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"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.""It is good, and it works."

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"That would be more of engineering at this point. I'm from more of the business side. It's pretty much doing the standard installations with portal integrations and integrations with the Mac.""The solution's roaming feature is very nice. When you move to another place it automatically changes the access point. It's one of the most valuable features.""The solution is easily managed compared to other wireless solutions.""You can add a lot of features, such as cloud, integration with IoT, etc. They have a lot of options available but the top feature is the performance.""This solution is very simple and the interface is user-friendly.""It is based on 802.11ax, which is a new technology. There are several valuable things, such as its speed and mobility. There are options for self-organizing networking so that it can perform operations and maintain itself. Its three interfaces are very good and user friendly.""The most valuable thing about Huawei Wireless is that it is one of the cheapest WiFi 6 systems. Its price is very nice. The other WiFi systems cost about 15% more.""The solution offers very good value for money."

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Cons
"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.""It requires a few tweaks in order to stabilize it. Its portal is complex. Cisco solutions are complex in general."

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"Improving the visibility, control offered, and cloud management would all be very helpful. Also how you can monetize the information you get from Wi-Fi controllers should be improved.""The technical support needs to be improved. They also need to produce some more technical guides.""The solution should offer more integration with third-party servers and devices.""There was one time I had a problem with their centralized licensing. I called the Indian call center, but the response was not that good. One guy attended this call and he told me, "Definitely, I am forwarding your call to the next level. I'll let you know." After that, it took between 10 to 15 hours before I got a call back. By then, we had already resolved the issue. Therefore, they could improve the local support; there should be at very good Tier 1 and 2 support in India. They should be both proactive and reactive.""This solution has issues with bugs and instability.""As such, there are no problems. It has been good. There were some issues with the network design, but that is not specifically related to the product. We had to make some improvements in the network design. The product as such is fine, and there are no big issues. We are using the latest version having most of the features available in the industry, so the specs are very high. If something new comes up new in the industry, it needs to be incorporated into the product.""Huawei Wireless has a small technical problem. When you use a power injector, it needs to be specially configured for the switch to which it is connected. It tries to take power not from the power injector but from the switch. The funny thing when you look at it is that you have three switches or maybe four or five that are theoretically capable. However, the port on these switches is disabled. When you connect the access point to a power injector, the access point checks for features from the switch, but on this port, the switch doesn't do power. So, the access point changes these features to energy save mode and cuts off some features, especially WiFi 6. It took me two weeks to find out what's going on and how to mitigate this sort of problem. It is very easy to fix. You need to disable LLDP on the port on which you connect the access point to the power injector. Power injectors aren't quite commonly used, but I have 54 access points, and I have used about 27 power injectors. So, about half of the access points were working at reduced speed, not full speed, for two weeks.""They should actually first test the equipment thoroughly and then launch it. Sometimes, things come out too soon, before they are ready."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""This solution is expensive, but you get value for your money."

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"We don't have any control on the pricing. This comes from Huawei in India. Pricing-wise, Huawei is very aggressive and competitive if you compare them to competitors, like Cisco, Aruba, and Ruckus. The Indian Huawei team tells us, "Just pick up the order and design the infrastructure. If there are any pricing challenge, we'll work on that and we will try to match things 100 percent."""Huawei comes at a cheaper price than competitors like Cisco and Aruba.""It is not monthly. It is a kind of perpetual licensing. We pay once depending on the kind of services we need to deliver. There are no licensing fees.""Its price is very good. This wireless system totally costs about 30,000 euros, and some of the other solutions cost about 45,000 euros. It is a difference of 15,000 euros, which is quite a lot of money.""The price is good for the solution and there is a license required.""It is very cost-effective."

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Suresh Sharma
author avatarImad Awwad
Real User

Hi,

Every one of the mentioned solutions is good but you need to check the needs which are security since the firms you are working with need protection and tracking of data. For this reason, I recommend:

- if you have FortiGate installed then go for Fortinet Wireless since they can be integrated with the Fortigate without buying a controller and they work perfectly together and you will get the advantage of applying rules to the client himself whether mobile or computer, easily managed & monitored, more visibility over your network and incident notifications.

