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Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN
July 2022
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"The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis.""The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The simplicity is great."

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"The cost is low, and there is controller-less architecture.""I can implement it at small sites, and I can also implement it at mid-sized locations. It is very flexible. It is really nice and useful for customers who have many small sites.""The installation is very simple. We've limited the security feature, which I found valuable, and that allows two separate networks, one for the company and one for a guest network. During installation, it is very easy at that point to divide it.""It's a good solution for small businesses because it's easy to figure out. It's simple to set Aruba up in any configuration, like link aggregation or static loads. It's suitable for less complicated configurations, whereas Cisco devices are bigger and more difficult to implement.""Works automatically in terms of setup with the product finding its master wifi access point.""The most valuable features of Aruba Instant are management and performance.""The solution is stable, and we are satisfied.""We like being able to merge Aruba Instant to mobile via Bluetooth. You are also able to perform a lot of functions remotely such as creating an SSID IP."

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"The most valuable thing to me is the stability of the product.""The stability of the Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is very good.""The network security the solution provides is its most valuable aspect.""The big draw is the ease of installation. It's easy to manage, and it's easy to implement.""The settings of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN can be very granular. You can lock down and block devices with the controls. For example, we have four different wireless settings, such as guest, employee, security, and backup. For example, the settings for the employees, if they use laptops, they're required to have certain settings, such as an antivirus installed. If they do not then Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN will not let them connect. This is very good protection because the network works on the bringing your own device(BYOD) principle. It's a BYOD environment now, and you also don't want them to bring infection into the environment because these people are connecting to the LAN via wireless connections. We have to be careful because we're managing it, we have to be very strict with regards to the rules and policies.""The captive portal feature is my favorite. It allows us to keep track of how many people are entering our client's businesses.""I like the status page Cisco added that shows you the health of the wireless connection.""I really don't have any problems with the stability of the product."

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"I need a bit more time with it before criticizing the features.""Juniper Wireless AP can improve by continually improving its reporting and integration with other systems.""If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited."

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"If you need to access the master access point the integration between the two becomes quite expensive.""It is good as it is. If anything, its reporting could be improved.""I think they're missing roadmaps to the partners and the customers. They're releasing the products, but there are no quick updates to the partners and the customers.""There is an issue with flooding to the Aruba access point on the ports.""I think that the next release should offer IP phone security/firewall.""My biggest problem with Aruba Instant was the DHCP implementation. The DHCP server needs to ping an IP address to connect to the internet. In some cases, we don't have a DHCP server in the network, and it was really a problem.""The only issue we've had is getting equipment supplies. The availability of the APs that I want to use has been an issue. It took almost two months to get them the first time. I've ordered a few more for another client, and they're still on back order. It has been over a month now.""Aruba Instant can improve by increasing the gigabit range of the switch or by adding additional management features and tools. It can be helpful."

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"The dashboard could be a bit better. I'd like to see more information about the whole controller and APs. It should be as simple and convenient.""The customization needs to be improved because it's pretty locked down.""The biggest pain point is that they limit you through firewall throughput. I understand why they do it, but that really grates me. For instance, for 450 Mbps throughput, you're looking at £800 for a router, whereas if you look at the one gig connection, for some of us are lucky enough to have a gig connection, you could almost be spending £3,000 for the option to have one gig connectivity. That's one of the pain points I've got. I don't mind paying for throughput, but I should at least have the option to be able to update that throughput, maybe through extra licensing or something else. It is crazy expensive to jump through to the next one.""When it comes to switching, Meraki lacks categories of features.""It would be nice to have licensing that stays in place while the system is being renovated or changed.""The licensing could be a bit better.""Meraki is still very much a small office type of solution. It is not a fit for large enterprise networks, as it doesn't have tunneling functionalities.""I would like to see integration with sensors."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay maybe 1000 SEK per year, per access point."
  • "Juniper Wireless AP's price is a little more expensive than other solutions, but you get what you pay for."
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  • "It is not expensive. Its price is fair. You get many features with the normal licensing. If I look at Cisco, it is very expensive if I need similar things."
  • "The cost was affordable."
  • "Some aspect of the price of Aruba Instant is very economical because if the customer is requiring more features the customer needs to pay a higher amount."
  • "It's a one time cost, including the upgrades, but you have to pay on a yearly basis if you want support. The price is in the middle in comparison to that of competitors' products."
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  • "It's not super expensive and it's not super cheap."
  • "The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot."
  • "The price of the product could be cheaper."
  • "The price is on the high side when compared to Aruba."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "We don't like the licensing model and we think that it needs to be improved significantly."
  • "Having a good price is important when we are providing quotations for projects."
  • "We do a three-year or five-year license and support. Its price could be better, but overall, we get competitive prices. A lot of times, Cisco puts itself out of range, especially with Meraki. I've dealt with a lot of business development from Cisco, and they have always been accommodating, especially in dealing with hospitals or government. There is also a right time to buy it. July is when they are eager to sell a lot of things because that is the end of their calendar year."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.
    Top Answer:As with all cloud offerings, you choose a one, two, three, or five-year license, and then you choose between only… more »
    Top Answer:You can only get so far with it. If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited. You can alter the channels… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Ubiquiti and Aruba when looking for a WLAN solution. Ubiquiti offers good WLAN access both indoors and… more »
    Top Answer:The installation is very simple. We've limited the security feature, which I found valuable, and that allows two… more »
    Top Answer:It's a one time cost, including the upgrades, but you have to pay on a yearly basis if you want support. The price is in… more »
    Top Answer:Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your… more »
    Top Answer:Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they have… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be… more »
    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    Juniper Wireless Access Points work in conjunction with Juniper Mist Cloud Services and Mist AI to deliver premier wireless access capabilities. The Juniper Mist Edge extends microservices to the campus to bring agility and scale while enabling new applications at the edge.

    Aruba Instant delivers the only controllerless Wi-Fi solution that is easy to set-up, and loaded with security and smarts needed to accelerate your business without breaking your budget.

    Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.
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    Sample Customers
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    Purdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday Parks
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Transportation Company10%
    Renewables & Environment Company10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Educational Organization11%
    Non Profit9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Instant is ranked 8th in Wireless LAN with 8 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 62 reviews. Aruba Instant is rated 8.8, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Has a user friendly interface and is stable, scalable, and easy to install". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Highly reliable, effective site blocking, and beneficial reports". Aruba Instant is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, TP-Link Auranet EAP and Aruba Instant On Access Points, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and ExtremeWireless. See our Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN report.

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