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"The most valuable feature is reliability.""All the features are available, even including the security. The access point enables the matching of any connectivity.""The most valuable features are price, quality, and performance.""I like the way that it integrates with the ClearPass security system on-site.""I have found the technical support to be one of the most valuable features.""The GUI is user-friendly and the dashboards are good.""The most valuable feature is the ease of setup and deployment."

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"I think the IoT integration is the most valuable. I started applying IoT solutions 12 years ago on location-based services. Aruba had implemented this at the time. So I think the integration, particularly into the applications and stuff, is pretty interesting in Meraki.""I have found the scalability to be very good.""The solution is easy to use.""It is cloud-based. You can manage it remotely from anywhere in the world, and you don't have to be on-site, which is a very big advantage.""I like the status page Cisco added that shows you the health of the wireless connection.""The most valuable feature is cloud management.""The solution is trustworthy. I find it easy and secure.""The solution provides good coverage and identity management. Additionally, the user interface is straightforward."

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"We have had stability issues with some types of portable devices.""From the commercial-side the pricing side is fine but in other aspects, it could be lowered.""Right now, the integration between the support that you are getting from Hewlett-Packard, which is the parent company, and Aruba, they're not meshing together.""The integration should be better.""Technical support is important to me and I feel that it is something that can be improved.""In the next release, the security should be improved by including support for WPA3.""This solution needs different models that are more specialized for certain customers."

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"They should introduce a grace period of 60 days after license expiry because as it is now, it automatically goes down and there is no grace period.""If there are advanced features that you can have enabled, they should allow users access to that in an easier manner.""There is a processing limitation when you have multiple SSIDs, above three or four.""If they could work on the Meraki firewall hardware, and add SSL decryption as well as more application control and deep packet inspection, that would be ideal.""The price could be slightly better, but then again, we negotiate deals every time so the market price isn't really relevant.""The signal coverage radius could be extended.""The only thing that always causes problems with Meraki is the license. It's a bit of a bugbear with Meraki, and it remains today. So it's an unusual concept compared to the other products in the marketplace, but then it does cause a bit of a nuisance from time to time.""I would like to see integration with sensors."

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"The price of this solution is approximately 1,000,000 ESP ($6,750 USD).""It is more affordable than Cisco.""The price of this solution is better than some other vendors."

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"The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot.""Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for three, five, or ten years. I'm happy with the pricing. You basically pay for what you get. It is that simple. When you look at Ubiquiti or Aruba, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN far outweighs what you get. If you're in the UK, Ubiquiti gives a three-year or five-year warranty, whereas here in the UAE, they only give a one-year warranty, which is no good to me. Who buys a piece of equipment with only one year warranty on it? It doesn't make sense.""The solution could improve the licensing structure and the price is expensive.""It is expensive.""It is expensive, but it is a good product.""We don't like the licensing model and we think that it needs to be improved significantly.""We pay licensing fees.""These units cost between $800 and $900 per device and on top of that, you have to pay yearly fees for maintenance."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  I like the way that it integrates with the ClearPass security system on-site.
Top Answer: I don't know much about the licensing, but you license the APs to be able to use or to be configured in Aruba Central. I don't know how much it costs but I believe it's on a yearly- basis.
Top Answer: Not too long ago, Aruba was purchased by Hewlett-Packard. They must be still going through the integration because their websites are not really integrated together well, so it makes it hard to find… more »
Top Answer: Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your WLAN Infrastructure. Can you clone an AP (exposing AP's integrity), can you sniff… more »
Top Answer: Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they have some feature that I need or want, I wouldn't consider them. Do you have… more »
Top Answer: Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be very reliable and to consistently run very efficiently. Cisco Wireless helped… more »
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Also Known As
MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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Aruba Networks Wireless WAN enables communication anywhere people work. It supports BYO-everything and does it securely and reliably. And it makes life simpler for IT with automation and centralized management.
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
The Pittsburgh Golf Club, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Amwaj Rotana - Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai, Trevecca Nazarene University
Advanced 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
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm11%
Educational Organization11%
Real Estate/Law Firm8%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company18%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise41%
Small Business59%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise21%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise49%
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Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is ranked 5th in Wireless WAN with 7 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 50 reviews. Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is rated 8.2, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Networks Wireless WAN writes "Allows you to easily scale your network infrastructure to support thousands of remote users". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is most compared with Cambium, Ubiquiti Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Mist Access Points.

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