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Domain Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Reasonably price and easy to set up but not a fit for enterprise-level customers
Pros and Cons
  • "The product has been very stable over the years."
  • "Meraki is still very much a small office type of solution. It is not a fit for large enterprise networks, as it doesn't have tunneling functionalities."

What is our primary use case?

I haven't deployed it for myself. I have deployed it for customers. I work for a systems integrator.

We use it for Branch-type of installations where you have a small branch. You just need to manage it via the internet. You don't need a controller-type of environment there, for a small office-type of deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a cheaper resource that helps manage a company's WiFi network.

What is most valuable?

The solution's ease of use is great.

The ease of management has been great.

The initial setup is easy.

The product has been very stable over the years. 

Technical support is okay.

The pricing is reasonable. 

What needs improvement?

Meraki is still very much a small office type of solution. It is not a fit for large enterprise networks, as it doesn't have tunneling functionalities. 

If you are configuring Meraki as a RADIUS client, you have to add individual 100 or whatever devices on the site as a RADIUS client. There is no RADIUS proxy option. Therefore, it is pretty much still a good use case for small networks, however, it's not a great use case for larger networks. 

The product needs to offer role-based access. 

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For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for more than ten years now. It's been a decade or so. I have quite a bit of experience with it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. As long as your internet links are stable, Meraki works perfectly fine. There are no bugs or glitches. it doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Meraki is not a very scalable solution. It has its own limitations on the number of devices you can deploy. I would say it's not a very scalable solution.

How are customer service and support?

I've contacted technical support a couple of times. They were okay. I didn't have any issues with them; they are fine.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used Cisco EROs, Cisco Meraki, Catalyst 9800, Aruba, and Instant Aruba, controller-based.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex or difficult. It's very straightforward. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is okay. However, they don't have a perpetual license option. Regardless of what type of functionality a customer is looking for, they have to go for subscription-based licensing.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a Cisco partner.

Meraki is a public cloud. With Meraki, you don't have a private cloud solution.

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Alex Jenkins - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A cloud-based solution with a GUI and perfect stability, scalability, and support
Pros and Cons
  • "It is cloud-based. It has a GUI rather than a command line, and it just works."
  • "The biggest pain point is that they limit you through firewall throughput. I understand why they do it, but that really grates me. For instance, for 450 Mbps throughput, you're looking at £800 for a router, whereas if you look at the one gig connection, for some of us are lucky enough to have a gig connection, you could almost be spending £3,000 for the option to have one gig connectivity. That's one of the pain points I've got. I don't mind paying for throughput, but I should at least have the option to be able to update that throughput, maybe through extra licensing or something else. It is crazy expensive to jump through to the next one."

What is our primary use case?

There are so many use cases. You can have multiple SSIDs and different LANs such as
guests, private, or hidden. There are so many options with it.

It is cloud-based, but the physical hardware is on-premises. We are using the Enterprise version.

What is most valuable?

It is cloud-based. It has a GUI rather than a command line, and it just works.

What needs improvement?

The biggest pain point is that they limit you through firewall throughput. I understand why they do it, but that really grates me. For instance, for 450 Mbps throughput, you're looking at £800 for a router, whereas if you look at the one gig connection, for some of us are lucky enough to have a gig connection, you could almost be spending £3,000 for the option to have one gig connectivity. That's one of the pain points I've got. I don't mind paying for throughput, but I should at least have the option to be able to update that throughput, maybe through extra licensing or something else. It is crazy expensive to jump through to the next one.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a good couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is perfect in terms of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is perfect in terms of scalability. I've got one system here in the UAE and one in London, and I haven't even touched the one in London, and I can do it all from here.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is perfect. They're there 24/7, 365 days a year. Whether you email or phone in, there is always someone there to help you.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for three, five, or ten years.

I'm happy with the pricing. You basically pay for what you get. It is that simple. When you look at Ubiquiti or Aruba, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN far outweighs what you get. If you're in the UK, Ubiquiti gives a three-year or five-year warranty, whereas here in the UAE, they only give a one-year warranty, which is no good to me. Who buys a piece of equipment with only one year warranty on it? It doesn't make sense.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution, but there are limitations with some of these devices. The main issue that I have is related to the throughput. You can get any router that will do a gig connection, but you don't get the other features.

I would rate Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN an eight out of ten.

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Director with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 10
A flexible product complete with integrated security and content filtering
Pros and Cons
  • "The captive portal feature is my favorite. It allows us to keep track of how many people are entering our client's businesses."
  • "The signal coverage radius could be extended."

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN for offices, small retail stores, and restaurants. Most of our clients are medium-sized businesses.

Most of our clients have around 200 employees. There are around 50 access point users.

Only one person is required for maintenance.

What is most valuable?

