, MAC caching, and aesthetically pleasing GUI for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We currently use the MAC address caching through ClearPass to allow guests to connect from a prior authenticated attempt. We also use the Visual RF component in AirWave for tracking devices.

What needs improvement?

The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation. Aruba’s TAC support for us has been frustrating most of the time, as there is a clear language/dialect barrier when speaking or... more»
Aruba Networks
Real User
Network Engineer
Jun 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is all about the two wavelengths, the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz, and the access points which are connected to this wireless controller. The perfect thing is that if we really want to know where a specific user is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before we used Aruba Wireless we had individual access points connected to our switches. We didn't actually have a centralized switch that could control all of our access points. Now, bringing the Aruba Wireless Controller into production,... more»

What needs improvement?

The speed could be better. I heard that Aruba is trying to shape the speed inside the wireless controller, but that has not been adopted yet. If they put some kind of mechanism inside the wireless controller for the speed such that, "Okay,... more»
Consultant
President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* HiveManager is incredibly useful for managing APs and switches from one cloud interface. * It is simple to onboard new devices, and update policies across all devices. * Great dashboard: visibility into status and use is crystal clear; easy... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Reliable WiFi across each floor. * Segmented networks. * VLANs for security. * Much better environment for our users. * We have been able to physically and virtually separate IoT, voice, and data.

What needs improvement?

Need port aggregation on the 2384 switches to take full advantage of ac on the APs. I understand that is on their product road map. The Aerohive access points have dual 1GB Ethernet ports for aggregation, which enables full 2.6Gbps data.... more»
Real User
Windows/Mac Network Administrator at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to manage the wifi from the cloud and not needing to have an on premise controller is great. Great support as well.

How has it helped my organization?

With our previous wifi system it was on premise and end of life. We were unable to get any more updates for it and with Cloud wifi there are no hardware limits and we also were able to expand mac authentication to 500 users vs. 125 with our... more»

What needs improvement?

There could be better alerts setup for the access points. I also wish there was a way to track users roaming from access point to access point. It would also be great to have better interference assistance.
Real User
CEO with 1-10 employees
Mar 14 2018

What is most valuable?

I find it very easy to manage because of the cloud management, so I can update all my buildings at once and see all of my clients from one spot. That is probably one of my favorite features, as well as it has good security with its Layer 7... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our organization immensely. We were using: * Not enough access points at one of my clients. They did not have enough. * They were using Ubiquiti, which was getting overloaded with traffic. Therefore, it has been a big speed... more»

What needs improvement?

At this price point, I would not mind seeing a four-way channel, instead of a 3x3 or a 4x4, like they do in the Cisco Aironet system with their other brand. For the same price point in this other Cisco brand, it is a lot cheaper, and you can... more»
Reseller
President at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Apr 12 2018

What is most valuable?

* It's reliable. * The company is amazing - the support and service are amazing. * It outperforms anything else on the market. * It's easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to deploy systems and not deal as much with support, because it just works.

What needs improvement?

Mounting options for outdoor access points, I think they could easily improve on that. I think that Web management, global management, could be improved. Unfortunately, there's not one solution that does everything. There are something like... more»
Real User
Network Administrator at a non-tech company
Sep 24 2017

What is most valuable?

* Dashboard with up-to-date stats and graphs. * Creating Network policies, which allows you to make changes once and push them to all APs. * Use Maps to organize your APs.

How has it helped my organization?

Maps and filters are a great way to organize your infrastructure. Makes it easier to work with one building at a time. Having cloud access was great. I didn't need to have onsite equipment. I didn't have to worry about a controller that could... more»

What needs improvement?

iOS App. Meraki has a nice one. I would like to be able to access the hive through my phone or iPad. I've tried using NG through a mobile web browser and this can be difficult. Meraki has a nice app where you can check on device material and... more»
Real User
-- at a government
Oct 26 2016

What is most valuable?

Devices are easy to configure and require almost no maintenance. It is an independent device that can be managed remotely. The online tool helps us view with one click all important information. It is easy to navigate and obtain all necessary... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our previous solution had various issues - we went from a centralized wifi solution and converted to the Aerohive solution. This in the cloud solution is very practical as each device is not dependent from one device to the next.

What needs improvement?

I support several points of service, but our billing is centralized. As our points of service placed their purchases, the yearly maintenance fees were not dated all the same. It created a headache trying to deal with several maintenance fees... more»
Aruba Networks
Real User
Associate IT Director at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Apr 09 2018

What is most valuable?

We appreciate that the Instant models do not require a dedicated "controller" to manage the APs. This cost saving allowed us to purchase more APs in our initial order. We started out small and slowly added more APs as each annual budget... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Increased productivity with mobile devices has improved by expanding wireless coverage throughout the building. While our building has been covered by the Aruba APs throughout the years, we are now replacing older APs to increase bandwidth to... more»

What needs improvement?

Customer service really needs to be improved. If the customer support was better, I would recommend it to others more than I do now. I say that even though we are upgrading to newer units this summer.
Real User
CEO with 1-10 employees
Mar 12 2018

What is most valuable?

