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Executive Summary
Updated on May 8, 2022

We performed a comparison between Aruba Wireless and Ubiquiti WLAN based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions tell us the installation and deployment are simple, easy, and straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both solutions are very pleased with their stability and scalability.

    Aruba Wireless users appreciate the aesthetically satisfying GUI and find the role-based authentication and client match to be extremely useful. The solution offers numerous reporting features as well as amazing visual RF maps displaying heatmaps of all the AP signals and client positioning, making tracking much easier. Users would like to see improvement with their current information channels and many mention that upgrades can be very buggy and better testing is needed for future releases.

    Ubiquiti WLAN users appreciate that backups of the controller can be saved locally and exported easily to any location. The solution offers a great management interface and the end-user connectivity is very good. Many users tell us coverage could be improved and that firmware updates/deployments should be handled more effectively, as currently they are somewhat problematic.
  • Pricing: Many users feel that Aruba is expensive to not very cost-effective. Conversely, Ubiquiti users tell us the solution is economically priced and provides many of the desired features of the more expensive brands.
  • Service and Support: Aruba Wireless users for the most part are very satisfied with the response time and level of service they receive. Ubiquiti WLAN users relate that they have many concerns and are not pleased with the level of service they receive and feel service needs to improve.

Comparison Results: Although it may be less cost-effective, users feel that Aruba is a more mature, robust product and provides better reliability and better service and support. Aruba consistently provides seamless trusted connectivity and an excellent secure user experience. Aruba works well for both SMBs and large business enterprises, making it a very versatile desired solution.

To learn more, read our detailed Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN report (Updated: July 2022).
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Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Which would you recommend to your boss, Aruba Wireless or Ubiquiti WLAN?
Answer: I'd have to say Aruba over Ubiquiti - Ubiquiti, to me, is more of a poor persons' Wi-Fi system and not really reliably suited for the serious commercial market. Here in the Bahamas we have Aruba for our local university campus and are now deploying the same for the local cable company. It is simply a night and day comparison in my opinion. Also, Aruba has many more features and is well suited for malls, hotels and any location interested in a user friendly and communicative system.
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis.""The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The simplicity is great."

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"Setup is straightforward.""I like the analytics feature.""It offers an easy initial setup.""Aruba is easier than Juniper.""The functionality is very high and we can properly meet the clients' requirements.""All features are useful for me. It lets me perform some specific configurations depending on the site or the client. All WAN features are valuable.""We appreciate the integration options that are available.""Aruba Central is a valuable feature because I can monitor access points remotely, even if I'm not in the office."

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"The solution is scalable.""Ubiquiti WLAN's most valuable features are that it works well in a hybrid environment and isn't heavy on resources.""Ubiquiti provides good connectivity for the end-user, so I think it's stable.""You can save backups of this controller locally and then I can export it to wherever I want.""The solution is not complex to deploy.""Ubiquiti WLAN is stable.""The solution has a lot of great features.""The solution works well and in the short time I have used it, I've enjoyed its capabilities."

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Cons
"I need a bit more time with it before criticizing the features.""If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited.""Juniper Wireless AP can improve by continually improving its reporting and integration with other systems."

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"The Help option within the GUI needs to be improved.""There needs to be better visibility on the day-to-day monitoring.""Most of the access points don't include the chargers.""Aruba Wireless has room to improve the connection from one AP to another.""I believe that Aruba's support could be improved.""I believe more security options are needed.""There are some issues we occasionally have. However, they are easily remedied.""They should have more support for implementing Aruba Wireless in Smart Cities and outdoor applications."

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"When I started to upgrade, the controller for Unbuntu was really struggling to start up, however, that has since been solved.""The solution could improve by having a cloud version. A cloud version is the easiest to configure anywhere in the world.""Ubiquiti lacks troubleshooting tools. For example, there aren't tools that your clients can use to gather input on the AP itself. There's no visibility in the application layer or reporting. It doesn't have a lot of management features.""I have never used cloud solutions. My first approach would be something related to the cloud, and backups on the cloud, and maybe an easier way to connect to it because I have an on-premises environment.""Largely we're happy with the product, however, the firmware deployments could maybe be managed a little bit differently.""The downside is the interface changes, where they are constantly doing firmware updates.""The product needs to improve the user interface in the migration from old to new versions.""The support needs improvement. The official support is kind of complex. It's not that straightforward compared to Cisco and Aruba."

