Most Helpful Review
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 has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.
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.
The most important feature is all about the two wavelengths, the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz, and the access points which are connected to this wireless controller.
Seamless roaming by leveraging Virtual Cell is a major advantage which reduces roam times and issues related to roaming. Code stability has been excellent and the hardware quality is second to none.
We're using SD-WAN at all of our locations now, which helps increase and aggregate and lower response time and improve application performance.
They should simplify the configuration flow.
Additional detailed reporting for client traffic would be a great addition.
The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.
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.
The speed could be better. I heard that Aruba is trying to shape the speed inside the wireless controller, but that has not been adopted yet. If they put some kind of mechanism inside the wireless controller for the speed such that, "Okay, this many users will have 20 by 20 - 20 in the upload, 20 in the download. Just this many users. And this many users will have that type of speed." I think it would be very good if they actually bring that functionality inside the wireless controller.
There is very little publicly available information about Virtual Cell and Single Channel Architecture. Promotion of the overall technology is limited as well. Being more vocal about a product that has many advantages would go a long way to eliminating a lot of the confusion and negative perception about Virtual Cell and Single Channel Architecture.
Licensing is the only area that I think they are below average. They need enterprise licensing, an all-encompassing license to cover all products for a company.
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.
Licensing has become easier. There is no longer a per-AP license needed on the controller.
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|Also Known As||Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless||FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN|
|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.|
Consolidate security and wireless LAN management with our integrated wireless solutions. Single-pane-of-glass management for security and access without the need to add point products simplifies deployment and reduces management complexity. These solutions are highly scalable to support even the largest organizations and distributed enterprises.
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