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Occasional Contributor I
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Registered: ‎02-24-2014

What should I buy?

Hi, this is a frist time to post question here. I took Aruba ACMA course and would like to learn more before i take the cert. exam.

I am thinking about buying 2nd hand controller and play around. there are 3000s, 800, 650, 200 are available on ebay or other market.

What would be a good choice?

Thanks,

--yousis 

Guru Elite
Posts: 8,192
Registered: ‎09-08-2010

Re: What should I buy?

A 3000 series controller will support more features than the 600 and 800
series. You should be good with a 3200XM.

Tim Cappalli | Aruba ClearPass TME
@timcappalli | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480 / ACEAP / CWSP
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Re: What should I buy?

You do not want any of the legacy controllers (200, 800, 2400, SC-1, or SC-2) as they can only run up to AOS 5.x.   We are on AOS 6.3.1.3 GA and 6.4 BETA.   You would be missing out on a ton of cool new features.

 

The 600 series is end of sales.  While they can run current SW they do not get all the new features as they are resource constrained.

 

That leaves the 3000 series or the newer 7000 series.   If you get a 3200 make sure it is a 3200XM (extra memory) so it can run current SW.  If you do not get the XM version you can purchase the SW upgrade from Aruba.   Even the 3000 series will be missing out of some of the cool new features of AOS 6.4 like Deep Packet Inspection. 


So, for the purpose of preparing for the current ACMA and ACMP I would say a 3200XM is the minimum and will work well for some time to come.  If you want to ensure you have all the latest and greatest features you will need to step up to the 7000 series.   We do have a couple of small 7000 controllers coming out soon.

Occasional Contributor I
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-24-2014

Re: What should I buy?

Hi Tim, thanks for reply.

i will see 3200s on the 2nd hadn market.....thx again.

--yousis

Occasional Contributor I
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-24-2014

Re: What should I buy?

Marcus, thx for reply. ok 3200.

--yousis

Super Contributor I
Posts: 300
Registered: ‎12-01-2010

Re: What should I buy?

Remember to get the 3200XM - that is the one with extra memory.

Normal Guy
Super Contributor II
Posts: 354
Registered: ‎09-26-2012

Re: What should I buy?

3200 can be upgraded to 3200XM. I am note share if 3200XM is available in used condition
Thanks & Regards
Syed Murad Ali
ACMP ACMA CCNA
Occasional Contributor I
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-24-2014

Re: What should I buy?

Hi thx, i will take a look of the market with your suggestion.

Super Contributor I
Posts: 300
Registered: ‎12-01-2010

Re: What should I buy?

Anyway the upgrade set is cheap so if you have 3200 just get teh extra RAM from Aruba and it will be a 3200XM.

Normal Guy
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