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Wireless Access Point Vendor Comparison

How Cisco stacks up to the wireless competition

Compare the capabilities of HPE Aruba, Huawei, Juniper Mist to the benefits of Cisco access points, LAN controllers, and other wireless solutions. With innovations like Application Visibility and Control (AVC), the Apple and Cisco partnership, and integrated security, Cisco's wireless networking products offer more.

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Investment protection with scanning radioCisco's dedicated scan radio performs functions such as off-channel RRM, Zero-Wait DFS, aWIPS, and FastLocate that offload client-serving radios and optimizes AP performance.HPE Aruba does not offer a dedicated scanning radio and has to use the client-serving radio in AM/SM mode.Juniper Mist offers a dedicated scanning radio but does not offer Zero-Wait DFS and FastLocate.Huawei AirEngine APs offer dedicated scanning radios for off-channel network optimization but require RTU licenses in some APs to achieve this functionality. Huawei does not offer off-channel RRM, Zero-Wait DFS and FastLocate.
Cisco's dedicated scan radio performs functions such as off-channel RRM, Zero-Wait DFS, aWIPS, and FastLocate that offload client-serving radios and optimizes AP performance.HPE Aruba does not offer a dedicated scanning radio and has to use the client-serving radio in AM/SM mode.Juniper Mist offers a dedicated scanning radio but does not offer Zero-Wait DFS and FastLocate.Huawei AirEngine APs offer dedicated scanning radios for off-channel network optimization but require RTU licenses in some APs to achieve this functionality. Huawei does not offer off-channel RRM, Zero-Wait DFS and FastLocate.
Wi-Fi 6 Tri-radio featureCisco Catalyst 9130 Access Point is an industry-first 8x8 AP tri-radio for high density deployments. The 8x8 radios can be split into two 4x4 dual 5 GHz radios + 4x4 2.4 GHz. HPE Aruba offers Tri-Radio on their AP 555.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent access point.Huawei's 8760 AP offers Tri-Radio capabilities. The Huawei 6760 also offers Tri-Radio capabilities but needs RTU licenses to enable the feature.
Cisco Catalyst 9130 Access Point is an industry-first 8x8 AP tri-radio for high density deployments. The 8x8 radios can be split into two 4x4 dual 5 GHz radios + 4x4 2.4 GHz. HPE Aruba offers Tri-Radio on their AP 555.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent access point.Huawei's 8760 AP offers Tri-Radio capabilities. The Huawei 6760 also offers Tri-Radio capabilities but needs RTU licenses to enable the feature.
Flexible radio assignment FRA allows Cisco APs to choose the Dual 5GHz radio mode in 9130AX and 9120AX according to the RF environment to provide better wireless experiences.HPE Aruba APs also offer Flexible Radio mode selection with AirMatch.Juniper Mist APs supports Flexible Radio Assignment equivalent.Huawei APs also offer flexible radio modes with their new AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 APs but need RTU licenses for some APs.
FRA allows Cisco APs to choose the Dual 5GHz radio mode in 9130AX and 9120AX according to the RF environment to provide better wireless experiences.HPE Aruba APs also offer Flexible Radio mode selection with AirMatch.Juniper Mist APs supports Flexible Radio Assignment equivalent.Huawei APs also offer flexible radio modes with their new AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 APs but need RTU licenses for some APs.
Application Hosting frameworkCisco Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E access points offer IoT containers on the host access point for Application hosting. (PDF)HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist APs do not offer IoT container capabilities.Only some Huawei Wi-Fi 6 access points support app hosting capability.
Cisco Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E access points offer IoT containers on the host access point for Application hosting. (PDF)HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist APs do not offer IoT container capabilities.Only some Huawei Wi-Fi 6 access points support app hosting capability.
Application visibility, control, and experienceCisco's access points offer built-in AVC capabilities. Cisco controllers inspect traffic and application flows, enforce network access policy, and protect against attacks, using Cisco DNA Center and Encrypted Traffic Analytics.HPE Aruba APs offer built-in application visibility and control functionality.Juniper Mist APs offer built-in application visibility and control functionality.Huawei APs offer built-in application visibility and control functionality.
Cisco's access points offer built-in AVC capabilities. Cisco controllers inspect traffic and application flows, enforce network access policy, and protect against attacks, using Cisco DNA Center and Encrypted Traffic Analytics.HPE Aruba APs offer built-in application visibility and control functionality.Juniper Mist APs offer built-in application visibility and control functionality.Huawei APs offer built-in application visibility and control functionality.
Deployment flexibility on wireless controller Cisco Catalyst 9800 offers physical appliances, private and public clouds, Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on switch (with SDA), AP (Wi-Fi 6), and router with flexibility to manage using Cisco DNA Center on-prem/Cloud.HPE Aruba lacks options like EWC on a switch and public cloud versions of wireless controllers.Juniper Mist is cloud SaaS only. Mist Edge controllers also require cloud management.Huawei Access Controllers lack deployment options like private cloud and public cloud.
Cisco Catalyst 9800 offers physical appliances, private and public clouds, Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller on switch (with SDA), AP (Wi-Fi 6), and router with flexibility to manage using Cisco DNA Center on-prem/Cloud.HPE Aruba lacks options like EWC on a switch and public cloud versions of wireless controllers.Juniper Mist is cloud SaaS only. Mist Edge controllers also require cloud management.Huawei Access Controllers lack deployment options like private cloud and public cloud.
