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Pros
"It is easy to install and deploy.""The most valuable feature is the client match.""It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.""Overall, it's a very strong solution.""There is no problem with downtime.""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.""We were able to increase capacity very easily.""The technical support is 24/7 from the UA."

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"Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""The most valuable features are the roaming profile, the mesh, and the performance.""The most valuable features are central management and the many other features available.""This is the only product on the market currently that supports as many access points for wifi users.""The product is a stable solution.""I found that It's really good when comparing it to any other product or it is much better in terms of features that the customer requires.""The most valuable features of this solution are its speed, reliability, and integration with the firewall.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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Cons
"Most of the access points don't include the chargers.""Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change.""Better integration with equipment from other vendors would ease the deployment process in some cases.""Improvements to the GUI, such as being able to search in the Mobility Master, would be nice.""There needs to be better visibility on the day-to-day monitoring.""The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.""The Help option within the GUI needs to be improved.""The network times for protocol synchronization can be improved."

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"The roaming of Fortinet FortiWLM could improve when comparing it to other solutions. We are missing some of the functionality in the controller. Additionally, they should offer more logs instead of using FortiAnalyzer because all the users will not be using the same thing.""Areas for improvement would be the compatibility with Apple products and cross-platform integration.""The pricing model can be improved to encourage use by small business and individuals and the hardware could stand to be redesigned.""In the next release, they could improve by adding a controller-less server, or architecture that is provided in other solutions, such as Aruba. This would be a great benefit for customers.""When using the FortiGate as the wireless controller, you cannot have automatic user registration, which is something that they should offer.""Cost is something that could be improved, but you have to pay for what you get.""Technical support is very poor. We are not satisfied with the technical support because there is not any direct person from Fortinet for any troubleshooting, which we expected.""Documentation could be improved."

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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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  • "Fortinet would do something with their pricing model to attract smaller business users and eliminate the mandatory service contracts."
  • "There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced."
  • "Support contracts typically cost approximately $100.00 per year."
  • "To save yourself from increased setup and maintenance costs, I highly recommend undertaking a proper site survey from the beginning."
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    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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    All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series. Personally I recommend looking… more »
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    Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.
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    There is a perpetual license required for this solution and the price could be reduced.
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    Rating
    7.9
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    Also Known As
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
    FortiWLM, FortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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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.

    Consolidate security and wireless LAN management with our integrated wireless solutions. Single-pane-of-glass management for security and access without the need to add point products simplifies deployment and reduces management complexity. These solutions are highly scalable to support even the largest organizations and distributed enterprises.

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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
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    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 Provider36%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise49%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 12th in Wireless LAN with 9 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 7.4. 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 Fortinet FortiWLM writes "Solves access point issues and reduces the need for excessive wifi transmission ". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Huawei Wireless, whereas Fortinet FortiWLM is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLC. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM report.

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