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Find out what your peers are saying about Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"It's a very stable system.""There is no problem with downtime.""All features are useful for me. It lets me perform some specific configurations depending on the site or the client. All WAN features are valuable.""I have not experienced any bugs, software, or hardware issues with Aruba.""Aruba is an industry leader. The hardware is on par, and its performance is also on par with anybody else. The Aruba brand really only focuses on wireless, so they're not competing their R&D for switching data center products and cloud security. They're really focused on that and their underlying key pieces. They provide a role-based authentication that is native to the controller. A lot of other systems don't do that. They won't provide you the ability to basically have everybody join the network, regardless of whether or not they share the same network space, the SSID, or the wireless LAN. You can segment it down to a specific user role based on any kind of attributes that you like. That's their differentiator. If you need per user, per device, or per port segmentation, you can get that with Aruba. There isn't another vendor who does it.""It has an aesthetically pleasing GUI for configuration.""I really like the user interface.""Aruba Wireless is stable and we plan to continue using it in the future."

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"What I liked about these is that they worked. I didn't touch them or do anything with them. They were up and running when I came here. Once they are set up and running, you don't have to worry about them.""The most valuable features in Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN are that we were able to see all the registered users for each particular WAP, which is a big help. The roaming allows us to have continuous wireless throughout the building. The signal can carry over from one WAP to another. Which is probably the most important feature.""The most valuable feature is the technology of the security that is offered.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The interface is excellent. We've been really happy with it.""Meraki is a decent solution for a small company, and we use it in a pretty typical way. We need Teams and Zoom to work, and we need a high level of security because we want our business to remain confidential.""The emailing of statuses is the most valuable feature.""The most valuable feature is that the solution is friendly to manage."

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Cons
"The upgrades tend to be buggy and better testing is needed before they are released.""When we connect to Wi-Fi devices it could be easier because sometimes, it takes a lot of time to complete.""Better integration between the controller and the ClearPass portal would be a nice change.""A lot of the access point commands are in the command line interface, versus being in the GUI.""The urgent areas of improvement would be customer support, better tuned default settings, and documentation.""Not cost-effective.""I believe more security options are needed.""The pricing could always be better."

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"We would like the solution to work on the pricing of the solution. It would be ideal if it could bring the overall costs down.""Concern when there are a number of concurrent users.""Integration with the corporate LAN where Catalyst products are installed is a major challenge.""Quality of technical support varies.""The solution should be more secure.""They should introduce a grace period of 60 days after license expiry because as it is now, it automatically goes down and there is no grace period.""Overall the solution needs to have more time to mature.""There is a processing limitation when you have multiple SSIDs, above three or four."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you compare it to other solutions then it's reasonably priced."
  • "Get multiple bids/quotes, and talk to the representatives about the limitations of the product; pretty standard."
  • "I think they should lower their prices."
  • "Aruba is comparable to competing solutions when it comes to price."
  • "The support pricing for Juniper Mist is higher than Aruba."
  • "The price of Aruba Wireless should be cheaper."
  • "Aruba is probably cheaper than Cisco, and yet you get all the things that you want."
  • "The access points are more cost-effective over some other providers, both in cost per AP and the option of a controller-less environment."
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  • "The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment."
  • "This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees."
  • "This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi."
  • "It's not super expensive and it's not super cheap."
  • "The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot."
  • "The price of the product could be cheaper."
  • "The price is on the high side when compared to Aruba."
  • "It is expensive."
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    Answers from the Community
    Chi Kieu
    author avatarAws Al-Dabbagh
    Real User

    Pricing is different based on region; it depends on Aruba's and Cisco's strategy in the region. You must contact the respective partners to get an accurate price for comparison.


    That being said, in MENA where I live, as of a few months ago (21H1), Aruba pricing was cheaper than Cisco.

    author avatarJohnrex Fernandez
    User

    Aruba licensing for the AP's is much cheaper compared to Meraki. 


    You can get a 1/3/5-year cloud license per AP.  

    Questions from the Community
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    Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they have some feature that I need or want, I wouldn't consider them. Do you have… more »
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    At my organization, we researched Ruckus Wireless among other solutions but ultimately chose Aruba wireless. What did we like about Ruckus? First, it was very easy to use, and anybody with minimal IT… more »
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    Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be very reliable and to consistently run very efficiently. Cisco Wireless helped… more »
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    Cisco’s Meraki Virtual MX is a virtual instance of the Meraki SD-WAN appliance. We liked the Meraki. The Wifi APs are a great feature. The dashboard is a simple interface and easy to learn. It… more »
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    Ubiquiti Wireless offers a wide range of WLAN products. We tested their devices before ultimately choosing Cisco Meraki. Ubiquiti devices have good outdoor performance and the connection is very… more »
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    Also Known As
    Aruba WLAN, HP WLAN, HP Wireless, Aruba Instant On AP Series Access Point
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    Overview
    Aruba deliver superb Wireless performance and multi-user MIMO aware ClientMatch to boost network efficiency and support the growing device density and app demands on your network.
    Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.
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    Sample Customers
    Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
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    Aruba Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless LAN with 20 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews. Aruba Wireless is rated 8.0, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Wireless writes "Overall a good product that provides role-based authentication native to the controller, but has code stability issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". Aruba Wireless is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Aruba Instant. See our Aruba Wireless vs. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN report.

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