Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Ruckus Wireless?


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Sachin Vinay - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Amrita
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 25, 2022

Pricing and licensing are a concern for average enterprises as Ruckus is overpriced when compared to Aruba and Cisco. Also, it is better to go with a new controller license rather than adding to an old one since, over a period of time, most of the new devices will be supporting only the latest controllers.

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Mahmoud Hilwani - PeerSpot reviewer
Board Member at SevenGate
Real User
Top 10
Jul 17, 2022

It is affordable. We get special codes from the vendor, so we can compete with others in the market. There are no hidden costs. The pricing is transparent.

Mahmoud Shehadeh - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Support at MayaSoft
Real User
Top 5
Apr 5, 2022

It is reasonably priced. I would rate the price a three out of five. With Wi-Fi 6 the price is more expensive than Aruba Wireless.

Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 14, 2022

Commercially Ruckus for its features, its pricing is expensive for the customer. Customers go back and forth with the pricing, but we convince them that it is beneficial to include features. Licensing is subscription-based.

Director Engineering & New Business at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Feb 8, 2022

This is a relatively more expensive product.

Sintayehu Alemu - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Communication Technology at Dire dawa University
Real User
Top 5
Jan 12, 2022

The price of Ruckus Wireless is less expensive than other solutions, such as Cisco. We have licenses for 500 access points.

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Joshy Varghese - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at Evenor Info Solutions Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 28, 2021

The product is very expensive. Technical support should also be included in the pricing. We tend to deal with yearly licensing renewal fees. We buy packages in bundles and then, every year, we need to pay to renew.

Founder, Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 4, 2021

If you walk into any restaurant or hotel you will find Ruckus Wireless solutions because it is economical when it comes to pricing. There is a basic subscription for the license and support.

Head of IT Network Division at Panorinformatika
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 7, 2021

The solution is reasonably priced as compared to, for example, Cisco, which is much more expensive. Customers need to pay a yearly licensing fee.

Executive Director at a non-profit with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Aug 31, 2021

The price is on the higher end. It's quite expensive, but that is what you get with these types of solutions. When you are dealing with Cisco or Ruckus, it's going to be a higher price.

Wireless Network Engineer at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Top 20
Aug 9, 2021

We have a yearly license for our multiple mode 200 or 300 Ruckus Wireless systems. It's a good price.

ICT Manager/Systems Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Jun 22, 2021

The pricing could always be a bit lower. You do need to pay for an annual support license.

Innocent Kurehwa - PeerSpot reviewer
Wireless Technician at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Jun 3, 2021

I'm not sure of the details, but I think we have continuous licenses, annual licenses, and three year licenses. Cost-wise, I wish it were more affordable.

Badar Raqeeb - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead at Comstar - Information Systems Associates Ltd.
Real User
Top 20
Apr 14, 2021

You do need to pay extra for technical support services if you would like to have access to them. When we first offer Ruckus Wireless to our clients, they ask the price and are a bit shocked. They asked why we chose this when there are other lower options on the market. It's a hard sell sometimes due to the price tag. It's something they need to work on so that they align better with the market and get more competitive.

Information Technology Consultant at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
Mar 11, 2021

With Ubiquiti, there's no annual cost to keep the software upgraded, whereas with Ruckus, you have to pay an annual fee or three-year fee. That makes it a little more pricey. Ubiquiti is quite a bit cheaper, just on the upfront costs than the Ruckus equipment. I mean the Ubiquiti quote we got, we're not only doing the access points, but we're also doing our switches. If one person is doing Ubiquiti switches and Ubiquiti access points, another vendor's doing Ruckus equipment. We're seeing half the cost with the Ubiquiti equipment. I worked for Ubiquiti on a very small installation where cost was at a premium and they needed to get in as cheap as possible. It worked for them. It was a church. Dropped in about four access points and they were happy.

Antonis Mathioulakis - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at M&A Solutions IKE
Real User
Top 20
Feb 24, 2021

Ruckus is an expensive solution.

Abdul Basit - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Design Engineer at Comstar - Information Systems Associates Ltd.
Real User
Top 10
Feb 11, 2021

The licensing is paid on a yearly basis. We are working with three yearly licenses. The pricing is okay, however, it could be more affordable.

