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Pros
"I really like the user interface.""It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.""The technical support is 24/7 from the UA.""The fact that Aruba Wireless has a virtual controller onboard the internet access points makes it cheaper than other solutions.""The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to.""Aruba Wireless is easily scaled between a lot of devices and a lot of endpoints. When we decided to use it as our solution, we had planned to use it exactly for its ability to scale.""The technical support is very good.""It is easy to install and deploy."

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"The most valuable feature is the ease of deployment.""The most valuable feature is cloud management.""The most valuable feature is the technology of the security that is offered.""The interface makes it easy to manage.""The interface is excellent. We've been really happy with it.""It's simple to manage when there's a problem.""Cisco's technical support is very good and better than other vendors.""The most amazing part is that their Access Points have the ability to connect to multiple conference devices at different times, and it shows you the very in-depth Wi-Fi analytics through their dashboard."

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Cons
"Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change.""The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.""The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""There is a lot of information for users about the product, but it needs to be better organized so that solutions are easier to find.""A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.""For a more senior tool, a local application monitoring related to IoT vendors would be useful.""They should provide usage guides and solutions to frequent problems."

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"The price could be slightly lowered to make it more competitive in the market.""The Meraki platform needs better on-premises management options.""In the next release, I would like to see the central control plane have the flexibility to control and distribute policies to all LAN networks, balance the traffic, and the performance based on application monitoring.""When we are using SSID roaming, it is not flexible in terms of which AP it connects to.""We haven't had any issues with the solution. We like the way it works. There isn't anything I can think of that makes me worry that it might be lacking in a certain area.""It could be slightly cheaper but it's fine.""In the next release, I would like to see a third-party high tech center to connect multiple users to a particular network.""We would like to see Wi-Fi 6 support for devices sold in the Middle East."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think they should lower their prices.""Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.""If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced."

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"This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi.""This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees.""The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment.""You have to renew your contract every year, or for three or for five years. If you do not pay right away they will suspend your subscription.""The price is good, but it could be improved.""It's a pretty good value, but not great. Pricing is on a yearly basis for the Meraki solution.""The price is negotiable."

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Also Known As
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP WirelessMR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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Overview
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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Sample Customers
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life CommunitiesAdvanced 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
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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,725 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Aruba Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 9 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 19 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 7.6, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "A reliable, mature solution for scalable implementation of access points". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "A flexible solution that provides great in-depth visibility for network analytics". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN report.

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