With Aerohive it is not just about "which features". It is a complete system which is able to serve all types of customers starting with one Access Point with ability to scale to thousands of Access Points. If I need to point out some... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since we started to work with this product, we have been able to save a lot of time, money, and support costs for our customers. Hence, we are able to deliver secure and fast unified network solutions across complete distributed locations for... more»

What needs improvement?

From our perspective, we would love to see Aerohive provide faster feature enhancement in their Virtual Appliance to match the features with the cloud solution more quickly.
Real User
Vice President Operations at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Mar 19 2017

What is most valuable?

The WIFI planning tool is incredibly useful for determining proper AP location throughout our campus. The mesh technology also provides a robust infrastructure for the many guests who frequent our campus.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we had a Ubiquiti WIFI system across our 32 acre campus. The signal strength was great, but it was not robust. Once 10-15 clients connected to an AP the whole system would slow to a crawl. Aerohive changed that for us. We now have... more»

What needs improvement?

I would love to see a more granular web filter. Specifically, I'd like to be able to see what content clients are accessing from each AP. Currently, we get general information (ex. Google App or SSL Gmail) but no details.
Real User
ICT Systems Manager at a K-12 educational company or school
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

Cloud Management because of the ease of use and Bonjour Gateway to integrate Apple technology. Cloud management enables me to monitor my wireless network offsite and make required changes.

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided us with a fast, reliable wireless network. Aerohive has enabled us to roll out a successful BYOD scheme to 3 year groups to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

What needs improvement?

Additional add-ins such as HiveSchool and MDM are a fantastic idea, however they lack functionality at present. It would be great if teachers could manage their class of BYOD devices using Hive Manager.
Real User
Vice President of Information Technology at a tech services company
Jan 22 2017

What is most valuable?

No controller is required. Management can be done with either an onsite appliance or a virtual appliance. The heat map is a great aid in choosing the number and location of access points.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows our guests to register and accept our terms and conditions without the paperwork that the IT team used to have to do to get someone connected to WiFi.

What needs improvement?

The firewall inside the AP is a little limited in what it can do. Aerohive support indicated that there are some improvements planned for the next release of software.
Real User
Director of Technology at a K-12 educational company or school
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The Hive Manager is extremely easy to use and navigate, even for someone with very little network experience. The interface is very logical and easy to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

After recently decreasing our tech staff, Aerohive has been a lifesaver. Our network rarely needs attention, and the reports and configurations are easy to run when needed. This has saved us a lot of man-hours!

What needs improvement?

Pricing is a little high, but I have no complaints with the service or devices themselves. Occasionally, a device needs to be rebooted, but it is rare.
Real User
IT Administrator II at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Aerohive's cloud management through HiveManager NG is their most valuable feature. I can manage and configure changes to my 300+ APs from anywhere. It allows me to see APs and clients that are having issues, allowing for faster support... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have over 100 offices across the state. Remote management has saved us thousands of dollars in travel and time. We are able to support our users' wireless needs anytime and anyplace. We can also proactively monitor all APs to correct... more»

What needs improvement?

Price is a little high. I would like to see a remote phone application for monitoring APs when on the road. I would also like to see the second network pass-through port on the AP provide POE.
Alcatel-Lucent
Reseller
CTO/COO at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Apr 17 2018

What is most valuable?

This product can be divided in 3 types of WLAN. * OmniAccess WLAN (requires a physical controller) * IAP WLAN (same as OAW but with a virtual controller, and the VC is exactly the same as OAW – limited by the number of APs) * AP1101 (with a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our company is a premium reseller in Portugal of Alcatel-Lucent (in all areas). With the improvement in the range of all Alcatel-Lucent products, our business has grown and we have the ability to acquire small enterprise projects where they... more»

What needs improvement?

The only area this product can grow is the web interface. It could be nicer and easier to use.
Real User
Level 3 Support Technician at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to connect unconfigured Branch Routers to the internet and they find there way back to our system so we can set them up. The way Access points work together to hand users off when moving around building so they never lose connection

How has it helped my organization?

With the Branch Router able to be factory reset and still able to be connected to internet and it finds its way to our system allows us to get sites back online with out having to configure a new device and ship it to them for longer down times.

What needs improvement?

The web UI could be designed for more organization for the administrators and maybe a more customization for the views.
Aruba Networks
Real User
Sr. Systems & Network Administrator at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The controllerless feature. It will randomly pick one of the APs to be the designated master. If that access point fails, the role is moved to another AP. This saves a lot on management and infrastructure costs.

How has it helped my organization?

It provided an easy WiFi solution for our branch offices to deploy. We could usually have them up and running from out-of-the-box in about 10 minutes.

What needs improvement?

There is plenty of room for improvement. Reliability of a flawless upgrade after the 4.x releases is rare. There is a lot of manual intervention required lately due to random bugs. If you have a mix of APs using different firmware, it takes... more»
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ICT Consultant (Individual/Hired)
I have around 18 years of technology, leadership and program management experience with a successful track record of delivering complex projects in enterprise environment within challenging timescales. I’m always delivery-focused, enthusiastic, flexible and a good communicator. Extensive... more>>
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I truly enjoy using my technology background and my MBA to help my customers streamline processes and gain the benefits of current cloud and Internet productivity offerings.
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