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"It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.""The technical support is 24/7 from the UA.""The fact that Aruba Wireless has a virtual controller onboard the internet access points makes it cheaper than other solutions.""The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to.""Aruba Wireless is easily scaled between a lot of devices and a lot of endpoints. When we decided to use it as our solution, we had planned to use it exactly for its ability to scale.""The technical support is very good.""It is easy to install and deploy.""I like the way it groups and manages access points."

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"Very reliable.""Valuable features include Bonjour Gateway and the hardware antenna array.""The most valuable feature is the coverage, which is exceptional.""The most valuable feature for me is reliability.""The most valuable feature is that Ruckus offers better coverage.""Good connection quality.""The most valuable features are the coverage and durability.""The mesh technology is the solution's most valuable aspect. Ruckus originally had the patent for it. They might've lost it because I see now that other people are doing it, however, they were the ones who came out with the smart mesh technology first, which is phenomenal."

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"The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.""The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""There is a lot of information for users about the product, but it needs to be better organized so that solutions are easier to find.""A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.""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."

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"Could be more user friendly.""Sometimes doing mass changes on their products can be challenging.""I would like to see newer on-premises controller-type models, similar to the 3000.""Having support available that is more compatible with time zones in the United States would be helpful.""Previously, we would need to purchase appliances every time but it caused our data centers to get filled. Ruckus now has cloud-based controllers. They resolved the issue we were having.""Captive portal for guest access on the controller could be enhanced.""I would like to see better mapping capability because it can be really difficult, especially if you are deploying on a remote island.""They have so many products that there are so many different part numbers for the US and other countries. That means it's easy to make a mistake with the licensing. You have to have somebody knowledgeable on the other end with the licensing. If you make one mistake, it can be a $2,000 mistake."

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"Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard.""If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced."

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""The biggest adjustment improvement will come from a price adjustment because the price is quite high; it feels like premium pricing. I suggest shaving off 10 percent to 20 percent. That would help grow users and increase the number of clients."""We also looked at Cisco and Aruba but Ruckus pricing was better.""We found it a little more expensive than the other competitors on the market."

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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.

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: As a CWNA professional with about 10 years of experience, and previous experience with vendors like Enterasys, Aruba, Cisco, Alcatel, Aerohive, I can recommend 100% Ruckus over Meraki. My… more »
Top Answer: Hi Imad, Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba? Thanks in advance
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Also Known As
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless
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.The Virtual SmartZone Data Plane (vSZ-D) is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. Made to work seamlessly with the Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Wireless LAN Controller (vSZ), the vSZ-D enables secure tunneled WLANs from Ruckus APs while minimizing CAPEX spending and maximizing Wi-Fi deployment flexibility and scale. Operators, ISPs and large enterprises can deploy the vSZ-D in a centralized data center with the vSZ, or at specific venues in a distributed topology.
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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 CommunitiesAmerican University of Sharjah, Baruch College, Centro Escolar Liceo Santo Tomšs, Chevalier College, Chico Unified School District, Colegio de Fomento El Prado, Columbia Public Schools, Delta School District, Dordt College, Douglas County School District, Drew University, Armonea, Central Utah Clinic, Grove Hill Medical Center, Inner South Community Health Service, Midwest Surgical, Satilla Regional Medical Center, Lyndoch Living, Polonus, Roaring Fork School District, Sonora State, Vivid, Sydney, Players Club, Sandals, Scandic Hotels, Sheraton LAX, Sunbird
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider15%
K 12 Educational Company Or School11%
Financial Services Firm6%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider23%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Media Company6%
Comms Service Provider42%
Healthcare Company8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company19%
Media Company6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise40%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise65%
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise39%
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,725 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Aruba Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 8 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 15 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 7.6, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "A reliable, mature solution for scalable implementation of access points". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Extremely scalable, great mesh technology, and capable of whitelisting networks". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, ExtremeCloud IQ, Fortinet FortiWLM and Huawei Wireless. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless report.

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