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torchpanel

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Does anybody here have any experience with either Aruba or Aerohive? Our company needs a wireless infrastructure with about 120 AP's. We already got a quote from them and Aruba is expensive compared to Aerohive. We've also heard lots of good things about Aerohive's controller-less. We're leaning towards Aerohive since it's cheaper and has better reviews but we don't want to tick Aruba off the list yet.

Any advice please? Thank you.

Geekavenger

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I used to work for a company that designed and installed corporate wireless networks... among other things.  They installed both Aruba, and Areohive (and Cisco and Motorola and whatever else their customers used). 

Both are very capable solutions, but if you like working in a GUI then Aerohive is your best bet.  The Aruba GUI was miserable to work in, they had settings inside 3 or 4 distinct navigational elements (Left nav, top tab, open tree, inside 3rd tab... etc)  When working with Aruba support basically they all just interfaced with them via the console... which if you know what you are doing can be fast and simple...

Aerohive had the same power and functionality but is WAY easier to use on a day by day basis if you are using the GUI.

Another thing I would caution against is that often companies like to overbuild their wireless deployments, Cisco is especially notorious for this.  So don't get to tied down to overall AP count, If you can do some surveys beforehand to find out what your signal penetration is going to look like.


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120 AP's? Curious, how many employee devices are you planning to support?

We are using Ubiquiti UniFi APs at my church, they'll handle ~40 devices each without breaking a sweat; we cover the entire church building with 8 of them. The GUI is a Java app you run on any server on the LAN. Once provisioned the APs "just work" and don't require a controller. And VERY inexpensive.

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torchpanel

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Oh wow, thanks for the advice. My superiors really like Aerohive's OS so they've gone ahead and contacted Aerohive. They have ironed out the final details yet but I feel like we'll be using Aerohive soon.
torchpanel

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By the way, I would still appreciate more reviews based on actual experiences for both. Thanks!
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