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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.6 out of 100

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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

Cisco APs are excellent choices for both our enterprise offices and remote production sites due to Cisco’s depth of wireless product options. I have not encountered any scenario where I could not use Cisco APs.
Anonymous | 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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

  • Wide signal coverage.
  • Antenna movement: Client moving on the floor and migrating from access points.
  • Speed ​​delivered to the end customer and robust volume of customers connected in a single access point.
Gleison Leandro Rodrigues | 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  • Some of the documentation is outdated.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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

  • Roaming seems to be an issue with newer devices on the older 1600 access points.
  • The coverage provided by different power levels doesn't seem accurate at times.
  • Susceptible to common interference issues in healthcare.
Anonymous | 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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

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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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

Although it is a good product and could easily fulfill our requirement, we already have a lot of Cisco products made by Aironet for our wireless network. Our trust in our reseller for Cisco equipment was the other reason.
Anonymous | 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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

  • Fast wireless deployment: just connect a new AP to an 802.11x controlled switchport and profiling (ISE) and WLC makes all the job. This allows us to enable new workplaces within the organization.
  • Great coverage: less access points per area, avoiding increasing budget.
  • Mobility: With Aironet and Cisco WLC we have seamless roaming.
  • Investment protection: We can even use old AP models like Aironet 1142 (discontinued) with our WLC , so we don't need to get rid of them.
Joe Benitez Moreno | 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 Aironet and Catalyst Access Points

General

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

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