Compare Ubiquiti, HPE Aruba and Cisco Meraki, Ruckus and Aerohive - Win-Pro Consultancy Pte Ltd


ubiquiti wireless network

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.


HPE Aruba 

HPE Aruba Wireless Network

Aruba was acquired by HPE. HPE Aruba Wireless Access Points deliver fast, reliable Wi-Fi performance, boost network efficiency, and support the growing mobile and IoT density demands on your network. 


Cisco Meraki 

cisco meraki wireless network

Meraki was bought over by Cisco. Cisco Meraki MR series delivers WiFi 6 AP, faster AP deployment, simplified administration, and richer visibility.



ruckus wireless network

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 wireless network

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
Application Visibility  Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Application Throttling  No Yes Yes No No Yes
SSID Throttling  Yes Yes Yes No, but canb limit per AP No Yes
Client Throttling  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Firewall  Yes Yes Yes Not yet Limited Yes
Guest Network  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 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

IEEE Standard: 802.1x 


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

IEEE Standard: 802.11k 


Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

IEEE Standard: 802.11r


Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

IEEE Standard: 802.11v


Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

IEEE Standard: 802.11w 


Yes Yes Yes No 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
SSID Scheduling  No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Subscription Expires Policy  Free 30 day grace period before
devices shut down
Fails back to "instant” AP halt until
reconfigured as
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.

Source: Wi-Fi network roaming with 802.11k, 802.11r, and 802.11v on iOS



IEEE Standard: 802.1x
IEEE Standard: 802.11k
IEEE Standard: 802.11r
IEEE Standard: 802.11v
IEEE Standard: 802.11w