Aruba Wireless Alternatives and Competitors

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Tim Brumbaugh
Solutions Architect at Golden West Technologies
Real User
Top 5
Great performance, easy to set up and simple to configure

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for its performance, compatibility, and general capabilities. We do a lot of schools, colleges, large civic centers, large arenas, etc. That kind of stuff. We know how to deploy this so that the clients get great client connectivity.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product has some very awesome patents on their radios and their antennas and antenna patterns and how their signaling works. That's why nobody can touch them. If they go head to head with anybody."
  • "The cost could be slightly improved. It's not on the low end, and it's not in the high end. It's in that middle area, which can be a deciding factor between someone going with this solution versus another one."

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller as well as a customer. We're running the latest software. We deploy through a controller and we use 802.1X. There're multiple ways to deploy to customers. There's a cloud controller, for example. We typically do a virtual controller on their systems. If a company is new to Ruckus, it's best to work with a partner. You need somebody that knows what they're doing, and knows what questions to ask so that you're getting the right information. When I go to do an implementation, I've got a list of 50 different questions. I'll ask somebody, what about this? What about this? What…
Lee Tilley
Director of Information Systems at a non-profit with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs

What is our primary use case?

Our basic feature here is that we're in the education field. I used to be a Cisco controller-based program, and

Pros and Cons

  • "What I like best about Meraki is that I can change it from anywhere."
  • "Initially, I liked some of the filtering features, but that's one of the components that we ran into problems with."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is that you have to evaluate what your overall goal is. If you have a team that's going to monitor your network, that's not going to be there, especially if they're offsite, then you're going to have to do a web-based solution because that's the easiest way that they can help maintain it, versus an on-premise solution. That narrows you down to a couple of different entities. Then, you just have to look at your features and what you like, from security measures to applications to structure. You have to find what fits the best. I would…
WC
Electrician at IHG Consulting LLC
Real User
Top 10
Easy way to update devices from anywhere in the world

What is our primary use case?

It is a multi-building campus. This way, when we are in-between buildings, we have them meshed together. Then, we can stay on the same WiFi throughout all three buildings. It is in a church, which I have one in my house. Then, we have a church that I go to, where we have three in one building, two in another building, and five in the third building.

Pros and Cons

  • "The meshing capabilities are the most valuable feature. When I am going in-between buildings, my phone doesn't have to pick up different WiFi. They are all the same. Even in-between the buildings, I stay connected."
  • "There is always room for improvement."

What other advice do I have?

I am very happy. We have made other purchases with NETGEAR products since the initial purchase. They are the way to go with their customer support as well as their easy equipment installation. We built a system, which is way above where it needs to be right now. So, it will be a long time before we have to increase it. My biggest lesson is to use the NETGEAR products because it was so easy. I would rate it as a 10 out of 10, but there is always room for improvement.
Spencer Malmad
Owner at Tech Exchange
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, easy to deploy and manage, and fewer access points are needed when compared to other vendors

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and the Ubiquiti WLAN is one of the networking products that we implement for our customers. We have worked with different versions including the AC Pro HD, the HD, and the XD. I have set up and manage multiple sites. There are 45 access points deployed all over a billion square feet.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most beneficial thing about Ubiquiti is that it is simple to deploy."
  • "The downside is the interface changes, where they are constantly doing firmware updates."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing Ubiquiti is to first make sure that you have a good plan first. Make sure that you have done your homework in terms of the space where it will be installed. The best is if you're replacing the existing solution, you should still review the placement. The reason is that nine times out of ten, you'll use fewer Ubiquiti devices than you would if you were using Aruba, or Meraki, or some other brand. You don't need to buy as many, even though with the budget you have you can buy twice as many access points for the same money you would spend on Meraki, but…
HS
Sr. System Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Has good durability, we can rely on this solution and it is easy to configure

What is our primary use case?

We use it to provide wireless access to our students, faculty, and non-teaching staff because we are a university, an educational institution. I am one of the non-teaching staff who takes care of the networking side.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive."

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 you ask me about the return on investment, I would probably say a six or seven because the investment is huge here.
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