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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.1 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 [Wireless Controller] has a support for about 6000 access points with a great throughput of around 80 Gbps across all the systems and clients and it is very well suited for the large campuses, high data traffic places, enterprises with thousands of employees and big data centers. Not suited for small offices or campuses with less users and data traffic.
Agha Kamran | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

  • Download csv of all APs on the controller.
  • Monitor traffic.
  • Send commands to the AP from the controller.
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  • Some of the documentation is outdated.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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

  • Support for traditional settings.
  • More documentation and guides.
  • Legacy model support.
Joyal John Peter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN) 9.0
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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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

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Reliability and Availability

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller 9.2
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I never faced downtime or non availability of Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 network during my use at work. Application also works great throughout, and IT department normally performs planned outages for upgradations or routine performance checks and that too happens without affecting the end users as it also allows the data traffic rerouting through it's application tool for smooth operations with continuity.
Agha Kamran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller 8.9
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At times the 9800-CL has been finicky but the hardware based 9800-80 appliance has been good. The controller is built on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, which offers a rich set of open standards-based programmable APIs. The controller comes with built-in security: Secure Boot, runtime defenses. It is smart licensing enabled.
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Support Rating

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN) 7.1
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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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

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Alternatives Considered

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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.
Diego Gamez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

The new software, features, and improved GUI come up to par with its competition.
Joyal John Peter | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

  • It is well efficient and highly capable Wireless controller and offer highly positive ROI for the big enterprises.
Agha Kamran | 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 Catalyst 9800-80 Wireless Controller

General

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

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