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Likelihood to Recommend

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco has a wide range of wireless controllers and 3504 is the entry level controller. It can support up to 150 Access points. Therefore it is very well suited for medium sized enterprises , however small businesses can also use it in their networks but it is not so light on the budget and small businesses will find it very expensive.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • It comes with many inbuilt features so you don't need a separate monitoring or managing tools i.e. Cisco Clean Air Technology provides better network stability and security.
  • Cisco DNA SD Access makes it easier to manage user profile and groups.
  • It supports more than 100 AP and up to 3000.
  • Disaster management and auto recovery.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

  • 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  • Some of the documentation is outdated.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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • Would be nice to see SFP+ ports instead of 1 mGig port for additional connectivity options
  • The upgrade process could be more streamlined like Meraki where you can do everything from the GUI instead of having to login to Cisco.com, find the new version, upload it, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We have been using Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller in our network infrastructure for a long time now and it has been a very critical and beneficial addition in our network infrastructure. it has provided us with the tools required to efficiently manage and monitor our wireless network and users. it is a highly reliable and efficient device for any kind of environment.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The GUI is easier to navigate as compared to the 2504. Also the responsiveness of the GUI, the quicker failover capabilities and the enhanced visibility are all major improvements over the previous generation WLC.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN) 7.1
Based on 7 answers
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.
Bruno Carvalho | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 8.2
Based on 7 answers
Cisco TAC is well known and SLA levels are great. Cisco support website and Cisco communities are another help for issues resolution. TAC is always supportive over Webex and helps to resolve issues pretty fast. This is another assurance for people to go with Cisco as the TAC capabilities are proven for all product lines.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

Earlier we are almost decided to go with Cisco Meraki as Wireless solution but Aruba Vendor provide better prices and bundle multi year service pack which was far away good as compared to Cisco solution. Aruba product support is excellent and hardware is stable. Product functionality and enhanced features make this product robust and great choice for organizations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Like I said previously, switching wireless controllers was really simple and the process was very smooth. We believed that the 3504 could do everything and maybe a little more than what the 9800 was giving us when it started getting old. Both were great at managing the networks and the response times was similar
Duncan Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

  • 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.
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • We have saved countless hours not having to configure each AP individually.
  • Budgets on the WLAN side have increased due to the cost increases.
  • Smart software has made it easier to get a new tech up and running.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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