Aruba Instant vs Cisco Wireless

Aruba Instant is ranked 11th in Wireless LAN with 1 review vs Cisco Wireless which is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 9 reviews. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Provides a built-in firewall, local radius, and application visibility and control". The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Clean Air Solution can detect non-WiFi signals, change channel to avoid unwanted signals". Aruba Instant is most compared with . Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Aerohive Networks and Huawei Wireless.
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Pros
Has many advanced features: Built-in firewall, local radius, application visibility and control, not locked into support agreements.

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It helps with the visibility on our network.The ability to deploy wireless access points with templates.It gave us the ability to view wireless traffic, unwanted devices on the network, and how they affected overall network performance.Cisco Wireless gave us the ability to deploy and seamlessly manage wireless devices at our corporate office and remote locations.The switches can even detect cable issues which quite often can be the main cause for a call-out within my business.This product has a Clean Air Solution, which means it can detect non-WiFi signals. It not only signals but it can also detect that what type of device it is coming from. And if it needs to change the channel in order to avoid that unwanted signal, it can do so and that way the client machine will have better performance.Compared to other solutions, captive guest network is one of the best isolation and tunneling.The ability to disable RRM or set hybrid RRM provides a more granular design of RF in the environment.

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Cons
Although built-in troubleshooting tools are available, they are not at all intuitive to use. Aruba Instant lacks decent documentation to use for troubleshooting wireless issues (fortunately there aren’t many).The Central cloud management (optional) is far behind the competition in features, ease of use, and dependability. I have tried Aruba Central a few times over the years and, in my option, it is not where it needs to be for serious consideration in production environments.

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Most definitely the cost.If needs to provide more visibility. It can detect and do it, but as technicians we don't have a lot of visibility into seeing exactly what's happening. It doesn't give us a lot of log information for us to troubleshoot. They probably have additional software you need to purchase to get that kind of information. But I think not all companies can afford additional software to see those kinds of details. So if the wireless controller already had, built-in, those types of things for the technician or wireless engineer, it would be more attractive for the end-user.Improvement needed in RRM, ATF, Ortho-Polarization, AP concurrent client processing.The bind configuration between a physical port and an IP address is missing.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Avoid the Central cloud license if you can.

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Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.I am not a fan of Cisco's software pricing model. Their management software is far too expensive.Cisco is more on the expensive side, as compared to Aruba, but I must say Cisco's quality is unmatched, for sure.As far as I know Cisco is very competitive, price-wise. Talk to your third-party vendor. It all depends on the company size - how many employees, how big the building is. If it's wireless, and you have only 50 employees but you're using a large building floor, in that case you need many access points. But if you have 50 employees using two or three rooms, then you probably don't need it and it's going to be high density, so there is a different design. So you need to talk to a subject matter expert. Talk to them and design accordingly.Expensive.It is an expensive solution.

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8.0
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Also Known AsCisco WLAN Controller
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Overview
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.

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
Sample CustomersPurdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday ParksAegean 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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REVIEWERS
K 12 Educational Company Or School
27%
Comms Service Provider
18%
Mining And Metals Company
9%
Media Company
9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider
13%
Financial Services Firm
12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
10%
Non Tech Company
7%
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Small Business
48%
Midsize Enterprise
33%
Large Enterprise
19%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
24%
Midsize Enterprise
19%
Large Enterprise
57%
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