OpenRoamingCisco offers OpenRoaming with a wide range of features.HPE Aruba also has AirPass, but its features lack the OpenRoaming standard and functionality is limited.Juniper Mist offers OpenRoaming through API integration. Huawei does not seem to have an OpenRoaming equivalent.
Cisco offers OpenRoaming with a wide range of features.HPE Aruba also has AirPass, but its features lack the OpenRoaming standard and functionality is limited.Juniper Mist offers OpenRoaming through API integration. Huawei does not seem to have an OpenRoaming equivalent.
Custom-made 8x8 Wi-Fi 6 external antennaCisco C9130 AP offers an industry-first 8x8 external antenna access point with smart antenna connector.HPE Aruba AP555 does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist does not offer any 8x8 Wi-Fi 6 AP.Huawei Wi-Fi 6 AP offers external antennas without smart antenna connector.
Cisco C9130 AP offers an industry-first 8x8 external antenna access point with smart antenna connector.HPE Aruba AP555 does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist does not offer any 8x8 Wi-Fi 6 AP.Huawei Wi-Fi 6 AP offers external antennas without smart antenna connector.
Power efficient access pointsCisco's high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP draws less power with 802.3bt (30.5W).HPE Aruba's high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP model draws more power with 802.3bt (38.2W).Juniper Mist does not have an 8x8 high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP model.Huawei's high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP model draws more power with 802.3bt (less than 51 W).
Cisco's high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP draws less power with 802.3bt (30.5W).HPE Aruba's high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP model draws more power with 802.3bt (38.2W).Juniper Mist does not have an 8x8 high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP model.Huawei's high-end Wi-Fi 6 AP model draws more power with 802.3bt (less than 51 W).
Full Featured Wi-Fi 6 access points on Reduced PowerCisco Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs offer full radio feature support on 802.3at and reduced functionality with 802.3af.HPE Aruba APs require two cables to achieve full functionality with 802.3at. Aruba has no functionality with 802.3af. Juniper Mist Wi-Fi 6 APs have reduced functionality with 802.3at. Mist has no functionality with 802.3af.Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 products offer no functionality with 802.3af and reduced radio capabilties with 802.3at.
Cisco Catalyst 9100 Wi-Fi 6 APs offer full radio feature support on 802.3at and reduced functionality with 802.3af.HPE Aruba APs require two cables to achieve full functionality with 802.3at. Aruba has no functionality with 802.3af. Juniper Mist Wi-Fi 6 APs have reduced functionality with 802.3at. Mist has no functionality with 802.3af.Huawei AirEngine Wi-Fi 6 products offer no functionality with 802.3af and reduced radio capabilties with 802.3at.
Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E AP Power OptimizationCisco Catalyst APs can be configured to go in power saving mode during non-working hours.HPE Aruba Controllers or Management platforms (Central, Airwave) don't support power saving mode.Juniper Mist APs don't support power saving mode.Huawei AirEngine APs don't support power saving mode.
Cisco Catalyst APs can be configured to go in power saving mode during non-working hours.HPE Aruba Controllers or Management platforms (Central, Airwave) don't support power saving mode.Juniper Mist APs don't support power saving mode.Huawei AirEngine APs don't support power saving mode.
Mounting bracketsCisco offers unified mounting brackets which can be used when upgrading from previous gen APs to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E APs without new bracket installation. This provides investment protection and easy deployment. HPE Aruba needs new mounting brackets while migrating to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E APs from older generation APs, adding complexity and cost. HPE Aruba mounting brackets are not included with AP.Juniper Mist offers all-in-one mounting brackets similar to Cisco.Huawei offers all-in-one mounting brackets similar to Cisco.
Cisco offers unified mounting brackets which can be used when upgrading from previous gen APs to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E APs without new bracket installation. This provides investment protection and easy deployment. HPE Aruba needs new mounting brackets while migrating to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E APs from older generation APs, adding complexity and cost. HPE Aruba mounting brackets are not included with AP.Juniper Mist offers all-in-one mounting brackets similar to Cisco.Huawei offers all-in-one mounting brackets similar to Cisco.
Open operating system/ProgrammabilitySingle IOS-XE across switching, wireless and routing platforms. Cisco IOS-XE is the industry’s most open, programmable OS, which enables integrations across the board with open APIs. New integrations with OpenConfig models, OpenDaylight and OpenFlow provide a complete CI/CD model.HPE Aruba offers separate OS for switching, wireless, and routing. CX and Intelligent Edge switching families have separate OS.Juniper Mist offers separate OS for switching and wireless. Juniper supports open and standards-based models.Huawei offers separate OS for switching, wireless, and routing. Huawei does not offer open and standards-based models for model-driven programability and telemetry.
Single IOS-XE across switching, wireless and routing platforms. Cisco IOS-XE is the industry’s most open, programmable OS, which enables integrations across the board with open APIs. New integrations with OpenConfig models, OpenDaylight and OpenFlow provide a complete CI/CD model.HPE Aruba offers separate OS for switching, wireless, and routing. CX and Intelligent Edge switching families have separate OS.Juniper Mist offers separate OS for switching and wireless. Juniper supports open and standards-based models.Huawei offers separate OS for switching, wireless, and routing. Huawei does not offer open and standards-based models for model-driven programability and telemetry.

