Aruba Instant vs. Ruckus Wireless

As of February 2019, Aruba Instant is ranked 11th in Wireless LAN with 1 review vs Ruckus Wireless which is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 13 reviews. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Provides a built-in firewall, local radius, and application visibility and control". The top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Bonjour Gateway has been helpful in bridging services from our wired network to our wireless network". Aruba Instant is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN.
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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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Valuable features include Bonjour Gateway and the hardware antenna array.The connectivity of the product is amazing.It has one of the smoothest operations.Dead zones were immediately eliminated when we deployed these WAPs in all of our locations, plus Ruckus’ analytics on the ZoneDirectors allow us to quickly identify clients that are taking too much bandwidth.We are able to quickly identify Rogue WAPs in our network and move to disconnect them immediately when Ruckus alerts us.Ruckus WAPs have excellent coverage and their beamforming means that we can cover more area with fewer WAPs.At times of heavy network congestion, we can restrict the bandwidth available to clients either by SSID or at the client level, which helps cut down on our bandwidth costs.Because of ​Zero-IT, it is easier to get people connected to the correct SSID without providing a passphrase​.

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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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Sometimes doing mass changes on their products can be challenging.I suggest more controlling features on the controller. The menu of the performance must be improved, as well.Most customers revoke the idea of deploying it when they observe the cost per AP license.​The interface should be mobile friendly.​I think that Web management, global management, could be improved. Unfortunately, there's not one solution that does everything. There are something like six different solutions, and each of them do something better than the others. Unfortunately, there's not one global solution that does everything.Mounting options for outdoor access points, I think they could easily improve on that.The cloud controller needs work. My big issue is that all APs can't set static IPs. Also, adding customers to your dashboard is not that easy at all. I wish I could pop out some reporting from the dashboards as well.While the Virtual SmartZone appliance has improved in the last few years, it isn’t without issue and the performance of the Web page leaves something to be desired.

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

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The cost per AP license should be worked on.The only complaint I have about Ruckus is the price, but considering other enterprise WiFi products are similarly priced, I feel Ruckus is a superior product.It's definitely a good value. It's more expensive than some of the other offerings out there, but when you compare it to other enterprise-class gear, it's very well priced. And the beauty of it is, because it has better range because of their patented BeamFlex - which is the way they can send and receive and listen to signals - you can actually use fewer access points. That means that it's a cheaper overall project.​Pricing is very competitive for an enterprise solution. Regarding licensing, always carry the support contract on the controller (not needed on APs)​.​The cost can be prohibitive for many as it is a high-end product in the WiFi market.​

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Ranking
11th
out of 20 in Wireless LAN
Views
171
Comparisons
116
Reviews
1
Followers
42
Avg. Rating
8.0
4th
out of 20 in Wireless LAN
Views
16,323
Comparisons
11,434
Reviews
10
Followers
1,131
Avg. Rating
9.1
Top Comparisons
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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.

The Virtual SmartZone Data Plane (vSZ-D) is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. Made to work seamlessly with the Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Wireless LAN Controller (vSZ), the vSZ-D enables secure tunneled WLANs from Ruckus APs while minimizing CAPEX spending and maximizing Wi-Fi deployment flexibility and scale. Operators, ISPs and large enterprises can deploy the vSZ-D in a centralized data center with the vSZ, or at specific venues in a distributed topology.
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Sample Customers
Purdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday ParksAmerican University of Sharjah, Baruch College, Centro Escolar Liceo Santo Tomšs, Chevalier College, Chico Unified School District, Colegio de Fomento El Prado, Columbia Public Schools, Delta School District, Dordt College, Douglas County School District, Drew University, Armonea, Central Utah Clinic, Grove Hill Medical Center, Inner South Community Health Service, Midwest Surgical, Satilla Regional Medical Center, Lyndoch Living, Polonus, Roaring Fork School District, Sonora State, Vivid, Sydney, Players Club, Sandals, Scandic Hotels, Sheraton LAX, Sunbird
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K 12 Educational Company Or School43%
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Healthcare Company8%
Financial Services Firm7%
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