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    The solution is very stable. It's been running for the past three years with no default configuration.
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    It is very handy to have a support number to call.The automatic VMware update is very useful because you don't have to worry about outages and planning for VMware updates. It is very advantageous from a management point of view. The ability to restrict and review the clients connected to each of our segments. Additionally, the solution is easy to use.
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    The solution is scalable. It is an extremely stable and scalable solution. Its documentation and support are also very good.
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    Configurations are highly customizable and we could tune easily to suit our Wi-Fi requirements. Ruckus features a centralized architecture solution with ultrasound technology, which helps us with communication and roaming.
  6. It is similar to the switches, where it is one of those things where it just works. They are very reliable.Ubiquiti WLAN's best feature is the free controller system software.
  7. The coverage of the solution is great.The most valuable feature of this product is that it is easily deployed.
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  9. At the moment, I only have experience with the on-premise deployment of Huawei Wireless, but the cloud solution looks good on paper. It looks perfect. I can say that Huawei's cybersecurity is very good, stable, and works for long periods. My company has four devices running uptime for more than four years without stopping. I also like that the support for Huawei Wireless is swift, and support does precisely what you require, at least from the point of view of the technical engineer who communicated with Huawei support, as I'm more of a technical sales guy. Good technical support is vital to my company, partners, and customers. My company had this ongoing project with an ISP provider in Bulgaria that bought some routers. Still, the existing equipment was a completely different brand, so this provider wanted to migrate to Huawei Wireless and wanted help while migrating the existing infrastructure to Huawei, so the technical engineer assigned to raise the ticket with Huawei for checking and setting parameters correctly provided feedback about Huawei technical support being good quality-wise and TAT-wise. The technical engineer was also Cisco-certified and Juniper-certified and was not experienced with Huawei equipment. Still, he did mention that the Huawei Wireless router interface was straightforward, and even a person who's new to it would find it easy to configure. Huawei Wireless is user-friendly, which is another pro of the solution. It's easy to manage, and even the program language setting can be done with fewer commands than Juniper and Cisco equipment. Some of the features in Juniper need an external program, and the same features can be found in Huawei Wireless built-in, which I find remarkable.
  10. When an error or alert happens, I receive it in the application. I do not have to be there to know if something is wrong.The app and the provisioning are the best features of the product. It was really impressive that I was able to just provision it remotely. I didn't have to be on-site with my friend, and we were just able to get everything up and operational. So, the app is great. It sends me notifications when things are down, and it tells me how everything is doing.

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Eric Biller - PeerSpot reviewer
Eric Biller
Network Systems Administrator at SCBDD
Hello,  We are redoing Wi-Fi and the related Ethernet switches to support it. We're moving from Cisco environment and considering Aruba 515, w/CX6400 Cisco Meraki or possibly an on-prem Wi-Fi controller, Arista Mojo, or Extreme Networks ExtremeCloud IQ. Any suggestions? 
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Aws Al-DabbaghI suggest Aruba. We've considered the same upgrade (APs + Switches) and I've… more »
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Wireless LAN Topics

What is a Wireless LAN (WLAN)?

A wireless LAN (WLAN) is a type of wireless computer network that forms a local area network (LAN) by linking devices using wireless communication. These networks use radio transmissions instead of cable or wired connections. WLANs often use an access point (AP) to connect to the public internet.

Wireless connections are the most popular form of connecting to the internet. Wireless networks are inexpensive, easy to set up, and unobtrusive.

How does a wireless LAN work?

A WLAN (wireless local area network) transmits data using radio waves. The network gives access to the internet without the need for connecting cables. Instead, a WLAN uses a device called an access point (AP) to connect wireless devices to the local area network (LAN).

High-frequency radio waves transmit packets from the LAN to your computer. The data packets going through the WLAN have instructions and addresses assigned to endpoints so that the network can route the packets to the designated locations. Wi-Fi networks are a type of WLAN that conforms to a specific standard.

Here’s how a WLAN sends information:

  1. The computer’s wireless adapter translates the data into a radio signal and transmits it using an antenna.
  2. The wireless router receives the signal and sends the information to the internet.

Similarly, when the router receives information from the internet, it translates it into a radio signal and sends it to the computer’s wireless adapter.

Is WLAN the same as Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a type of Wireless LAN (WLAN). Both technologies connect devices without the need for Ethernet cables or dial-up modems.

Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) is a type of wireless network that uses a wireless router to connect different devices. Wi-Fi allows desktops, mobile devices, and other types of equipment, like printers, scanners, sensors, and cameras, to connect to the internet.

Wireless routers are commonly found in homes and offices, connecting you to your internet provider’s network. Mobile devices can share their wireless connections with other devices when the phone’s mobile hotspot is enabled.

Types of Wireless LAN

A wireless local area network (WLAN) can have two different types of configurations: 

Infrastructure

In this model, the endpoints connect and communicate through a base station, which often also provides internet access. The infrastructure consists of a few basic parts: the wireless router that acts as a base station, endpoint devices, desktops, and mobile devices. Usually, the router also connects the devices to the internet.

Ad Hoc

This model doesn’t use a base station to connect endpoints. This type of WLAN only requires the endpoints (such as mobile devices) to have built-in radio transmission. A user can adjust the network settings to allow the ad hoc connection, becoming visible to others, who can then connect to him.

In terms of connectivity, there are three types of WLAN deployments:

Centralized

This is the most common type of wireless network system, typically deployed in places where buildings are close to each other. This type of deployment enables advanced wireless functionality. The network controllers are usually installed at a central location.

Converged

Converged deployment combines wired and wireless connections on one network device - the access switch. This device works as a wireless controller and as a network switch.

Cloud-Based

Some wireless networks use the cloud to manage on-premises devices at different locations. This keeps the controller in the cloud, enabling management, monitoring, and updating the WLAN.

Benefits of WLAN

What are the benefits of wireless local area networks (LANs) over wired LANs?

A wireless LAN connects devices wirelessly, using an access point (AP) that connects the devices to the internet, sending and receiving information packets through radio frequencies. This wireless connection provides the same service as wired LAN but without the cost and the hassle of installing massive cable routes to connect users with the network.

Benefits of a wireless LAN network include:

  • High data transfer rate because it is set in a small area. WLAN routers generally have a range of 100 meters. Therefore, they overlap to cover a specific area.
  • WLANs are more easily scalable than LANs, since it is easy to simply add more routers.
  • WLAN enables companies to expand internet access where wiring is not possible or cost-effective. For instance, in public spaces, rental offices, and historic buildings.
  • Flexible: Use of WLAN reduces physical wires. It also allows you to move your workstation without losing connectivity.
  • Allows work from anywhere: With a WLAN, workers can stay connected from any device, be it a tablet, laptop, or mobile.
  • Simple and fast to install: You don’t need to pass the cable through walls to install a WLAN. Installing a WLAN is as simple as connecting the wireless router.
  • Cost-effective: The cost of installing and maintaining a WLAN is lower than of a wired LAN. You don’t have the cost of cabling, including overhead costs for installation and maintenance. Updating the network is also easier and cheaper.
  • Mobile: Users can access the network’s resources without needing to plug the device into a router. Wireless network areas enable users to connect from anywhere under the network coverage area.
  • Range of coverage: WLANs are not limited by the distance the cable goes. While the typical range of a WLAN node is about 100 meters, the network is easy to expand by adding more access points. This also makes WLAN scalable.





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