Aruba Wireless vs Ubiquiti WLAN comparison

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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: May 2023).
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"In terms of reporting, in terms of all the user reports, it's very rich.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis.""With Mist, every Wednesday they roll out new features.""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 most valuable feature of the solution is Marvis, the AI-driven network management system.""The simplicity is great."

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"One advantage is the built-in Zigbee-based IoT functionality. You don't need an additional dongle to enable that option.""The coverage, concurrent user life, and visualization are the most valuable features of these solutions.""The stability is the best. It's very reliable.""We were able to increase capacity very easily.""Aruba is easier than Juniper.""The most valuable features are the Instant On capabilities, including the controller.""It offers an easy initial setup.""The main features of Aruba Wireless in my country is its popularity, long hardware warranty when compared to other solutions, and it integrates well with our network access control solution."

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"Ubiquiti WLAN is stable.""Its most valuable feature is pricing.""Ubiquiti WLAN's best feature is the free controller system software.""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.""It is similar to the switches, where it is one of those things where it just works. They are very reliable.""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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"The price could be better.""The product should include adaptive Wi-Fi to show a more accurate location.""The solution is expensive.""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.""Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series) could improve if the MIST platform had a built-in master key. This would be an advantage.""I need a bit more time with it before criticizing the features."

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"One area for improvement in Aruba Wireless is its dashboard or interface because in some cases, it's not as easy to use as it should be, but overall, it's okay. Pricing for the product is also on the higher side. Another area for improvement in Aruba Wireless is technical support because it's hard to reach when issues arise and the speed of answer could be faster. Other areas for improvement in the product include integration and configuration.""Aruba Wireless could improve the interface, it does not have a smart web interface. Other solutions have smart web interfaces, such as Cisco Meraki.""The price could be better. In the next release, I would like to have more analytics features.""Aruba doesn't match some competitors in wireless signal strength. It isn't in the same class as Cisco Meraki, so I would use Cisco Meraki in situations where I need to cover a large open space. Meraki has more powerful signals going out.""Aruba Wireless could improve the dashboard. It is not straightforward or intuitive to use and could be more user-friendly. For IT employees the dashboards are fine but when it comes to the end-user it is difficult. The Mobility Controller dashboard is not meant for non-IT employees.""We're using the Aruba Sensor, but sometimes the sensor isn't talking to AirWave or the AP. If something happens, we need to receive an email directly from the sensor, but the controller doesn't know. If there's something like the high channel utilization from the sensor we send to the controller, the controller can change the channel because they're all in the same environment.""There is a long queue whenever we reach out to support, and we have to wait for them to answer calls. Once we get in touch with them, we have to coordinate with different teams, so our engineers struggle to understand who are the correct team members. I think support is another area where Aruba needs to improve.""The reliability could be improved."

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"It is not a stable solution.""Ubiquiti WLAN only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio and would be improved by including support for 5GHz.""The solution could improve by having a cloud version. A cloud version is the easiest to configure anywhere in the world.""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.""The product needs to improve the user interface in the migration from old to new versions.""They could enhance their products by integrating cloud access into each device.""There seems to be a drop in service. It's definitely a reliability or stability issue we face.""When I started to upgrade, the controller for Unbuntu was really struggling to start up, however, that has since been solved."

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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."
  • "The pricing is too high."
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  • "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."
  • "In terms of pricing, the pricing for Aruba Wireless is not bad for large-sized companies, but for medium-sized companies, it's on the higher end, but because Aruba has a good company image, medium-sized companies still go with Aruba Wireless."
  • "Aruba Wireless is much cheaper than our previous solution by Cisco. It is a significant saving, measured in thousands of dollars per year."
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  • "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."
  • "Its cost is reasonable."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:With Mist, every Wednesday they roll out new features.
    Top Answer:It is a bit expensive. However, it is such a valued system, they can charge whatever they want.
    Top Answer:The price could be better. That is relative to the market right now since it is such a valued Access Point and system to… 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:For me, the ease of configuration is a valuable feature.
    Also Known As
    Juniper Wireless Access Points (AP Series), Mist Access Points
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
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    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
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise17%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN
    May 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 48 reviews while Ubiquiti WLAN is ranked 7th in Wireless LAN with 12 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.2, while Ubiquiti WLAN is rated 7.8. 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, Mist AI and Cloud and Juniper WLC Series, whereas Ubiquiti WLAN is most compared with Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, NETGEAR Insight Access Points and Aruba Instant. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Ubiquiti WLAN report.

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