Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points vs. Cisco Meraki Go

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Aruba Networks offers wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions via its variety of wireless 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 Wi-Fi Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
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Aruba Instant Wi-Fi 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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Community Pulse
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
Considered Both Products
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points

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Meraki Go
Chose Cisco Meraki Go
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 …
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Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
Small Businesses
Ubiquiti WLAN
Ubiquiti WLAN
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
Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers
Score 9.8 out of 10

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User Ratings
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
Likelihood to Recommend
9.8
(14 ratings)
9.2
(13 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(4 ratings)
7.7
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(11 ratings)
User Testimonials
Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access PointsCisco Meraki Go
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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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
  • 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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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
  • 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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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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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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Cisco
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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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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
Cisco Aironet did not even compare to Aruba, Aruba was so far advanced from Cisco back when we used them. Aruba solved several business problems all in one ecosystem, all Cisco did was acted as somewhat intelligent Access Points. Aruba enabled us to leverage VoIP, use APs as VPN endpoints/devices, manage individual devices as assets, etc.
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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
  • 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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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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