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We performed a comparison between Ruckus Wireless WAN and Ubiquiti Wireless based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Wireless WAN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Ruckus Wireless WAN vs. Ubiquiti Wireless report (Updated: September 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Is Ubiquiti Wireless better than Ruckus Wireless WAN?
Answer: Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise features for a one-time fee and no ongoing licensing fees. Ubiquiti Wireless is very stable and scales easily. It can be challenging to set up other products with Ubiquiti Wireless - not impossible, but not easy either. It would make Ubiquiti Wireless more competitive if they offered more cloud support. We would like to see automatic channel assignments. Many other solutions offer this, but Ubiquiti Wireless does not. It offers no dynamic channel or power management. We like that Ruckus Wireless WAN is reliable, easy to deploy, and offers amazing coverage. It also makes it very easy to add access points. The access points are very powerful, and the outdoor access points can be very easily disguised. We felt Ruckus Wireless WAN gave us improved coverage and faster WiFi. The Beamflex technology really optimizes coverage and improves overall signal quality. It would be beneficial if Ruckus Wireless WAN had better integration with other products and if it offered a firewall. This solution can also be more costly than some other solutions. Conclusion: If you are looking strictly from a cost perspective or dealing with budgetary constraints, Ubiquiti Wireless is a very good choice - a quality product offering great performance at a very low price. We felt Ruckus Wireless WAN offered better consistent coverage and was a more durable, rugged product. Many of our clients were primarily focused on broad outdoor use and Ruckus Wireless WAN consistently offered better access points and a stronger, faster Wifi.
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Pros
"The stability provided is very nice.""The actual wireless access points themselves are very powerful.""Tech support is good.""The connectivity, speed, and reliability are very good.""There are numerous features, but what I like about Ruckus is that they have a good coverage range due to their BeamFlex technique.""The most valuable feature of Ruckus Wireless WAN is the antenna technology.""The solution is suitable for many types of environments, such as small businesses.""It’s reliable."

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"I like the simplicity, the ease of use.""Setting it up wasn't so complicated. It is reliable. Security-wise, we didn't have much trouble, but that could be due to our environment. We haven't had so many attacks, at least up till now.""The scalability of Ubiquiti Wireless is very good. We can add and transfer access points, it is highly scalable.""We have found the product to be scalable.""The setup is easy and user friendly.""I like that it's very easy and very stable. It's easy to install as well.""I like the fact that you can set it up like a wireless connection. Previously, we used to connect from one SSID to another. When we started using Ubiquiti, everyone was so happy because even if they moved from one place or another, say from the pantry to a meeting room, they didn't need to connect manually to another SSID. This is one of the features that I really like about it. It is doing a great job. It offers a free controller that you can use to see if the devices are connected or not and if they are up or down.""Easy to use and flexible."

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Cons
"The solution could be more stable.""I would like to see the billing system improved by adding a billing system integration.""The documentation they do have is very difficult to understand. There should be some scenarios, deployments, complications, or techniques to follow. They are inadequate in that regard, and the documentation needs to be greatly improved.""The connectivity and mobility for users could be improved.""So far, I find Ruckus Wireless WAN okay in terms of the technology and existing business network, but licensing could be more flexible, especially the IoT license that was changed to adapt to the IoT Controller and sensor subscription. The previous licensing method for Ruckus Wireless WAN was better. In my opinion, it wasn't a good decision to change it because the customer prefers the previous licensing over the current licensing. It's not only about the money in terms of licensing, but also about flexibility. The latest license change isn't as flexible. I also found the cloud solution not partner-friendly, so that could also be improved. Another area for improvement in Ruckus Wireless WAN is answering partner requests because currently, it doesn't seem easy for them. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is the AP having its MQTT forwarder. Ruckus Wireless WAN AP supports IoT modules now and to use the IoT modules, you need all IoT data to pass through the IoT Controller. If I could forward that IoT data directly to my environment, similar to what you can do with other solutions, that would be great.""The initial setup is complex.""Technical support is something that needs to be improved.""Pricing could be improved in Ruckus Wireless WAN because obviously, everybody wants things to become cheaper. Another room for improvement in the product is from a delivery perspective, particularly the heavy delivery delays because of the chip shortage that a lot of manufacturers have to deal with. The chip shortage is not coming to an end, but Ruckus Networks has to make a plan because the ETA has slipped out from the average of three months on switches to fourteen months, which is very, very rough on the industry at the moment. Ruckus Wireless WAN could lose business to Chinese competitors, for example, HTC has a good wireless solution that I haven't tested yet, other than on POC, and it works great. I haven't yet experienced the HTC wireless solution in large deployments, so you never know how it's going to go, but HTC has managed to circumvent the chip shortage, so the ETA provided by HTC is much more preferred than the ETAs provided by Ruckus Networks, Cisco, and Aruba products."

