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It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.
It helps the user to have a better vision of what is happening in their network.
I have found the Access Point (AP) group profile feature extremely useful. It makes deployments look easy.
It has helped in making deployments easier.
It delivers constantly, there is no break in the internet using these devices. It also automatically gets connected when the internet comes back. Failure is very low.
The performance and the application monitor. You can select the applications you want to use and block on your network
With the central management system, I'm able to access each device. I can configure one device and then it provisions all the other devices with the same configuration, rather than my having to configure them one by one.
With Aruba Wireless Controller, all our access points are connected to one controller. Through that controller, we can actually handle each access point; we can disconnect or connect that access point, and then we can tell, or see, or allow how many users are, or should be, connected through that access point.
It improved the installation time.
This product has allowed us to easily create custom SSIDs for clients and carve out the necessary bandwidth for clients needs.
I really love their cloud-based dashboard which allows me to see all my locations from one location.
It will allow me to integrate another system very quickly, as we continue expanding for our client.
It has good security with its Layer 7 protections.
The dashboard to keep track of 30 or so APs, switches, routers and logs, is invaluable. I liked the UX on this.
The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.
They should provide usage guides and solutions to frequent problems.
They should simplify the configuration flow.
Additional detailed reporting for client traffic would be a great addition.
What I would like to have with these kinds of devices is the most enhanced security. For example, if I could apply security from wireless devices, that would be great. I would also like more enhanced reports on user adoption, who is getting what bandwidth.
I would like to be able to customize Captive Portals.
The management system would be better if it were more polished, if it had a better interface like, for example, Meraki
If you want a centralized management system that is able to manage all your networking devices such as the wireless, the switch, the routers, and the firewall, then Aruba may not be the one, because Aruba doesn't do firewalls.
It's performing well, really well. We don't have any issues. We only have issues if there is a lot of rogue APs in the neighborhood and that not Meraki's fault.
if there is a better feature, they write it as beta so you have to be careful.
I would like to see them improve their support where an assigned engineer can take the case all the way to closure. Usually, you get a different engineer calling regarding the same ticket.
The error logs need to be much more comprehensive.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.
It's not expensive. That is the reason we switched to Aruba.
Pricing is competitive. Licensing is needed to maintain access to the latest firmware, which wasn't made clear originally when we started with Arbua (or things changed, I'm not sure which). I would just say, make sure you budget for it.
A recent change is that ClearPass licensing is superb. It counts user-based instead of device-based, for BYOD on-boarding.
AP signal strength and price. I know this is a competitive market, but APs should not cost so much if they do not cover a large area.
The system was very good, but we needed to upgrade in order to adapt for our needs, and doing so with Aruba would have been more expensive.
Besides paying for the APs, you need to pay a license each year for their use. Therefore, watch out for that and do the best you can to keep costs down.
I am aiding in transitioning my organization to a different wireless solution due to the cost. We need to expand our network and the cost of new APs and an upgraded controller have proved to be prohibitive compared to similar solutions on the market.
The price is negotiable.
At this price point, I would not mind seeing a four-way channel, instead of a 3x3 or a 4x4, like they do in the Cisco Aironet system with their other brand. For the same price point in this other Cisco brand, it is a lot cheaper, and you can get a slightly better throughput than you can with these.
If you are wondering if Meraki can work for you, contact one of their representatives because they will do onsite trials where you can set up their system. If it does not work, you can send it back to them for no charge.
Negotiate the deal put in front of you!
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|Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless||MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN|
|Aruba deliver superb Wireless performance and multi-user MIMO aware ClientMatch to boost network efficiency and support the growing device density and app demands on your network.||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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