Aruba Wireless Review

Denies inter-user traffic: It easily blocks traffic between users


What is our primary use case?

  • Different roles assigned to corporate and guest users.
  • Corporate users authenticated via 802.1X against ClearPass with machine authentication. 
  • Guest users authenticated via captive portal; ClearPass guest self-registration process.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Better failover. 
  • Aruba Mobility Controllers configured in master standby mode. 
  • Centralized licensing. 

What is most valuable?

  • HA: Apps failover without reboot. 
  • ARM: Auto adjusts the power and channel. 
  • Rouge Detection: Helps in identifying threats.
  • Role assignment: Each user is assigned a different role based on the radius attributes returned by ClearPass.
  • Firewall rules can be applied per role.
  • AppRF: Helps to find out which applications are used by the clients.
  • Denies inter-user traffic: It easily blocks traffic between users.

What needs improvement?

MAC authentication against an external Radius server while using 802.1X. This feature will help the L2 devices to authenticate via external Radius servers.

As L2 devices cannot do 802.1x. This feature is available in Cisco WLC, named for its MAC Filtering. 

For how long have I used the solution?

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