- Editor's Rating
- Respectable feature set
- At $1100 a piece, might be out of the budget of some small businesses
Quick TakeAruba offers business-grade Wi-Fi that even non-technical people can set up.
The Aruba Instant WLAN is a good product for anyone looking for a business class Wi-Fi system for a smaller business with a quick and easy set up process. The Aruba Instant bridges the gap between basic residential Wi-Fi systems and high end business systems that require the expertise of IT professionals to use effectively. DesktopReview noted that the system’s set-up process is “so easy that anyone who’s familiar with a home Wi-Fi router can do it without reading a single line of documentation.” For users who enjoy reading documentation, the device comes with a Quick Start Guide.
The Aruba Instant allows users to create multiple networks and DTR found the process of adding a new AP to be “practically automatic,” and noted that growth and scalability with the product is unlikely to be an issue. Once the set-up process is complete, which involves plugging in an Ethernet and power supply and connecting to the AP, users can log into the dashboard with the provided credentials. The dashboard runs in a browser, so it’s possible to monitor and manage the wireless LAN from anywhere with an internet connection. The dashboard allows users to monitor the number of clients and input and output throughput, among other features.
Overall, DTR found the Aruba Instant to combine the best of small-scale residential routers and enterprise-class systems, noting it has “big-system features with small-system convenience.” The device is intuitive and “as easy to set up and configure as a home wireless LAN, but offers facilities appropriate to business users. The Aruba Instant is priced at $1,100 at the time of the review, which DTR noted could be a stretch for some small businesses. DTR commented there is no compromise for the Aruba Instant.