Compare Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless

Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 33 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 17 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.4, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.8. 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 Ruckus Wireless writes " Adaptive Antenna Technology Provides Enhanced Wireless Connectivity ". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ruckus Wireless, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless report.
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Pros
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.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.

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Valuable features include Bonjour Gateway and the hardware antenna array.Ruckus has allowed us to deploy better Wi-Fi coverage in the past few years.The most valuable feature is the signature feature from Ruckus; the feature is called the BeamFlex. BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology takes a more adaptable approach allowing the access point to continually sense and optimize for its environment. The signals can be sent in a particular predetermined direction as desired. The technology allows for electrically manipulated antenna properties creating optimal antenna patterns for each device with which they communicated: the signal is focused, where the user is positioning.Once we got it set up and configured we've had little issues and it's been relatively stable. We use it across all seven of our offices and they all have the exact same wifi setup so when I go into any office I can get on the network and access resources.We used to struggle a lot doing the connectivity between the branch offices in port. Ruckus offers the flexibility to pull the connectivity and we can actually manage our workflow and application to this connectivity. It is a wonderful way of doing things fast.The connectivity of the product is amazing.It has one of the smoothest operations.Dead zones were immediately eliminated when we deployed these WAPs in all of our locations, plus Ruckus’ analytics on the ZoneDirectors allow us to quickly identify clients that are taking too much bandwidth.

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Cons
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.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

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Sometimes doing mass changes on their products can be challenging.One complaint that we have is the lack of cloud-based management.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.o make it a ten I would like the ability to replace it if we do have a faulty device. Getting one faster might be helpful. I would like to have autoconfiguration where instead of having to configure a new network, we would be able to push all configuration out a little easier with the interface.From the user point of view, sometimes we face a little bit of a challenge in terms of the channels selection for Ruckus. When we have installed all of the APs outdoors, those channels are actually empty in different numbers, so sometimes we found this challenging for getting paired between these point to point communications. If there is any way we can get some proprietary channels or some IT this interruption will not be there. That would be really fantastic for more reliable connectivity.I suggest more controlling features on the controller. The menu of the performance must be improved, as well.Most customers revoke the idea of deploying it when they observe the cost per AP license.​The interface should be mobile friendly.​

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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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"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.The cost per AP license should be worked on.The only complaint I have about Ruckus is the price, but considering other enterprise WiFi products are similarly priced, I feel Ruckus is a superior product.It's definitely a good value. It's more expensive than some of the other offerings out there, but when you compare it to other enterprise-class gear, it's very well priced. And the beauty of it is, because it has better range because of their patented BeamFlex - which is the way they can send and receive and listen to signals - you can actually use fewer access points. That means that it's a cheaper overall project.​Pricing is very competitive for an enterprise solution. Regarding licensing, always carry the support contract on the controller (not needed on APs)​.​The cost can be prohibitive for many as it is a high-end product in the WiFi market.​

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Answers from the Community
Miriam Tover
Stephen BurrowsReal User

Differences between Aruba and Ruckus:
- The Aruba GUI is more pleasing as well as easier to learn for both the unseasoned and seasoned technician.
- When it comes down to support, Aruba, backed by HPE is just more available and ready to assist, especially when it comes down to potential technical issues.
- Ruckus is great for single or minimal AP deployment but Aruba is best for a multi-AP deployment when moving from AP to AP particularly for mobile applications. iPhone can be quite 'sticky' when it comes to moving from one IP address to another and tends to want to stay where it is IP-wise. The Aruba platform is best when it comes to this movement between APs in a larger environment such as a mall, airport or major venue requiring multiple APs as it practically 'pushes' the mobile device off that address when moving towards another AP so the movement is more seamless.
These are the main differences we have encountered and we are very pleased with how Aruba stands up in these situations.

26 June 19
Jacob GolickReal User

Honestly, I have been pushing away from Aruba. I have not used Ruckus either. I have, however, been deploying Ubiquiti. The cost vs what they provide is fantastic! The cloud management of multiple sites in a single interface is very nice. APs at 1/10th the cost of Aruba allows us to deploy more access points for better coverage more cost-effective. Plus I have the ability to add a camera system to mix and have the same nice features as let's say Nest with mobile notifications. The best part of all of this is no monthly fees!

25 June 19
D6B8User

There are some differences for sure, based on our usage and my knowledge of using both systems here are the main takeaways versus the other:

Ruckus -

- Easier to manage
- Usually, a higher client count is supported per AP
- Cheaper
- Support is more responsive
- Better fit for smaller IT department
- Updates are more aligned with LTS (a few updates per year for each product)
- Better situation for tenancy (if you require it)
- The best EAP-TLS certificate-based solution (Cloudpath) for onboarding devices (i.e. dorm room)

Aruba -

- More features
- Higher security focus, especially coupled with ClearPass
- Will need to have more advanced knowledge of wireless in order to get success
- Updates are more aligned with rolling upgrades (constant updates)
- Most deployments are going to be tunneled back to controller

25 June 19
Jayesh ManjrekarUser

I’m closely working with Aruba but haven't worked with Ruckus.
I can share an experience, i.e. roaming a client device from one AP to other AP is very much faster (seamless) with Aruba whereas on Ruckus you cannot change device connectivity from one AP to another AP while the user is roaming.

27 June 19
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374
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Also Known As
Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless
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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.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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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
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Small Business38%
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