Aruba Wireless vs Cisco Wireless

Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 31 reviews vs Cisco Wireless which is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 6 reviews. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "For the most part, users haven't noticed hiccups because of the HA capability & the speed at which the controllers can authenticate. Unlike in the past, quarterly release dates have been delayed". The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Clean Air Solution can detect non-WiFi signals, change channel to avoid unwanted signals". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ruckus Wireless. Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Aerohive Networks and Huawei Wireless. See our Aruba Wireless vs Cisco Wireless report.
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Pros
It provides superior WiFi access and RF management.The web interface to manage the APs is intuitive and makes managing the system easy. Firmware updates are quick and do not require much downtime.Scalability has been one of the easiest aspects of the Aruba Instant product line. As long as the models are compatible, you can simply connect it to your network and it will learn the settings from the other APs on the network and join the AP network.We have three wireless networks: One for employee use, one for guest use, and one for our warehouse use, which uses MAC authentication. These wireless networks just simply work, they do not fail. The IAP-205 devices are very strong with great range. Very durable equipment; it always works.Its manageability of APs is the most valuable feature: ease of adding APs and the ability to configure the APs on the fly. Also, their support engineers are great to work with.ClearPass is a unique product that contains multiple solutions like BYOD, Guest, NAC, AAA, UEBA, etc. There is also quick support from Aruba TAC.​The feature that I love the most is being able to broadcast different SSIDs with different protocol requirements. ​​Initial setup was very straightforward. We set up the switches and APs, then took it from there. ​​

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The switches can even detect cable issues which quite often can be the main cause for a call-out within my business.This product has a Clean Air Solution, which means it can detect non-WiFi signals. It not only signals but it can also detect that what type of device it is coming from. And if it needs to change the channel in order to avoid that unwanted signal, it can do so and that way the client machine will have better performance.Compared to other solutions, captive guest network is one of the best isolation and tunneling.The ability to disable RRM or set hybrid RRM provides a more granular design of RF in the environment.It can provide support for real-time applications, such as VoIP and Video Conferencing over wireless infrastructure.

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Cons
The new 8400 failed at Lab, plus its integration with Aruba Central.Customer service really needs to be improved. If the customer support was better, I would recommend it to others more than I do now. Considering that you have to pay yearly for support, I expect a higher level of support.The Aruba Central cloud portal needs a lot of work. It is complicated to navigate.I believe it would benefit from more reporting, other than just a dashboard. It needs some type of report builder so you can have PDFs to show upper management what is going on in the wireless network.Access point mounting options could be better.​Some additional reporting features about the clients would be nice when not combined with the AirWave management package.​I would have liked to see more manufacturer driven events and outings to drive brand recognition and familiarity.​I wish the APs had the ability to enter in notes about a specific AP.

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If needs to provide more visibility. It can detect and do it, but as technicians we don't have a lot of visibility into seeing exactly what's happening. It doesn't give us a lot of log information for us to troubleshoot. They probably have additional software you need to purchase to get that kind of information. But I think not all companies can afford additional software to see those kinds of details. So if the wireless controller already had, built-in, those types of things for the technician or wireless engineer, it would be more attractive for the end-user.Improvement needed in RRM, ATF, Ortho-Polarization, AP concurrent client processing.The bind configuration between a physical port and an IP address is missing.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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 point is pretty high compared to Ubiquiti and other equipment.​Price is fairly expensive, however it is worth it. If the “master” fails, another AP can take over the role.​

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Cisco is more on the expensive side, as compared to Aruba, but I must say Cisco's quality is unmatched, for sure.As far as I know Cisco is very competitive, price-wise. Talk to your third-party vendor. It all depends on the company size - how many employees, how big the building is. If it's wireless, and you have only 50 employees but you're using a large building floor, in that case you need many access points. But if you have 50 employees using two or three rooms, then you probably don't need it and it's going to be high density, so there is a different design. So you need to talk to a subject matter expert. Talk to them and design accordingly.Expensive.It is an expensive solution.

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23
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1,563
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8.3
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Top Comparisons
Top Comparisons
Cisco
Compared 48% of the time.
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Compared 14% of the time.
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Arubahp
Compared 76% of the time.
Aerohive
Compared 6% of the time.
Huawei2
Compared 4% of the time.
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Also Known AsAruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP WirelessCisco WLAN Controller
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OverviewAruba 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.
Sample Customers
Sample CustomersConsulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life CommunitiesAegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
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University
34%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
14%
Healthcare Company
9%
Financial Services Firm
9%
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Comms Service Provider
12%
Financial Services Firm
12%
University
11%
Non Tech Company
8%
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Software R&D Company
18%
Comms Service Provider
18%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
18%
Non Tech Company
9%
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Comms Service Provider
13%
Financial Services Firm
12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
8%
University
7%
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Company Size
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Small Business
31%
Midsize Enterprise
23%
Large Enterprise
47%
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Small Business
22%
Midsize Enterprise
35%
Large Enterprise
43%
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Small Business
44%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
23%
Midsize Enterprise
19%
Large Enterprise
59%
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