2021-08-19T07:49:00Z
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Aruba Wireless or Ruckus Wireless?

How do they compare?

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2021-10-07T14:07:28Z
Oct 7, 2021

At my organization, we researched Ruckus Wireless among other solutions but ultimately chose Aruba wireless. What did we like about Ruckus? First, it was very easy to use, and anybody with minimal IT experience could work with it. Ruckus also offered excellent coverage and connection quality.


Ruckus is suitable for use cases that require both cloud-based and on-premise controllers. All considered, it is a simple solution that offers a good performance of basic functions. It is easy to use and manage and is flexible.


Why didn’t it meet our needs? Ruckus lacks features that are already common in other solutions. If you need to focus on security or location tracking, you need Aruba.


Aruba has many features that fit our needs. The most valuable is the fact that it works with multiple devices. You can scale Aruba wireless between multiple endpoints too, and this was the deciding factor for us. The technical support is excellent. You have support 24/7.


Regarding costs, since it has a virtual controller, we found that Aruba wireless is more cost-effective than other solutions. The user interface is easy to understand too. There are, obviously, areas where it could use some improvement. For example, most access point commands are in the command line instead of in the graphic interface. Also, it lacks integration with other vendors’ products.


Conclusion


While Ruckus offers flexibility, Aruba offers a more complete and robust solution. In terms of security, Aruba is superior, offering native role-based authentication. With Aruba, we can add any user or entity we need to the network, regardless of the wireless LAN they use or network space. If you need more than basic security and detailed segmentation by user, device, or port, like us, Aruba is probably the better choice for you.

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How does Cisco Wireless compare with Aruba Wireless? Which is better and why?
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Aruba is our choice for our WIFI solution as Aruba has a lot of features that can do the same with Meraki.  Aruba is saving costs vs Meraki in a long time operation.
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On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three hours, the basic framework can be set up. Step-by-step instructions are available to ease the deployment of the Cisco wireless network. A small business will now be able to make use of this wireless product without being worried about having to make a massive investment of either time or resources. This peace of mind extends to the actual maintenance of the product as well. Cisco wireless’s network does not require very much in the way of maintenance. It does require occasional upgrades to keep it running smoothly, but other than that, a team tasked with maintaining it has very little to worry about. Organizations of all sizes will be able to benefit from both of these aspects of Cisco wireless’s design. Cisco wireless provides a very robust service that will continue to run over long periods of time and under heavy usage. Furthermore, the teams that are responsible for assisting users and resolving any potential issues that may arise are highly professional. These are two additional features that make Cisco wireless a valuable product. The wireless service is capable of running for years without any real need for replacements to be made to the hardware. Although no system is perfect, Cisco’s Wireless network shows that products can still be made to last. Long spans of time can pass without issues arising. When they do, Cisco’s technical support team is well-equipped to help handle it. They respond quickly to inquiries and they are extremely knowledgeable. They bring the kind of professionalism that one would hope to have in a product’s support team. Aruba Wireless can support many devices and provide the features that one would expect for this type of product. It is relatively cheap when compared to other products like Cisco Wireless. For that relatively cheap price, Aruba offers hardware whose performance can match anything offered by its competitors. It advertises what it can do and follows through with its promises. It is also very easy to configure. However, they do not guide users in different industries through the best practices that they should be employing when using Aruba Wireless. Conclusion Cisco Wireless offers an effective service. In terms of cost it is more expensive than Aruba Wireless. They both have a lot to offer. The price tag might just be the deciding factor.
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