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"The solution should offer simpler management for guests. That would be helpful in the hospitality industry, for example.""The control system can be improved by making it easier.""The network setup could be a little easier and more straightforward.""It's hard to get stuff delivered on time.""The mesh configuration and WiFi 6 coverage should be improved.""Their stock is a bit low compared to others, making it difficult to purchase.""Better security is important because we need to have some degree of control over who is connected and how we can restrict the level of connectivity.""We use different models of the solution but in some cases, the security could improve in the adaptive portal, be a little more robust, and easier to use."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's expensive but you get more coverage."
  • "Here in India, Ruckus is chosen often because it is priced low."
  • "Licensing for Ruckus Wireless WAN when you compare it to other vendors, it's on par and not expensive. For me, all licensing is expensive by default, but you do get lifelong licenses, and what's cool about it is the license for Ruckus Wireless WAN, especially on the LAN controller, is not linked to an access point. It's just a quantity access point deployment, so you can rip out old APs, and put new ones in and they'll work on the wireless LAN because the license is not linked to a specific access point which is much easier to work with."
  • "In terms of the license of Ruckus Wireless WAN being cheap or expensive, it would differ based on your country. As I'm living in Turkey, it's expensive, so far. There is a big challenge about the chip crisis or the silicon crisis lately, and all vendors are fighting, so not enough equipment could be sold and the vendors must earn money, so it's very fair for vendors to push software and licensing to keep working and earning, so it's hard to answer a question on how cheap or expensive the license is for the solution."
  • "The price of Ruckus Wireless WAN is in the middle price range compared to competitors. You will find Cisco is the most expensive, the second is HPE and Aruba, and the third is Ruckus Wireless WAN. You then have all the follower solutions."
  • "The cost of licensing varies."
  • "You have to pay for the controller with Ruckus, whereas with Ubiquiti, it comes for free."
  • "It is less expensive than Aruba and Cisco."
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  • "The product is expensive."
  • "Ubiquiti Wireless is affordable."
  • "If you do not have a big budget, you can use Ubiquiti, it is cost-effective."
  • "I like the fact that it offers enterprise features at a cheap price. If you compare it with Cisco, it has most of the features that Cisco has been offering but at a lesser price. I am satisfied with its price."
  • "The price has been fair for what I have been using it for. There is no license for this solution."
  • "There are no licensing fees for this solution, but the cost is on the higher side."
  • "This solution is cheaper compared to others."
  • "The price of the solution is high and could be cheaper."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    Claudiu Retisan - PeerSpot reviewerClaudiu Retisan
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    yes. aprox. same  issues at the half price

    Noureddine Chikhaoui - PeerSpot reviewerNoureddine Chikhaoui
    User

    yes

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise features for a one-time fee and no ongoing licensing fees. Ubiquiti Wireless is very… more »
    Top Answer:We pay a licensing fee on a yearly basis. It's for the support, what we’re paying for. It’s moderately priced. I’d rate it 2.5 out of five in terms of affordability. There are no additional costs… more »
    Top Answer:For me, Ubiquiti was easy to install, configure, set up, and maintain, while also providing solid coverage and better handoffs between APs. This is especially relevant if you are using Apple products… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Wireless offers a wide range of WLAN products. We tested their devices before ultimately choosing Cisco Meraki. Ubiquiti devices have good outdoor performance and the connection is very… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable aspect of Ubiquiti is the ease of setup. It's easy to set up, secure, and use. It works on an adoption basis. I can pull the system up, design a network, and pull 20 different… more »
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    Overview

