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Pros
"I really like the user interface.""Aruba Wireless is stable and we plan to continue using it in the future.""The most valuable feature is the client match.""The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements.""Aruba Wireless offers a good user experience.""There is no problem with downtime.""The fact that Aruba Wireless has a virtual controller onboard the internet access points makes it cheaper than other solutions.""The technical support is very good."

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"Its roaming capabilities and the fact that we can have redundant backup controllers are the most valuable. There is a backup controller that is heart beated to the primary. It is also fairly easy to install.""For me, the most valuable features are good integration with the customer's existing network and the ease of deployment and configuration. Ruckus products are also easy to learn to manage and deploy for not only our own staff, but also for the IT workers in the customer's organization.""The product has good technical support and offers excellent documentation.""I really like Ruckus Unleashed, which is the feature that provides a quick solution for me to control the APs.""The most valuable feature is the coverage, which is exceptional.""The solution has great network intelligence from applications, clients, access points, and controllers.""Unproblematic""It's good for low-level usage."

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Cons
"The Help option within the GUI needs to be improved.""The network times for protocol synchronization can be improved.""Their documentation needs to be improved. Aruba's documentation is poor.""Most of the access points don't include the chargers.""A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.""The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""I believe more security options are needed.""Better integration with equipment from other vendors would ease the deployment process in some cases."

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"Could be more user friendly.""Its security can be improved. It doesn't use Wireless IPS. Therefore, we have to combine WatchGuard that uses a Wireless IPS but is a separate solution. These two solutions work in conjunction. We are using the WatchGuard as a sensor and Wireless IPS, and Ruckus is like a platform that is used for the connectivity of the network.""Ruckus is a bad solution in general. It's pretty old and outdated.""The pricing needs to be more competitive. They need to re-examine their business model and see if there is a way to provide their service at a cheaper cost.""The pricing needs to be more clear and licensing could be less expensive.""It is very difficult to convince the customer to choose Ruckus because of the price.""Their support has been lacking a little bit and needs to be improved. I have had a ticket open for a month, and it is really hard to get a resolution out of them. They haven't really come out with anything that is much of an improvement in a long time. It has mostly just been fixes and things like that. We used to have a ZoneDirector or a physical controller for the wireless network, and that was kind of end of life. It was very old, and at the time, we were expanding the wireless network, and we didn't want to rely on one piece of hardware that was pretty old. So, we went to SmartZone Cluster, which has two VMs in a cluster. Unfortunately, we lost the feature ability for guest networks and other things that we were using before, and Ruckus just kind of told us that they weren't supporting that feature in the newer product, which is not really great. I was told initially that SmartZone was an upgrade to ZoneDirector. It is the logical thing to think that it is going to have all the same features, but it didn't. The issue that we have right now is onboarding BYOD devices. It is not really great for us, and we're looking for a new product to make that easier. We did have Cloudpath, which was a product that Ruckus purchased from another company that was an onboarding solution, but it just didn't really work very well for us. So, we discontinued using it, and it actually created more confusion for people. They should make BYOD or guest network portals a lot easier and better. In some areas, we have been having issues because there are just so many WAPs that are so close that we had to manually turn down the radio of power because the automatic feature of the AP wasn't really doing it right. It should also have a little bit better RF analysis capability to be able to see on the controller side. The front end for our staff, students, and guests has also not been quite as good as we had hoped.""I would like to see more location-based services on the Smart Cell Insight on access points."

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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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  • "We paid for a three-year contract last year. I am not sure about what we paid. It is certainly less expensive than Meraki."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The reason we picked Ruckus, in addition to our long-standing relationship with Ruckus, is pretty much that the RFS characteristics of it seem to be the best."
  • "We don't pay any licensing fees, we purchase them."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
    Vinny Govender
    author avatarEdy 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.

    author avatarJohnrex Fernandez
    User

    Here's my recommendation in order.


    #1  Aruba


    #2 Ruckus


    #3 Ubiquiti


    author avatarJorgeDe 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! 

    author avatarMalcolm 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



    author avatarSteve 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

    author avatarEnder 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).

    author avatarAbdu Hafeez
    Real User

    Hi,


    You can purchase WiFi access points from any of the above vendors. But it must be a commercial access point as in AP a few connect to the limited devices and a few can connect large devices with a single AP.



    It will totally depend on your work environment and access point signals covering the area. In the hall, AP can cover a large area but there is a concrete wall between two rooms or a corridor then it can down the signal to 50 DBM. So, when deciding on a WIFI/AP keep all these things in mind.

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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.
    The Virtual SmartZone Data Plane (vSZ-D) is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. Made to work seamlessly with the Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Wireless LAN Controller (vSZ), the vSZ-D enables secure tunneled WLANs from Ruckus APs while minimizing CAPEX spending and maximizing Wi-Fi deployment flexibility and scale. Operators, ISPs and large enterprises can deploy the vSZ-D in a centralized data center with the vSZ, or at specific venues in a distributed topology.
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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
    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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    University28%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise22%
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    Small Business30%
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    Large Enterprise57%
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 47 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.6. 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 Ruckus Wireless writes "Great performance, easy to set up and simple to configure". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Wireless, Mist Access Points and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Fortinet FortiWLM, Aruba Instant and Mist Access Points. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ruckus Wireless report.

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