AirMagnet Survey vs Aruba Wireless

AirMagnet Survey is ranked 1st in Network Modeling with 31 reviews vs Aruba Wireless which is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 32 reviews. The top reviewer of AirMagnet Survey writes "Provides a visual tool that we can show our clients that the wireless is either working or not working in an area". The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Some of the implementations or features do work as advertised. Urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation". AirMagnet Survey is most compared with Ekahau Site Survey, iBwave Wi-Fi and Netscout AirCheck. Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ruckus Wireless. See our AirMagnet Survey vs Aruba Wireless report.
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It is reliable and easy to use (user-friendly). The heat mapping, passive network surveying, and doing the heat mapping of a building's wireless network allows me to see what level of coverage an area has.The benefit is with the ease of use of the software, I am able to show the customer, "Here is what your wireless coverage looks like." It is set up in a fashion that non-technical people can understand it.Clear and easy to use maps.The most valuable feature is the predictive survey. The antennas' RF patterns are reflected correctly on the drawing when preparing predictive heat maps.It allows us to prepare more real designs. Later, we validate them with actual surveys.Using the products to ensure the safety of our equipment that we have a lot invested in.

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It delivers constantly, there is no break in the internet using these devices. It also automatically gets connected when the internet comes back. Failure is very low.The performance and the application monitor. You can select the applications you want to use and block on your networkWith the central management system, I'm able to access each device. I can configure one device and then it provisions all the other devices with the same configuration, rather than my having to configure them one by one.With Aruba Wireless Controller, all our access points are connected to one controller. Through that controller, we can actually handle each access point; we can disconnect or connect that access point, and then we can tell, or see, or allow how many users are, or should be, connected through that access point.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 controller.If we really want to know where a specific user is connected, it gives us the ability to see that and how that user is actually receiving. We can know the speed and their IP, their MAC address and, most of the time, how much bandwidth they're using per day.The dashboard tells us who is using most of the bandwidth, and how many APs are not in good range, or that do not actually have good security. It shows us which users are trying to hack or how many users are trying to use BitTorrent. So it gives us very good visibility into the user.It provides superior WiFi access and RF management.

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Cons
Printouts are JPEG printouts. The AirMagnet software is proprietary. I can't send my customers a file, because it is AirMagnet file, even for building projects. I can only send JPEGs or screenshots of heat maps.The user interface needs a lot of improvement. The auto-placement of access points is not accurate.Less time consumed doing the real surveys.I would say some of our newer techs that are going out to job sites can be a little bit intimidated by the interface.

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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 devices, that would be great. I would also like more enhanced reports on user adoption, who is getting what bandwidth.I would like to be able to customize Captive Portals.The management system would be better if it were more polished, if it had a better interface like, for example, MerakiIf you want a centralized management system that is able to manage all your networking devices such as the wireless, the switch, the routers, and the firewall, then Aruba may not be the one, because Aruba doesn't do firewalls.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 they put some kind of mechanism inside the wireless controller for the speed such that, "Okay, this many users will have 20 by 20 - 20 in the upload, 20 in the download. Just this many users. And this many users will have that type of speed." I think it would be very good if they actually bring that functionality inside the wireless controller.Every month Aruba has new firmware. I don't know if it's good or bad but it's not good in terms of production. We can't upgrade our firmware every month, especially an enterprise company, because if we upgrade our firmware based on the latest firmware that Aruba has, that firmware is not stable. They're not 100 percent sure about it.The new 8400 failed at Lab, plus its integration with Aruba Central.Customer service really needs to be improved. If the customer support was better, I would recommend it to others more than I do now. Considering that you have to pay yearly for support, I expect a higher level of support.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing needs improvement.For technical support, you need an annual license, but it is not worth it.The moment we began needing more of the vendor's support, the cost became very high; we switched to another solution.

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It's not expensive. That is the reason we switched to Aruba.Pricing is competitive. Licensing is needed to maintain access to the latest firmware, which wasn't made clear originally when we started with Arbua (or things changed, I'm not sure which). I would just say, make sure you budget for it.A recent change is that ClearPass licensing is superb. It counts user-based instead of device-based, for BYOD on-boarding.​AP signal strength and price. I know this is a competitive market, but APs should not cost so much if they do not cover a large area. ​The system was very good, but we needed to upgrade in order to adapt for our needs, and doing so with Aruba would have been more expensive. ​Besides paying for the APs, you need to pay a license each year for their use. Therefore, watch out for that and do the best you can to keep costs down.​I am aiding in transitioning my organization to a different wireless solution due to the cost. We need to expand our network and the cost of new APs and an upgraded controller have proved to be prohibitive compared to similar solutions on the market.​The price point is pretty high compared to Ubiquiti and other equipment.

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Also Known AsAruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless
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Overview
Overview

NETSCOUT’s AirMagnet Survey is a software-based site survey solution that allows IT and network professionals to plan and deploy wireless 802.11n/a/b/g/ac LAN for optimal performance, security and compliance. The tool provides users the ability to visualize RF coverage, collect real world performance data, and map interferers. The new Survey Mobile app allows for design and validation of lower end BYOD on Android phones and tablets.

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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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersHouston Methodist Hospital, Love's Travel StopsConsulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
Top Industries
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider
43%
University
14%
Manufacturing Company
14%
Financial Services Firm
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider
68%
Legal Firm
10%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Non Profit
5%
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University
33%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
11%
Comms Service Provider
8%
Healthcare Company
8%
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Financial Services Firm
13%
Comms Service Provider
12%
University
12%
Non Tech Company
9%
Company Size
Company Size
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Small Business
46%
Midsize Enterprise
39%
Large Enterprise
14%
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Small Business
33%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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