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Researched Cisco Wireless but chose Aruba Instant: Good central management of multiple devices, user-friendly, and good pricing
Researched Aruba Instant but chose Cisco Wireless: Great support, very stable, and offers great functionality
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The most valuable feature for us is management of the systems. We can easily access all features."
"Cisco Wireless is mostly stable with a low downrate and the signal rate is good. It is also easy to use."
"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."
"You need to learn the technology but after that the setup is easy."
"It helps with the visibility on our network."
"Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products."
"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."
"Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive."
"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."
"Probably more in terms of how much power it's using. Right now it just seems like it doesn't have enough power. Maybe that is all indicated, but says exactly how much power it's using."
"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."
"No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues."
"When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place."
"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."
"The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn."
"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 new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers."
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."
"It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly."
"Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used."
"I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs."
"The cost model is expensive."
"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."
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.
Question: What are the biggest differences between Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Wireless, and Cisco Wireless?
Top Answer: The Antenna system named BEAMFLEX + is the great difference between all other brands. This Patented Technology gives Ruckus the best performance in all scenarios. No doubt Ruckus is superior.
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: Hi Imad, Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba? Thanks in advance
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|Cisco WLAN Controller|
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.
|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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