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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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  • "This product is more cost-effective than some others on the market."
  • "It is a cost-effective solution."
  • "There is no licensing cost for this solution."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
  • "Ubiquiti has a good price compared to the other ones."
  • "When comparing the price of Ubiquiti WLAN to Aruba the price is reasonable."
  • "Ubiquiti WLAN is less expensive than Ruckus, but its price could be improved to make it more affordable and accessible."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Joris Van den Bergh - PeerSpot reviewerJoris Van den Bergh
    Real User

    Aruba is an enterprise WLAN solution, Ubiquiti is a home use solution although at my house, Aruba rules!
    Aruba has a perfect enterprise solution with secure authentication, visibility & management and high customer experience.

    Sue Way - PeerSpot reviewerSue Way
    Real User

    I would go for the Aruba every time. Well made and has great support for techies. Easy to install and scale up. I have 92 access points and often have over 1900 devices connected at anyone time and it just works! I love how they tunnel the data across the wired network to the controller so our data is nice and safe.

    Jacob Golick - PeerSpot reviewerJacob Golick
    Real User

    Personally I like the Aruba. They can scale from small biz to large, controller based or stand alone. The hardware itself feels better/heavier than the Ubi which are light peices of plastic. Ive had terrible luck with Ubi stand alone APs in terms of range. If you decide on the controller based or IAP models they deploy with ease.

    F. Herrera - PeerSpot reviewerF. Herrera
    User

    As my previous Post, it depends on the purpose or the type or network. For an enterprise network Aruba is rock solid, easy of configuration, Resilience Software with security functionality built in. Aruba radios are more sophisticated and powerful than Ubiquiti. If the requirement is a Soho network, with just a few Ads. Ubiquiti could be a good option.

    reviewer160041 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer160041 (Senior Director Information Technology at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees)
    User

    Both Products provide good wifi coverage, Aruba I would use for Large Installations ie 200+ AP's while Unifi is great for smaller installation, however with Unifi it does have some restrictions when using multiple VLANS. TCO Unifi wins easy.. Aruba can get expense. IF your looking for just 6-12 access points for a small office look also at TPLINK.. they have been in the WIFI business longer and there products are also underrated in the business and enterprise space..

    Dale Nevarez - PeerSpot reviewerDale Nevarez
    Real User

    I have used Aruba the last 5 years now and just find tech support, access to support ,install, updates , and hardware to be simple and easy, granted applications do take some learning and configuring I have tried Meru, Aerohive and Cisco and Aruba has been in my experience best for business or education, the only knock id give it is every once and awhile updates can cause some weird reactions but in my experience this is common, so we resolved it by running test on a site at a time.

    Owenmpk - PeerSpot reviewerOwenmpk
    Real User

    All I install is Ubiquiti I have no experience with Aruba, that being said I have 25 individual installs with largest having a IP count of 27 (a motel). One install is a Golf Country Club with 8 APs that on tournament days can have over 300 clients with no issues. So yes do recommend them to my Bosses (Clients)

    LuisRojas - PeerSpot reviewerLuisRojas
    User

    Aruba is Leader in Gartner Quadrant, Aruba is the best solution for medium o great Enterprises. Its a professional solution.

    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:Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Ubiquiti and Aruba when looking for a WLAN solution. Ubiquiti offers good WLAN access both indoors and… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti WLAN's most valuable features are that it works well in a hybrid environment and isn't heavy on resources.
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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

    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."

    UniFi is a revolutionary Wi-Fi system that combines Enterprise performance, unlimited scalability, a central management controller and disruptive pricing.

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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
    NASCAR Grand-AM, Maritime Parc, Outdoor Music Festival, One Republic Tour, British Armed Forces, Arcadia School District, Bartlett School District, Universidad del Azuay, Estelar Hotels, Intercontinental Bali, Moscow - Enforta, Miami - Sling Broadband, Manhattan - MST, Ecuador - Aire.EC
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Retailer6%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    University24%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Educational Organization8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise37%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise54%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN 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 Ubiquiti WLAN is ranked 5th in Wireless LAN with 14 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Ubiquiti WLAN is rated 7.8. 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 Ubiquiti WLAN writes "Robust, easy to install, easy to deploy, and has good visibility". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and Mist AI and Cloud, whereas Ubiquiti WLAN is most compared with Aruba Instant, Cisco Wireless, D-Link Wireless, Huawei Wireless and NETGEAR Insight Access Points. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN report.

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