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Aruba Wireless Valuable Features

Network and Security Consultant at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Aruba is an industry leader. The hardware is on par, and its performance is also on par with anybody else. The Aruba brand really only focuses on wireless, so they're not competing their R&D for switching data center products and cloud security. They're really focused on that and their underlying key pieces. 

They provide a role-based authentication that is native to the controller. A lot of other systems don't do that. They won't provide you the ability to basically have everybody join the network, regardless of whether or not they share the same network space, the SSID, or the wireless LAN. You can segment it down to a specific user role based on any kind of attributes that you like. That's their differentiator. If you need per user, per device, or per port segmentation, you can get that with Aruba. There isn't another vendor who does it.

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Senior Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Wireless technologies, relatively speaking, are a new solution. The technical guys from Aruba are very good. The support is very good. It is very easy to implement the product. Another solution that Aruba has is the NAC and the ClearPass. ClearPass is a good solution for additional security of access points and it is integrated so it is very easy to deploy. It is very interactive and not so analytic as other solutions so, in my opinion. Aruba is a very good company — very good technology-wise — and they make very useful products.  

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D6B8 - PeerSpot reviewer
District Technology at INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196

There aren't a lot of features that Aruba has that their competitors don't. With that being said, some of the implementations or features do work as advertised: easy deployment of APs, MAC caching, and aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.

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Aruba Wireless
August 2022
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Cisco Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable features are ease of use, a simple management interface, cost-effectiveness, reliability, and simple installation.

The web-based GUI is much simpler to use than similar products by Cisco.

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Risk Advisor

Wi-Fi 6 is the most beneficial aspect of the solution. Apart from that, the WPA3 introduction in terms of security is one of the key features.

The solution is stable.

It's a scalable product.

Technical support is helpful.

The pricing is pretty good.

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Anar Safibayov - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, Information Technology at Four Seasons Hotels

One advantage is the built-in Zigbee-based IoT functionality. You don't need an additional dongle to enable that option. 

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Rahul Bogala - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager - Network and Infrastructure Security Business Unit at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

I think Aruba Wireless' Wi-Fi 6 capability is something that really makes a difference. We used to have bottlenecks. Each user has one laptop on one mobile device, so that equals 40 devices connecting to one AP. The Wi-Fi 5 series couldn't handle the traffic during peak hours, and when I say "peak hours," I mean Monday at 11 a.m. We used to see a lot of packet drops, but we haven't seen that problem at all since we moved to Wi-Fi 6.

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Sr IT Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to. Whatever features are required from an enterprise standard, it supports all of them. The main advantage is broad device support.  

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SasikaRanasinghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Manager at Fentons Limited

If you're looking into a wireless solution, more and more people now are using Aruba Wireless. There are two key reasons why: in a developing country, many of the companies look at the cost and quality of a solution. Cost-wise, Aruba Wireless is very attractive here in the Sri Lankan market. The other key reason is Aruba Wireless provides their key product portal and a limited lifetime warranty. Other providers do not provide that level of warranty. These are the reasons why a customer would choose to purchase Aruba products than Cisco, or any other access point or wireless solution.

The key feature of this solution is the value for money. If customers can get a good quality product at a very competitive price, plus a limited lifetime warranty, then this gives very high value to the customer, which is what you can get from Aruba Wireless.

Aruba Wireless is able to provide value addition, apart from their product features.

This solution is user-friendly and their technical support team provides very good support.

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Network Team Leader at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

Their technological improvements and innovations are always great. They are up to market level. They’re always upgrading to whatever the latest technology is.

They are a bit of a monopoly solution.

It offers an easy initial setup.

The solution is pretty stable.

There are so many features. Even we are also not using the complete functionalities and features of Aruba. We need to explore more.

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Network Infrastructure Engineer at KAIZNE

Configuring the main controller is very easy; with Aruba, it's just plug-and-play. The roaming features are great too.

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J. Fortunato Hontoria - PeerSpot reviewer
Telecommunication Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The feature I found most valuable to customers in Aruba Wireless is not a technical feature. It's more of its image, trademark, or brand as the product is very well-known in the market, and that's a good point to offer to customers.

My customers just ask about the basic features of the product, and usually, when asking about Aruba products, customers don't pay too much attention to any specific feature as long as the product is solid and sure, and that you can change or modify it, as what you can get from Aruba Wireless.

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Network Engineer at a university with 201-500 employees

The wireless service is pretty much standard. 

We like the centralized configuration and monitoring. 

We like the performance of the access points as they're not easily interfered with by other wireless devices. 

The initial setup was straightforward. It's really easy.

The documentation is great.

The pricing and licensing structure are great.

It's very easy to work with.

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Corporate Senior IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Aruba Central is a valuable feature because I can monitor access points remotely, even if I'm not in the office.

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Manager - Network Solutions at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I found a lot of things, a lot of functions to be most valuable in Aruba Wireless. It depends on the category of the features you are looking for. From a security perspective, a performance perspective, a quality perspective, and a user experience perspective, there are a lot, so I can't mention a specific feature.

The best feature for me would be the visibility of this solution.

