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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 network
With 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.
This increased mobility has helped our organization. We can talk to one another from different locations and stay in constant contact and with employees across the enterprise. Everyone has access to up-to-the-minute communications and all documents and applications on our network.
Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products.
It helps with the visibility on our network.
You need to learn the technology but after that the setup is easy.
The initial setup was quite easy. We have a very good relationship with our integrator and our integrator has a good relationship with Cisco. The integrator that installs Cisco is quite knowledgeable about the technology. They are trained and have a good relationship with their tech. We cannot be experts in each domain and we have to be supported by an integrator.
Cisco Wireless is mostly stable with a low downrate and the signal rate is good. It is also easy to use.
The most valuable feature for us is management of the systems. We can easily access all features.
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 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, Meraki
If 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.
Improvements can be made to the telemetry. The licensing gets in the way here. It makes it impossible to record the different flows across the wireless network.
The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn.
The configuration interface could be easier. They should make roaming easier and should fix it so that when you cross a building you can keep the signal.
When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place.
No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues.
One of our customers complained about the ripple, that some of the data was incorrect. We opened a ticket and brought it to their attention that maybe some of the data was not correct. As of now, it has been two months since we opened the ticket and the issue still hasn't been resolved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless||Cisco WLAN Controller|
|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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