If the above doesn't apply then you can go with the best one that fits your budget and security needs which for me doesn't fall on the mentioned solution but to go with ARUBA Instant Access Wireless Solution and the reasons are as such:

- Cisco is too much expensive and you got to pay smart support with some complexity in configuration and you need to buy a controller
- Ruckus is good but when you want to have the security you need to buy a controller with licenses and it won't give you the security needed since it is just a wireless solution
- Huawei is not a stable company since it had many ups and downs and they can reach with you to have all the solutions nearly free so that you install their brand.

Whereas Aruba you don't need a controller in the Instant access points and you will get the minimum security with radius integration and what is important a lifetime warranty on the access points.

In addition, if the number of access points increased and you want more detailed management and more advanced configurations, you can buy a controller either on-premises or on-cloud with Aruba.

The above information is based on my experience with all the solutions and their POC.

If you need any more details and consultancy, kindly feel free to contact me.

Regards.

author avatarAlanTran
Real User

All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series.


Personally I recommend looking at Arista Networks’ cognitive Wifi, where controllers are a thing of the past.

author avatarShrijendra Shakya
Reseller

Cisco has maximum client connectivity and high throughput.

author avatarJim Rousseau
User

Ruckus virtual smart zone will be your best bet allowing up to 300k connected devices and 30k access points. furthermore, Ruckus has time and again proven best in speed, throughput in high density environments by independent studies. I have over a decade of working with this product and none of the other competitors can beat the layer 1 connectivity of Ruckus WiFi

author avatarAmin Amor
User

Hi Imad,
Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba?
Thanks in advance

author avatarOscarLage
User

Boa tarde
As soluções cada solução que você indicou tem pormenores que podem impactar tanto no funcionamento quanto em caso de disaster recovery.
Fortinet: Possui bons access points, aliado às funcionalidades de segurança do próprio UTM, porém será mais um serviço para o appliance gerenciar, e dependendo do que está rodando nele, corre-se o risco de degradar a performance da funcionalidade principal "segurança", por que tambem está gerenciando uma rede wireless, além do fato se houver alguma pane no appliance Fortinet, tanto os itens de segurança quanto a rede wireless irão ficar indisponível. Dê a Cézar o que é de Cézar, deixe a fortinet focada em segurança, que é o que ela faz de melhor.
Ruckus: Excelentes Access points, confiáveis e com alta performance, possui no mínimo 4 opções de gerência, sendo, controlerless Unleashed, appliance virtual, appliance hardware e cloud, ambas as opções não trará prejuizo à performance da rede wireless, porque não há tunelamento de dados para elas, além de possuir várias funções de segurança inerentes à rede wireless. licenças são perpétuas.
Cisco: Excelente access points, porém solução muito cara para aquisição e renovação.
Huawei: Pelo que conheço, tem bons access points, e controladoras virtuais e appliance físico, mas conheço poucas redes com esta solução.
É lógico que uma tem um recurso extra a mais do que a outra, mas considero mera perfumaria, pois o básico para uma rede wireless segura todas atendem.
Eu já atendi a mais de 40 universidades federais no Brasil, todas com Ruckus, e não há reclamação da solução.
Como recomendação pessoal, vá de Ruckus.

author avatarAlanTran
Real User

Hi,
It is all dependent on the size of the controllers in question. Though I would suggest getting a cloud base technology so you are limited by any controller and have much better redundancy. Take a look at Arista Cognitive Wireless

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series. Personally I recommend looking… more »
Top Answer: The product offers educational licenses that are priced very reasonably.
Top Answer: We use the product under an educational license, and therefore, we find the solution to be reasonably priced.
Top Answer: The solution has high performance and we are using Wi-Fi 6 that we have found to be the best coverage.
Top Answer: The price is good for the solution and there is a license required.
Top Answer: The security of the solution could be better in the future.
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With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
Huawei WLAN products are compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards to establish high-speed, secure, and reliable wireless network connections for indoor and outdoor applications.WLAN products can be used in enterprise offices, schools, hospitals, large shopping malls, exhibition centers, airports, and more.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Wireless vs. Huawei Wireless and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 54 reviews while Huawei Wireless is ranked 8th in Wireless LAN with 12 reviews. Cisco Wireless is rated 8.2, while Huawei Wireless is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Robust with a good level of performance and very helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Huawei Wireless writes "It has a very good price and provides value for money". Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN and Juniper WLC Series, whereas Huawei Wireless is most compared with D-Link Wireless, Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ruckus Wireless. See our Cisco Wireless vs. Huawei Wireless report.

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