Aruba Wireless Alternatives and Competitors

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Himanshu Singhal
Real User
Sr. System Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found most valuable is its durability because we can rely on this solution. It is also easy to configure. Lastly, if something happens, we get good support from Cisco.

What needs improvement?

One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive. If we compare it to other brands like Ruckus or Aruba, it seems to be almost double in price. So that is a major concern. Recently, I have been looking for something comparable to Cisco which is a lower price. Cost is a major area because if you look at the technical features with other solutions, they seem to be the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would say that it's a good solution. Everything is there and I have nothing to point out. I would definitely recommend this product, but at the same time, I would say that they should bring their price down. Like every solution, it has pros and cons. It's just part of the process. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Wireless a nine. From the product side, I would rate it nine, but if… more »
Ron Cook
Real User
IT & Telecommunications at BAA
Jul 02 2020

What is most valuable?

The cloud analytics are a key feature of this solution. Once you create your profile, you plug the AP in and it gets all its attributes. You can reset an AP without having to pull out a ladder. If you need to push an update to it, you can do so. You can roll it back, you can see where users are in… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, one issue I have is that I can't import a user with one click. There are occasional times where people have a new laptop or a new phone, and they're not able to connect. I would love to just be able to click, boom, and import them all, just yank them all into the system, or… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When I buy my APs ,it's a three-year license.

What other advice do I have?

I would say simply for most public facilities and schools there wouldn't be a budget for a Passpoint license. I would suggest taking a good look at WatchGuard, do a demo, check it out in your environment and I guarantee you'll want to keep it. With any wireless environment, you want to look at… more »
Reseller
Project Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the coverage and durability. The best thing about Ruckus is support. The training is very helpful and very good. The user interface for the controller is straightforward.

What needs improvement?

The failure spots need to be improved, as sometimes I have trouble reaching them. I would like to see better mapping capability because it can be really difficult, especially if you are deploying on a remote island.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have experience with similar solutions from different vendors, such as Aruba. In particular with Aruba, I have had huge problems with coverage. We have had other difficulties with their solutions, as well. With Ruckus, on the other hand, it is a really robust technology and the coverage it… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is that it is a good product, with good support, it is easy to set up, and the coverage is good. In a small to medium-sized business, you may not even need training to set up the controller. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Piyush-Patel
Reseller
Senior Technical Support Executive with 11-50 employees
Jan 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to connect and broadcast to different networks without using a VLAN or a layer two switch, which allows you to easily create guest networks. This is a very… more »

What needs improvement?

The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation. There is a facility for guest management through a portal, but it should be automatic. As it is now, the IT person has to edit… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have deployed solutions from D-Link and NETGEAR for certain clients, although they have not needed to have the depth of features that are offered by Fortinet Wireless. These include both security… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared to some of the wireless solutions by Cisco, Aruba, and HP, this product is a little bit costly. However, Fortinet has good security and other good features that the customers are interested… more »
Real User
ICT Officer at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 27 2020

What is most valuable?

The central management of multiple devices is the solution's most valuable aspect. The solution is very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

The solution, as it is, is perfect for us right now. There isn't any aspect that needs to be simplified.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is fairly reasonable. It may be a bit expensive for some companies, but for us, it's worth every penny.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use a different solution, but it was medium-class and not really comparable to Aruba. It might have been D-Link or something similar.

What other advice do I have?

We work off the latest version of the solution. I'm just using the system now for the management of devices. I haven't been adding devices recently, but in the last couple of years of using it, I… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were considering Cisco at the time, but Aruba had a better price point. Our supplier actually suggested Aruba as an optimal solution for us.
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