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Pros
"There is no problem with downtime.""It's a very stable system.""Aruba Wireless is easily scaled between a lot of devices and a lot of endpoints. When we decided to use it as our solution, we had planned to use it exactly for its ability to scale.""The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to.""The technical support is very good.""The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements.""It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.""The fact that Aruba Wireless has a virtual controller onboard the internet access points makes it cheaper than other solutions."

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"The emailing of statuses is the most valuable feature.""It is easy to set up. You can do everything on the GUI. You don't need to trace cables. You don't need to connect to the switch. Everything is there, right in front of you.""I have found the scalability to be very good.""It is cloud-based. It has a GUI rather than a command line, and it just works.""It is very stable, very resilient, and very robust.""The solution has worked very well in our campus environment.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The interface is excellent. We've been really happy with it."

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Cons
"I believe more security options are needed.""The Help option within the GUI needs to be improved.""Most of the access points don't include the chargers.""They could work on energy consumption as this equipment needs a lot of energy.""There is a lot of information for users about the product, but it needs to be better organized so that solutions are easier to find.""Their documentation needs to be improved. Aruba's documentation is poor.""Not cost-effective.""Improvements to the GUI, such as being able to search in the Mobility Master, would be nice."

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"There should be better Spanish-language technical support.""If you lose connectivity with the controller, your Wi-Fi network is immediately impacted.""They should introduce a grace period of 60 days after license expiry because as it is now, it automatically goes down and there is no grace period.""Currently, only a limited number of clients can connect to these devices.""We haven't had any issues with the solution. We like the way it works. There isn't anything I can think of that makes me worry that it might be lacking in a certain area.""I would like to see more cybersecurity. I would like the ability to go in and enhance security. Because WPA2 is becoming obsolete, many devices are now WPA3, but the challenge is that a lot of devices are not yet there. I would like to be able to go in and do monitoring, similar to ASPM. ASPM has the ability to monitor who's joining and who's active. It supports two-step monitoring. The stability of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN can also be improved.""If they could work on the Meraki firewall hardware, and add SSL decryption as well as more application control and deep packet inspection, that would be ideal.""We have used technical support for some issues but not many times."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced."
  • "Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard."
  • "I think they should lower their prices."
  • "Aruba is comparable to competing solutions when it comes to price."
  • "The support pricing for Juniper Mist is higher than Aruba."
  • "The price of Aruba Wireless should be cheaper."
  • "Aruba is probably cheaper than Cisco, and yet you get all the things that you want."
  • "The access points are more cost-effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment."
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  • "The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment."
  • "This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees."
  • "This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
    Chi Kieu
    author avatarAws Al-Dabbagh
    Real User

    Pricing is different based on region; it depends on Aruba's and Cisco's strategy in the region. You must contact the respective partners to get an accurate price for comparison.


    That being said, in MENA where I live, as of a few months ago (21H1), Aruba pricing was cheaper than Cisco.

    author avatarJohnrex Fernandez
    User

    Aruba licensing for the AP's is much cheaper compared to Meraki. 


    You can get a 1/3/5-year cloud license per AP.  

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    Also Known As
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    Overview
    Aruba deliver superb Wireless performance and multi-user MIMO aware ClientMatch to boost network efficiency and support the growing device density and app demands on your network.
    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
    Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
    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
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Overall a good product that provides role-based authentication native to the controller, but has code stability issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Aruba Instant. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN report.

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