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Updated on Mar 21, 2022

We performed a comparison between Aruba Wireless and Ruckus 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: Both Aruba Wireless and Ruckus Wireless reviewers say that the software is straightforward and easy to deploy.
  • Features: Users of Aruba Wireless like the aesthetically pleasing GUI and find that the product is very scalable, but there are complaints of stability issues.

    Users of Ruckus Wireless claim that the performance is amazing, the stability is great, and it is very scalable, but there are complaints that the security needs improvement.
  • Pricing: Reviewers feel Aruba Wireless is expensive, but it's reasonably priced compared to similar products on the market. Reviewers of Ruckus Wireless feel the pricing is costly, which may deter some of their clients.
  • Service and Support: Most reviewers of Aruba Wireless felt satisfied with the service and support they received. Reviewers of Ruckus Wireless had mixed reviews when it came to technical support, with some complaints on incompatibility in their time zones.
  • ROI: Users of Aruba Wireless say the ROI is not as great as they would like, mainly because of the money spent fixing the issues after implementing the solution. Users of Ruckus Wireless claim they see a significant ROI after implementing the product.

Comparison Results: Ruckus Wireless seems to be the superior solution, based on the parameters we compared. Our reviewers found Aruba Wireless to have stability issues and mentioned a poor ROI because of issues that needed fixing caused by the solution. Ruckus Wireless did better in these categories.

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

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"It's been running for the past three years with no default configuration.""Enterprise wireless LAN solution with good visibility and amazing scalability. Aruba Wireless also offers good technical support.""The cost is pretty good. It's what draws in the clients.""Good wireless solution that's user-friendly, stable, and scalable, with very good product support, and a limited lifetime warranty.""Aruba Wireless does not have too many distinguishing feature sets. However, tunneling is more flexible in this solution than other solutions, such as Ruckus.""Overall, it's a very strong solution.""It's a very stable system.""The stability is the best. It's very reliable."

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"Ruckus Wireless supports the most recent technologies. We can trace every individual and what kind of traffic they're using on our campus. It is very helpful.""The speed between client to client is really nice. It is better than any other vendor, but officially, I cannot say that to people.""It's easy to install, and the management is flexible.""I am familiar with the brand and it works well.""The solution has an easy configuration.""The solution provides superior coverage.""It gives you the whole user session, and you can tell that the client connected at the traffic post.""I like the price and its capacity."

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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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"We would like to declare a specific number of devices that an employee or a user can use to access their Wi-Fi.""What needs improvement in Aruba Wireless is its access point, in particular, it should have more flexibility. Aruba Wireless has Campus AP, Instant AP, and Unified AP, but it would be better if the product has a generic access point that you can manage over the cloud, on-premise, etc. Another area for improvement in Aruba Wireless is scalability. In terms of what additional features I'd like to see in the product, I'm unsure if it's already on the roadmap, but if possible, it would be good to have an SD-WAN functionality on the AP in Aruba Wireless.""I believe that Aruba's support could be improved.""They could work on energy consumption as this equipment needs a lot of energy.""Their documentation needs to be improved. Aruba's documentation is poor.""The coverage, concurrent user life, and visualization are the most valuable features of these solutions.""Aruba Wireless could improve the interface, it does not have a smart web interface. Other solutions have smart web interfaces, such as Cisco Meraki.""Not cost-effective."

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"It is extremely difficult to send videos in Ruckus live sessions. Zoom streaming, or using Teams Streaming live sessions to send videos, for example, could be more effective.""They could add more flexibility for switching over to another radio if a radio is poor. I am not able to change the radios from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz. I am yet to figure it out. I want it to be a bit more explicit or a bit easier to change radios. When you shut it down, you lose some of the information. It would be good to have a controller where I can store the information, and later on, I can retrieve the information. There should be some form of small storage to keep the information. Its price should also be improved. Its price is currently quite high.""The cost could be slightly improved. It's not on the low end, and it's not in the high end. It's in that middle area, which can be a deciding factor between someone going with this solution versus another one.""Its pricing and licensing can be improved. Its UI can also be more user-friendly. Currently, in the Unleashed mode, the information that you have about the switches that you add to the controller is quite limited. I would like more information regarding switches. In this mode, an access point acts as a controller, so you don't need a controller. It is for deployments with less than 125 access points, and you can use an access point as a controller.""Ruckus products, overall, have a wide range of useful features, however not all customers have the budget to buy a corporate Wi-Fi solution. Most of the time, it's far too expensive for our clients to consider going with Ruckus, and they might like to see cheaper solutions in the Ruckus range.""The solution needs to have some sort of security offering, like a firewall, for example.""I would like the option to not have my logs deleted when I shut down the device so that I will be able to troubleshoot.""The initial setup was not simple. We were installing indoor and outdoor wireless and this is why it took us three months."

