Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points vs. Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Points
Score 7.6 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
Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points are designed to provide simple installation, intuitive web-based configuration, and an integrated setup wizard to make them easy to use. Models include the Cisco WAP 150, and the WAP 125. The WAP 131 and WAP 121 older models are end of sale.N/A
Pricing
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsCisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points
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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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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
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8.7
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Likelihood to Renew
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10.0
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User Testimonials
Aruba Instant On AP Series Access PointsCisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points
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
As an IT technician I was involved in the deployment and configuration of some access points. Work was easy to attach it to the ceiling and connect to the CAT6A network cable. The controller located in the main building transmits all settings remotely in less than 15 minutes to the access point and it is already operational. The WAP 150 has a compact style and looks great on the ceiling because the antennas are internal and radiate omnidirectionally to users. We created three networks, one 2.4Ghz, the second 5Ghz and the other exclusively for patients.
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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
  • Compact access point with internal antennas and easy ceiling mounting.
  • They are reliable and fast access points that work on the 802.11ac wave protocol with speeds of up to 1.2gbps at 5ghz. But they also work at 2.4 GHz.
  • Allows you to create a cluster of up to 4 access points on site and thereby manage radio frequency, power, and other network resources.
  • Access points can be managed on management and monitoring platforms with Cisco FindIT Network Management.
  • Allows to be installation easily with ethernet network cable.
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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
  • I see that this model does not have the ability to mitigate strong interference at 2.4 GHz.
  • It is a model that does not serve auditors.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Cisco
Overall, we have been very happy with the results.
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Cisco
The products of the Cisco Small Business 100 Series Wireless Access Points family are an excellent option within the segment in which they compete. We provide many enterprise-level features with costs close to entry-level. It allows us to maintain centralized administration, scale easily, and not lose observability, and it maintains the quality and robustness that Cisco has accustomed us to.
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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
  • Increased productivity with the use of notebooks and tablets.
  • Mobility and allowed to work from home during the pandemic.
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