Compare Aerohive Networks vs. Cisco Wireless

Aerohive Networks is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 31 reviews. Aerohive Networks is rated 9.6, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aerohive Networks writes "​HiveManager is useful for managing APs and switches from one cloud interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Clean Air Solution can detect non-WiFi signals, change channel to avoid unwanted signals". Aerohive Networks is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Wireless and Cisco Wireless, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Aerohive Networks vs. Cisco Wireless report.
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It is more cost effective and gives more flexibility.HiveManager is incredibly useful for managing APs and switches from one cloud interface.HiveManager is extremely easy to use for anyone with little network experience.The cloud-based controller through HiveManager is its most valuable feature. I can manage and configure changes to my access points from anywhere.The cloud-based management interface allows us to fully manage all our wireless radios, ensuring consistency and ease of access.The cloud management gives us the tools and reports that we need to monitor and troubleshoot the network.a true controller-less approach, where each Access Point is 100% independent from the management system.Integrated Firewall in every AP (with DPI inspection) is a killer feature and it is included already in the price of licence (with others, this feature is an add-on licence).

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Our organization has improved using this product because it helps enhance user experience. We use video communication a lot, like Skype. We used to get a lot of interference before and had a lot of issues during wireless voice or video calls. We get greater speed and performance with wireless now. It is nearly the same as a wired network.Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive.This increased mobility has helped our organization. We can talk to one another from different locations and stay in constant contact and with employees across the enterprise. Everyone has access to up-to-the-minute communications and all documents and applications on our network.Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products.It helps with the visibility on our network.You need to learn the technology but after that the setup is easy.The initial setup was quite easy. We have a very good relationship with our integrator and our integrator has a good relationship with Cisco. The integrator that installs Cisco is quite knowledgeable about the technology. They are trained and have a good relationship with their tech. We cannot be experts in each domain and we have to be supported by an integrator.Cisco Wireless is mostly stable with a low downrate and the signal rate is good. It is also easy to use.

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Pricing is a bit expensive.Need port aggregation on the 2384 switches to take full advantage of ac on the APs. I understand that is on their product road map.Browser load time for the cloud is long and needs improvement.We have had some mediocre to poor experiences with tech support: Conflicting information, condescending attitudes, and reluctance to work to resolve an issue.From our perspective, we would love to see Aerohive provide faster feature enhancement in their Virtual Appliance to match the features with the cloud solution more quickly.The Virtual Appliance crashed once while doing an upgrade. The good thing here is, even if the management system fails, all our networks and features still remain 100% stable and working.Certain features only exist or work in certain versions.A mobile app would be awesome.

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The product could be improved with interference reduction. Because wireless frequency interferes with microwave or Bluetooth technologies, this causes issues. A lot of users still use legacy wireless adapters and black box and they do not experience the speed that they could get using the latest technologies. The number of devices on the market makes wireless communications complex. If the problem of interference could be resolved it would further improve utility and ease of system design.The new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers.Improvements can be made to the telemetry. The licensing gets in the way here. It makes it impossible to record the different flows across the wireless network.The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn.The configuration interface could be easier. They should make roaming easier and should fix it so that when you cross a building you can keep the signal.When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place.No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues.One of our customers complained about the ripple, that some of the data was incorrect. We opened a ticket and brought it to their attention that maybe some of the data was not correct. As of now, it has been two months since we opened the ticket and the issue still hasn't been resolved.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
There are probably cheaper solutions but we invest for stability and performance for the longer haul.I would advise that you be sure to compare apples with apples. Many customers just look at the price per AP and licences, and compare that against other solutions. But, they do not look at the complete picture such as: TCO - how much the equipment will cost you over, say, seven years? Will the customer need to change complete infrastructure when they want to buy the newest hardware? Does support include a lifetime warranty and RMA?For example, if you compare Aruba vs Aerohive, you need to check which licences from Aruba you need to match the functionality of Aerohive (usually you need at least three types of licences and a controller with redundancy). The same goes with Cisco, where you need buy additional licences for central management, firewall, spectral analysis, WIPS, PPSK, etc. Aerohive has a very simple model - one licence for all the functionalities - and you can believe that there are many. One licence makes it easy to maintain, scale, renew and you can plan your costs 10 years in advance.Start small and grow big. You can choose the basic Aerohive Connect free subscription solution and, later, if needed (in terms of functionality) you can upgrade to Aerohive Select.

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Cisco licensing is usually provided on a yearly basis rather than monthly. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of years. Longer terms influence the level of support that you get when it comes to Cisco SLA.The cost model is expensive.I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive.I feel the product's pricing is a good value.The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output.

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25,710
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379
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8.0
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Also Known As
Aerohive WLAN, Aerohive AP, Aerohive WirelessCisco WLAN Controller
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Overview

Aerohive delivers cloud networking that transforms the Connected Experience™, with a simple, secure, and scalable solution built on cloud networking, great Wi-Fi, and applications & insights, to deliver value beyond connectivity. At Aerohive, we believe that every access point is a starting point.

APPLICATIONS & INSIGHTS

Business and IT applications - powered by big-data, APIs, and a partner ecosystem, delivering:

- Personalized Access – streamlined BYOD and guest management
- Vertical Applications – readily available apps and reference apps that enable customers to unlock new functionality, opportunities, and insights
- Development Ecosystem - empowers our partners to fully leverage the API platform and transform network data into value-added apps

CLOUD NETWORKING

Unified management and troubleshooting - public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises, delivering:

- Flexible Deployment – a choice of public/private cloud and on-premises solutions with simple and predictable licensing model
- Simplified Rollout – automated provisioning and guided policy configuration
- Visibility and Control – see how your network is actually being used and maintain order
- Smarter Troubleshooting – a suite of tools designed to make any admin an instant RF guru

GREAT WI-FI

Foundation for connectivity - distributed control architecture and a portfolio of access points, switches, and routers, delivering:

- Distributed Control - eliminates single points of failure with a self-organizing architecture
- Unified Access Layer – access points, switches, and branch routers sharing a single OS platform
- Future-proofed - a grow-as-you-go, mix-and-match architecture that protects your investment

With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
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Sample Customers
Our customers have already transformed their Connected Experienceby choosing solutions from Aerohive Networks, 75% choosing to repeat business with us. Visit http://www.aerohive.com/customers to see some of our existing customers. Aerohive is a leading independent Wi-Fi vendor, recognized by analysts as a “Visionary.” We partnerwith Apple, Brocade, Dell, Juniper, Verizon, and 100sof leading global channel partners and service providers to serve customers across the globe in the enterprise, education, retail, financial services, and healthcare sectors.Aegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
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Comms Service Provider19%
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