"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."
"Aruba Wireless is stable and we plan to continue using it in the future."
"I have not experienced any bugs, software, or hardware issues with Aruba."
"It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration."
"The Airwave is the best feature for a single management point for all APs in the environment."
"It's a very stable system."
"The solution is quite stable and very robust."
"It has very flexible features."
"The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution."
"If you compare wired versus wireless, it's convenient. You don't need to have one place for connectivity. You can move around and it's easier. Sometimes it's a hassle to work with wires, which is why wireless is so convenient."
"Has an extremely good feature set."
"The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point."
"Aruba needs to be more competitive with newer products. Their legacy makes that more difficult for them."
"When we connect to Wi-Fi devices it could be easier because sometimes, it takes a lot of time to complete."
"The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation."
"There is a lot of information for users about the product, but it needs to be better organized so that solutions are easier to find."
"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."
"There needs to be better visibility on the day-to-day monitoring."
"The network times for protocol synchronization can be improved."
"Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change."
"The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly."
"The inter-functionality with other vendors was a negative for us."
"There seems to be different versions of standards used in the wireless access points. In the future, it would be helpful if the solution could come up with some kind of universal standard for all devices and all access points."
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Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 17th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Mist Access Points is rated 5.8. 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 Mist Access Points writes "Fast, with good availability and good management". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Mist Access Points report.
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