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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: January 2023).
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Pros
"The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The most valuable feature of Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) is the ability to troubleshoot ports on the network. Additionally, when there is an update on the APs they are able to reboot quickly reducing downtime. Other solutions have a longer downtime when updates are done.""The simplicity is great.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis."

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"Aruba Wireless is reliable, and the signal strength is pretty good.""We were able to increase capacity very easily.""Aruba Wireless is stable.""Aruba Wireless has been straightforward to set up.""The most valuable features of Aruba Wireless are the seamless feature and the concurrent user.""The most valuable feature of Aruba Wireless is the controller. It is easy to use.""The portal has been very helpful for us.""The coverage, concurrent user life, and visualization are the most valuable features of these solutions."

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"It is similar to the switches, where it is one of those things where it just works. They are very reliable.""You can save backups of this controller locally and then I can export it to wherever I want.""The solution is very easy to install.""Ubiquiti WLAN is stable.""The solution works well and in the short time I have used it, I've enjoyed its capabilities.""Ubiquiti WLAN's most valuable features are that it works well in a hybrid environment and isn't heavy on resources.""The solution is not complex to deploy.""I have found Ubiquiti WLAN scalable. We have approximately 200 users using the solution in my organization and do not plan to increase usage."

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Cons
"Juniper Wireless AP can improve by continually improving its reporting and integration with other systems.""Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) could improve if the MIST platform had a built-in master key. This would be an advantage.""If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited.""I need a bit more time with it before criticizing the features."

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"The pricing could always be better.""We have had issues with the availability of the equipment.""I need more access. I only install the hardware and the software part for the client. However, there are no admin privileges, which is an issue. You need to contact them and make a special request.""The solution could be more user-friendly.""The console is difficult to use. The firewall settings could be improved.""They need to increase the number of routers on the controller.""Aruba Wireless could improve the interface, it does not have a smart web interface. Other solutions have smart web interfaces, such as Cisco Meraki.""Aruba Wireless can improve the assigning of access points. We have times that the nearest access point is not assigned but one far away. The integration between access points could improve."

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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 coverage could be increased.""Ubiquiti WLAN would be improved with the addition of individual AP configuration, which would allow for fine-tuning of individual access points and logins.""The solution is stable but could improve.""Ubiquiti WLAN only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio and would be improved by including support for 5GHz.""The statistics you can get on it are a bit limited from what I have seen so far.""When they release new products, you should know if there backward compatibility, or do you have to replace the entire forklift, It is useful to understand their strategy and where they are headed.""There seems to be a drop in service. It's definitely a reliability or stability issue we face."

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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."
  • "The pricing is something Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) can work on. The pricing is very high compared to the competition."
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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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  • "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."
  • "Ubiquiti WLAN is fairly well priced and available as a one-time purchase."
  • "It is a stand-alone price."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) is the ability to troubleshoot ports on the… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is something Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) can work on. The pricing is very high compared to… more »
    Top Answer:Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) could improve if the MIST platform had a built-in master key. This would be… 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:On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three… 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 best feature is the free controller system software.
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    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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    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
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Educational Organization7%
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    University21%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization9%
    Computer Software Company9%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Training & Coaching Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Construction Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise19%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 49 reviews while Ubiquiti WLAN is ranked 5th in Wireless LAN with 12 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.4, while Ubiquiti WLAN is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Simple to install, easy to use, and cost-effective". 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 Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Ruckus Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and Mist AI and Cloud, whereas Ubiquiti WLAN is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Aruba Instant, NETGEAR Insight Access Points, Ruckus Wireless and Huawei Wireless. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN report.

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