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D6B8
User
District Technology at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 16 2018

What is most valuable?

There aren't a lot of features that Aruba has that their competitors don't. With that being said, some of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We currently use the MAC address caching through ClearPass to allow guests to connect from a prior authenticated... more»

What needs improvement?

The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation. Aruba’s... more»

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

Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used Extreme Networks. We switched from 802.11n to 802.11ac, and Aruba was rewarded the bid mainly due to... more»

What other advice do I have??

Honestly, and simply put, I would look elsewhere. I feel this company falls short on its promises, has been a pain to... more»
Romal Amarkhail
Real User
Network Engineer
Jun 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is all about the two wavelengths, the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz, and the access points which are connected to this wireless... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before we used Aruba Wireless we had individual access points connected to our switches. We didn't actually have a centralized switch that could... more»

What needs improvement?

The speed could be better. I heard that Aruba is trying to shape the speed inside the wireless controller, but that has not been adopted yet. If... more»

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

It's not expensive. That is the reason we switched to Aruba.

What other advice do I have??

Take the training at first and then implement it. Be sure to have full knowledge of your network, know how your network has been set up. And... more»
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Associat722a
Real User
Associate IT Director at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Apr 09 2018

What is most valuable?

We appreciate that the Instant models do not require a dedicated "controller" to manage the APs. This cost saving... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Increased productivity with mobile devices has improved by expanding wireless coverage throughout the building. While... more»

What needs improvement?

Customer service really needs to be improved. If the customer support was better, I would recommend it to others more... more»

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

Pricing is competitive. Licensing is needed to maintain access to the latest firmware, which wasn't made clear... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did for a very brief time, it was a consumer "off-the-shelf" product to get us by in strategic locations in our... more»

What other advice do I have??

We currently utilize the Aruba Instant 205 and older Instant 105 models. I would give both models a rating of an eight... more»
Mathew Simupande
Real User
HPE Business Development Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The central management system. It's called Aruba Central, which allows you to manage the APs, the switch, and the controllers, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes things easier because it's SD-WAN. With the central management system, I'm able to access each device. I can configure one device and... more»

What needs improvement?

The management system would be better if it were more polished, if it had a better interface like, for example, Meraki.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I used to use Meraki but with Meraki, if you stop paying for the licenses, you basically don't own the device. Once you stop paying for the... more»

What other advice do I have??

My advice would depend on the needs. It depends on what size of business you have and what you are looking to accomplish. In general, I'd... more»
SrSystem4f4f
Real User
Sr. Systems & Network Administrator at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The controllerless feature. It will randomly pick one of the APs to be the designated master. If that access point... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provided an easy WiFi solution for our branch offices to deploy. We could usually have them up and running from... more»

What needs improvement?

There is plenty of room for improvement. Reliability of a flawless upgrade after the 4.x releases is rare. There is a... more»

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

Trial different solutions and compare pricing to how well they perform, their stability, how easy it is to maintain, etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The other way around, we have switched away from Aruba to Ruckus. Aruba’s poor performance and random upgrade issues... more»

What other advice do I have??

Perform a site survey and get a model that supports the latest AC technology. At first, the product was a solid 10. As... more»
Bhagat Singh
Real User
Head of IT Department with 201-500 employees
Aug 14 2018

What is most valuable?

It delivers constantly, there is no break in the internet using these devices. It also automatically gets connected when the internet comes... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is the constant delivery of internet bandwidth. Everybody is getting internet access properly. When 40 - 50 people are sitting in a... more»

What needs improvement?

What I would like to have with these kinds of devices is the most enhanced security. For example, if I could apply security from wireless... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I wanted experience using more products. We were already using another product but I thought, "Okay, let's try Aruba this time and see what the... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would definitely recommend Aruba devices. I rate Aruba Wireless at nine out of 10 because of the performance and stability of the product.... more»
SolutionArch781
Reseller
Solutions Architect with 501-1,000 employees
May 15 2017

What is most valuable?

HPE acquired Aruba. I think that was a really interesting acquisition. To be able to combine those product sets, the traditional wire line and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're a reseller, so for us, it's another option to present to our customers. We've traditionally had a lot of Cisco networking in our... more»

What needs improvement?

I'm very interested, and I've heard really good things about, the SDN solution; the enterprise controller. I'm planning on getting more... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We're switching from Cisco. It was an executive decision, that's what I'll say. In those large organizations, that's how that works out... more»

What other advice do I have??

The product seems pretty good so far.
Dale Nevarez
Real User
Network Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 13 2018

What is most valuable?

AirWave (monitoring tool) If there is a network issue, there are so many ways to access the monitoring application. Also there are maps and labels to tell you exactly where an... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has great equipment for wireless AP needs. We purchased 1000 units for each floor of our schools. They have a ton of useful business-related features and security features, but... more»

What needs improvement?

There is so much licensing, you literally pay for every solution, add-on, or cool feature. Compared to others, we were in the middle with pricing, but as you start to invest more... more»

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

We will be buying the ClearPass solution, which will be pricey. However, in the trial version, it has even more tools to manage a busy network.
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Aruba deliver superb Wireless performance and multi-user MIMO aware ClientMatch to boost network efficiency and support the growing device density and app demands on your network.
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