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Sandeep BhatHead of Service Delivery at Agmatel
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"I like the way it groups and manages access points."
"The technical support is very good."
"It is easy to install and deploy."
"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 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."
"It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration."
"Our organization has improved using this product because it helps enhance user experience. We use video communication a lot, like Skype. We used to get a lot of interference before and had a lot of issues during wireless voice or video calls. We get greater speed and performance with wireless now. It is nearly the same as a wired network."
"The most valuable features of this solution are the Cisco CleanAir and Cisco RRM."
"The feature that I have found most valuable is its durability because we can rely on this solution. It is also easy to configure. Lastly, if something happens, we get good support from Cisco."
"I find this solution easy to configure and use."
"The solution offers very good application visibility and control integration for other analysis software."
"Good connectivity and easy to configure."
"The support offered by Cisco is excellent. They are very responsive and knowledgeable."
"This product has a long life and you don't have any issues with it."
"The solution is extremely easy to install. You just add them and in a few clicks, they are ready to go."
"This product is user-friendly and we can manage it as per the requirements of the user."
"D-Link is a good product that is quite affordable and I recommend it."
"A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI."
"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."
"The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released."
"The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation."
"Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change."
"Improvements to the GUI, such as being able to search in the Mobility Master, would be nice."
"Aruba needs to be more competitive with newer products. Their legacy makes that more difficult for them."
"Better integration with equipment from other vendors would ease the deployment process in some cases."
"The product could be improved with interference reduction. Because wireless frequency interferes with microwave or Bluetooth technologies, this causes issues. A lot of users still use legacy wireless adapters and black box and they do not experience the speed that they could get using the latest technologies. The number of devices on the market makes wireless communications complex. If the problem of interference could be resolved it would further improve utility and ease of system design."
"I would like to see less dependency on other products such as ISE and Prime for certain implementations."
"One thing which we really don't like about Cisco is that it is very expensive."
"There should be an option for a wireless bridge that can be used to join two access points."
"The pricing of the solution is expensive if you compare it to other competitors."
"Controllers could be improved."
"Apple is definitely causing a lot of issues by turning on more security features on its equipment. It is causing more problems on the business side. One is what they call a randomized Mac address that Apple has put out. As far as I know, Cisco doesn't have a fix for that."
"There needs to be an access point that is compact and more suitable for small and medium-sized businesses."
"The solution doesn't have hotspots. Users can't set it up so that visitors can log in via Facebook or social media as they can at, for example, airports. D-Link should include hotspots that offer integration with social media. That way, visitors don't need to be asking people for passwords. They can just use Facebook."
"It would definitely help if we had more advanced features for distributing bandwidth."
"Password restriction: Sometimes we set a password and it uses that password but, after some days/months, the password gets changed and a few laptops still use old the password while a few use the new password. The password restriction option needs to improve."
"Its interface and support system need much improvement. Sometimes, when we use the interface to reset the password and configure SSIDs, or some other changes, the "Save" option does not show and we have to go to some internal setting and then we can "save" the setting. The “Save” option should be in front of or below of the settings."
"Sometimes we configure the SSID with a password but the same AP shows two WiFi connections with the same SSID name (one is protected by a password and another one give access without a password)."
"D-Link has some catching up to do in terms of advancing and improving its technology."
"If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced."
"Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard."
"I think they should lower their prices."
"Aruba is comparable to competing solutions when it comes to price."
"The support pricing for Juniper Mist is higher than Aruba."
"The price of Aruba Wireless should be cheaper."
"Aruba is probably cheaper than Cisco, and yet you get all the things that you want."
"The access points are more cost-effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment."
"Cisco licensing is usually provided on a yearly basis rather than monthly. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of years. Longer terms influence the level of support that you get when it comes to Cisco SLA."
"Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult."
"The price of this product is reasonable."
"This is an expensive product."
"The product could be priced better."
"Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions."
"The price is a little high. However, you get what you pay for. The quality of the product is high, you will find it is worth the money. There is some additional cost, for example, customer support."
"It's expensive because a lot of the controls come with licenses."
"D-Link pricing is very competitive when you consider other OEMs."
Cisco Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 42 reviews while D-Link Wireless is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews. Cisco Wireless is rated 8.2, while D-Link Wireless is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes " Combines the mobility of wireless with the performance of wired networks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of D-Link Wireless writes "Very good AP however Password restriction feature and their support system needs improvement some time it's connect with password and without password too". Cisco Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN and Mist Access Points, whereas D-Link Wireless is most compared with Huawei Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Fortinet FortiWLM. See our Cisco Wireless vs. D-Link Wireless report.
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