We researched Ubiquiti and Aruba when looking for a WLAN solution. Ubiquiti offers good WLAN access both indoors and outdoors. It provides an enterprise-level WIFI while remaining cost-effective. Ubiquiti is a good option for small or medium businesses.
Ubiquiti WLAN is easy to set up and manage. There are different options for the monitoring software - you can use their cloud dashboard or their free controller from a computer. We especially liked the interface, as it is user-friendly. The controller enables us to deploy and reboot APs, manage wireless passwords, and provide visibility over connected devices and networks.
The logs are not easy to interpret, though. The support for Apple devices is not great, either. One of the biggest issues is the lack of effective support. I suggest you turn to community forums if you have any problems.
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points is a good option for companies looking for solutions covering corporate and BYOD networks. It is easy to deploy and very stable. Aruba provides a robust and resilient connection across locations without having interruptions. The system can manage a large number of connections. Another advantage is the ease of integration for Identity Management devices.
We found Aruba to be highly reliable and redundant. Additionally, it was fairly easy to scale up. That being said, it takes time to get used to administration from the UI.
As for the downsides, the APs don’t include chargers. In addition, the documentation and knowledge base is scarce, and the technical support is not the best.
Ubiquiti provides a good, cost-effective, and reliable WLAN option. However, if your WLAN needs are dynamic - for instance, if you have a sudden increase in demand - Aruba is a better choice because of its scalability.