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Message from matt.ashfield@nbcc.ca

Been hearing a few things about Aerohive, but not a whole lot of discussion on here. Has anyone looked at it? What are your impressions?

 

Thanks

 

Matt Ashfield

New Brunswick Community College

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I'm also interested to know what others have to say about Aerohive.

Thanks,

Larry Dougher
Director of Technology
Technology Department
Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
127 State Street, Windsor, VT 05089
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We have a few deployed at an apartment style building outside our physical cabling plant range.  So far it's been a great solution.  It overcame a few density and coverage issues, so kudos there.  Management interface is web based and hosted and that works well.  My only negative is the sticker price. It's a little more than other systems, but so far it has been fantastic.

We have not attempted to integrate it with our NAC and there is no need to tunnel to on-campus resources, so I cannot comment there.   They offered us a trial and I was sold in the first few days.  

If you are looking to do a live testing environment, I would recommend you do so without hesitation.  Do you have any specific questions?



Jake Barros  |  Network Administrator  |  Office of Information Technology
Grace College and Seminary  |  Winona Lake, IN  |  574.372.5100 x6178



Message from matt.ashfield@nbcc.ca

Thanks for the reply. I am a bit surprised at the sticker price comment. It was my understanding that it’d be quite a bit cheaper than the conventional centralized/controller based solutions?

 

 

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Barros, Jacob
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:16 PM
To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [WIRELESS-LAN] anyone using Aerohive?

 

We have a few deployed at an apartment style building outside our physical cabling plant range.  So far it's been a great solution.  It overcame a few density and coverage issues, so kudos there.  Management interface is web based and hosted and that works well.  My only negative is the sticker price. It's a little more than other systems, but so far it has been fantastic.

 

We have not attempted to integrate it with our NAC and there is no need to tunnel to on-campus resources, so I cannot comment there.   They offered us a trial and I was sold in the first few days.  

 

If you are looking to do a live testing environment, I would recommend you do so without hesitation.  Do you have any specific questions?

 

 

 

Jake Barros  |  Network Administrator  |  Office of Information Technology

Grace College and Seminary  |  Winona Lake, IN  |  574.372.5100 x6178



Depends on what you chose to factor in to the cost and which model you choose.  We are an Aruba shop and we use the 'low end' AP's (and happy with them at that).  If you compare an AP93 to the HiveAP121, the AP93 is way less.  Choose to factor in the cost of the controller and licensing and the numbers are a lot closer.   

However if you look at the list price on an AP125, it is about the same as HiveAP330.   Again, factor in the cost of the controller and the Aerohive unit is less.

I believe it's worth a look either way.  Get out your must haves list and compare.




Jake Barros  |  Network Administrator  |  Office of Information Technology
Grace College and Seminary  |  Winona Lake, IN  |  574.372.5100 x6178



Message from frnkblk@iname.com

One can’t ignore the controller and licensing costs and compare AP pricing.  You need to look at the total system cost…

 

Frank

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Barros, Jacob
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:46 PM
To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [WIRELESS-LAN] anyone using Aerohive?

 

Depends on what you chose to factor in to the cost and which model you choose.  We are an Aruba shop and we use the 'low end' AP's (and happy with them at that).  If you compare an AP93 to the HiveAP121, the AP93 is way less.  Choose to factor in the cost of the controller and licensing and the numbers are a lot closer.   

 

However if you look at the list price on an AP125, it is about the same as HiveAP330.   Again, factor in the cost of the controller and the Aerohive unit is less.

 

I believe it's worth a look either way.  Get out your must haves list and compare.

 

 

 

 

Jake Barros  |  Network Administrator  |  Office of Information Technology

Grace College and Seminary  |  Winona Lake, IN  |  574.372.5100 x6178



And when you do include the cost of controllers
make sure to consider the lifetime of a controller.
We are on our second generation of access-points
but still relying on the same controllers. So, the final
cost is amortized over two generations. Time will tell
if we can use them for a third one ...

Philippe
Univ. of TN


On Nov 17, 2012, at 9:38 PM, "Frank Bulk" <frnkblk@INAME.COM> wrote:

One can’t ignore the controller and licensing costs and compare AP pricing.  You need to look at the total system cost…

 

Frank

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Barros, Jacob
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:46 PM
To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [WIRELESS-LAN] anyone using Aerohive?

 

Depends on what you chose to factor in to the cost and which model you choose.  We are an Aruba shop and we use the 'low end' AP's (and happy with them at that).  If you compare an AP93 to the HiveAP121, the AP93 is way less.  Choose to factor in the cost of the controller and licensing and the numbers are a lot closer.   

 

However if you look at the list price on an AP125, it is about the same as HiveAP330.   Again, factor in the cost of the controller and the Aerohive unit is less.

 

I believe it's worth a look either way.  Get out your must haves list and compare.

 

 

 

 

Jake Barros  |  Network Administrator  |  Office of Information Technology

Grace College and Seminary  |  Winona Lake, IN  |  574.372.5100 x6178



I failed to mention that you pay for maintenance per AP as well.  If I did a straight up replacement of all access points on campus, at the rates I am currently paying, Aerohive maintenance would be double my Aruba maintenance, making long term cost comparisons very close.  

To bring this back around, I like the solution.  If the approach and numbers work for you, I would recommend an eval in a live environment.



Jake Barros  |  Network Administrator  |  Office of Information Technology
Grace College and Seminary  |  Winona Lake, IN  |  574.372.5100 x6178



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