Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Wireless

Aruba Instant is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 1 review vs Cisco Wireless which is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 19 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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There are a lot of valuable features and functions. One example is CleanAir to detect and troubleshoot interference issues. Another is RX-SOP to optimize roaming.The Guest feature is pretty good.Cisco Wireless technology allows us to logically segregate networks, to segregate the traffic between multiple types of endpoint devices, connected to the network. For example, corporate laptops are connected to one network, corporate iPhones will go through a different network.With Cisco Wireless we have DNA technology for the frequency in which it operates, so that in case of any frequency interference it can look for and switch to another frequency, where there no interference.The main features are that it's secure and it's easy to distribute the SSID and control it. I also like the controller.The most valuable feature is the coverage.Authentication is the important feature for us. My IT staff no longer has to look after catering to clients who come from overseas.For me, there are two important features: 1) WLAN grouping – Allows us to have different groups and, within those groups, specific WLANs, so there is no overlapping. 2) FlexConnect – Enables us to have remote offices at different locations. We can have a central WLC to control all the locations.

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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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The web interface for Cisco controllers could be better. It could be more user-friendly. Sometimes I have to remember how to access some functionalities or how to enable or execute some functions. If it were more user-friendly it would save time.Sometimes I've seen some issues come up with the interference. That's an issue users face at times. It becomes very complex when you have a lot of wireless interference in the area, or in your office. It's because of the environment of Cisco. Maybe, in the future, they can work on this area, and fix this issue.There is a problem with the controller. When we have to restart the controller, it does not show the time. We have to manually configure the time when we restart it. I have read about this issue, to get some information, and all answers are about having to connect it with a time server, which is very difficult.The GUI could be made more user-friendly. There should also be a dashboard where it can showcase how many end-users are connected to a particular access point.There is room for improvement regarding HA issues and Radius integration.The software quality could be improved, in particular for the new Cisco Aironet Series 2800/3800 Access Point which is pretty Linux-based.Many wireless controllers' firmware have bugs in their new releases, which are not stable, especially in an environment with many wireless AP (WAP) types.Most definitely the cost.

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

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This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive.I feel the product's pricing is a good value.The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output.They have simplified the licensing, now there is a single license that is required. Earlier, multiple licenses were required. Single licensing is good. As a customer, I don't need to keep an inventory of multiple licenses.Pricing is a bit on the high side compared to its competitors but we have to consider the support and usages of the solution. Licensing is now RTU and smart licensing. We need three types of licenses. One for each of the: APs, HA, controller.Never pay the full GPL price.The pricing is high. It could be cheaper.Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.

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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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K 12 Educational Company Or School
21%
Comms Service Provider
14%
Software R&D Company
7%
Insurance Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
12%
Comms Service Provider
12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
10%
Manufacturing Company
7%
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Small Business
50%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
56%
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