Aruba Wireless Reviews

Aruba Wireless is the #4 ranked solution of our top Wireless LAN tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Cisco Wireless - Aruba Wireless vs Cisco Wireless

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Reseller
Senior Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 15 2020

What is most valuable?

Wireless technologies, relatively speaking, are a new solution. The technical guys from Aruba are very good. The support is very good. It is very easy to implement the product. Another solution that Aruba has is the NAC and the ClearPass. ClearPass is a good solution for additional security of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us a reliable, mature solution that we can roll out to our clients.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps one of the things that I think Aruba can improve on is developing their current information channels. Aruba has a lot of information available about their products and to find the information you need is not always so easy. It is more complicated than it should be. I think that they are… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to a customer that wants to implement this product is that they must have good support from a product partner. Try to find a certified partner to do the job of planning and implementation. This should be a certified HP partner to do the job as Aruba is an HP company. Choose… more »
D6B8
User
District Technology at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 21 2020

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 implementations or features do work as advertised: easy… 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 attempt. We also use the Visual RF component in AirWave… more »

What needs improvement?

The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation. Aruba’s TAC support for us has been frustrating most of the… 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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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

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 work with, and the product I feel is inferior to its… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Cisco, Extreme Networks (Enterasys at the time), and Xirrus. This process was completed before I came aboard.
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Real User
Sr IT Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 25 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to. Whatever features are required from an enterprise standard, it supports all of them. The main advantage is broad device support.

What needs improvement?

The area that has the most room for improvement is upgrades. What we have seen many times now is that new releases tend to have bugs. Sometimes the bugs are a little bad and cause some undesirable issues. The new code in the upgrades or something leads to conflicts. I would say testing releases before making them available is one of the areas which Aruba needs to improve most with the wireless… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice that I would give to others who are looking into implementing Aruba starts with that it is a good product. It has some really good features. But the other reality is that you might need to be prepared to face some hiccups with any upgrades and with the setup. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the Aruba Wireless solution as a… more »
MarcoPiazzalunga
Reseller
Networking Solution Architect at ALE
May 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Aruba Wireless is application monitoring. I can choose which application can connect. You can select the menus. It's very important that it's easy.

How has it helped my organization?

We just use Aruba Wireless to provide our wireless connections.

What needs improvement?

Aruba Wireless has already improved all that we need. There is a new version, 8.x, that provides a mobility controller. They probably upgraded their cloud servers. We have Mobility Manager. The idea… more »

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

We do not have a leased license with Aruba Wireless. We bought ours earlier. We don't use the cloud solution of Aruba. We bought the license for life. We don't rent the license or pay a monthly fee.

What other advice do I have?

Aruba Wireless is very expensive. They changed a lot of models in the last two years. The cost has increased quite a lot in my local area. Other than costs, it depends on whether you have a discount… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are looking at Stellar solutions currently as an alternative: OmniAccess Stellar solutions. The new product line from Alcatel is what we are using for it.
Gary French
Real User
Network Administrator - Wireless at Abilene Christian
Jul 03 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the way it groups and manages access points.

What needs improvement?

You have to use the command line for a lot of commands but then get back to the GUI for the main actions. A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI. Some control systems have the ability… more »

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

The pricing is reasonable. If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced.

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

They had their wireless in place for eight years and I have been here for three. I wasn't a part of the initial decision-making process.

What other advice do I have?

I think that Aruba Wireless is a great option. I hardly ever have problems with access points and the failover mechanism works well. Overall, It's a good solid system. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Real User
VP at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Aug 29 2020

What is most valuable?

There are only so many features in Wireless controllers. The fact that Aruba has a virtual controller onboard the internet access points makes it cheaper than to buy Aruba Central licenses or Meraki Cloud licenses. That probably makes it most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Aruba Wireless is among the leaders in the market. We are not talking about basic access points. As a leader, they keep ahead of the field.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Aruba wireless eight-out-of-ten. Nobody would get a ten.
Rodrigo Sandoval
User
Administración TIC at SMB Technology Partners
Oct 18 2018

What do you think of Aruba Wireless?

What is our primary use case?

A solution to problems for end users with friendly and easy to use work environments. It helps the user to have a better vision of what is happening in their network.

How has it helped my organization?

We have begun implementing its infrastructure, and it has helped us have better control of our wireless network.

What is most valuable?

Aruba Central The easy use of APs It has helped us have better control over what is happening in our network.  User management has helped us control their access and bandwidth on our network traffic.

What needs improvement?

They should provide usage guides and solutions to frequent problems. A telephone line dedicated to technical support for not-so-skilled users.

For how long have I used the solution?

IgnacioRodriguez
Real User
Specialist Design and Solutions at orben comunicaciones
Mar 26 2019

What do you think of Aruba Wireless?

What is our primary use case?

Implementing wireless networks.

How has it helped my organization?

It seems a little bit more difficult to implement than Meraki.

What is most valuable?

Clear pass, it helps a lot with admin.

What needs improvement?

Analytics and big data.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What is Aruba Wireless?

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.
Also known as
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless
Aruba Wireless customers
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
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