    Ruckus Wireless’s WAN (Wide Area Network) suite of switches and solutions provides companies and organizations with a wide variety of products that enable them to deploy and manage the kinds of WANs that best meet their needs. Ruckus Wireless is a leader in the field of WAN creation, deployment, and management. Their solutions are designed with the user in mind. They are sleek products and solutions that are easy for administrators to use and maintain. This makes it a valuable suite for any and every kind of industry. The level of ease that it provides makes it possible for companies and organizations to reap a high level of benefit from whichever product they choose to use. 

    Ruckus Wireless WAN Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using the Ruckus Wireless WAN suite of switches and solutions include:

    • Simplified network deployment and management. Ruckus Wireless WAN uses Campus Fabric technology to create a streamlined network creation and management process. This technology takes many of the processes used to create and manage networks that usually require many different solutions and combines them so that a single solution can accomplish the same amount of work.
    • The ability to operate on a massive scale. The Ruckus Wireless SmartZone 100 solution gives administrators the power to handle 1,024 access points and 25,000 users from a single device. Companies can operate at a high level with fewer devices than their competitors require to accomplish a similar level of work.
    • Ease of use. Solutions like RuckusZoneDirector 1200 can be easily deployed and used by administrators who may not have a background in the use of wireless solutions. Companies that choose Ruckus Wireless WAN do not need to train administrators to deploy it. This makes it extremely valuable to companies looking to keep their budgets to a minimum. 

    Ruckus Wireless WAN Features

    Organizations that choose to use the Ruckus Wireless WAN suite of switches and solutions have a large number of capabilities from which they can choose. 

    • Centralized network management.  Ruckus Wireless WAN’s RUCKUS Network Director feature enables administrators to manage their networks from a single location. All of the controls and data that users need to monitor and control the network can be managed from one interface.
    • Advanced security features. Ruckus Wireless WAN has the capability to encrypt and demand that traffic that is trying to pass through the network be authenticated before it is allowed access. This protects the data that leaves the network and the network itself.

    • Seamless interoperability. The various solutions and products that make up Ruckus Wireless’s WAN solution suite have the ability to integrate and operate together seamlessly. Users can mix and match solution pieces to best fit their needs.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Ruckus Wireless’s WAN suite is a truly versatile selection of solutions that offer users a complete package of capabilities and features. This suite makes it possible for users to meet all of their networking needs. Their wireless access points are the kind that is mostly employed in industries like resorts, which have to cater to large volumes of people over extended periods of time. They provide companies with the highest possible level of coverage. Users working in any number of fields would find Ruckus Wireless to be up to the task of handling their networking needs. This suite is appropriate for large corporations and small businesses alikes. 

    An information technology project manager at a university writes, “The actual wireless access points themselves are very powerful. We get very good coverage from just one access point.  The throughput is very good and the centralized management is excellent.  Also, the ease of deployment is very good.”

    A video conferencing administrator at a technology services company states, “The solution is suitable for many types of environments, such as small businesses.

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    Buyer's Guide
    Ruckus Wireless WAN vs. Ubiquiti Wireless
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Ruckus Wireless WAN vs. Ubiquiti Wireless and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Ruckus Wireless WAN is ranked 2nd in Wireless WAN with 14 reviews while Ubiquiti Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless WAN with 39 reviews. Ruckus Wireless WAN is rated 8.6, while Ubiquiti Wireless is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless WAN writes "Has a seamless roaming feature, an analytics tool that gives deployment insights, and an uncomplicated licensing structure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubiquiti Wireless writes "Attractive pricing and good for home use and small businesses, but not easily scalable and lacks security features". Ruckus Wireless WAN is most compared with Cambium Networks Wireless WAN, Fortinet FortiWLM, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, HPE Wireless WAN and Aruba Networks Wireless WAN, whereas Ubiquiti Wireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Cambium Networks Wireless WAN, Aruba Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Ruckus Wireless WAN vs. Ubiquiti Wireless report.

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