Aruba Wireless Solutions
Aruba offers flexible options for wireless deployment. Depending on the business requirements, you can offer customers a controller-based solution with ArubaOS controllers and APs or a controller-less deployment with Instant APs and optional cloud-based Aruba Central for centralized management.
You can also offer branch office and home office solutions with remote APs and the Aruba Virtual Internet Access (VIA) client, both of which connect to centralized controllers at the main site. Aruba unified APs (UAPs) give customers complete flexibility and investment protection because they can be deployed in either controlled mode or Instant mode without a controller.
For enterprise and high-density environments, controllers offer centralized management, centralized encryption, and advanced services at scale. While both controllers and controller-less APs in Instant mode provide many similar software features, controller-based solutions have additional features and performance benefits, making the controller-based solutions well-suited for demanding enterprise environments. APs in Instant Mode, managed by Aruba Central, provide simplified deployment and minimal hardware for branch offices that have few or no onsite IT resources. They are also suitable for small to medium businesses (SMBs).
Finally, remote APs make it easy for small, temporary, or home offices to set up and secure their wireless services. Companies can also choose the VIA client, which enables users to easily obtain a secure connection to the main site from any wireless network.
Aruba Client Match:
This patented technology connects each client to the best available AP at all times. Without ClientMatch, slow Wi-Fi can be caused by clients sticking to one AP despite changes in signal strength and area density. ClientMatch load balances APs and intelligently steers devices to the best AP so that each client device will get the best possible connection. With 802.11ac Wave 2 APs, ClientMatch is maximizes performance because it matches Wave 2 APs with devices that also support those advanced features.
Adaptive Radio Management (ARM)
This feature works with ClientMatch to dynamically optimize Aruba APs by moving radios to channels that are clear of radio frequency (RF) interference. Dynamic transmission power adjustments reduce interference in dense deployments and allow the WLAN to self-heal if an AP fails.
Adaptive Visibility & Control (AppRF)
Connecting clients to the right AP and minimizing outside interference can only do so much. Application Visibility and Control (AppRF) with both controllers and Instant APs uses deep packet inspection (or DPI) to prioritize traffic based on user, device, and application. With this feature, IT can prioritize business critical applications and intelligently monitor application usage. Application Visibility and Control detects when users launch Office 365, Skype for Business, Salesforce, or any of more than 1600 applications, which are then prioritized above less Critical applications
Role-based Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF)
The Aruba built-in firewall is:
- Application- and session-aware so it is more difficult to spoof
- Application Visibility and Control (AppRF) provides visibility for more than 1600 applications and web categories
- Dynamic and bi-directional, which means info can change as policies are applied to users
- Identity/role-based and stateful so that controls can enforce policies based on application-layer security, prioritization, traffic forwarding, and network performance policies
ArubaOS RFProtect™ is an optional software module that offers the industry’s only integrated wireless security and spectrum analysis system for enterprise WLANs. RFProtect:
- Identifies and contains sources of RF interference, such as uncontrolled or unauthorized APs and devices
- Safeguards the network infrastructure by automatically classifying wireless threats and preventing Denial of Service (DoS), man-in-the-middle, and other attacks
- Detects and adapts to noise using automatic channel optimization
Web Content Classification (WebCC)
Web content classification bolsters role-based security by:
- Gaining simple control with the ability to select web category, URL, and Role
- Detecting threats, such as malware hosts, using IP reputation
- Enabling IT to permit or deny traffic for specific IP address, based on region or IP reputation
- Improving employee productivity with IT able to deny, throttle, or prioritize website access
Positioning Aruba AP’s
Customers have different needs for performance, density, deployment, and budgeting, so Aruba offers a range of indoor 802.11ac APs.
All APs 300 and above support 802.11ac wave 2 wireless connectivity. The 300 is a good option for customers that have an IT generalist managing their networks.
The 303, on the other hand, is best suited for customers that are primarily concerned about budget. The 310 provides better network efficiency and higher performance for customers that have a dense, carpeted environment or more demanding applications. The 320 and 330 offer better performance, but for customers looking for better wireless performance, you should lead with the 340 Series. The Aruba 340 Series provides the fastest 802.11ac data speeds because these APs are designed to isolate two 5Ghz transmitters with dual support in Dual 5 GHz Mode.
Aruba also offers APs for hospitality, branch or remote workers, outdoor deployment, and indoor warehouses or other rugged environments.
The AP-203H for hospitality and branch offices is a low-cost 802.11ac AP, and it is intended for single-room deployments. This solution is perfect for dormitories, branch offices, classrooms, and remote workers. The 203R offers similar performance, but is built as a remote AP to be managed by a controller for remote or branch offices.
For customers who need higher performance and density, Aruba offers the 303H.
This AP includes three local Ethernet ports, providing both wireless and wired access in a single compact device. It is a perfect solution for hotels, medical clinics, classrooms, and branch offices. You should lead with the 303H for most hospitality and branch customers.
Other customers may need their APs to last in harsh environments, so Aruba offers outdoor and rugged APs. You can offer your customers three different series of outdoor APs that can withstand harsh environments and temperatures.
The Aruba 360 and 370 series offer varying degrees of performance and density support. You should lead with the 370 Series, which offers three different sizes of APs with Wave 2 performance.
Aruba also offers the 318 series for rugged indoor environments such as warehouses, industrial freezers, and stadiums.
Most of these APs have built-in BLE beacons for location-based services, which Aruba’s 303 and 340 series APs and all of the APs shown here are available as UAPs. They can be operated with or without a controller, providing complete flexibility.
Positioning Aruba Controllers
With Aruba Mobility Controllers, customers get a centralized Network with more control and advanced features that include security and IP services. Mobility Controllers also act as the policy enforcement engine for wireless, wired, and WAN traffic from APs and switches and across the WAN.
Your customers can deploy controllers to dynamically segment the network, based on the user’s role, device, application, and location to streamline rules and policies across a variety of network infrastructure.
Aruba controllers can scale from virtualized and branch controllers all the way to high-end controllers for demanding enterprise environments. You should position controllers by the number of Ethernet ports and APs in the network because most controllers have the same feature set and all use ArubaOS. The Aruba controller portfolio begins with controllers that support up to 64 APs and support PoE or PoE+, allowing them to power APs.
Aruba also offers controllers that are built to scale for high performance networks with support for up to 2,048 APs and 100 Gigabits per second throughput
Aruba offers virtualized versions of most controllers to give options for customers who prefer virtualization. The Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance or Mobility controllers are also called Virtual Mobility Controllers (VMCs). While they have a slightly lower throughput, VMCs offer customers all the benefits of virtualization and run the same OS as their hardware counterparts with 99% feature parity.
VMCs utilize any third-party hardware that can support recommended specifications, so they are not purpose-built for critical use cases, such as for environments with high density. They are therefore not built to support the same throughput capabilities as the hardware version of the same model.
But Virtual Mobility Controllers are much more flexible than hardware appliances, making it simple to move, change, and control them. If customers need to add controllers, they don’t have to ship new hardware. They can also move to new ArubaOS releases faster so they can take advantage of new APs and adapt the latest AP hardware, which saves customers money on upgrades.
Virtual controllers are cost effective for customers building for redundancy as well. A VMC license can be shared between two controllers, so customers can build redundancy, but pay for one. The virtual controllers can also operate as standalone controllers or can be managed by the mobility master.