Ing Preventa (Sales Engineer IBW) at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Top 20
Feb 6, 2021

Ubiquiti and Aruba Instant On are good for small businesses in terms of cost than Ruckus Wireless.

Andres Echeverry - PeerSpot reviewer
Director General at INNOVAR IT SAS
Top 10
Dec 21, 2020

Not all of our clients can afford a fully corporate solution like Ruckus. But for many of our clients, pricing is the only factor that prevents them from choosing Ruckus, as we have found Ruckus to be a very suitable and reliable solution for integrating wireless access points to a company's network.

Networking Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Dec 18, 2020

The setup that I have at the moment does not require licensing, although I am not sure whether a bigger project will mean that I have to spend more.

Tim Brumbaugh - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Golden West Technologies
Real User
Top 5
Dec 17, 2020

They don't really need to be cheaper. They're not the most expensive, and they're not the least expensive. They're right there in the middle.

EmilioOgando - PeerSpot reviewer
Integration Manager at Newcom
Top 5
Dec 17, 2020

The solution is less expensive than, for example, Fortinet, and requires less equipment.

Asst. Manager Technical at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Top 20
Dec 10, 2020

If I compare Ruckus licensing costs with the market leader, they're on the cheaper side. Our competitors are actually charging more for support and licensing fees to end customers. However, Ruckus charges less for both licenses and support. They are not expensive when you compare them to the competition. They are very cheap.

Information Systems Chief at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Dec 9, 2020

The price of Ruckus is about one third that of the similar Cisco solution.

Scott Tunis - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Top 10
Dec 6, 2020

This is a very expensive solution.

PhilipSlaughter - PeerSpot reviewer
Independent Consultant - Wireless at Wireless WiFI Services
Real User
Top 10
Nov 16, 2020

For me, licensing is zero. You don't really need to have any licensing for what I own. The only thing is, unless there's some software update that you need, you don't have the support. If you're stable and it runs, you don't need to do anything. However, if you need those software updates they'll make you pay.

Stephen Moreau - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at Dataway
Nov 9, 2020

Obviously, there's a cost factor. It's not the lowest cost solution, however, from an engineering standpoint, which is what we're more interested in, you have to ask does it work? Does it work well? The answer is yes and yes.

Director of Product Management at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 28, 2020

We don't pay any licensing fees, we purchase them.

Anders Wall - PeerSpot reviewer
CIO at Vätterleden Invest AB
Real User
Oct 21, 2020

The price is reasonable. It's better priced than Cisco.

Store Associate at a engineering company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Oct 19, 2020

Their pricing is quite high. It can be higher than Cisco. It all depends on the features a client needs.

Bill Sheeler - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Technical Operations at GT Church
Real User
Oct 15, 2020

We paid for a three-year contract last year. I am not sure about what we paid. It is certainly less expensive than Meraki.

Kibue Gacuca - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Comutaz Systems Limited
Real User
Sep 22, 2020

It's difficult to be satisfied with licensing costs. We are an African company and we always get a raw deal. We don't get the discounts that we'd like.

Nimesha Balasuriya - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineer - Network Security Operations at SLT Visioncom Pvt Ltd
Real User
Jul 22, 2020

Ruckus pricing is good compared to its competitors.

Analyst Programmer at Mauritius Telecom
Real User
Jul 6, 2020

The pricing is reasonable but it's a tough market and there's a lot of competition.

Stephen Kirby - PeerSpot reviewer
Founding President at Cambio Broadband, LLC.
Real User
Jun 28, 2020

Their pricing is expensive. That said, being a partner, their competitive upgrade pricing is phenomenal. I don't remember the exact pricing. When we bought it, we bought the warranties with them for three years. We got advanced replacement.

Management Board Member and Network Engineer at NewLogics
Real User
Jun 15, 2020

When the system is purchased there are no hidden fees because the license opens all of the features on the controller.

Monzurul Karim Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Feb 5, 2019

We found it a little more expensive than the other competitors on the market.

student at Westcon
Real User
Feb 3, 2019

The pricing is quite expensive. If you were to compare the solution, license, and pricing with another brand, I think Ruckus still have the most competitive pricing cost per feature rate among them all. For instance, drawing comparisons with similar products offered through HP or Dell EMC, Ruckus' price reasonable. The licensing is great; it's more flexible than the other brands as well. For example, we can buy the license for upgrading the controller on an as needed basis. The other brands don't offer this option.

