Ubiquiti Wireless Network provide cost effective networking solutions provide various products including UBNT Access Points, wireless controllers, antennas and wireless bridge, etc. for various needs.
Meraki was bought over by Cisco. Cisco Meraki MR series delivers WiFi 6 AP, faster AP deployment, simplified administration, and richer visibility.
Brocade was purchased in a major acquisition by Broadcom. But then Broadcom spun off Ruckus. Ruckus is best known for their BeamFlex wireless technology.
Aerohive has also been a large OEM player, partnering with the likes of Dell and others. Aerohive has 2 controller platform, namely Aerohive Connect (Free - Lite) and HiveManager NG (Paid - Full)
Compare Ubiquiti, Cisco Meraki, HPE Aruba, Ruckus and Aerohive
|Function/Feature||Ubiquiti||Cisco Meraki||HPE Aruba Central||Ruckus||Aerohive Connect||HiveManager NG|
|SSID Throttling||Yes||Yes||Yes||No, but canb limit per AP||No||Yes|
|PPSK support||No||No||No||Yes, Through Guest Pass||No||Yes|
|Location Analytics||No||Yes||Only Thru paid ALE Addon||No||Limited||Yes|
|RF Visibility||Yes||Yes||AP are capable, but not in Central||No||Limited||Yes|
|Available Support||Limited. Primarily User Forum||Part of Subscription||Part of Subscription||Yes||Optional||Yes|
|On-Prem Controller Option||Free||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Subscription Expires Policy||Free||30 day grace period before
devices shut down
|Fails back to "instant”||AP halt until
Autonomous pointed to a
|Lifetime Subscription||Equipment still runs,
but you lose cloud
Apple take on Wi-Fi: 802.11r, 802.11k and 802.11v
There have been some advances in roaming beyond the crude min-RSSI and basic rate manipulation. There are 3 amendments to Wi-Fi: 802.11r, 802.11k and 802.11v. To quote Apple's simplified description:
The 802.11k standard helps iOS to speed up its search for nearby APs that are available as roaming targets by creating an optimized list of channels. When the signal strength of the current AP weakens, your device will scan for target APs from this list.
When your iOS device roams from one AP to another on the same network, 802.11r uses a feature called Fast Basic Service Set Transition (FT) to authenticate more quickly. FT works with both preshared key (PSK) and 802.1X authentication methods.
iOS 10 and later includes support for adaptive 802.11r on Cisco wireless networks. Adaptive 802.11r offers FT without the need to enable 802.11r on the configured Cisco wireless network.
iOS supports the basic service set (BSS) transition-management functionality of 802.11v on certain devices. BSS transition management allows the network’s control layer to influence client roaming behavior by providing it the load information of nearby access points. iOS takes this information into account when deciding among the possible roam targets.
When you combine 802.11k and 802.11v’s ability to speed up the search for the best target AP with FT's faster AP association, apps can perform faster and you get a better Wi-Fi experience in iOS.