Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
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.
It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.
It helps the user to have a better vision of what is happening in their network.
I have found the Access Point (AP) group profile feature extremely useful. It makes deployments look easy.
It has helped in making deployments easier.
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 network
With 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.
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.
The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.
They should provide usage guides and solutions to frequent problems.
They should simplify the configuration flow.
Additional detailed reporting for client traffic would be a great addition.
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, Meraki
If 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.
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.
Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.
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.
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out of 20 in Wireless LAN
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Also Known As
|Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless|
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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