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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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  • "This is a very expensive solution."
  • "The setup that I have at the moment does not require licensing, although I am not sure whether a bigger project will mean that I have to spend more."
  • "Not all of our clients can afford a fully corporate solution like Ruckus. But for many of our clients, pricing is the only factor that prevents them from choosing Ruckus, as we have found Ruckus to be a very suitable and reliable solution for integrating wireless access points to a company's network."
  • "Ubiquiti and Aruba Instant On are good for small businesses in terms of cost than Ruckus Wireless."
  • "Ruckus is an expensive solution."
  • "With Ubiquiti, there's no annual cost to keep the software upgraded, whereas with Ruckus, you have to pay an annual fee or three-year fee. That makes it a little more pricey."
  • "It is a good product, but it is pricey. In terms of the pricing, it is a bit expensive."
  • "The price could be better. Normally, if you find customers paying for cost-effective wireless solutions, Ruckus devices are a little expensive compared to other vendors."
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    Answers from the Community
    Vinny Govender
    Cesar Reza - PeerSpot reviewerCesar Reza
    Reseller

    1 Ruckus


    2 Aruba


    3 Cambium


    It depends on your enviroment.


    Greetings

    Johnrex Fernandez - PeerSpot reviewerJohnrex Fernandez
    User

    Here's my recommendation in order.


    #1  Aruba


    #2 Ruckus


    #3 Ubiquiti


    JorgeDe Leon - PeerSpot reviewerJorgeDe Leon
    User

    Hi Vinny, 


    I recommend you the following devices:

    1. Ruckus: Easily to deploy. Expensive but effective. Don’t ask for the advanced license -  you don’t need it. Buy only the basic one. A great option for hard users performance and large venues.


    2. Ubiquiti: Easy to deploy, cheap but limited hardware. This is an option for basic performance. 


    3. Aruba: Easy to deploy, expensive, bad UX experience. 


    4. Cambium networks: A good option, between Ruckus and Ubiquiti.


    5. Huawei. Never. Never. Never. Bad UX, bad support experience, bad hardware, bad everything.


    6. Meraki. Too expensive. Don’t!


    Regards! 

    Ender Kefoglu - PeerSpot reviewerEnder Kefoglu
    Real User

    If you want high performance and stability, you should definitely go with Ruckus Wireless. 


    Ruckus Wireless APs have:


    - Adaptive antenna technology (called BeamFlex)


    This technology analyzes different paths to reach the client and electronically turns itself to a directional antenna, choosing the path that gives the best performance to reach each specific client. If the client is mobile or if the environment changes (such as a warehouse) the selection of paths/direction also changes instantly.


    Transmitting in a directional way allows a good Signal-to-Noise Ratio and also causes less interference for other nearby APs outside the path of the directional transmission.


    - ChannelFly technology


    This technology chooses the best channel based on performance rather than background scanning for noise.


    - Polarization Diversity


    This technology allows the clients not to lose signal strength when held at different angles (important for mobile devices such as tablets and telephones).


    - Better receive sensitivity compared to the competitors


    All these features make Ruckus Wireless a better choice than any other competitor (better performance, better coverage area, more stable and surprise-free communication especially in not so easy conditions such as noise, too many clients, too much traffic).

    reviewer1466157 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1466157 (Assistant Manager-Presales at a tech services company with 11-50 employees)
    Reseller

    Selecting an AP depends upon a couple of factors which include (the number of users per AP, coverage area and required speed/throughput)


    My recommendations are:


    1. Ruckus


    2. Aruba


    3. Cisco


    Ruckus: 


    Performs well in a high-density environment, with unique adaptive antenna technology & PD-MRC gives more coverage and interference mitigation. Ruckus offers a reliable Wireless network solution.


    Aruba: 


    Good but not the best with better security features.


    Cisco: 


    Complex deployment, is costly but it has better compatibility.

    Edy Missrie - PeerSpot reviewerEdy Missrie
    User

    I have a smaller venue where I am using Unifi: Dream Machine UDM, Aggregation Switch, U6-Lite APs and Pro Switches...fiber optic backbone.  


    I am extremely satisfied with its performance. I can't tell about the other brands.