This solution can also cover thousands of access points, and that's another thing I like.

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Infrastructure Manager at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees

In the end, when you bring on a wireless solution, you only need a wireless solution. That is the intrinsic value. We had both Aruba ClearPass and Aruba AirWaves. We had all the management features also available from Aruba. These worked well together as a class of products.   

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Shrijendra Shakya - PeerSpot reviewer
C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution Inc. Pvt. Ltd.

It is easy to implement and manage through a web GUI.

The adding of APs simply involves configuring a network port on the appropriate VLAN and plugging in the AP. The controller pushes the config out to the new AP.

The Airwave is the best feature for a single management point for all APs in the environment. 

It offers many reporting features as well as visual RF maps displaying heatmaps of the AP signals and client positioning. 

The addition of the APs on the existing swarm is plug and play to the desired VLAN.

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Ahmed Hawary - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Product Manager/ Senior Presales engineer at Nahil Computers

Aruba has a lot of features. 

The stability is the best. It's very reliable. 

The roaming signal is excellent. 

You can do firewalling over the WiFi which is unique.

The initial setup is easy.

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Head of Operations & Support at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution has great integration capabilities.

It offers a lot of helpful common features.

The solution is quite stable and very robust.

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Antonio Chuquimarca - PeerSpot reviewer
Project and Services Manager at Gensystems

It's an excellent solution overall. We were able to increase capacity very easily.

This type of equipment is easy - very easy to connect and configure inside a network. For example, you can use a cell phone to configure. It is very, very simple. 

When you want to check if the equipment is working it's quite straightforward. You can do it just with a cell phone. You can check if you've got any problem or any type of equipment connected to the network. It's useful to be able to check what the equipment is connected to or if there is a mesh connection between other APs. You don't need to use a physical cable.

While I haven't used it, Aruba has a server that can not just check the equipment, but also validate or log into the network. This type of server is wonderful, however, I don't know the name.

The initial setup is quite simple.

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Samy Masihy - PeerSpot reviewer
Wifi Solution Architect at Netpro SpA

We sell the solution and we do due to the fact that we think it's the best solution overall. We usually are researching other solutions also, as you have to know what you're competing against. That said, we've never been disappointed by its capabilities.

Overall, it's a very strong solution.

The solution is stable.

The scalability is great. 

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Director of Networks at Sellcom Solutions

In the case of the contacts or the callers, Aruba Wireless offers a good user experience. For example, there are a lot of the contacts in the retail store, we are talking about 100,000 users connected at one time. After evaluation, Aruba Wireless was considered best for large numbers of users like this. 

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Luiz Canario - PeerSpot reviewer
Integration and Support Analyst at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

All features are useful for me. It lets me perform some specific configurations depending on the site or the client. All WAN features are valuable.

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Director of Information Technology at a university with 51-200 employees

This is the second time I've implemented and installed this solution and I think it is outstanding. The support is excellent and so is the hardware. We don't need much support because nothing really goes wrong.

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Engineer at Eden

The user interface is great.

We have found the pricing to be reasonable. 

Technical support is pretty good.

It's very easy to set up the solution. 

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Hoon Lim Chin - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Manager at ITWin Technology Sdn. Bhd.

The cost is pretty good. It's what draws in the clients. 

It has a straightforward initial setup.

The solution can scale.

It's a stable product.

Technical support is good.

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VP at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

There are only so many features in Wireless controllers. The fact that Aruba has a virtual controller onboard the internet access points makes it cheaper than to buy Aruba Central licenses or Meraki Cloud licenses. That probably makes it most valuable.  

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Network Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is the client match. This feature continually monitors the client and provides automatic load-balancing, as well as other advanced features.

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Mahmoud Shehadeh - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Support at MayaSoft

The coverage, concurrent user life, and visualization are the most valuable features of these solutions.

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CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are the Instant On capabilities, including the controller. You don't need to have a separate controller.

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Advisory Systems Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

We appreciate the integration options that are available.

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An Quang Vu Phan Phan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Networking Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The main features of the Aruba Wireless are universal and effective, covering most uses, a lifetime hardware warranty that sets it apart from the competition and it integrates seamlessly with the network access control solution - Aruba Clearpass

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IT Manager at MNHD

Aruba is easier than Juniper.

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Team Leader Network and Communications at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

I really like the user interface.

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MichaelZhang - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at Guangdong Technion Institute of Technology

The ClearPass admin console provides an easy operating interface for checking every user's authentication steps, which is pretty useful to identify the root cause of an authentication issue. Also, the self-service portal allows end-users to manage their registered devices. 

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Gaurav Vyas - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Information Technology at Jekson Vision Pvt Ltd

The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements.

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Ranveer Seetaloo - PeerSpot reviewer
Head - Managed Connectivity Services at Rogers Capital

I like the analytics feature.

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DImo Dimov - PeerSpot reviewer
R&D Engineer IC Design at inLab Ltd

It has very flexible features.

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Networking Enterprise Specialist at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

It's simple to use.

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Buyer's Guide
Aruba Wireless
August 2022
Learn what your peers think about Aruba Wireless. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: August 2022.
621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.