Wi-Fi 6E

Compelete Wi-Fi 6E access point portfolioOnly Cisco offers an entire portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E APs (Catalyst 9136, 9166, 9164, 9162) to fit every customer need.HPE Aruba only offers mid-range and low-end access points.Juniper Mist lacks premium access points in its portfolio.Huawei currently only offers a low-end access point.
Only Cisco offers an entire portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E APs (Catalyst 9136, 9166, 9164, 9162) to fit every customer need.HPE Aruba only offers mid-range and low-end access points.Juniper Mist lacks premium access points in its portfolio.Huawei currently only offers a low-end access point.
Wi-Fi 6E access point Quad client-serving radioCisco Catalyst 9136 is a premium AP with a no-compromise, quad-radio design which allows dual 5 GHz operation along with 2.4 GHz and 6GHz (2.4GHz + 5GHz + 5GHz + 6GHz).HPE Aruba APs only offers Tri-radio operation with no dual 5 GHz.Juniper Mist AP43 offers dual 5 GHz mode but loses 2.4 GHz radio in the process (5GHz + 5GHz + 6GHz).Huawei currently does not offer an equivalent AP.
Cisco Catalyst 9136 is a premium AP with a no-compromise, quad-radio design which allows dual 5 GHz operation along with 2.4 GHz and 6GHz (2.4GHz + 5GHz + 5GHz + 6GHz).HPE Aruba APs only offers Tri-radio operation with no dual 5 GHz.Juniper Mist AP43 offers dual 5 GHz mode but loses 2.4 GHz radio in the process (5GHz + 5GHz + 6GHz).Huawei currently does not offer an equivalent AP.
Wi-Fi 6E access points with dedicated scanning radioAll Cisco Wi-Fi 6E APs offer a dedicated scanning radio that performs functions such as off-channel RRM, Zero-Wait DFS, aWIPS, and FastLocate that offloads client-serving radios and optimizes AP performance.HPE Aruba does not offer a dedicated scanning radio and has to use the client serving radio in AM/SM mode.Juniper Mist Wi-Fi 6E offers a dedicated scanning radio but does not offer Zero-Wait DFS and FastLocate.Huawei Wi-Fi 6E AP does not offer a dedicated scanning radio and has to use the client serving radio in AM/SM mode.
All Cisco Wi-Fi 6E APs offer a dedicated scanning radio that performs functions such as off-channel RRM, Zero-Wait DFS, aWIPS, and FastLocate that offloads client-serving radios and optimizes AP performance.HPE Aruba does not offer a dedicated scanning radio and has to use the client serving radio in AM/SM mode.Juniper Mist Wi-Fi 6E offers a dedicated scanning radio but does not offer Zero-Wait DFS and FastLocate.Huawei Wi-Fi 6E AP does not offer a dedicated scanning radio and has to use the client serving radio in AM/SM mode.
Increased network capacity with Dual 5 modeCisco Catalyst 9136 and 9166 Wi-Fi 6E APs support dual 5 GHz mode.Aruba Wi-Fi 6E APs do not offer Dual 5 GHz mode.Juniper Mist AP45 supports Dual 5 GHz mode.Huawei curently does not offer a high-end Wi-Fi 6E AP.
Cisco Catalyst 9136 and 9166 Wi-Fi 6E APs support dual 5 GHz mode.Aruba Wi-Fi 6E APs do not offer Dual 5 GHz mode.Juniper Mist AP45 supports Dual 5 GHz mode.Huawei curently does not offer a high-end Wi-Fi 6E AP.
Interference detection and mitigation​All Cisco Wi-Fi 6E APs support CleanAir Pro which offers ML-based interference classification.Aruba APs offer basic non-Wi-Fi interference classification. (PDF)Juniper Mist does not classify non-Wi-Fi interference. (PDF)Huawei APs offer basic non-Wi-Fi interference classification.
All Cisco Wi-Fi 6E APs support CleanAir Pro which offers ML-based interference classification.Aruba APs offer basic non-Wi-Fi interference classification. (PDF)Juniper Mist does not classify non-Wi-Fi interference. (PDF)Huawei APs offer basic non-Wi-Fi interference classification.
Wi-Fi 6E access point dual PoE support with hitless failover​Cisco Catalyst 9136 APs offer dual PoE support for hitless failover.Aruba APs offer dual PoE support for hitless failover.Juniper Mist APs do not offer dual PoE.Huawei APs do not offer dual PoE.
Cisco Catalyst 9136 APs offer dual PoE support for hitless failover.Aruba APs offer dual PoE support for hitless failover.Juniper Mist APs do not offer dual PoE.Huawei APs do not offer dual PoE.
Full radio featured Wi-Fi 6E access point on reduced powerCisco Catalyst 9166, 9164, and 9162 APs offer full radio functionality on 802.3at and reduced functionality with 802.3af.HPE Aruba AP650 requires two cables to achieve full functionality with 802.3at and doesn't operate on 802.3af power. Juniper Mist AP45 has reduced functionality with 802.3at. Mist has no functionality with 802.3af.Huawei curerntly does not offer an equivalent product.
Cisco Catalyst 9166, 9164, and 9162 APs offer full radio functionality on 802.3at and reduced functionality with 802.3af.HPE Aruba AP650 requires two cables to achieve full functionality with 802.3at and doesn't operate on 802.3af power. Juniper Mist AP45 has reduced functionality with 802.3at. Mist has no functionality with 802.3af.Huawei curerntly does not offer an equivalent product.
Wi-Fi 6E access point with environmental sensorsCisco offers environmental sensors (humidity, temperature and air quality).Aruba Wi-Fi 6E does not offer environmental sensors.Mist Wi-Fi 6E offers one environmental sensor (temperature).Huawei Wi-Fi 6E does not offer environmental sensors.
Cisco offers environmental sensors (humidity, temperature and air quality).Aruba Wi-Fi 6E does not offer environmental sensors.Mist Wi-Fi 6E offers one environmental sensor (temperature).Huawei Wi-Fi 6E does not offer environmental sensors.

