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Question: Which wireless controller has maximum client connectivity and high throughput?
Answer: Cisco has maximum client connectivity and high throughput.
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"The product is a stable solution.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.""I found that It's really good when comparing it to any other product or it is much better in terms of features that the customer requires.""The most valuable feature is the ability to connect and broadcast to different networks without using a VLAN or a layer two switch, which allows you to easily create guest networks.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management."

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"Its roaming capabilities and the fact that we can have redundant backup controllers are the most valuable. There is a backup controller that is heart beated to the primary. It is also fairly easy to install.""I really like Ruckus Unleashed, which is the feature that provides a quick solution for me to control the APs.""The scalability has been very good.""The beamforming has been the most valuable aspect of the solution for our organization.""The most valuable features are the coverage and durability.""I can manage the network through a cell phone, which is a plus from my side. I am also able to visualize the network. I can also check the quality of the signal for different clients that are currently connected and see whether the quality is excellent, moderate, or poor. Sometimes, I can even adjust the signal strength.""The reason we picked Ruckus, in addition to our long-standing relationship with them, is pretty much that the RFS characteristics of it seem to be the best.""The solution has many innovative features."

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"Technical support is very poor. We are not satisfied with the technical support because there is not any direct person from Fortinet for any troubleshooting, which we expected.""When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""Documentation could be improved.""The guest management features need to be improved by adding automation.""In the next release, they could improve by adding a controller-less server, or architecture that is provided in other solutions, such as Aruba. This would be a great benefit for customers.""The pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned."

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"Having support available that is more compatible with time zones in the United States would be helpful.""I have not got any major problem using Ruckus, but the price and technical support could be better.""They should work to make their licensing more affordable.""They could add more flexibility for switching over to another radio if a radio is poor. I am not able to change the radios from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz. I am yet to figure it out. I want it to be a bit more explicit or a bit easier to change radios. When you shut it down, you lose some of the information. It would be good to have a controller where I can store the information, and later on, I can retrieve the information. There should be some form of small storage to keep the information. Its price should also be improved. Its price is currently quite high.""I would like the option to not have my logs deleted when I shut down the device so that I will be able to troubleshoot.""The solution should have more analytics capabilities.""The cost could be slightly improved. It's not on the low end, and it's not in the high end. It's in that middle area, which can be a deciding factor between someone going with this solution versus another one.""Its pricing and licensing can be improved. Its UI can also be more user-friendly. Currently, in the Unleashed mode, the information that you have about the switches that you add to the controller is quite limited. I would like more information regarding switches. In this mode, an access point acts as a controller, so you don't need a controller. It is for deployments with less than 125 access points, and you can use an access point as a controller."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced.""For indoor access points, there is a one-time cost, upfront, whereas outdoor access points have an annual fee.""Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts."

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"It is a pricey solution.""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.""The price is reasonable.""It is a good product, but it is pricey. In terms of the pricing, it is a bit expensive.""It is decently priced.""It's quite expensive, but that is what you get with these types of solutions.""This is a very expensive solution.""It depends on the client. You have an initial license cost that you need to buy to bind the access point with the controller. This is a one-time fee. You also have to pay the support fee that, if I remember correctly, is about $25 per access point. Its pricing and licensing can be improved."

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Suresh Sharma
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 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 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 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

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Top Answer: Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.
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Overview

Consolidate security and wireless LAN management with our integrated wireless solutions. Single-pane-of-glass management for security and access without the need to add point products simplifies deployment and reduces management complexity. These solutions are highly scalable to support even the largest organizations and distributed enterprises.

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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Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 6 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 45 reviews. Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.0, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWLM writes "Solves access point issues and reduces the need for excessive wifi transmission ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Great performance, easy to set up and simple to configure". Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti Wireless and Ubiquiti WLAN, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Instant and ExtremeWireless. See our Fortinet FortiWLM vs. Ruckus Wireless report.

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