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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. ExtremeWireless and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"Aruba Wireless offers a good user experience.""It has very flexible features.""We were able to increase capacity very easily.""The most valuable feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to.""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.""The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements.""The most valuable feature is the client match.""The technical support is very good."

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"In terms of the most valuable features, I like the integration with the fabric. The network fabric completely integrates with wireless as well.""The stability of the solution has been fine.""It's reliable and works well. It's pretty stable.""The most valuable feature is stability.""The security is very good.""The technical support from Extreme Networks is perfect.""The solution is easy to use and manage. Overall it is very simple to understand and users do not know it is a cloud solution."

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Cons
"When we connect to Wi-Fi devices it could be easier because sometimes, it takes a lot of time to complete.""Not cost-effective.""Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change.""Currently, the stability of the code is the basic underlying problem for us. They had an 8.6 release that came out two weeks ago, but we had to migrate twice because the code wasn't stable. We can't get things to work the same way. Version 8 was a big change for them. They made a change so that it is forced to be a managed hierarchical system. It means that you make changes at the top, and it pushes them downstream. There are a lot of problems with the 8.6 version code. I ran into four bugs in one week and was informed that we should just move onto the next one because all of those fixes have taken place. The feedback loop for fixes is not always really relayed back to you. I don't have a lot of strong things to say about version 8.6. When we had version 6, the controller was pretty much rock solid. We had no problems. We made a heavy investment to migrate a lot of stuff to take advantage of things like WPA3, Wi-Fi 6, and all that kind of stuff, and we haven't been able to turn those features on because we are not confident that they are going to work just yet. So, right now, we're still very much stumbling through the version 8.6 code and just trying to make sure that it is safe before we turn on some of those features. In terms of the marketplace, they are one of the top three leaders. In some respects, one of the things that they focus on is wireless. Therefore, there are some things that should be beyond reproach, as far as I'm concerned. In terms of the stability of the code, there are always going to be bugs, but the core stability of the code needs to be there. When it is not stable, that's a real problem for me because you lose a lot of confidence in the products.""I believe more security options are needed.""The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""There needs to be better visibility on the day-to-day monitoring.""Aruba needs to be more competitive with newer products. Their legacy makes that more difficult for them."

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"In the next release, I would like to see more security features.""The management portal is in need of improvement.""The solution should offer better support.""The ability to integrate with network devices from other vendors would be helpful.""The current product line is very high-level and is well suited for enterprise-level organizations, but they need a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses.""The reports could prove in ExtremeWireless. However, we are in the early stages of use and we might be able to configure them better."

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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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  • "There are both paid and free licenses of the cloud environment, with only basic functionality in the free version."
  • "The purchase of 350 access points cost approximately $250,000 USD."
  • "The solution is priced well and we currently are only paying for a license for maintenance."
  • "Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade our virtual appliance to the next version or build a new virtual appliance with new devices, and it's not good for us. The overall licensing subscription could be better."
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    Answers from the Community
    Danny Stevens
    author avatarJoris Van den Bergh
    Real User

    It also depends on the integration with your LAN network and Network Access Control. Both have campus and cloud-native solutions. 


    One single pane of glass for all your end devices is very advisable. So be sure to integrate your LAN with your WLAN and NAC, and if possible with your firewall gateway and endpoint security.


    Aruba Wireless has a very rich feature set and integration possibilities. Extreme has a very high level of automation and easy to deploy virtual services on their SPBM fabric. 


    So it all depends on your expectations and business case...

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    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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    The stability of the solution has been fine.
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    Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade… more »
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    In the next release, I would like to see more security features.
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    Also Known As
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
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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.
    Extreme ExtremeWireless Access Points deliver wired-like performance, at scale for high-density in every environment. Smart Access Points are equally adept for both distributed and centralized deployment models. ExtremeWireless Controllers provide advanced functionality to allow organizations to define how wireless voice/video/data traffic is processed without architectural constraints and in accordance with business needs.
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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
    St. Xavier High School, Americatel, Diamond Light Source
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    University28%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
    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 Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise25%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. ExtremeWireless and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while ExtremeWireless is ranked 9th in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while ExtremeWireless 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 ExtremeWireless writes "A stable and secure solution that is straightforward to implement". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas ExtremeWireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Meraki MS Switches, ExtremeCloud IQ and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Aruba Wireless vs. ExtremeWireless report.

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