Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless

As of February 2019, Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 33 reviews vs Cisco Wireless which is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 23 reviews. 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". 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, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless report.
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Pros
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 networkWith 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.

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The most valuable feature for us is management of the systems. We can easily access all features.It helps with the visibility on our network.There are a lot of valuable features and functions. One example is CleanAir to detect and troubleshoot interference issues. Another is RX-SOP to optimize roaming.The Guest feature is pretty good.Cisco Wireless technology allows us to logically segregate networks, to segregate the traffic between multiple types of endpoint devices, connected to the network. For example, corporate laptops are connected to one network, corporate iPhones will go through a different network.With Cisco Wireless we have DNA technology for the frequency in which it operates, so that in case of any frequency interference it can look for and switch to another frequency, where there no interference.The main features are that it's secure and it's easy to distribute the SSID and control it. I also like the controller.The most valuable feature is the coverage.

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Cons
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, MerakiIf 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.

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Probably more in terms of how much power it's using. Right now it just seems like it doesn't have enough power. Maybe that is all indicated, but says exactly how much power it's using.The web interface for Cisco controllers could be better. It could be more user-friendly. Sometimes I have to remember how to access some functionalities or how to enable or execute some functions. If it were more user-friendly it would save time.Sometimes I've seen some issues come up with the interference. That's an issue users face at times. It becomes very complex when you have a lot of wireless interference in the area, or in your office. It's because of the environment of Cisco. Maybe, in the future, they can work on this area, and fix this issue.There is a problem with the controller. When we have to restart the controller, it does not show the time. We have to manually configure the time when we restart it. I have read about this issue, to get some information, and all answers are about having to connect it with a time server, which is very difficult.The GUI could be made more user-friendly. There should also be a dashboard where it can showcase how many end-users are connected to a particular access point.There is room for improvement regarding HA issues and Radius integration.The software quality could be improved, in particular for the new Cisco Aironet Series 2800/3800 Access Point which is pretty Linux-based.Many wireless controllers' firmware have bugs in their new releases, which are not stable, especially in an environment with many wireless AP (WAP) types.

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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.​

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Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive.I feel the product's pricing is a good value.The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output.They have simplified the licensing, now there is a single license that is required. Earlier, multiple licenses were required. Single licensing is good. As a customer, I don't need to keep an inventory of multiple licenses.Pricing is a bit on the high side compared to its competitors but we have to consider the support and usages of the solution. Licensing is now RTU and smart licensing. We need three types of licenses. One for each of the: APs, HA, controller.Never pay the full GPL price.The pricing is high. It could be cheaper.

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Miriam Tover
reviewer550881User

Compared to Cisco, Aruba enhances WLAN availability by providing: Ture Clustering, Live Upgrades and Loadable Service Modules

Example of True Clustering: if a client is having a VoIP call on WLAN and the controller on which the client traffic was terminated fails, the client traffic will terminate to another cluster member. The VoIP call will continue, the client will not notice any interruption.
example if Lice upgrade: Aruba can upgrade clusters without the need for a maintenance window. This is done as following:
One Cluster member is freed from APs, these APs are moved to other cluster members.
This controller is upgraded to the newest firmware. Some APs at a time are freed from clients. These clients are transferred to adjacent APs without affecting their sessions. The freed APs are upgraded and moved to the already upgraded cluster member(s). This process is repeated until all APs and controller are upgraded.

example of LSM: Aruba and Cisco are equivalent from a WLAN security certification standpoint. However, the Aruba controller is a Common Criteria accredited firewall and VPN gateway, which Cisco's controller is not. That is a key reason why in high security networks, Aruba is approved to support guest + internal Wi-Fi access on the same equipment, because it has an accredited firewall that keeps those two network separate. Cisco has to rely on VLAN separation with an external firewall, which is not as secure.

08 January 19
Amir SultanUser

The difference is very clear and I prefer Aruba.

08 January 19
Anshul RohillaUser

If we will talk about the Wireless Radios of the access points, all vendor have to follow the regulatory domain as per their region, hence they not go beyond the specific dbm for wireless coverage, but how signal will propagate to the client from AP ,its depend on vendor to vendor technology . For this Aruba Air match previously know as ARM has no comparison for the performance.

if we will talk about the Aruba Solution, all product are integrated with all platform,

Like if you want to start with Cisco meraki cloud then wants to go with controller in future, they don't have integrated platform. your investment is no valuable for this kind of solution.

If we will talk about the complete solution of both the vendor, Aruba is more future rich solution than cisco. and you do not require many box in aruba solution to do the same like cisco.

Aruba Controller also manages the Aruba wired switches like access points, centralized solution for all wired, wireless and VPN.

08 January 19
Ranking
1st
out of 20 in Wireless LAN
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57,201
Comparisons
31,994
Reviews
30
Followers
1,348
Avg. Rating
8.5
2nd
out of 20 in Wireless LAN
Views
30,380
Comparisons
19,777
Reviews
21
Followers
1,108
Avg. Rating
8.4
Top Comparisons
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Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP WirelessCisco 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 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
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University32%
K 12 Educational Company Or School11%
Comms Service Provider8%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider17%
University15%
K 12 Educational Company Or School14%
Retailer9%
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Comms Service Provider18%
K 12 Educational Company Or School18%
Mining And Metals Company12%
Non Tech Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company14%
K 12 Educational Company Or School12%
Financial Services Firm11%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise45%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise47%
REVIEWERS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise21%
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