Aruba Remote Access Points Overview

Aruba Remote Access Points is the #15 ranked solution in our list of top Enterprise Infrastructure VPN tools. It is most often compared to Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client: Aruba Remote Access Points vs Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

What is Aruba Remote Access Points?

emote APs connect to a controllerusing Extended Authentication and Internet Protocol Security (XAuth/IPSec). AP control and 802.11 data traffic are carried through this tunnel. Secure Remote Access Point Service extends the corporate office to the remote site. Remote users can use the same features as corporate office users. For example, voice over IP (VoIP) applications can be extended to remote sites while the servers and the PBX remain secure in the corporate office.

Secure Remote Access Point Service can also be used to secure control traffic between an AP and the controllerin a corporate environment. In this case, both the AP and controllerare in the company’s private address space.

Aruba Remote Access Points is also known as Aruba RAP.

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Centralized authentication system means that we get the same experience regardless of login location

What is our primary use case?

We are a systems integrator in India where we work with multiple customers, understanding their requirements and proposing solutions. Aruba Remote Access Points is deployed on a private cloud. There is a centralized controller and the APs are deployed at the remote location and have connectivity with the controller through the proprietary protocol from Aruba.

Pros and Cons

  • "It provides good Spectrum Analysis and troubleshooting."
  • "It would help if the remote APs had some kind of SoHo environment with built-in firewall features. That way it could connect directly in a client-to-site type of environment, or a site-to-site VPN environment. That way users could have a complete office setup without coming to the private cloud."

What other advice do I have?

With next-generation WiFi, everyone is talking about a hybrid scenario and the need to support cloud and controller-based access. Aruba is one of the products whose hardware supports both versions. But the hardware needs to be revamped when we compare the Meraki solution. Meraki's hardware architecture has the security built into the radio, whereas Aruba does not. So the features and configuration of Aruba are good, but there is a hardware revamp that needs to be developed. I would rate Aruba Remote Access Points at eight out of 10. The cloud part is not as exciting as it is with Meraki.
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