Compare Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless

Aruba Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 27 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 7.6, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Some of the implementations or features do work as advertised. Urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Has good durability, we can rely on this solution and it is easy to configure". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Fortinet FortiWLM, Ubiquiti WLAN and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless report.
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I like the way it groups and manages access points.It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.The most valuable feature of Aruba Wireless is application monitoring.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.

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Good connectivity and easy to configure.The most valuable feature is stability.The solution offers very good application visibility and control integration for other analysis software.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 most valuable features of this solution are the Cisco CleanAir and Cisco RRM.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.Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive.

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A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.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.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.

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Controllers could be improved.In the future, I would like to see support for ZigBee built into these wireless devices.The pricing of the solution is expensive if you compare it to other competitors.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.I would like to see less dependency on other products such as ISE and Prime for certain implementations.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.The new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers.

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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.

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The problem with Cisco is always the pricing, as it is impossible to compete with others.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.The cost model is expensive.I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive.I feel the product's pricing is a good value.

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author avatarIgnacio Jenkins

The Antenna system named BEAMFLEX + is the great difference between all other brands. This Patented Technology gives Ruckus the best performance in all scenarios. No doubt Ruckus is superior.

author avatarRichard Sherwin

We found that Ruckus has superior Radio Frequency sensitivity than all your other choices. Cisco Meraki has a superior back end, but to us, RF sensitivity is the most important characteristic.

author avatarGlen Bloemker

* Cisco will most likely be the most expensive solution. Are they the best, I really do not think so as I feel you are paying extra for the name. Although, their Meraki solution is less expensive and does operate decently and is a cloud-based solution.

* I currently use Aruba Networks. Our system is due for an upgrade which we will be using Aruba Networks again. This time, it will be a cloud-based solution.

* I have not used Ruckus wireless but have heard good things about it in the K-12 education arena. I think they are very comparable to Aruba Networks.

* My best recommendation would be to do a Google search on the differences between the 3 systems. I am certain there are articles written about the pros/cons of each system.

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Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP WirelessCisco WLAN Controller
Aruba Networks
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 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)
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School12%
Financial Services Firm7%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider23%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Media Company6%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company25%
Media Company6%
Company Size
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise40%
Small Business22%
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Large Enterprise62%
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise33%
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise59%
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