Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points vs. Cisco Meraki Go

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points
Score 7.7 out of 10
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Aruba Networks offers the Instant On AP series of wireless access points, with models designed for indoor and outdoor access points.N/A
Meraki Go
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Cisco's Meraki Go offers Indoor and Outdoor Wireless Access Points so you can have fast and reliable WiFi, no matter where your business goes. By incorporating the latest hardware standards, Meraki Go access points simply plug into your network and get to work.N/A
Pricing
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
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Offerings
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Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsMeraki Go
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
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Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points

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Meraki Go
Chose Cisco Meraki Go
Was trying to add Dell Aerohive and Unifi as well but it couldn't find those. We had tried out Meraki, Meraki Go, Aerohive, Aruba and Unifi and ended up with the single site use case going with Meraki Go for ease of use/deployment as well as low cost vs Meraki. In general it …
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.3 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10

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Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
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Score 9.8 out of 10

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User Ratings
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(13 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
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7.7
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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8.6
(11 ratings)
User Testimonials
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points are well suited for a small to mid-size setup (i.e., from 20 users to 500 devices that need to connect to WiFi). Aruba provides access points for both indoors and outdoors (e.g., commercial spaces and offices, and manufacturing units as well). Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points can also support controller-based architecture, and I would recommend going for that when the AP devices are more than 30.
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Cisco
Single site where wifi and wired connections are needed with on site and remote support needed. Possibly also VPN access. Or as we use it, at home for better management of network, guest access for family, for visitors and also content filtering to keep everyone safe too. They keep adding features so there may be more just added or upcoming I might have missed. It's probably not best for larger multi site businesses but small single or dual site with VPN it works awesomely.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Controllerless solution
  • Users connect to different APs seamlessly (soft handoff) when moving from one region to another
  • Stable--we have never faced any downtime with any APs
  • Different SSID to segregate internal and guest networks
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Cisco
  • Cheap and fast hotspot supporting multiple simultaneous clients.
  • Guest control through a Captive portal.
  • They work with the 802.11ac Wave 2 protocol.
  • They direct the WiFi signal directly to the client that is accessing the internet and increase the quality of the signal.
  • Managed in the cloud and accessed via the web
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points miss having OTP generation--this is must, for guest users at least
  • Pricing is high
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Cisco
  • One thing I would add is that sometimes the app has downtime or works particularly slowly on the weekends. Why that is, I'm not sure, maybe because I have an older iPhone.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Cisco
It's just as easy to use as Meraki but a perfect fit for home and SMB. It's a no-brainer.
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Support Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Cisco
It's good, it can be better, but it's good. We had problems with Outlook 365 disconnecting and their support wasn't able to help us. We spent a few hours on the phone and finally, one of our NOC guys decided to change the MTU. I'm sure their support is good, I just think that this time we didn't find the right person.
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Cisco
Cisco Meraki Go is very fast and offers high productivity than other solutions available in the market. It offers a wide range of features in a very affordable pricing model which is quite a competition for all the alternatives out there. Since we have offices in remote as well, that's why we went with Meraki Go as it can be easily moved from one location to another.
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Scalability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Cisco
The ease of deployment can be moved from one site to another easily. There is no need for any source or managing controller and hence it can be easily moved with the same configuration. This type of solution is best for teams who work together and are on the move from one location to another and who rely on high performance and good security for their wifi network.
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Our users' productivity has increased, as they can now connect wirelessly
  • We are now centrally controlling users' traffic from firewall and blocking or limiting use of unwanted web apps
  • Has helped us in improving monitoring of user traffic
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Cisco
  • Meraki has improved our business and our sales by a lot.
  • Customers are always happy to enter our brewery and have a drink, even more, when their internet works to near perfection.
  • I even catch myself watching an episode or two on netflix during my lunch break, considering the internet can support my 4k streaming.
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