AIOps

AI network analyticsCisco AI Network Analytics leverages Cisco's ever expanding data lake (Machine Learning) combined with 35+ years of knowledge base (Machine Reasoning) to accurately identify trends and solve complex network issues.Aruba offers AI Assurance but lacks an experienced knowledge base to feed into their assurance platform.Juniper Mist Marvis offers AI assurance but lacks Machine Reasoning engine to solve complex network issues.Huawei's iMaster NCE CampusInsight only offers limited AI features.
Cisco AI Network Analytics leverages Cisco's ever expanding data lake (Machine Learning) combined with 35+ years of knowledge base (Machine Reasoning) to accurately identify trends and solve complex network issues.Aruba offers AI Assurance but lacks an experienced knowledge base to feed into their assurance platform.Juniper Mist Marvis offers AI assurance but lacks Machine Reasoning engine to solve complex network issues.Huawei's iMaster NCE CampusInsight only offers limited AI features.
Device analyticsCisco has multiple endpoint partnerships with vendors like Apple, Samsung, and Intel. Interoperability offers innovations useful for extracting granular analytics from client devices. HPE Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers Marvis Android Client software agent (OS Version 6+ supported). However, it is not scalable, as it requires IT team to install Marvis client SDK increasing device management overhead.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco has multiple endpoint partnerships with vendors like Apple, Samsung, and Intel. Interoperability offers innovations useful for extracting granular analytics from client devices. HPE Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers Marvis Android Client software agent (OS Version 6+ supported). However, it is not scalable, as it requires IT team to install Marvis client SDK increasing device management overhead.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
AI Radio Resource ManagementCisco offers AI Enhanced RRM, the next generation of its wireless RRM solution that runs ML algorithms against the telemetry collected from the Access Points and provides improved Auto-RF decisions.HPE Aruba offers similar service called AirMatch, but it uses static alogrithms to make RRM decisions.Juniper Mist offers an AI-based RRM solution.Huawei offers a basic Radio Resoruce Management feature.
Cisco offers AI Enhanced RRM, the next generation of its wireless RRM solution that runs ML algorithms against the telemetry collected from the Access Points and provides improved Auto-RF decisions.HPE Aruba offers similar service called AirMatch, but it uses static alogrithms to make RRM decisions.Juniper Mist offers an AI-based RRM solution.Huawei offers a basic Radio Resoruce Management feature.
Comparative analytics: internal network comparison and peer comparisonCisco allows network admins to compare selected network performance KPIs within internal organization (Buildings, AP Model Families, Wireless Endpoints) or externally with the peer networks.Aruba offers buildings (sites) and peer comparison for open issues. It lacks on-demand comparison.Juniper Mist claims to offer site comparison, but it is not ML-driven site comparision. It lacks performance breakdowns and insights into selected KPIs.Huawei does not offer comparative analytics for site comparisons or peers.
Cisco allows network admins to compare selected network performance KPIs within internal organization (Buildings, AP Model Families, Wireless Endpoints) or externally with the peer networks.Aruba offers buildings (sites) and peer comparison for open issues. It lacks on-demand comparison.Juniper Mist claims to offer site comparison, but it is not ML-driven site comparision. It lacks performance breakdowns and insights into selected KPIs.Huawei does not offer comparative analytics for site comparisons or peers.
Trends and insightsCisco DNA AI Network Analytics using ML/AI detects and displays long-term network patterns and trend deviations in insights and AP advisories.Aruba AI insight offers anomaly detection and network optimization.Juniper Mist detects and displays AI-driven anomalies, but it requires running network analytics reports to identify long-term changes.Huawei offers basic AI-based trends idenification limited to a few KPIs.
Cisco DNA AI Network Analytics using ML/AI detects and displays long-term network patterns and trend deviations in insights and AP advisories.Aruba AI insight offers anomaly detection and network optimization.Juniper Mist detects and displays AI-driven anomalies, but it requires running network analytics reports to identify long-term changes.Huawei offers basic AI-based trends idenification limited to a few KPIs.
Network heatmapCisco offers network heatmaps to identify network degradation before it impacts users. It allows AP comparsion in one window for a given month up to a year in a heatmap to spot trends and gain insights.Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers network analytics trends for selected KPIs (RSSI, retries, channel utilizations, latency, and more) but lacks the ability to compare APs or find an AP with performance degradation over time.Huawei iMaster NCE CampusInsight only offers a heatmap for an individual AP for multiple KPIs.
Cisco offers network heatmaps to identify network degradation before it impacts users. It allows AP comparsion in one window for a given month up to a year in a heatmap to spot trends and gain insights.Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers network analytics trends for selected KPIs (RSSI, retries, channel utilizations, latency, and more) but lacks the ability to compare APs or find an AP with performance degradation over time.Huawei iMaster NCE CampusInsight only offers a heatmap for an individual AP for multiple KPIs.
Troubleshoooting (Pcap)Cisco APs offer Intelligent Packet Capture for dynamic and on-demand captures.Aruba Central provides dynamic and manual PCAP for troubleshooting.Juniper Mist offers Dynamic Packet Capture for dynamic and on-demand PCAP capabilities.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco APs offer Intelligent Packet Capture for dynamic and on-demand captures.Aruba Central provides dynamic and manual PCAP for troubleshooting.Juniper Mist offers Dynamic Packet Capture for dynamic and on-demand PCAP capabilities.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Troubleshoooting (live path trace)Cisco DNA Center True Trace feature greatly expedites troubleshooting by providing path analysis on live traffic with KPIs for each hop, granular reasons for path degradation, and downloadable packet capture files.Aruba Central does not offer any path trace capability.Juniper Mist lacks a path trace tool to identify network components (physical or virtual) causing issues.Huawei does not offer any path trace capability.
Cisco DNA Center True Trace feature greatly expedites troubleshooting by providing path analysis on live traffic with KPIs for each hop, granular reasons for path degradation, and downloadable packet capture files.Aruba Central does not offer any path trace capability.Juniper Mist lacks a path trace tool to identify network components (physical or virtual) causing issues.Huawei does not offer any path trace capability.
Wireless sensorCisco offers the Aironet Active Sensor with DNA Center. It's used for testing, reporting, and troubleshooting wireless issues on the network.HPE Aruba offers a wireless sensor for running synthetic tests, but it is a separate dashboard and not part of Aruba Central.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco offers the Aironet Active Sensor with DNA Center. It's used for testing, reporting, and troubleshooting wireless issues on the network.HPE Aruba offers a wireless sensor for running synthetic tests, but it is a separate dashboard and not part of Aruba Central.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E dashboardCisco offers Wi-Fi 6/6E analytics, Wi-Fi 6/6E readiness metrics, and measures Wi-Fi 6/6E benefits: latency, air time efficiency, and traffic distribution. Aruba does not offer a Wi-Fi 6/6E dashboard.Juniper Mist does not offer a Wi-Fi 6/6E dashboard.Huawei does not offer a Wi-Fi 6/6E dashboard.
Cisco offers Wi-Fi 6/6E analytics, Wi-Fi 6/6E readiness metrics, and measures Wi-Fi 6/6E benefits: latency, air time efficiency, and traffic distribution. Aruba does not offer a Wi-Fi 6/6E dashboard.Juniper Mist does not offer a Wi-Fi 6/6E dashboard.Huawei does not offer a Wi-Fi 6/6E dashboard.
Application experienceCisco offers Application 360 with breakdown of business-critical applications (eg. Cisco Webex 360 integration) and business irrelevant applications. It also offers solutions to AI-based app throughput issues for wireless users and shows impacted clients, RCA with KPIs, and suggested actions for social, cloud, and media applications.Aruba Central offers application assurance (UCC) only for few collabration applications. It lacks root cause analysis and suggested actions. Mist offers application assurance capabilities in SRX and 128T platform but not wired/wireless application assurance.Huawei iMaster NCE CampusInsight offers traffic analysis and real-time experience per user per application, but only for audio and video SIP applications.
Cisco offers Application 360 with breakdown of business-critical applications (eg. Cisco Webex 360 integration) and business irrelevant applications. It also offers solutions to AI-based app throughput issues for wireless users and shows impacted clients, RCA with KPIs, and suggested actions for social, cloud, and media applications.Aruba Central offers application assurance (UCC) only for few collabration applications. It lacks root cause analysis and suggested actions. Mist offers application assurance capabilities in SRX and 128T platform but not wired/wireless application assurance.Huawei iMaster NCE CampusInsight offers traffic analysis and real-time experience per user per application, but only for audio and video SIP applications.
PoE analyticsCisco DNA Center offers PoE analytics such as power load distribution, PoE endpoint analytics, and assurance for power denied and faulty endpoint issues.Aruba does not offer advanced PoE analytics capabilities compared to Cisco.Juniper Mist PoE analytics shows only AP power received and switch PoE budget. Mist does not offer advanced PoE analytics.Huawei PoE analytics shows only AP power received and switch PoE budget. Huawei does not offer advanced PoE analytics.
Cisco DNA Center offers PoE analytics such as power load distribution, PoE endpoint analytics, and assurance for power denied and faulty endpoint issues.Aruba does not offer advanced PoE analytics capabilities compared to Cisco.Juniper Mist PoE analytics shows only AP power received and switch PoE budget. Mist does not offer advanced PoE analytics.Huawei PoE analytics shows only AP power received and switch PoE budget. Huawei does not offer advanced PoE analytics.

