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Likelihood to Recommend

Aerohive Wireless

A large segment of the Aerohive client base is the education market, which is very different in terms of agility and immediate support needs of financial institutions. They seem to focus more effort on their wireless AP solutions, which I have only rarely tested. When it comes to remote access, the solution is still relatively expensive due to the upfront hardware purchase, though recurring costs are fairly low.
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Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

If you have an office building that has air conditioner and people that is really wary of illnesses these Access points are the real only option, since these access points are airtight you can clean them just with a wiping cloth, most access points from other companies have at least one air flow inside the access point, that means that you have to open the access point to actually clean it, that's just not acceptable.
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Pros

Aerohive Wireless

  • Extremely easy to provision new devices, once the profiles are set up, due to centralized management
  • Very quick provisioning of new devices, due to centralized management and predefined profiles
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Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

  • Roaming while we are on meeting
  • Categorize traffic
  • The management interface of the 5508 Cisco controller where we plug them in is very user friendly
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Cons

Aerohive Wireless

  • They do no support 2-factor authentication or IP whitelisting to log onto their cloud-based management portal. Organization learned the importance of 2FA over a decade ago, yet Aerohive hasn't caught on.
  • Tier 1 technical support is generally terrible. I am almost guaranteed to get the run-around when a tier 1 picks up the support case, and they are incentivised to hold on to the case as long as possible. If you don't get a good answer right away, immediate request an escalation!
  • Lack of useful logging during normal usage and stability of the software seem to be a constant issue in their BR (branch router) platform, though it has gotten better in the last year or so.
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Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

  • Price tag is high.
  • They are not pretty, compared to 2700 access point these are bulky and non-aesthetic.
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Alternatives Considered

Aerohive Wireless

I've used both Aruba and Cisco (traditional, not Meraki) for wireless, and each have their own strengths. Aruba offers a lot of feature functionality, though the interface is difficult and confusing to use (this was ~4 years ago). Cisco wireless is fairly straightforward to set up and expand, though features are more limited. Aerohive's benefit is the easy+speed of deployment. I've also used the Citrix NetScaler SSL VPN soft client and that works fairly well, though it doesn't compare like-for-like due to the fact that it's software vs. Aerohive, which is hardware.
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Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

We made our purchase decision based on Cisco access points being airthight and all others we reviewed were not, while reading product features it looks like fast roaming is also only really supported at Cisco so after we found those two features we stopped looking for alternatives, time is money and the time spent while deciding what to buy could be even more expensive than the product itself
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Return on Investment

Aerohive Wireless

  • Initial expense is high due to pricey hardware, though recurring costs make the ROI better over the long term.
  • Remote access is fairly simple and we can deploy entire home setups or even small offices very quickly. This is provides good ROI to get the business moving quickly.
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Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

  • Peace of mind for our germ-phobic employees
  • Wifi access and wifi roaming work really well
  • Administration of the access points is easy for our deployment
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Pricing Details

Aerohive Wireless

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Cisco Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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