Aruba Networks Wireless

23 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.6 out of 101

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

15 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 7.9 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

Aruba Networks Wireless

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.
No photo available

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Cisco Wireless solution is appropriate for where wireless connectivity is required and doing some work on it. Enterprise segment, corporate segment, SMBs and education sectors. Maybe cloud solution (Meraki) is more useful than a classic wireless solution in multisite dependent infrastructures.
Mehmet Emin Yağcı profile photo

Pros

  • Using Airwave as single management point for APs in the environment, and the Web GUI management seems to be easy for administration.
  • Increase security with the use of Clearpass as NAC to provides role-based and device based network access control. Each wireless clients will establish secured ipsec tunnel and route data traffic to a controller. It's recommended to attached controllers closer to the network core with 10Gb uplinks.
  • Clearpass also built-in context-based policy engine, RADIUS, TACACS+ protocol support, device profiling and comprehensive posture assessment, onboarding, and guest access options.
No photo available
  • Central Management
  • Fastlane capabilities for Apple devices
  • Simplified landing page configuration
Hawkinson, John profile photo

Cons

  • Setting up Clearpass as RADIUS server to authenticate 802.1x users were pretty smooth. However, to setup Guest wireless with onboarding, and guest access can be challenged at times.
  • We have deployed the latest Aruba 335 with AC wave 2 capable APs. Just to compare to our previous Cisco 3700 series wave 2 capable APs, Aruba APs signal strength and coverage are significantly less than Cisco APs. We needed to increase the number of Aruba APs for the same coverage area.
  • There was an incident in Oct 2017, Aruba decided to push system patch and update automatically to the Clearpass. The process had brought down some services in the Clearpass including RADUIS 802.1x authentication. Aruba support notified us and found out there was a bug in the patch and somehow unknowingly cause the issue. This incident had caused our entire wireless offline and no one could authenticate to the wireless network regardless if there was redundancy setup in the system. The incident and outage were reported and affected to all Aruba customers in the nationwide.
  • There was a second outage in less than 6 months and also caused by another bug in the Aruba system. We have dual Aruba controllers A & B and dual uplinks for each controller setup for redundancy. However, recently when one of the controller A went offline without any alert (later found out the port-channels between controller A and the network switch became "not-trusted"), all APs residing on controller A had dropped and offline. However, all APs would not failover to the controller B. After digging into logs, Aruba tech support found out there was a bug in the software which caused this problem.
No photo available
  • Controller GUI can be more visually attractive
  • Some tries on CLI based technology has failed which lowers customer respect
Mehmet Emin Yağcı profile photo

Alternatives Considered

In the past we used Cisco APs. As many may agree, Cisco is not known for their management software and interfaces. Aruba makes this much more user friendly. The cost is also a major factor. The hardware seems to be equal in quality to Cisco, but at a reduced price.
No photo available
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.
No photo available

Return on Investment

  • The access points are more cost effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment. This has allowed us to deploy more access points to provide better coverage.
  • The simplicity of deployment has freed up time for us to focus on other projects and tasks.
  • The visual RF maps have given us better insight into where coverage holes may exist in our environment.
No photo available
  • Improved business processes by getting employees mobile
  • Less time overhead for the network team
Hawkinson, John profile photo

Pricing Details

Aruba Networks Wireless

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

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

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