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    Aruba wireless system

    Hi guys
    We are currently looking into the installation of a wifi network across our campus and would welcome any comments on Aruba wireless systems.

    Can anyone advise on their experinces with Aruba wireless systems?

    Good, bad or indifferent. All comments welcome.

    Thank you for your help

    Kili

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    Hi Kili,

    We had an Aruba wireless network installed at a multi site college i used to work at. From what I remember it had quite a complicated admin web interface but was very reliable and done pretty much anything you could wish for. We had multiple vlans and guest access, think it was a bit pricey though...

    I've also worked with Ruckus like many of the other guys on these forums which in my opinion is very simple, cheap and does a great job for a small/medium network.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagmatt View Post
    Hi Kili,

    We had an Aruba wireless network installed at a multi site college i used to work at. From what I remember it had quite a complicated admin web interface but was very reliable and done pretty much anything you could wish for. We had multiple vlans and guest access, think it was a bit pricey though...

    I've also worked with Ruckus like many of the other guys on these forums which in my opinion is very simple, cheap and does a great job for a small/medium network.

    Matt

    Thanks lagmatt
    I have got a quote for a Cisco 2504 controller and 23 Aironet 1601i access points. Cisco have a good reputation and I'm leaning in that direction but I dont want to preclude any option at this stage.

    Would you chose Cisco over any of the others?

    Kili

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    Quote Originally Posted by kili View Post
    Would you chose Cisco over any of the others?

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    pffffft, never in a million years.

    Their wireless kit is awful, complex, expensive and you need a licence for every component. Toms hardware linky: Beamforming: The Best WiFi You

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    Yeahhhh, I had an aruba system, when you could work out how to use the interface properly and set it up, it was great but took me a week on and off to get it fully working, and then it didnt work exactly how I wanted it too, I would stay clear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    pffffft, never in a million years.

    Their wireless kit is awful, complex, expensive and you need a licence for every component. Toms hardware linky: Beamforming: The Best WiFi You
    Thanks Domino.
    I dont have any Cisco kit but from what I've heard it's good stuff. Have you any experience of Cisco wireless kit. I'd appreciate your input.

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    We have an Aruba system (Well, a Dell system which is just Aruba rebadged) and it's fine. As above it did take me a while to work out it's interface but once you've got it setup, it's perfect.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys and other Aruba users your comments would be appreciated

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    We have Aruba also, its absolutely rock solid, has never crashed and works perfectly.

    As others have said it does have a slightly complicated web interface, but we managed to setup Guest wireless with it no problems.

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    The two 'Solutions Architects' I trust the most (because they have consistently proven themselves to be better informed and smarter than me) recommended Aruba and Meru respectively.

    Both were CCIEs.

    The Aruba advice is though four years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kili View Post
    Thanks Domino.
    I dont have any Cisco kit but from what I've heard it's good stuff. Have you any experience of Cisco wireless kit. I'd appreciate your input.
    Cisco switches and routers tend to be very good - their wireless kit however seems like an afterthought that people will buy "because Cisco"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Cisco switches and routers tend to be very good - their wireless kit however seems like an afterthought that people will buy "because Cisco"
    That's because all the good wireless engineers left Cisco and created Aruba That's how the company started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    That's because all the good wireless engineers left Cisco and created Aruba That's how the company started.
    "welp, that's this product fouled up...onto the next"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    That's because all the good wireless engineers left Cisco and created Aruba That's how the company started.
    Yeah, as I said its a very robust system once setup, but its a balls ache to get it going! (IMO)

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    Thanks Guys. It looks like I may have to re-evaluate the Cisco option with so many positive comments in favour of Aruba

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