Aruba ClearPass vs. Ubiquiti Wireless WAN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aruba ClearPass
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Aruba ClearPass is network access control (NAC) technology from HPE company Aruba Networks. Aruba acquired Avenda and its eTips NAC in 2011.N/A
Ubiquiti Wireless WAN
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Ubiquiti Networks offers wireless WAN.N/A
Pricing
Aruba ClearPassUbiquiti Wireless WAN
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Aruba ClearPassUbiquiti Wireless WAN
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Score 8.9 out of 10
Cisco Meraki MG
Cisco Meraki MG
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
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User Ratings
Aruba ClearPassUbiquiti Wireless WAN
Likelihood to Recommend
9.8
(8 ratings)
9.2
(12 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Aruba ClearPassUbiquiti Wireless WAN
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We have quite a few visitors to our campus and we don't want to have a set PSK for the wireless so we have configured a guest network where visitors can create an account and gain access to the internet and we don't have to "manage" it since the accounts will expire after a certain time. We have RF scanners in our warehouses and we want them to be allowed on the network and be put into its own VLAN. ClearPass can do this flawlessly by keying off of the MAC address when it comes online and putting it into the correct VLAN. This makes it so we don't have to add each device individually to the system. The only time ClearPass would not be appropriate is in a small deployment where the cost to value wouldn't make sense.
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Ubiquiti Networks
I love the equipment for small-scale commercial solutions and quality without the price tag. I might not recommend their products for a large organization with multiple locations and servers. However, the GUI interface will allow remote access and setup across the network. I think this is a great solution for small businesses and families or home office solutions, provided there is some IT knowledge for setup and maintenance.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • wide range of compatible devices
  • have an easy-to-understand and hierarchical rule-writing structure
  • easy-to-use interface and extensive documentation
  • seamless MS AD integration
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Ubiquiti Networks
  • Automatically load balances based on band. Makes it simple to spread out users.
  • Updates can be set to automatic or manual. Automatic uses rolling updates, happens every time we update the controller.
  • Continually add new features and improvements with their FREE software upgrades
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • The user interface is outdated
  • Support is not as responsive as it used to be
  • I'd like to be able to build dashboards
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Ubiquiti Networks
  • Supply can be a problem, especially for new products. We have had to sometimes wait for months for supply to come in.
  • No phone support. Only email/chat. can be frustrating sometimes just texting someone, but have not had to contact them very often.
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Usability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Aruba Clearpass is straight forward in terms of day to day use for monitoring and basic user connectivity issues. The system is very robust on the back end, therefore some larger configuration changes may not be the most intuitive. System upgrades and license management are not the most intuitive either.
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Ubiquiti Networks
The combination of performance, range, low-power use, and manageability made it ideal for us.
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Support Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We had some issues with ClearPass integration with AirGroup on Aruba Controller Clusters. Basically, it was tough to get coordinated between the controller support and the ClearPass support.
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Ubiquiti Networks
We have not needed to contact support, except to replace one device that was damaged in shipping. The company immediately issued an RMA without delay, and we had our replacement product within a week
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
From my experience, ClearPass has been the best NAC server of all I've seen. Even though configuration is somewhat hard and it's hard to get training, once you learn how to configure it it works very well. The policies are very granular and scalable and the interface is a well-done web GUI that does not need any extra plugins installed, as some of Cisco's product require. There are many more options than with FortiNAC, and many more integration options. Also, troubleshooting and logging is good.
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Ubiquiti Networks
Prior to this, we used Cisco Meraki wireless access points, which did not allow for centralized control, therefore several access points shared the same SSID. Because the client's movement from one device to another was not as seamless and reliable as it is with the current Ubiquiti solution, this shift cost both time and stability during configuration.
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • It has simplified our SSID management
  • It has made it very easy for us to segment our network based on security groups
  • It was relatively easy to implement with the support of a VAR
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Ubiquiti Networks
  • The cost of the equipment vs. my uptime is streets ahead of typical consumer equipment.
  • Adding additional AP's is extremely easy and little to no downtime for setup.
  • Transition between Unifi and Edge equipment can be a little clunky but it works.
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