The captive portal feature is my favorite. It allows us to keep track of how many people are entering our client's businesses. 

Also, the security and content filtering that's included on the cloud is great.

What needs improvement?

The signal coverage radius could be extended. I would also like to have a planner for designs. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN for roughly eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it's very good. The problem is the coverage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, it's excellent. You can integrate with other products like MX, the firewall and router of Meraki, and you can also integrate with Umbrella which is cloud security from Cisco. You can also add more access points very easily.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco's technical support is excellent. Still, sometimes it takes a while for them to respond. There is also a lot of information on their web page for support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use Aruba and Cisco Access Point. Cloud management was the main difference between these solutions. We have more flexibility with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy but it's important to have training.

Configuration takes around one hour. It's the same for any access point but the installation depends on the physical installation — overall, it takes around three hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Meraki is a very good solution, but the price is quite high for small markets. We are based in Mexico and within Latin America, most of our customers think that this is an expensive solution compared to other brands. Overall, we think that the price is too high.

For example, the cheapest license subscription is around $600. It's around $1,200 for one access point. This is really expensive for one customer. Other brands charge the same amount for around five access points.

What other advice do I have?

I'd recommend this solution because it's easy to use and secure — the security is integrated. Apps can also be integrated very easily and it's very scalable. 

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN a rating of eight. 

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Infrastructure Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Enables you to monitor traffic so you can see if the network is having issues and allows you to easily locate computers in the cloud
Pros and Cons
  • "If you're trying to identify one of the switches or pinpoint a computer or pinpoint something, you could find it just like that and change the IP address. It's easiest to do it that way."
  • "Documentation could be improved, but everything else has been spot-on."

What is our primary use case?

We sent everybody home because of the new variant. People were trying to be safe, so we decided if you want to connect to our network, use this solution.

The solution is deployed on a private cloud. The cloud provider is Microsoft Azure.

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of having to go the old-fashioned dinosaur way and look for the computers, you could just look in the cloud, find the computer, and change the IP address. That helped so much. I was like, "This is the Mac address. Find it up there, change the IP address from A to B," and then we could continue doing work from there.

What is most valuable?

You can monitor traffic so you can see if the network is having issues or laggy or what people are doing. You can point them out and say, "Stop doing that." If you're trying to identify one of the switches or pinpoint a computer or pinpoint something, you could find it just like that and change the IP address. It's easiest to do it that way.

What needs improvement?

Documentation could be improved, but everything else has been spot-on.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no issues with stability. The solution is being used every day in my organization.

The solution doesn't require a lot of maintenance. It's easy to do. If you go on the cloud, you can just push the updates from there.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. There are 200-300 users in our organization. There are plans to increase usage in the future.

How was the initial setup?

Implementation was straightforward. It took a couple of months to set up, implement, and start using.

For initial setup, you have to do the access once and then you have to go to the cloud to make sure they connect.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant from Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution 10 out of 10. 

It makes life easier. You don't have to go cabling. It saves time. It saves man hours. It's just better. My advice is to use this solution instead of using the old-fashioned one. It will save you headaches.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
East to use with content filtering but needs a more detailed dashboard
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is easy to use."
  • "The dashboard could be a bit better. I'd like to see more information about the whole controller and APs. It should be as simple and convenient."

What is our primary use case?

It's for our head offices, remote offices branches. The solution is primarily used for giving access to our users, including controlling their access and granting access.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use. With the cloud dashboard, it's easy to control the APs and other items. It has controlling, content filtering, and other options. A lot of things are there. It has a lot of great features.

The solution is stable.

The scalability is good.

What needs improvement?

I am new to this solution. At the moment, I am not the right person or in a position to suggest something new or point out something that's lacking. I time to use it properly and see the pros and cons of the product and the requirements regarding our business.

The dashboard could be a bit better. I'd like to see more information about the whole controller and APs. It should be as simple and convenient.

For how long have I used the solution?

I haven't used the solution for very long. It's been about a month. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It does not crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is great. However, it depends on the business' needs.

How are customer service and support?

I can't speak to technical support. I didn't actually open any ticket, so I am not sure. I can't say how responsive or helpful they are. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've been using Aruba Wireless Controller, and Huawei - just the controller. I'm new to this environment and I'm new to the device.

How was the initial setup?

I did not handle the initial setup and I didn't configure anything. I've just started administering the solution actually. I can't speak to the implementation process and how difficult or simple it is.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I can't speak to the pricing or licensing. It's not an aspect of the solution I take care of.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and technical users. 

We use different versions, such as the MX64, 800 series, and 100 series.

