just to throw another name in the hat, check out www.aerohive.com
We have been looking into a new managed wireless system for our school. We currently have about 15 access points dotted around the school in staff areas for staff use only. The access points are not controlled by a central controller and are setup individually which makes it hard to manage and a possible security risk.
The idea is to replicate what we currently have and replace all our APs with a centrally managed system but with scope to increase more APs for future proofing.
We have quotes for Extricom, Netgear, BlueSocket and Ruckus. Does anyone have any experience with these systems. I know Ruckus is popular on this forum and my gut feeling is they are who we will go with but would like to hear anyones views before we take the plunge!
Another on is Aruba.
You can also look at Trapeze and Meru
+1 for Ruckus here. Superb kit and support from the NetCTRL guys is great (no im not a supplier)...
When I was narrowing down my wireless investigations it was between Ruckus and Aruba and Aruba seemed very keen to match the Ruckus pricing...
Still went with the Ruckus solution in the end though.
Aerohive is a great fit for this type of deployment as its feature ritch like Aruba, but has no controllers so you can just add AP's and dont have controller costs.
Its the same concept as a switch, router or the internet, with centralised management and fully distributed control between the AP's its fantastic. I love it and many other schools I know who have it say the same, great feature called teacherview as well which may be of interest, I would highly recommend it!
Oh and they also do a great free evaluation process, check out Aerohive Networks, the leader in cloud-enabled networking
Out of interest, why?
We use Enterasys and their HiPath solution which is formerly Siemens.
Hi, I have been working with the Extricom solution for around the last 6 years, installed many sites and was one of the first in the UK to become certified to install the product range. This solution is by far the best solution on the Market today and will be for some time.
Generally once installed the system just works. Happy to give some advice if still required.
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