    Malcolm Begley - PeerSpot reviewerMalcolm Begley
    User

    Have a look at Juniper Mist solution - it used in large retail stores and corps as well as a full integrated AI suite.


    You can implement hundreds in just a few hours using foundation staff as it can all be programmed up on the cloud, no need for expensive network engineers to deploy 



    https://mist.com



    Malcolm



    Steve Pender - PeerSpot reviewerSteve Pender
    Real User

    Hi Vinny,


    I'm biased toward Ubiquiti Unifi, but successful Wi-Fi deployment is hugely dependant on the type and number of Wi-Fi users, and more importantly, the layout and environment of the area you would like to cover. 


    Please feel free to PM me to discuss your application.

    Regards, 


    Steve Pender

    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: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:Cisco’s Meraki Virtual MX is a virtual instance of the Meraki SD-WAN appliance. We liked the Meraki. The Wifi APs are a… more »
    Top Answer:All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
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    Juniper
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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."

    Ruckus Wireless is part of Ruckus Networks/Commscope and provides reliable wireless network solutions and services to large venues, schools, hotels, hospitals, malls, and public spaces (and more) worldwide.

    Wireless access is an integral necessary part of today’s modern, fast-paced lifestyle. It is essential that dependable, safe wireless capabilities be available in most of today’s largely populated public spaces. Ruckus Wireless is the trusted industry leader in assisting organizations of all sizes to provide wireless access throughout their locations, both inside their physical structures and adjacent open outdoor areas.

    Ruckus Wireless empowers users to design and create a wireless network across their organizational space to ensure that wireless coverage is available consistently to anyone who needs it. Ruckus can handle anything from homes and small to medium-sized businesses to hospitals, college campuses, airports, malls, stadiums and more. Ruckus also has excellent options for outdoor wireless networks. Many users choose Ruckus Wireless for broad extensive outdoor use. The solution offers excellent durable outdoor access points and a very robust, super fast, reliable Wi-Fi. Each and every access point is very powerful, and the outdoor access points can be very easily disguised to keep the network secure.

    Another strong point is that Ruckus technology is based on frequencies. If there is ever any type of wireless interference, Ruckus Wireless can change frequency automatically so there are never any interruptions. Users also have the option to block outside access points and signals that may interfere with their network and make their network the only one that people can see within the network. Users can additionally whitelist certain networks if desired.

    Ruckus uses the latest next-gen Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, ensuring that more devices can be handled with greater speed and continuity. With Ruckus, users have great control over network traffic. They can also allocate the amount of bandwidth network users are granted based on their status - eg., guest, corporate, etc. - and give users priority on the network based on their status. Ruckus also has mesh and beamforming capabilities, which are recognized as a valued feature for many users.

    Ruckus Wireless is robust, extremely reliable, very easy to deploy, and offers amazing coverage and rock solid connectivity. It is very easy to add additional access points across the network. Ruckus Wireless is very easy to use and manage using an app on any mobile device.

    Reviews from Real Users

    A Director Engineering & New Business at a comms service provider says Ruckus “provides superior coverage and is very dependable”

    Sintayehu A., Director Of Information Communication Technology at Dire Dawa University, relates that "Ruckus Wireless supports the most recent technologies. We can trace every individual and what kind of traffic they're using on our campus. It is very helpful."

    Philip S., Independent Consultant - Wireless, says, "The solution is very stable. I've worked with it at a hospital before, where we deployed it all over the hospital. It worked everywhere and continuously worked flawlessly."

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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
    American University of Sharjah, Baruch College, Centro Escolar Liceo Santo Tomšs, Chevalier College, Chico Unified School District, Colegio de Fomento El Prado, Columbia Public Schools, Delta School District, Dordt College, Douglas County School District, Drew University, Armonea, Central Utah Clinic, Grove Hill Medical Center, Inner South Community Health Service, Midwest Surgical, Satilla Regional Medical Center, Lyndoch Living, Polonus, Roaring Fork School District, Sonora State, Vivid, Sydney, Players Club, Sandals, Scandic Hotels, Sheraton LAX, Sunbird
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    University22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Comms Service Provider44%
    Educational Organization13%
    University8%
    Religious Institution5%
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    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
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    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 Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise21%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 42 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 45 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.2, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Simple to install, easy to use, and cost-effective". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Great performance, easy to set up and simple to configure". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Cisco Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Mist AI and Cloud and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, ExtremeWireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and Aruba Instant. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless report.

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