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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 21, 2022

We performed a comparison between Aruba Wireless and Cisco Wireless based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Reviewers of Aruba Wireless and Cisco Wireless agree that the initial setup of both solutions is straightforward and simple.
  • Features: Reviewers of both solutions found them to be reliable, stable, and scalable. Valuable features of Aruba Wireless include role-based authentication, aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration, client match, easy deployment of APs, MAC caching, high functionality, great integration capabilities, a good user experience, Airwave, easy implementation and management, visual RF maps, and good reporting. Some Aruba Wireless users say it could benefit from better visibility, and have experienced that most of the access points don't include the chargers. They also complain that the upgrades can sometimes be buggy and that the Help option within the GUI needs to be improved.

    Users of Cisco Wireless mentioned that valuable features include solid functionality, security, easy management, good application visibility, control integration for other analysis software, and ease of configuration. Some users of Cisco Wireless state that the software can sometimes be very clunky, and others would like to see cloud-based support and management as well as some AI capabilities and the introduction of a dashboard.
  • Pricing: Most Aruba Wireless users feel that the pricing is comparable to that of its competitors, while a few select reviewers feel that it is on the expensive side. Users of Cisco Wireless find that it is expensive, with a rigid pricing model in place.
  • Service and Support: Overall, users of Aruba Wireless feel that the service and support are good, and note that they are even available 24/7. Cisco Wireless reviewers confirm that the service and support they receive is excellent, stating that support is responsive and knowledgeable, and that ample documentation is available online.
  • ROI: Aruba Wireless users say that they have not been impressed with the ROI while Cisco Wireless users mention that they have yet to see an ROI.

Comparison Results: When comparing Aruba Wireless and Cisco Wireless, it is evident that Cisco Wireless is the more popular choice. While both have great features, users of Cisco Wireless seem to find fewer things lacking with it and are generally satisfied. In regards to service and support as well, Cisco users are happy with the service they receive. Users do feel that it is an expensive solution, however.

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Pros
"The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The simplicity is great.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis."

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"AirWave is a valuable feature.""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 does not have too many distinguishing feature sets. However, tunneling is more flexible in this solution than other solutions, such as Ruckus.""The stability is the best. It's very reliable.""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.""The most valuable features are the Instant On capabilities, including the controller.""The cost is pretty good. It's what draws in the clients.""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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"The LAN network conductivity is good.""The most valuable features of Cisco Wireless are the level of control and management. I am happy with it.""Stable and scalable with good technical support.""It is a stable solution.""The installation process is very easy.""This solution is highly stable. We have only had one issue in seven years.""The technical support is excellent.""Some of the features I find valuable are the FlexConnect and overall it is a good global solution."

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Cons
"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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"Aruba is missing some features that are available in other solutions, such as the email notifications. It's a bit complex to configure the notification part. Mainly I'm talking about the rogue WiFi detection. This email notification is crucial for us, but it isn't possible to configure with the built-in software. You need something else, like an external system log collector or another Aruba software. These notifications are essential in hospitality for PCI compliance. My colleagues in famous luxury hotel chains need that report.""They need to increase the number of routers on the controller.""Aruba Wireless could improve the dashboard. It is not straightforward or intuitive to use and could be more user-friendly. For IT employees the dashboards are fine but when it comes to the end-user it is difficult. The Mobility Controller dashboard is not meant for non-IT employees.""Not cost-effective.""We have had issues with the availability of the equipment.""Aruba doesn't match some competitors in wireless signal strength. It isn't in the same class as Cisco Meraki, so I would use Cisco Meraki in situations where I need to cover a large open space. Meraki has more powerful signals going out.""The stability and management could be improved.""We would like to declare a specific number of devices that an employee or a user can use to access their Wi-Fi."

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"The price could be better.""If they could offer better coverage, we'd be much happier.""An expensive solution that small companies cannot afford.""In the next release, I would like to have support for Wi-Fi 6.""The interface could be better.""The new licensing model isn't as good as what they had before.""The new GUI interface and the newer version OS are a little bit more complex than the older version, however, it just might take some getting used to.""I wouldn't mind if Cisco allowed their premiere devices to be able to have that cloud-based support as well, or cloud-based management."

