Aruba Wireless Review

The virtual controller has options for updating and remotely restarting any AP from one controller panel


What is our primary use case?

We have Aruba IAP-225 APs in both a school and a health center environment. We initially had 15 of them installed at the school about three years ago and kept expanding to 45 APs at this site.

Our school was a challenge as each room has cider block walls, so we deployed a single AP in the ceiling above the wall of two classrooms. We primarily have laptops and iPads that connect in various classrooms and for training.

We had such great success that we have deployed 40 APs in a five level building to support a new Health Center that opened in January.

How has it helped my organization?

We have just started to use the captive portal option at our health center to direct clients to our patient portal while restricting bandwidth so they do not get carried away in the waiting room.

The full mounting kit has worked well above the ceiling.

What is most valuable?

The best part of the configuration is the virtual controller that we use to manage the environment. It provides redundancy of any AP acting as the controller should it go down. There are other controller purchase options for higher numbers of APs to support, but having this option has kept costs down and the devices have a lifetime warranty. The virtual controller has options for updating and remotely restarting any AP from one controller panel, and monitoring and configuration has been fairly simple from one console.

What needs improvement?

The ceiling grid mount clips have room for improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

How is customer service and technical support?

Support through third party vendors or direct from HPE has been easy to manage. They are very responsive.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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