Resiliency

Upgrade to new AP hardware without downtime (AP Device Pack)Cisco IOS-XE offers the capability to support new AP models using an AP Device Pack (APDP) without rebooting the controller. HPE Aruba Controllers (AOS8) do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers new AP hardware support without any network downtime.Huawei offers equivalent capabilities to AP Device Pack with its wireless access controller, introducing the new AP image without rebooting the controller.
Cisco IOS-XE offers the capability to support new AP models using an AP Device Pack (APDP) without rebooting the controller. HPE Aruba Controllers (AOS8) do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers new AP hardware support without any network downtime.Huawei offers equivalent capabilities to AP Device Pack with its wireless access controller, introducing the new AP image without rebooting the controller.
Support for remote workplaceCisco offers a foolproof solution with automated workflows, including seamless full device lifecycle with comprehensive assurance for health and analytics. Cisco offers a built-in GUI for personal SSID configuration (no additional AP required for personal use). Cisco Umbrella provides cloud-based security features. Cisco offers special license SKUs which make its remote solutions attractive in terms of pricing.HPE Aruba offers remote AP managed through Central as part of their edgeconnect fabric story. Aruba Remote AP can act as a microbranch, offering integrations with 3rd Party cloud-based security vendiors such as Zscaler. Juniper Mist offers remote workforce solutions but lacks a software agent and other features like built-in GUI for Personal SSID configuration.Huawei does not have an equivalent offer with remote wireless access points but does offer VPN agent and router remote workforce solutions.
Cisco offers a foolproof solution with automated workflows, including seamless full device lifecycle with comprehensive assurance for health and analytics. Cisco offers a built-in GUI for personal SSID configuration (no additional AP required for personal use). Cisco Umbrella provides cloud-based security features. Cisco offers special license SKUs which make its remote solutions attractive in terms of pricing.HPE Aruba offers remote AP managed through Central as part of their edgeconnect fabric story. Aruba Remote AP can act as a microbranch, offering integrations with 3rd Party cloud-based security vendiors such as Zscaler. Juniper Mist offers remote workforce solutions but lacks a software agent and other features like built-in GUI for Personal SSID configuration.Huawei does not have an equivalent offer with remote wireless access points but does offer VPN agent and router remote workforce solutions.
Fix software bugs without downtimeUpgrade to new AP hardware without downtime (AP Device Pack). Cisco IOS-XE offers controller fixes and updates using Software Maintenance Updates (SMUs). Additionally, it offers access point fixes and updates using an AP Service Pack (APSP). HPE Aruba (AOS 8) does not offer any wireless controller patching or AP patching capabilities.Juniper Mist offers AP or controller software bug fixes without downtime.Huawei offers equivalent capabilities to SMU with wireless access controller patching but does not offer an AP Service Pack equivalent.
Upgrade to new AP hardware without downtime (AP Device Pack). Cisco IOS-XE offers controller fixes and updates using Software Maintenance Updates (SMUs). Additionally, it offers access point fixes and updates using an AP Service Pack (APSP). HPE Aruba (AOS 8) does not offer any wireless controller patching or AP patching capabilities.Juniper Mist offers AP or controller software bug fixes without downtime.Huawei offers equivalent capabilities to SMU with wireless access controller patching but does not offer an AP Service Pack equivalent.
Hitless upgrades (ISSU)Cisco IOS-XE provides In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), a procedure to upgrade APs and wireless controllers while packet forwarding continues uninterrupted. ISSU provides a complete image upgrade from one image to another without network downtime, increasing network availability.HPE Aruba (AOS 8) offers ISSU with rolling AP upgrades via an additional physical/virtual appliance called Mobility Conductor.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco IOS-XE provides In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), a procedure to upgrade APs and wireless controllers while packet forwarding continues uninterrupted. ISSU provides a complete image upgrade from one image to another without network downtime, increasing network availability.HPE Aruba (AOS 8) offers ISSU with rolling AP upgrades via an additional physical/virtual appliance called Mobility Conductor.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Stateful Switchover (SSO)Cisco offers Stateful Switchover to reduce major downtime in wireless networks as a result of failure conditions that may occur due to box failover or network failover. HPE Aruba offers the same feature where no downtime or service interruption is required during transition from active to standby.Juniper Mist offers the same feature where no downtime or service interruption is required during transition from active to standby.With Huawei's N+1 support, an extra controller can be used to back up the active controller. But Huawei does not offer a switchover without impacting end user and application experience.
Cisco offers Stateful Switchover to reduce major downtime in wireless networks as a result of failure conditions that may occur due to box failover or network failover. HPE Aruba offers the same feature where no downtime or service interruption is required during transition from active to standby.Juniper Mist offers the same feature where no downtime or service interruption is required during transition from active to standby.With Huawei's N+1 support, an extra controller can be used to back up the active controller. But Huawei does not offer a switchover without impacting end user and application experience.

