Aruba Networks Wireless LAN
September 12, 2020
Aruba Networks Wireless LAN
Manager in Information TechnologyHigher Education Company, 201-500 employees
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN)
Aruba Wireless LAN is what is used to provide wireless internet access at the organization. This provides seamless internet access across various networks for staff and guest users. Without Aruba Networks Wireless LAN, the internet would not be as accessible for the organization.
- Intuitive controller updates
- Ease of access point configuration and deployment
- Controller configuration using similar commands to Aruba Network switches
- In-service software upgrades, although this feature has been added to Aruba OS8
- Upgrading from Aruba OS versions may require a full network rebuild.
- Additional licensing model for Aruba OS8
- Additional licenses for Aruba OS8 was a negative, but over time this is not a significant cost addition.
- Positive - provides stable wireless network for organization
- Positive - after initial network configuration day to day administration is very minimal
In the past, I have used other wireless network solutions and have chosen Aruba Networks for cost and reliability. Their pricing model is much more transparent and affordable than other vendors, such as Cisco Networks. In the future, if one is to use other products from Aruba such as Clearpass, that is much more cost-effective than other solutions such as Cisco ISE.
Aruba Wireless Network support has always been reliable and great to work with. There was a period during the HPE acquisition of Aruba Wireless where getting in touch with an engineer took somewhat longer than usual, but it still was not a huge issue. The most difficult part of the merger was getting an accurate view of our inventory according to HPE Aruba as they were merging/choosing a system to host all of that information.
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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Aruba Wireless LAN is well suited for organizations that require a significant number of wireless access points and have simple intuitive management over all those devices. This would be less necessary for a business that may only require a single access point or a few access points that can be achieved through a simpler solution such as EERO.