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Pros
"The stability of the solution is very good.""The most valuable feature is that it provides a redundant wireless connection for a client.""The features I have found most valuable is that the solution creates a guest portal for guest networks, and setting up SSID authentication to the regular server.""You can handle all of the access points at once virtually instead of manually handling each one. You're able to populate all of the information to all of the access points through the virtual controller as well. It transforms everything it a single access point, which simplifies things.""In terms of stability, Aruba Instant is the best on the market.""The central management of multiple devices is the solution's most valuable aspect.""The integration with ClearPass is the most valuable feature.""The access it grants to wifi is the solution's most valuable feature."

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"Its ability to be cloud-managed is the most valuable feature so if there's a reconfiguration or an issue, we have excellent visibility into the network and we can usually resolve the problem online without having to go onsite.""The management and upgrades are very simple and straightforward.""The solution is very stable. It is a very manageable and secure system.""Multiple access ID capabilities, meshing, and the quality of the product itself are all valuable features.""The flexibility, since it's a cloud service, is the most valuable feature of this solution.""The functionalities are quite professional and complete. It offers good integration with other Meraki products, like switches and the firewall. You can get an overview of all networks and the host. It's really great; nobody else can do that.""The most valuable features are the management tools, including monitoring and reporting.""We can deploy it and check in on our customers without having an on-site connection or an on-site infrastructure for elderly customers."

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Cons
"Technical support needs improvement. We use the forum for technical support assistance, but it's not enough. If you're talking with a technician, they're in India. They cannot give you the service that you need. Sometimes have problems with some personal services and technical support is not helpful in this area.""This solution would be improved if they supplied free software controllers.""The captive portal through Facebook doesn't work.""The solution should be able to support more users on the access points.""There is a problem in the preferred portal access points when I'm using the portal.""There was only ever one case in which an access point failed, but it was reintegrated. The issue was more of a matter of oversight. One part of the network had covered ten access points.""The meshing could use improvement but aside from that nothing else really needs improvement.""The reach of the solution could be improved. It could be a bit stronger."

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"The logging sometimes doesn't give us the granularity needed. Some of the rules are a bit more complicated. The switch ports on the routers are not individually addressable, in the sense that with a switch you can tell what MAC address is on what port but with the security appliances, you can't, which would be beneficial for troubleshooting.""Technical support can be improved, as well as having more detailed capabilities to go without using an API.""In a future release, they should offer a next-generation UTM, where you can manage all items and the network, and have it include a lot of security features like fingerprinting functionality.""Unfortunately, we have to deal with European privacy laws and as far as we can see, the solution is not compliant with these. It's why we're not able to continue with Cisco Meraki. They need to become compliant with GDPR laws.""There is only one particular thing that needs improvement. Sometimes, for example, when you need to open a ticket, although it's under the umbrella of Cisco, you still need to go to the Meraki support.""The commercial version of the solution could be cheaper.""In the future, I would like to see IP telephony in Saudi Arabia.""The technical support for Meraki needs improvements made to the waiting times."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I purchased the hardware and there are no monthly or yearly licenses to buy.""We only pay for the support and the contract licenses from Aruba Instant.""The licensing cost is somewhere around $20,000."

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"It's a pretty good value, but not great. Pricing is on a yearly basis for the Meraki solution.""The price is good, but it could be improved.""You have to renew your contract every year, or for three or for five years. If you do not pay right away they will suspend your subscription.""The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment.""This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees.""This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The quick setup and automatic code embedded in one access point is really useful.
Top Answer: The licensing cost is somewhere around $20,000.
Top Answer: The product could be improved by having the ability to support more access points in one cluster. I would also suggest that the multicast be more efficient. Improved managing of the multicast could be… more »
Top Answer: In my opinion, the main difference is, that Cisco Meraki has a Controllerless cloud-based managing and monitoring system, similar to Aerohive. I don’t know Ruckus, but I would expect, that it is… more »
Top Answer: Hi Gilberto, All answers are correct. Adding a new point, currently through the Cisco SDN platform (DNA Center), it is possible to have visibility of the Cisco platforms (Aironet / Catalyst) and… more »
Top Answer: We have full range of Cisco Meraki MX appliances in production. The solution is perfect for smaller to large network requirement. Below are some key advantages. of Cisco Meraki Cloud Managed… more »
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Also Known As
MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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Overview

Aruba Instant delivers the only controllerless Wi-Fi solution that is easy to set-up, and loaded with security and smarts needed to accelerate your business without breaking your budget.

Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.
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Sample Customers
Purdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday ParksAdvanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company18%
University13%
Media Company6%
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Financial Services Firm30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Non Tech Company10%
Hospitality Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company23%
K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
Media Company5%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise36%
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Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise25%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Aruba Instant is ranked 6th in Wireless LAN with 10 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 18 reviews. Aruba Instant is rated 8.8, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Offers a lot of flexibility, almost everything can be configured". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "A flexible solution that provides great in-depth visibility for network analytics". Aruba Instant is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, TP-Link Auranet EAP, Ruckus Wireless, Huawei Wireless and WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless and Mojo Networks. See our Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN report.

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