At the moment, I'd rate the solution at a six out of ten. I have no experience, or at least, not too much experience yet. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Mike-Robinson - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Mar Consulting Services
Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up and maintain, provide good visibility, and will email regular status updates
Pros and Cons
  • "The emailing of statuses is the most valuable feature."
  • "The annual maintenance is something that needs to be changed."

What is our primary use case?

These switches are part of our wireless network infrastructure. I have implemented them at 15 or 16 locations, each with between one and seven access points (APs).  

What is most valuable?

The emailing of statuses is the most valuable feature. For example, if you lose power to the building or you lose your internet connection, you get an email to explain that it has happened. This gives you the opportunity, even in the middle of the night, to be en route to solve the problem before the office even opens up.

They provide good visibility on what's going on.

What needs improvement?

The annual maintenance is something that needs to be changed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN products for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

These switches are very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. They are responsible and knowledgeable. On the Meraki side, you get through right away, whereas, on the Cisco side, you put in a call, and then it is difficult to predict when they will return it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have a large number of Meraki Wireless LAN switches including MR12, MR16, MR32, MR42, and MR46 models. I also use other Meraki equipment within our infrastructure.

How was the initial setup?

These switches are very easy to set up, and it is also very easy to upgrade the firmware.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

These units cost between $800 and $900 per device and on top of that, you have to pay yearly fees for maintenance. The annual maintenance costs about $75 per year, which is why we are moving away from this solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are moving to another line of products because of the yearly maintenance fee.

We will be implementing Fortinet products in our infrastructure, with FortiAPs and our wireless access points. The speed of the FortiAP is triple that of my Meraki MR, and the purchase price is $500 versus $900. The is no annual maintenance fee on the FortiAP.

Fortinet is up and coming and on the leading edge right now.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product but we're moving away from Meraki because we no longer want to pay annual maintenance fees.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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Information Technology Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Everything can be done through the GUI, easy to set up, and very stable
Pros and Cons
  • "It is easy to set up. You can do everything on the GUI. You don't need to trace cables. You don't need to connect to the switch. Everything is there, right in front of you."
  • "They're great. If there's anything that they need to change, it is just simplifying the site to which you go to make changes on the admin side."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for wireless and our network. All our switches and our APs are Meraki.

We are using its latest version. The device is on-prem, but everything is on the cloud. Meraki has its own cloud.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to set up. You can do everything on the GUI. You don't need to trace cables. You don't need to connect to the switch. Everything is there, right in front of you.

What needs improvement?

They're great. If there's anything that they need to change, it is just simplifying the site to which you go to make changes on the admin side.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I can add or remove without any issues. So, scalability is no issue. It is being extensively used in the organization at the moment.

How are customer service and support?

I have never contacted their support. It has always been great.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to have just the plain Cisco, and we just switched to Meraki. We switched because in the past, for you to trace or change VLANs and all that, you actually needed to log into the actual switch and make the changes there. You had to run a lot of commands and all that, but with Meraki, you could just go to their portal and make the changes there. Everything is kind of right in front of you. So, it makes things so much easier.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to set up. It took weeks because we had to install it, but the setup itself only took an hour or two.

What about the implementation team?

It was done in-house. In terms of maintenance, it is very lightweight. I'm the admin for it. We do have other IT staff, but they don't really have to do much.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to go and get it now. If you don't have it, get it.

I would rate it a nine out of 10 for the ease of use.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Husam Kabaha - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Mechkar
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, straightforward to set up, and very stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution has worked very well in our campus environment."
  • "We would like the solution to work on the pricing of the solution. It would be ideal if it could bring the overall costs down."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for our campus environment.

What is most valuable?

The solution has worked very well in our campus environment. 

The solution has proven itself to be very stable so far.

The product is very easy to use.

The initial setup is very straightforward and easy.

We've found the connectivity to be excellent.

What needs improvement?

We would like the solution to work on the pricing of the solution. It would be ideal if it could bring the overall costs down.

For how long have I used the solution?

We haven't even used the solution for a year yet. We've used it for about six months or so. It hasn't been that long just yet.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. It's been good so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale quite well. If a company needs to expand it, it can do so fairly easily.

We currently use the solution in order to cover 500 users at our company.

Our company does plan to increase usage in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been fine. We've found them to be helpful and responsive. We're satisfied with the level of support we receive.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was very straightforward, from what I recall. A company shouldn't have any trouble with the initial setup. It's not overly complex or difficult. 

The deployment is pretty fast. It only took us about two hours or so. 

What about the implementation team?

We did not need the assistance of a consultant or integrator. We handled the initial implementation ourselves. We handled it in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing could be cheaper. It's the one pain point.

We pay a monthly fee.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the latest version of the solution. I can't speak to the actual version number.

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We haven't used it for that long, however, we have been quite satisfied with its overall capabilities.

I'd recommend the solution to other organizations and users.

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