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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"It has very flexible features.""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.""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.""Overall, it's a very strong solution.""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.""The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to.""It is easy to install and deploy.""The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements."

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"It is a reliable and robust solution. Access and Mobility Groups are useful. We don't use anything very fancy.""The ability to make different types of networks, such as land networks, is the most valuable part of the solution.""Overall, Cisco was stable and worked well for all our needs until we started having more and more students and teachers using YouTube and Zoom — what with classes being isolated and everything — which put a lot of strain on our Wi-Fi network.""It's very easy to configure the access points.""It is good, and it works.""I like that Cisco Wireless is easy to implement. If you get stuck with any issues, they have ample documentation on the internet. It's easy to implement, and Cisco documentation is easily accessible.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The solution is highly scalable."

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Cons
"Most of the access points don't include the chargers.""There needs to be better visibility on the day-to-day monitoring.""I believe more security options are needed.""The pricing could always be better.""A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.""The network times for protocol synchronization can be improved.""The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""When we connect to Wi-Fi devices it could be easier because sometimes, it takes a lot of time to complete."

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"An expensive solution that small companies cannot afford.""The solution is stable but it could be improved. However, this could be because there are not enough APs.""The interface could be better.""There should be an option for a wireless bridge that can be used to join two access points.""This solution is very expensive, which means we often have to go for cheaper options instead.""If they could offer better coverage, we'd be much happier.""The solution could improve by having more advanced features, such as AI that is able to do diagnosis on the network or detect incorrect configurations and is able to tell you what is the recommended practice. Additionally, it would be a benefit to have smart antennas that are able to track your movement, Wi-Fi 6 support, better transfer rates, low latency, stronger signals that can penetrate thick walls, and zero packet losses.""The reporting of the product could be improved. When I needed to troubleshoot, I couldn't get sufficient information from the controller."

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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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  • "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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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarChi Kieu
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    Aruba is our choice for our WIFI solution as Aruba has a lot of features that can do the same with Meraki. 


    Aruba is saving costs vs Meraki in a long time operation.

    Questions from the Community
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    Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your WLAN Infrastructure. Can you clone an AP (exposing AP's integrity), can you sniff… more »
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    Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they have some feature that I need or want, I wouldn't consider them. Do you have… more »
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    At my organization, we researched Ruckus Wireless among other solutions but ultimately chose Aruba wireless. What did we like about Ruckus? First, it was very easy to use, and anybody with minimal IT… more »
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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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    Also Known As
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
    Cisco WLAN Controller
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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.
    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
    Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
    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
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    University28%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Comms Service Provider15%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 68 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Cisco Wireless 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 Wireless writes "Robust with a good level of performance and very helpful technical support". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Fortinet FortiWLM and Mist Access Points. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless report.

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