Aruba 800 Mobility Controller
Strengths: Easy to install and to administrate. Large number of features and some that are unique to the product
Weaknesses: Reporting was a little behind the other features
Verdict: Great for overburdened IT shops that wish to spend more time administrating and less time learning
The Aruba 800 Mobility Controller is an appliance-based device that provides central management of wireless access points. The Aruba access points integrate easily with the manager and each access point device can run in one of two modes - access point or wireless monitor. The Mobility Center offers a slew of advanced features such as virtual local area networks (VLANs), IPSec tunnel termination, 802.1X integration, roaming and advanced RADIUS authentication features.
The unit was able to detect the rogue access point quickly. The Mobility Controller gives the ability to perform a DOS attack against the rogue access points to stop the device from violating the wireless security policy for the organisation. The Aruba access points can respond on all three major wireless standards (a, b, and g) and a very handy feature is that the APs can pull power from an Ethernet cable. This removes the need to have a power source nearby. In addition, the Mobility Controller can import a floor plan for an organisation and triangulate the signal from rogue access points. The Mobility Center can also detect and alert if an active wireless attack is underway. The appliance will detect the event and provide a link to the WVE website where the specific attack details can be found.
Installation for the device was primarily web based and quite easy to navigate. The appliance also includes a command line interface (CLI) that is very similar to the Cisco CLI. The web interface provided access to almost all functions, greatly reducing the need to use the CLI.
Documentation for this product is in the form of indexed and searchable PDF files. Most common topics were easy to find with good solutions provided.
Aruba offers common support options including phone and email interface for customers who purchase a maintenance plan.
The Aruba 800 Mobility Controller was one of the more expensive products reviewed, but not by a great deal. It incorporates a large number of features that help offset the slightly higher cost.