Rai Kashif Jahangir - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
Aug 25, 2018

The cost per AP license should be worked on.

D6B8 - PeerSpot reviewer
District Technology at INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196
Mar 5, 2018

Ruckus was much cheaper than their enterprise competition (Aruba, Cisco, etc.). We've found that Ruckus can handle the client density load with greater success than Aruba, so leveraging Ruckus has allowed us to lower our purchasing needs since we would need to procure fewer APs. Cloudpath would be an added cost if you wanted to deploy that solution.

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Vinny Govender - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Applications Specialist at bioMérieux
Jul 26, 2022
Hi, I'm working as a Technical Applications Specialist at a Pharma/Biotech company with 10000+ employees. I'm researching to purchase a high-performance Wireless LAN device. Which one of the following products would you recommend: Ubiquiti Unifi Aruba Wireless  Ruckus Wireless Huawei Wireless Thank you in advance!
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IT Admin
Nov 15, 2021
Hi, You can purchase WiFi access points from any of the above vendors. But it must be a commercial access point as in AP a few connect to the limited devices and a few can connect large devices with a single AP. It will totally depend on your work environment and access point signals covering the area. In the hall, AP can cover a large area but there is a concrete wall between two rooms or a corridor then it can down the signal to 50 DBM. So, when deciding on a WIFI/AP keep all these things in mind.
Ender Kefoglu - PeerSpot reviewer
Partner / Owner at bimel
Nov 15, 2021
If you want high performance and stability, you should definitely go with Ruckus Wireless.  Ruckus Wireless APs have: - Adaptive antenna technology (called BeamFlex) This technology analyzes different paths to reach the client and electronically turns itself to a directional antenna, choosing the path that gives the best performance to reach each specific client. If the client is mobile or if the environment changes (such as a warehouse) the selection of paths/direction also changes instantly. Transmitting in a directional way allows a good Signal-to-Noise Ratio and also causes less interference for other nearby APs outside the path of the directional transmission. - ChannelFly technology This technology chooses the best channel based on performance rather than background scanning for noise. - Polarization Diversity This technology allows the clients not to lose signal strength when held at different angles (important for mobile devices such as tablets and telephones). - Better receive sensitivity compared to the competitors All these features make Ruckus Wireless a better choice than any other competitor (better performance, better coverage area, more stable and surprise-free communication especially in not so easy conditions such as noise, too many clients, too much traffic).
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 1, 2021
Which would you recommend and why?
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Nov 1, 2021
Cisco’s Meraki Virtual MX is a virtual instance of the Meraki SD-WAN appliance. We liked the Meraki. The Wifi APs are a great feature. The dashboard is a simple interface and easy to learn. It features a single pane of glass for all the products you need to manage. Support is always great with Cisco. The problem was when we had to assign a static IP for security reasons. It was lengthy and complex. Making changes to a WLAN is complicated. If you try to standardize or change your config, it disrupts your switches’ performance. Moreover, the wireless controller is out of date and has some bugs. Despite being long-time Cisco users, we evaluated the Ruckus Wireless as an alternative in terms of price. Ruckus Wireless is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. It has awesome features about how their signaling works and devices. The devices are weather-resistant and work well even in harsh conditions. Ruckus mesh technology is their best feature. Setting up and configuring it was easy. When you want to add an AP, it is a pretty straightforward plug-and-play system. The performance and configuration are very good. The AP is reliable, meaning you can have high-density wireless, scaling up easily. That being said, they could add hardware stratification. The solution is fairly stable and easy to scale. Regarding the price, Ruckus is more affordable than Meraki. About the downsides, onboarding BYOD can be cumbersome or downright impossible. Another downside is the support. They take forever to answer back and solve tickets. Conclusions Cisco has all the backup and support of a big brand name. We are Cisco users but Ruckus is a great and more affordable alternative to Meraki. Ruckus Wireless is a great WLAN solution, reasonably priced.
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