Security

Zero-trust frameworkCisco offers advanced security features covering an entire zero-trust model that protects your work force with Cisco Duo, Workplace with SDA and Cisco DNA Center, and Workload with Tetration.HPE Aruba supports zero-trust network access (ZTNA) with Clearpass, Aruba Central NetConductor, and CPDI. HPE Aruba relies on partners for other security solutions.Juniper Mist supports wired-only campus fabric (EVPN-VXLAN) but relies entirely on partners for all zero-trust framework needs.Huawei's iMaster NCE campus controller provides network access control and basic ZTNA.
Cisco offers advanced security features covering an entire zero-trust model that protects your work force with Cisco Duo, Workplace with SDA and Cisco DNA Center, and Workload with Tetration.HPE Aruba supports zero-trust network access (ZTNA) with Clearpass, Aruba Central NetConductor, and CPDI. HPE Aruba relies on partners for other security solutions.Juniper Mist supports wired-only campus fabric (EVPN-VXLAN) but relies entirely on partners for all zero-trust framework needs.Huawei's iMaster NCE campus controller provides network access control and basic ZTNA.
Application visibility and controlCisco access points offer built-in DPI-based AVC capabilities. Cisco controllers can inspect traffic and application flows to enforce network access policy and protect against attacks using Cisco DNA Center.HPE Aruba offers built-in AVC. HPE Aruba supports 2500+ applications but lacks accuracy for certain applications.Juniper Mist doesn't offers DPI-based AVC capabilities and lacks accuracy for many applications.Huawei APs offers Application Visibility and Control with support of 6000+ applications.
Cisco access points offer built-in DPI-based AVC capabilities. Cisco controllers can inspect traffic and application flows to enforce network access policy and protect against attacks using Cisco DNA Center.HPE Aruba offers built-in AVC. HPE Aruba supports 2500+ applications but lacks accuracy for certain applications.Juniper Mist doesn't offers DPI-based AVC capabilities and lacks accuracy for many applications.Huawei APs offers Application Visibility and Control with support of 6000+ applications.
Micro and macro segmentationCisco provides complete segmentation with scalable group tags and virtual networks. Cisco provides complete North/South and East/West traffic threat mitigation. HPE Aruba offers dynamic segmentation but only for wired.Juniper Mist offers dynamic segmentation but only for wired. For wireless, Mist relies on traditional IP-based policies and ACLs.Huawei explicitly does not claim support for micro/macro segmentation in wireless networks.
Cisco provides complete segmentation with scalable group tags and virtual networks. Cisco provides complete North/South and East/West traffic threat mitigation. HPE Aruba offers dynamic segmentation but only for wired.Juniper Mist offers dynamic segmentation but only for wired. For wireless, Mist relies on traditional IP-based policies and ACLs.Huawei explicitly does not claim support for micro/macro segmentation in wireless networks.
Threat detectionEliminate threats across the network with Cisco's security solutions. Products such as Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Trustworthy Solutions, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, and Rapid Threat Containment help eliminate threats across the network with Cisco's security solutions. HPE Aruba's solution cannot detect threats over encrypted traffic.Juniper Mist does not offer ETA for wireless access points, but Juniper SRX is an add-on which offers ETA features.Huawei offers some capabilities with ECA (Encrypted Communication Analytics).
Eliminate threats across the network with Cisco's security solutions. Products such as Stealthwatch, TrustSec, Trustworthy Solutions, Encrypted Traffic Analytics, and Rapid Threat Containment help eliminate threats across the network with Cisco's security solutions. HPE Aruba's solution cannot detect threats over encrypted traffic.Juniper Mist does not offer ETA for wireless access points, but Juniper SRX is an add-on which offers ETA features.Huawei offers some capabilities with ECA (Encrypted Communication Analytics).
Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS)Cisco offers a dedicated scan radio for aWIPS . It also provides Rogue management and WIPS signatures for accurate detection and containment of rogue devices. Cisco also offers additional features like threshold control and forensic captures for better fine tuning and representation of rogue/WIPS data through Cisco DNA Center. HPE Aruba does not offer a dedicated scanning radio, as it must use the client serving radio in AM mode, compromising WIPS functionality or AP performance. However, Aruba offers 30+ WIPS signatures for detection/mitigation of rogues.Juniper Mist APs offers a dedicated third scanning radio for WIPS functionality but has basic rogue/WIPS detection capabilties.Huawei must use RTU licenses for most of its APs to have an independent scanning radio mode for rogue/WIPS detection. Also, it compromises dual 5 GHz/ Tri-Radio functionality when it is configured in this mode.
Cisco offers a dedicated scan radio for aWIPS . It also provides Rogue management and WIPS signatures for accurate detection and containment of rogue devices. Cisco also offers additional features like threshold control and forensic captures for better fine tuning and representation of rogue/WIPS data through Cisco DNA Center. HPE Aruba does not offer a dedicated scanning radio, as it must use the client serving radio in AM mode, compromising WIPS functionality or AP performance. However, Aruba offers 30+ WIPS signatures for detection/mitigation of rogues.Juniper Mist APs offers a dedicated third scanning radio for WIPS functionality but has basic rogue/WIPS detection capabilties.Huawei must use RTU licenses for most of its APs to have an independent scanning radio mode for rogue/WIPS detection. Also, it compromises dual 5 GHz/ Tri-Radio functionality when it is configured in this mode.
Multiple PSK solutionCisco provides flexibility and security to consumer and enterprise IoT through two major multiple PSK solutions for the entire WLAN. - iPSK (RADIUS-based) where each user's mac address is linked to a pre-shared key. Also, Cisco provides External Portal solutions like iPSK manager, giving flexibility to end users for registering their own devices without admin intervention. - MPSK (wireless controller-based) where multiple preshared keys are stored on the Cisco Catalyst 9800 without the need of Radius server. - Also offers easy PSK. Can this info be formatted as a bulleted list within the comparison table cell? HPE Aruba does not offer a multiple PSK solution which does not require Clear Pass like Cisco's multiple PSK.Juniper Mist offers both radius-based and local multiple PSK.Huawei does offer radius-based multiple PSK solution but does not offer local multiple PSK.
