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Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

We have some very high density deployment locations where large numbers of students come together for extended periods of time. We often have a thousand and more users within a conference area and have avoided connectivity issues and or complaints for the users in those situations. We feel that the Aruba wireless products are up to the task of high density enterprise deployments.
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

The best scenario for the Cisco Wireless Lan controller is in a Hub and Spoke backhaul network environment. Since you are bringing all of the packets to a central location for Internet and application interaction anyway it is easy for the WLC to communicate with the APs and provide the control and management needed. I would not recommend the WLC if you connect to your remote locations via internet connectivity, that is more suited for a cloud-based management solution.
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Pros

  • Controller based deployment
  • Policy based management
  • Monitoring tools
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  • Central Management
  • Fastlane capabilities for Apple devices
  • Simplified landing page configuration
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Cons

  • We have seen struggles with authentication methods
  • Pricing can always improve
  • Licensing
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  • Has had several vulnerabilities
  • The need for Cisco Prime for heatmapping and advanced features
  • Pretty expensive
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Alternatives Considered

Comparing the Aruba wireless solutions to the big dog of the networking industry is not easy. The Cisco offering has great depth of features and capabilities, but when it comes to the major determining factor it starts to even out more. Pricing is where the rubber hits the road and we feel that we get great value from Aruba for the cost.
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Aerohive is decent but used to be very buggy and support is poor. We actually use them for remote access more than wireless. I've used Aruba previously (4+ years ago), and it was more complex and expensive to manage, but was very feature-rich and had good monitoring. For our simple, inexpensive guest access requirements, Cisco was the way to go.
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Return on Investment

  • We are working toward complete wireless coverage within our campuses and the Aruba wireless solutions are working well for us.
  • We get good feedback from our user population on the quality of our wireless network so that is great.
  • Our technicians are all comfortable using the Aruba products, so that helps with support tremendously.
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  • Reliability
  • Support
  • Wideley deployed
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Pricing Details

Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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