Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points vs. Aruba Networks Wireless WAN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Aruba Networks offers wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions via its variety of wireless access points.N/A
Aruba Networks Wireless WAN
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Aruba Networks offers wireless WAN.N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsAruba Networks Wireless WAN
Small Businesses
Ubiquiti WLAN
Ubiquiti WLAN
Score 9.1 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
Cisco Meraki MG
Cisco Meraki MG
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10

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User Ratings
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsAruba Networks Wireless WAN
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(16 ratings)
8.4
(7 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(4 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsAruba Networks Wireless WAN
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It is possible that we have a bad luck with the deployment. However, It is capable to perform enterprise-level security to fit some of the organization's standards. With Airwave and other tools, it's easy to manage and administrate your wireless environment. Make aware of the IPsec tunnel from each user to the controller if you are using Clearpass for NAC. If you have a remote office with local resources, you will need controller or IAP to route traffic locally. If you have many remote offices, you will need to deploy controllers or IAP in each office, which lead to additional cost and management.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is an excellent solution for small to medium-sized implementation, especially on-premise. The ability to centrally manage all policy-based access requirements for both registered users as well as guests using the portal is effortless. This is backed up by good documentation which is available and excellent vendor support (HP).
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • They offer both a controller-based and controller-less option. This allows customers of all sizes to deploy a wireless network without the upfront cost of controller hardware. A controller can be added later.
  • Aruba also offers Airwave which is a single management point for all AP swarms in the environment. It offers many reporting features as well as visual RF maps displaying heatmaps of the AP signals and client positioning.
  • The Aruba Access Point we have (224s and 225s) also offer both PoE and external power supplies for those smaller deployments that may not have PoE capable switches.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • It has cloud management for administration of access points remotely.
  • Automatic replication of custom settings to access points.
  • Solution with WIFI 5 and WIFI 6 hotspots.
  • They are powered by POE or power injector.
  • Compact access points.
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • We have had a bunch of these stop working after a power outages. We are guessing a surge or something caused them to stop working.
  • Some of the documentation is outdated. It seems they like to make changes to how things work and it usually mean less access and insight into the devices you manage.
  • The auto signal strength feature could use a little work. It seems like even when we turn it down all the way it tries ot increases the signal strength.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Licensing is slightly complicated and not bundled, separate costs for cloud controller is a no-no.
  • UI needs an uplift.
  • Coverage is good but can be better.
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Usability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Aruba Networks Wireless LAN is very intuitive to use. After the initial learning curve for the Aruba OS platform, it is straightforward. Day-to-day tasks, such as deploying an access point with a configuration, are very straightforward. Standard incremental system upgrades are also very intuitive. If you have any past experience with Aruba network switching or Cisco switching, the command structure is relatively similar.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Support Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It is a reliable and complete solution for providing wireless network to users. I had no technical problems during those years. The Aruba controller and access points have always worked very well and we have greatly improved the relationship with customers and we now have absolute control over the wireless network traffic. It has quality assurance and support with efficient service as well.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
In the least concern we have, the support team has always been available and responds very quickly.
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
When comparing Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points to Cisco Meraki MR the most significant factors are pricing and license fees. At the current cost of one Meraki MR AP, we can deploy three Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points, providing equivalent functionality, coverage, and performance.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We used Xirrus wifi before we moved to Aruba. Xirrus is a great niche brand that has been sold to other companies a few times in the life we used the products. This negatively impacted the product availability in our country, local support, and amount of implementation partners. Due to Aruba their broad product range, availability in the market, and knowledge with implementation partners we feel that we can build upon their products not only for a product cycle but for the decade to come.
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Excellent uptime and reliability
  • If licensed properly, failover is easy
  • The newest version upgrade is somewhat cumbersome as they want us to replace hardware, which seems silly, so we are on the most current legacy supported version. Once unsupported, we will need to replace hardware.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • We have better coverage for our visitors and during trainings
  • We have enough bandwidth to accommodate everyone
  • No more dead spots in the building that effects our users.
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