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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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  • "The access points are more cost-effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment."
  • "I think it would be better if they lowered the price."
  • "Aruba Wireless is very attractive cost-wise."
  • "My main concern about this product is the price. The cost is causing me to look at other vendors and competing products."
  • "The price of Aruba Wireless is fairly reasonable. It was within our budget."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The price of Aruba Wireless has a more competitive price than other solutions."
  • "The price is low. There is an additional cost for maintenance."
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  • "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."
  • "The licensing system is very rigid. I work for a school and we are just treated like big companies. At some point, there's a limit to what we can do about that."
  • "The price for this product is a little bit high, which is why I am not using the most recent version."
  • "Its licensing is not simple. There are additional license costs for features, which is frustrating for us. There are some features that are included for free in the base Aruba product, but they are available at additional costs in this solution."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    Chi Kieu - PeerSpot reviewerChi Kieu
    User

    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
    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: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:At my organization, we researched Ruckus Wireless among other solutions but ultimately chose Aruba wireless. What did… 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 »
    Top Answer:Ruckus Wireless offers users the benefit of being both easy to set up and get running as well as being very user… more »
    Top Answer:On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three… more »
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    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
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    Overview

    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 Wireless is a secure, high-performance, multi-user wireless LAN supporting Wi-Fi 6. As workplaces and user expectations change, users can now maintain hybrid workplaces and IoT without compromising performance, reliability, or security. Aruba Wireless delivers better performance and capacity and greater AIOps visibility throughout all devices and users. In addition, through built-in network intelligence, network operations are made simpler while keeping everything secure through user and guest encryption.

    Aruba Wireless, offered through Aruba Networks, is helping achieve digital transformation and IoT with seamless connectivity through multiple Wi-Fi access points. For the user’s convenience, Aruba Wireless provides indoor, outdoor, and remote access points to help boost faster and safer connectivity.

    Choosing Aruba Wireless can help improve your organization’s user experience with wireless LAN in many ways, including:

    • Transforming hybrid workplaces: Employees can move seamlessly between home and office, with reliable internet and without compromising security.

    • Connect and protect IoT: With built-in AP support for BLE, Zigbee, and USB-port extensions, users can extend visibility, control, and connectivity to IoT devices and applications.

    • Expand the 5G experience to the enterprise network: Empower users to experience 5G with Wi-Fi 6 by automatically enabling cellular devices to join Aruba Wireless LAN securely and reliably.

    Aruba Gateways and Controllers

    Small organizations as well as large enterprises require excellent performance and security for cloud, mobility, and digital transformation. Therefore, in addition to the access points, Aruba Wireless also offers a variety of gateways and controllers, including:

    • 9000 Series: With SD-WAN capabilities, it’s excellent for small campus networks looking for enhanced Wi-Fi scalability and security.

    • 7200 Series: Perfect for campus WLAN scalability or branch SD-WAN and VPN Concentrator capabilities, the 7200 Series optimizes Wi-Fi performance to guarantee smooth roaming.

    • 7000 Series: Acting as a controller or gateway to provide WAN intelligence, the 7000 Series is a policy-based router and an excellent solution for small to mid-sized campuses.

    • Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance: Maximizes Wi-Fi and network services in an economical, virtualized environment.

    • SD-WAN Virtual Gateways: Orchestrate virtual gateways in public cloud infrastructure, like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

    • Mobility Conductor Hardware Appliance: While enhancing the scalability and reliability for large campus WLANs, Aruba Mobility Conductors bring the full capability of ArubaOS.

    • Mobility Conductor Virtual Appliance: To scale large campus deployments, Aruba Mobility Conductors simplify the deployment and management of up to 1,000 Mobility Controllers.

    • ArubaOS Network Operating System: Great for remote workers in mid-sized and large companies who need seamless connectivity to and security over Wi-Fi.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Aruba Networks is aiding organizations in transforming to a hybrid work environment with Aruba Wireless. Users especially love its ability to work with many devices and its ability to group and manage access points.

    A senior IT solutions architect at a manufacturing company says, "The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to."

    Gary F., a network administrator at wireless at Abilene Christian, notes, "I like the way it groups and manages access points."

    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
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    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
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    University22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 42 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 70 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.2, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Simple to install, easy to use, and cost-effective". 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 AI and Cloud and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Huawei Wireless and Mist AI and Cloud. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Wireless report.

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