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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points

93%
15 Ratings
8.0

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

80%
2 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points

90%
1 Rating

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points

82%
6 Ratings
10.0

WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

100%
2 Ratings

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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WatchGuard Technologies

The WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud works well in any scenario. With the number of AP model options, this solution can work at a coffee shop all the way up to a multi-tenant facility with thousands of users.
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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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WatchGuard Technologies

  • Ease of Management
  • Secure
  • Wi-Fi Reporting
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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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WatchGuard Technologies

  • As far as a native VLAN configuration, VLAN 0 is used while mostly all other vendors use VLAN 1 as the default (native) VLAN. Minor detail, but keeps configuration standard across the board.
  • The policing feature is powerful, but at times too powerful and needs to be modified a few times before getting the solution where you need it to be. Different levels of policing would be nice, with the option of creating your own and/or modifying an existing template.
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Pricing Details

Aruba Instant Wi-Fi Access Points

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud

    Starting Price

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    WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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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      WatchGuard Technologies

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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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      WatchGuard Technologies

      The support team is great! I have never had an issue getting the support I needed. They make it a point to stick with the issue until it's resolved to the customer's satisfaction. They do not make you feel like you need to hurry up and close the ticket. They make sure the solution is working as designed.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Hewlett Packard Enterprise

      One of the characteristics that benefited Aruba Wireless with its competitors was the lower cost of implementation and the speed of configuration and commissioning of the equipment, the strong authentication required and the visibility from the same tool without the need for other third-party products. or who need to purchase another product.
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      WatchGuard Technologies

      WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud offers the cloud management solution unlike Ubiquiti which needs a controller that you need to setup, configure, update, and maintain. Also Security is offered with Secure Wi-Fi cloud.
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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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      WatchGuard Technologies

      • Less time spend on setting up Wi-Fi on client devices
      • Addressed our Security Concerns
      • Less time spent on Wireless Configurations
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