2020-02-13T12:29:00Z
Suresh Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Technical Executive at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Which wireless controller has maximum client connectivity and high throughput?

I am working as a Senior Technical Executive at a coaching institute for IIT- JEE, Pre-Medical, Commerce, Law, and Pre-Foundation.

We are evaluating Fortinet, Ruckus, Cisco, and Huawei

Which one of these is the best wireless controller for maximum client connectivity and has high throughput?

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AlanTran - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technical Services at CTM
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2021-02-08T01:05:04Z
Feb 8, 2021

All are good selections, and this question is difficult to answer without knowing your throughput requirements, as each vendor has multiple models within there series.


Personally I recommend looking at Arista Networks’ cognitive Wifi, where controllers are a thing of the past.

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Shrijendra Shakya - PeerSpot reviewer
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2021-02-03T10:16:16Z
Feb 3, 2021

Cisco has maximum client connectivity and high throughput.

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2020-02-17T23:10:08Z
Feb 17, 2020

Ruckus virtual smart zone will be your best bet allowing up to 300k connected devices and 30k access points. furthermore, Ruckus has time and again proven best in speed, throughput in high density environments by independent studies. I have over a decade of working with this product and none of the other competitors can beat the layer 1 connectivity of Ruckus WiFi

Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2020-02-17T12:32:48Z
Feb 17, 2020

Hi,

Every one of the mentioned solutions is good but you need to check the needs which are security since the firms you are working with need protection and tracking of data. For this reason, I recommend:

- if you have FortiGate installed then go for Fortinet Wireless since they can be integrated with the Fortigate without buying a controller and they work perfectly together and you will get the advantage of applying rules to the client himself whether mobile or computer, easily managed & monitored, more visibility over your network and incident notifications.

If the above doesn't apply then you can go with the best one that fits your budget and security needs which for me doesn't fall on the mentioned solution but to go with ARUBA Instant Access Wireless Solution and the reasons are as such:

- Cisco is too much expensive and you got to pay smart support with some complexity in configuration and you need to buy a controller
- Ruckus is good but when you want to have the security you need to buy a controller with licenses and it won't give you the security needed since it is just a wireless solution
- Huawei is not a stable company since it had many ups and downs and they can reach with you to have all the solutions nearly free so that you install their brand.

Whereas Aruba you don't need a controller in the Instant access points and you will get the minimum security with radius integration and what is important a lifetime warranty on the access points.

In addition, if the number of access points increased and you want more detailed management and more advanced configurations, you can buy a controller either on-premises or on-cloud with Aruba.

The above information is based on my experience with all the solutions and their POC.

If you need any more details and consultancy, kindly feel free to contact me.

Regards.

Amin Amor - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Consultant at itnet
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2020-05-20T10:39:33Z
May 20, 2020

Hi Imad,
Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba?
Thanks in advance

OL
Executivo de vendas at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2020-02-17T18:11:07Z
Feb 17, 2020

Boa tarde
As soluções cada solução que você indicou tem pormenores que podem impactar tanto no funcionamento quanto em caso de disaster recovery.
Fortinet: Possui bons access points, aliado às funcionalidades de segurança do próprio UTM, porém será mais um serviço para o appliance gerenciar, e dependendo do que está rodando nele, corre-se o risco de degradar a performance da funcionalidade principal "segurança", por que tambem está gerenciando uma rede wireless, além do fato se houver alguma pane no appliance Fortinet, tanto os itens de segurança quanto a rede wireless irão ficar indisponível. Dê a Cézar o que é de Cézar, deixe a fortinet focada em segurança, que é o que ela faz de melhor.
Ruckus: Excelentes Access points, confiáveis e com alta performance, possui no mínimo 4 opções de gerência, sendo, controlerless Unleashed, appliance virtual, appliance hardware e cloud, ambas as opções não trará prejuizo à performance da rede wireless, porque não há tunelamento de dados para elas, além de possuir várias funções de segurança inerentes à rede wireless. licenças são perpétuas.
Cisco: Excelente access points, porém solução muito cara para aquisição e renovação.
Huawei: Pelo que conheço, tem bons access points, e controladoras virtuais e appliance físico, mas conheço poucas redes com esta solução.
É lógico que uma tem um recurso extra a mais do que a outra, mas considero mera perfumaria, pois o básico para uma rede wireless segura todas atendem.
Eu já atendi a mais de 40 universidades federais no Brasil, todas com Ruckus, e não há reclamação da solução.
Como recomendação pessoal, vá de Ruckus.

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AlanTran - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technical Services at CTM
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2020-02-17T02:13:27Z
Feb 17, 2020

Hi,
It is all dependent on the size of the controllers in question. Though I would suggest getting a cloud base technology so you are limited by any controller and have much better redundancy. Take a look at Arista Cognitive Wireless

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