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"The most valuable feature of Aruba Wireless is application monitoring.""I like the way it groups and manages access points.""The technical support is very good.""It is easy to install and deploy.""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 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."

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"Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive.""Our organization has improved using this product because it helps enhance user experience. We use video communication a lot, like Skype. We used to get a lot of interference before and had a lot of issues during wireless voice or video calls. We get greater speed and performance with wireless now. It is nearly the same as a wired network.""The most valuable features of this solution are the Cisco CleanAir and Cisco RRM.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its durability because we can rely on this solution. It is also easy to configure. Lastly, if something happens, we get good support from Cisco.""I find this solution easy to configure and use.""The solution offers very good application visibility and control integration for other analysis software.""Good connectivity and easy to configure.""The support offered by Cisco is excellent. They are very responsive and knowledgeable."

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Cons
"For a more senior tool, a local application monitoring related to IoT vendors would be useful.""A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.""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.""The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.""Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change.""Improvements to the GUI, such as being able to search in the Mobility Master, would be nice.""Aruba needs to be more competitive with newer products. Their legacy makes that more difficult for them."

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"The new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers.""The product could be improved with interference reduction. Because wireless frequency interferes with microwave or Bluetooth technologies, this causes issues. A lot of users still use legacy wireless adapters and black box and they do not experience the speed that they could get using the latest technologies. The number of devices on the market makes wireless communications complex. If the problem of interference could be resolved it would further improve utility and ease of system design.""I would like to see less dependency on other products such as ISE and Prime for certain implementations.""One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive.""There should be an option for a wireless bridge that can be used to join two access points.""The pricing of the solution is expensive if you compare it to other competitors.""Controllers could be improved.""Apple is definitely causing a lot of issues by turning on more security features on its equipment. It is causing more problems on the business side. One is what they call a randomized Mac address that Apple has put out. As far as I know, Cisco doesn't have a fix for that."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced.""Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.""I think they should lower their prices.""Aruba is comparable to competing solutions when it comes to price.""The support pricing for Juniper Mist is higher than Aruba.""The price of Aruba Wireless should be cheaper.""Aruba is probably cheaper than Cisco, and yet you get all the things that you want.""The access points are more cost-effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment."

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"The cost model is expensive.""Cisco licensing is usually provided on a yearly basis rather than monthly. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of years. Longer terms influence the level of support that you get when it comes to Cisco SLA.""Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult.""The price of this product is reasonable.""This is an expensive product.""Cisco is an expensive solution and considering the price, it should perform better.""The product could be priced better.""Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions."

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Questions from the Community
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 on… more »
Top Answer: The Airwave is the best feature for a single management point for all APs in the environment.
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: All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series. Personally I recommend looking… more »
Top Answer: The installation process is very easy.
Top Answer: We do not need to pay a licensing fee to Cisco.
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53,309
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Average Words per Review
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Rating
7.9
4th
out of 26 in Wireless LAN
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29,800
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26,557
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29
Average Words per Review
495
Rating
8.0
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Also Known As
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
Cisco WLAN Controller
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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.
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
Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
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Top Industries
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University28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company9%
Educational Organization9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company18%
Educational Organization6%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider15%
Manufacturing Company11%
Computer Software Company9%
Government9%
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Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Educational Organization5%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise58%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
475,208 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 19 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 33 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Overall a good product that provides role-based authentication native to the controller, but has code stability issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes " Combines the mobility of wireless with the performance of wired networks". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Fortinet FortiWLM and Mist Access Points, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Mist Access Points, Ubiquiti WLAN and Fortinet FortiWLM. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless report.

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