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"The security is very good.""The stability of the solution has been fine.""The solution is easy to use and manage. Overall it is very simple to understand and users do not know it is a cloud solution.""It's reliable and works well. It's pretty stable.""In terms of the most valuable features, I like the integration with the fabric. The network fabric completely integrates with wireless as well.""The technical support from Extreme Networks is perfect.""The most valuable feature is stability."

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"The most valuable feature is the coverage, which is exceptional.""The solution has great network intelligence from applications, clients, access points, and controllers.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""Very reliable.""In my experience, Ruckus devices are much more reliable than other vendors when it comes to consistency, coverage, and client density. Ruckus is very simple to configure and troubleshoot.""The beamforming has been the most valuable aspect of the solution for our organization.""The most valuable feature for me is reliability.""The most valuable feature is the portal."

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"In the next release, I would like to see more security features.""The reports could prove in ExtremeWireless. However, we are in the early stages of use and we might be able to configure them better.""The ability to integrate with network devices from other vendors would be helpful.""The current product line is very high-level and is well suited for enterprise-level organizations, but they need a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses.""The solution should offer better support.""The management portal is in need of improvement."

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"It could be more stable.""They lack in some hardware stratification.""Having support available that is more compatible with time zones in the United States would be helpful.""It is very difficult to convince the customer to choose Ruckus because of the price.""It would be nice if there was a way to compare access points and hardware so you can always get the same level of performance.""What would be interesting to see is if they had more of an ability for their customers to capture revenue. They should offer some sort of gateway functionality that you could tie through radius authentication, so you can bill the customers. That way, when you go in, you could just have a device and set up a hotspot, and it's a totally billable tool at that point.""Ruckus products, overall, have a wide range of useful features, however not all customers have the budget to buy a corporate Wi-Fi solution. Most of the time, it's far too expensive for our clients to consider going with Ruckus, and they might like to see cheaper solutions in the Ruckus range.""The pricing is okay, however, it could be a bit lower."

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"The solution is priced well and we currently are only paying for a license for maintenance.""The purchase of 350 access points cost approximately $250,000 USD.""Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade our virtual appliance to the next version or build a new virtual appliance with new devices, and it's not good for us. The overall licensing subscription could be better.""There are both paid and free licenses of the cloud environment, with only basic functionality in the free version."

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"We paid for a three-year contract last year. I am not sure about what we paid. It is certainly less expensive than Meraki.""The setup that I have at the moment does not require licensing, although I am not sure whether a bigger project will mean that I have to spend more.""We have a yearly license for our multiple mode 200 or 300 Ruckus Wireless systems. It's a good price.""It is decently priced.""Not all of our clients can afford a fully corporate solution like Ruckus. But for many of our clients, pricing is the only factor that prevents them from choosing Ruckus, as we have found Ruckus to be a very suitable and reliable solution for integrating wireless access points to a company's network.""We don't pay any licensing fees, we purchase them.""It's quite expensive, but that is what you get with these types of solutions.""The reason we picked Ruckus, in addition to our long-standing relationship with Ruckus, is pretty much that the RFS characteristics of it seem to be the best."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: In terms of the most valuable features, I like the integration with the fabric. The network fabric completely integrates with wireless as well.
Top Answer: You do need to pay a licensing fee. Currently, we are upgrading. We pay an annual licensing fee.
Top Answer: In the next release, I would like to see more security features.
Top Answer: At my organization, we researched Ruckus Wireless among other solutions but ultimately chose Aruba wireless. What did we like about Ruckus? First, it was very easy to use, and anybody with minimal IT… more »
Top Answer: Ruckus Wireless offers users the benefit of being both easy to set up and get running as well as being very user friendly. This user-friendly quality also renders it easy to learn how to use and… more »
Top Answer: Cisco’s Meraki Virtual MX is a virtual instance of the Meraki SD-WAN appliance. We liked the Meraki. The Wifi APs are a great feature. The dashboard is a simple interface and easy to learn. It… more »
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Extreme ExtremeWireless Access Points deliver wired-like performance, at scale for high-density in every environment. Smart Access Points are equally adept for both distributed and centralized deployment models. ExtremeWireless Controllers provide advanced functionality to allow organizations to define how wireless voice/video/data traffic is processed without architectural constraints and in accordance with business needs.
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
St. Xavier High School, Americatel, Diamond Light Source
American 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 Provider26%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization7%
Comms Service Provider45%
Educational Organization9%
Religious Institution6%
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Large Enterprise25%
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise24%
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise57%
Find out what your peers are saying about ExtremeWireless vs. Ruckus Wireless and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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ExtremeWireless is ranked 10th in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 45 reviews. ExtremeWireless is rated 8.2, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of ExtremeWireless writes "A stable and secure solution that is straightforward to implement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Great performance, easy to set up and simple to configure". ExtremeWireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Wireless, Meraki MS Switches, ExtremeCloud IQ and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Instant and Mist Access Points. See our ExtremeWireless vs. Ruckus Wireless report.

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