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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Wireless and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The integration with ClearPass is the most valuable feature.""The products offer a lot of flexibility. Almost everything can be configured. It works very well for providing remote services.""The quick setup and automatic code embedded in one access point is really useful.""The access it grants to wifi is the solution's most valuable feature."

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"Some of the valuable features of this solution are security, the controller is simple to configure, devices are easy to install, and we use the software to administrate all the APs.""We were able to utilize the elements of the core and provide a solution to our customers similar to that of Cisco Meraki.""Cisco Wireless is scalable.""Cisco has good support services.""Cisco Wireless is easy to use.""It is good, and it works.""It's very easy to configure the access points.""The support is very good. Technical support is very helpful."

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"Doesn't support enough access points in one cluster.""The meshing could use improvement but aside from that nothing else really needs improvement.""The reach of the solution could be improved. It could be a bit stronger.""The management component is difficult to understand and not very user-friendly which increases deployment time."

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"It requires a few tweaks in order to stabilize it. Its portal is complex. Cisco solutions are complex in general.""Before deploying a wireless solution, you have to read and plan every role, every windows system, put in your access point, and then make the audit. This solution is not the best one to do this. We use another solution that is called Eko. In the future, if this solution could have better auditing capabilities it would be better.""Their software's really clunky.""Older versions used to be hard to deploy. The latest OS, however, has made things a lot easier. While deployment is much better, it could always be even easier.""There are some features I would like to have in Cisco Wireless, such as Telemetry and other IoT. However, they are available in the new version of the solution.""We've recently had hardware issues which have caused us some problems.""Controllers could be improved.""It's end-of-life, it will be end-of-support in the next two years. The APs are also end-of-life."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing cost is somewhere around $20,000."
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  • "Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult."
  • "The price of this product is reasonable."
  • "This is an expensive product."
  • "The product could be priced better."
  • "Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions."
  • "The price is a little high. However, you get what you pay for. The quality of the product is high, you will find it is worth the money. There is some additional cost, for example, customer support."
  • "It's expensive because a lot of the controls come with licenses."
  • "This solution is expensive, but you get value for your money."
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    Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be very reliable and to consistently run very efficiently. Cisco Wireless helped… more »
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    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 »
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    On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three hours, the basic framework can be set up. Step-by-step instructions are available… more »
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    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.

    With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
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    Sample Customers
    Purdue University, Orlando Magic, Brussels Airport Company, Molecaten Holiday Parks
    Aegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Educational Organization7%
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Aruba Instant is ranked 11th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 71 reviews. Aruba Instant is rated 8.0, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant writes "Offers a lot of flexibility, almost everything can be configured". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Robust with a good level of performance and very helpful technical support". Aruba Instant is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Aruba Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN and Fortinet FortiWLM. See our Aruba Instant vs. Cisco Wireless report.

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