Cisco provides flexibility and security to consumer and enterprise IoT through two major multiple PSK solutions for the entire WLAN. - iPSK (RADIUS-based) where each user's mac address is linked to a pre-shared key. Also, Cisco provides External Portal solutions like iPSK manager, giving flexibility to end users for registering their own devices without admin intervention. - MPSK (wireless controller-based) where multiple preshared keys are stored on the Cisco Catalyst 9800 without the need of Radius server. - Also offers easy PSK. Can this info be formatted as a bulleted list within the comparison table cell? HPE Aruba does not offer a multiple PSK solution which does not require Clear Pass like Cisco's multiple PSK.Juniper Mist offers both radius-based and local multiple PSK.Huawei does offer radius-based multiple PSK solution but does not offer local multiple PSK.
DNS security and threat intelligenceCisco offers a cloud-based security solution for wireless with Cisco Umbrella offering DNS security, interactive threat intelligence, malware protection, and more. With Umbrella, you can easily secure your wireless environment and protect any device on your network in minutes. Umbrella blocks requests to malicious domains and IPs before a connection is ever made, stopping threats early.HPE Aruba can integrate with cloud based security solutions such as Zscaler. Aruba also provides WebCC but has a small database with no regular updates.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability. Juniper Mist provides security with a physical SRX Series firewall box integration with Mist wireless infrastructure.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco offers a cloud-based security solution for wireless with Cisco Umbrella offering DNS security, interactive threat intelligence, malware protection, and more. With Umbrella, you can easily secure your wireless environment and protect any device on your network in minutes. Umbrella blocks requests to malicious domains and IPs before a connection is ever made, stopping threats early.HPE Aruba can integrate with cloud based security solutions such as Zscaler. Aruba also provides WebCC but has a small database with no regular updates.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability. Juniper Mist provides security with a physical SRX Series firewall box integration with Mist wireless infrastructure.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Shared network environment Cisco User Defined Network (UDN) offers the best onboarding experience with the ability to register a device from any location, a simplified day-one experience where users can access their registered devices, and mobile app flexibility for user notifications. Cisco DNA Assurance for UDN gets granular visibility and in-depth insights.HPE Aruba offers Aruba AirGroup which gives basic ability to share and monitor personal devices and Protocol Agnostic Capabilities but lacks key features like Mobile App for Device Registration and flexible onboarding of sharable devices from home. Juniper Mist offers a basic Personal WLAN feature which provides secure micro-segmented networks across a single WLAN. It cannot offer superior onboarding capabilities for sharable devices, has no mobile app for device registration, and needs frequent manual intervention. Huawei offers traditional mDNS (Bonjour) but does not provide an equivalent solution to UDN.
Cisco User Defined Network (UDN) offers the best onboarding experience with the ability to register a device from any location, a simplified day-one experience where users can access their registered devices, and mobile app flexibility for user notifications. Cisco DNA Assurance for UDN gets granular visibility and in-depth insights.HPE Aruba offers Aruba AirGroup which gives basic ability to share and monitor personal devices and Protocol Agnostic Capabilities but lacks key features like Mobile App for Device Registration and flexible onboarding of sharable devices from home. Juniper Mist offers a basic Personal WLAN feature which provides secure micro-segmented networks across a single WLAN. It cannot offer superior onboarding capabilities for sharable devices, has no mobile app for device registration, and needs frequent manual intervention. Huawei offers traditional mDNS (Bonjour) but does not provide an equivalent solution to UDN.
Unicast Bonjour support Cisco provides Unicast Based Bonjour support known as "Wide Area Bonjour."HPE Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco provides Unicast Based Bonjour support known as "Wide Area Bonjour."HPE Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei does not offer an equivalent capability.
3D wireless analyzerThe Cisco Wireless 3D analyzer web app uses state-of-the-art 3D visualization and general-purpose GPU technologies to build predictive models of the floorspace's wireless environment.HPE Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei offers an equivalent capability with cloud-based app 3D Network planner with features like automatic obstacle recognition, automatic AP deployment, and professional simulation algorithm, but it lacks features like channel interference detection and high ceiling environment analysis.
The Cisco Wireless 3D analyzer web app uses state-of-the-art 3D visualization and general-purpose GPU technologies to build predictive models of the floorspace's wireless environment.HPE Aruba does not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist does not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei offers an equivalent capability with cloud-based app 3D Network planner with features like automatic obstacle recognition, automatic AP deployment, and professional simulation algorithm, but it lacks features like channel interference detection and high ceiling environment analysis.
Location services (Cisco DNA Spaces)Cisco DNA Spaces supports Bluetooth low energy (BLE) management and tracks Wi-Fi devices with reliable accuracy. The Cisco DNA Spaces solution offers a single pane of glass for all location services and offers unique features like RightNow, business metrics, Firehose APIs, Advanced Captive Portal, OpenRoaming, Smart Workspaces, and more, so businesses can make better decisions.HPE Aruba offers limited solutions depending on the location use cases (Aruba Central, Meridian and ALE). HPE Aruba has location analytics features. The Juniper Mist location dashboard interface is more technical and less business outcome oriented. Juniper Mist offers location analytics on their dashboard and requires third party integration.Huawei does not natively support all the features that are found in Cisco DNA Spaces. Even with third party integration, Huawei cannot match the features Cisco DNA Spaces offers.
Cisco DNA Spaces supports Bluetooth low energy (BLE) management and tracks Wi-Fi devices with reliable accuracy. The Cisco DNA Spaces solution offers a single pane of glass for all location services and offers unique features like RightNow, business metrics, Firehose APIs, Advanced Captive Portal, OpenRoaming, Smart Workspaces, and more, so businesses can make better decisions.HPE Aruba offers limited solutions depending on the location use cases (Aruba Central, Meridian and ALE). HPE Aruba has location analytics features. The Juniper Mist location dashboard interface is more technical and less business outcome oriented. Juniper Mist offers location analytics on their dashboard and requires third party integration.Huawei does not natively support all the features that are found in Cisco DNA Spaces. Even with third party integration, Huawei cannot match the features Cisco DNA Spaces offers.

