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Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis.""The simplicity is great."

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"The stability of Aruba Wireless has been good.""I have not experienced any bugs, software, or hardware issues with Aruba.""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 user interface is great.""The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements.""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.""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 feature is the fact that it can work with many devices. It supports everything that we need it to."

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"At the moment, particularly with the COVID-19 situation, the most valuable feature is probably the IPsec VPN, which is easy to implement with Fortinet.""The most valuable features are the roaming profile, the mesh, and the performance.""Fortinet FortiWLM is good for tracking assets, monitoring, and overall management.""Although there are a few steps, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.""For me, the ease of setup and the rugged nature in harsh environments are most valuable. So, durability and ease of use have been its best features.""The most valuable features are central management and the many other features available.""The most valuable features of this solution are its speed, reliability, and integration with the firewall."

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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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"The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.""The reliability could be improved.""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.""Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change.""I believe that Aruba's support could be improved.""There are some issues we occasionally have. However, they are easily remedied.""Because it's cloud-based, it takes time for the floor maps and the heat map to load.""The dashboards that represent the network access control in Aruba Wireless could improve."

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"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.""Areas for improvement would be the compatibility with Apple products and cross-platform integration.""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.""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.""They need to do more with their marketing. That's what's wrong with them. Nobody knows they do all this other stuff. I love the product. For an enterprise-level system, you never have to explain why you're recommending Fortinet, whereas you might have to do that if you want to use the Ubiquiti Professional or the new Netgear line, but you don't have to explain Fortinet. It has been remarkable to work with.""The interface could certainly do with some improvement. We have other customers with WiFi networks, and they always use Ubiquiti. With Ubiquiti, it's a much better user interface, and it is much easier to configure."

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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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  • "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."
  • "I think it would be better if they lowered the price."
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  • "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."
  • "Licensing costs are reasonable. There are so many different types of licenses with Fortinet, but the licensing and the 24/7/365 support are so reasonable that I automatically include it with every transaction. I never line item it without it. There are no additional costs."
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    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:All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each… more »
    Top Answer:For me, the ease of setup and the rugged nature in harsh environments are most valuable. So, durability and ease of use… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing costs are reasonable. There are so many different types of licenses with Fortinet, but the licensing and the… more »
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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

    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."

    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
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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
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Retailer6%
    Government6%
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    University24%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Educational Organization8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Educational Organization29%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Construction Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise37%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise33%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Fortinet FortiWLM and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 41 reviews while Fortinet FortiWLM is ranked 9th in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiWLM is rated 8.0. 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 "Impressive manufacturing quality, highly durable, and very easy to deploy". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Cisco Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Ruckus Wireless and Mist AI and Cloud, 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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