Eco System Partnership

Apple partnershipCisco partners with Apple to provide Apple Fastlane and Fastlane+ for QOS by operating system-level prioritization of business-critical applications for iOS and MacOS devices. With Adaptive 802.11r, Cisco provides optimal Wi-Fi roaming experience to Apple devices. Cisco offers iOS device view of network performance and analytics to improve troubleshooting.HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei APs do not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco partners with Apple to provide Apple Fastlane and Fastlane+ for QOS by operating system-level prioritization of business-critical applications for iOS and MacOS devices. With Adaptive 802.11r, Cisco provides optimal Wi-Fi roaming experience to Apple devices. Cisco offers iOS device view of network performance and analytics to improve troubleshooting.HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei APs do not offer an equivalent capability.
Samsung analyticsCisco partners with Samsung to provide operating system-level prioritization of business-critical applications for Samsung devices. Cisco provides optimal Wi-Fi experiences for Samsung. Cisco offers device view of network performance and analytics to improve troubleshooting. HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers Marvis client SDK for Android devices that provides device-level insights to the Mist Cloud. However, it is not a native integration and requires SDK installation on managed Android devices.Huawei APs do not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco partners with Samsung to provide operating system-level prioritization of business-critical applications for Samsung devices. Cisco provides optimal Wi-Fi experiences for Samsung. Cisco offers device view of network performance and analytics to improve troubleshooting. HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist offers Marvis client SDK for Android devices that provides device-level insights to the Mist Cloud. However, it is not a native integration and requires SDK installation on managed Android devices.Huawei APs do not offer an equivalent capability.
Intel®Cisco offers Intel Connectivity Analytics that gives granular driver-level wireless client insights for any client using the latest Intel wireless chipsets while connected to a Cisco wireless network.HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei APs do not offer an equivalent capability.
Cisco offers Intel Connectivity Analytics that gives granular driver-level wireless client insights for any client using the latest Intel wireless chipsets while connected to a Cisco wireless network.HPE Aruba APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Juniper Mist APs do not offer an equivalent capability.Huawei APs do not offer an equivalent capability.

Updated on June 2022, based on public information.

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