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Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN Valuable Features

John Vighetto - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Vighetto Networking, Inc.

The settings of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN can be very granular. You can lock down and block devices with the controls. For example, we have four different wireless settings, such as guest, employee, security, and backup. For example, the settings for the employees, if they use laptops, they're required to have certain settings, such as an antivirus installed. If they do not then Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN will not let them connect. This is very good protection because the network works on the bringing your own device(BYOD) principle. It's a BYOD environment now, and you also don't want them to bring infection into the environment because these people are connecting to the LAN via wireless connections. We have to be careful because we're managing it, we have to be very strict with regards to the rules and policies.

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Joseph Luyirika - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

I like the fact that the deployment is so easy. Deploying and setting up a network have become so easy - like 1, 2, 3 steps and you are up and running, whereas originally we needed to log into the app and all those things. Now, it is more robust for me to deploy networks. And because of the field we are in where offices open up and others close, it helps my turnaround time to deploy these networks for the customers.

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Richard Artes - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Admin at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

It is very handy to have a support number to call. They will replace the hardware the next day if you prove it is broken.

The dashboard has a lot of functions and is fast, and you can configure everything you need from the dashboard.

The app is handy - when it works and you can log in.

Firewall and traffic shaping are very useful. Also, application blocking is handy.

You can see exactly which clients are connected to which device and trace traffic going to that device.

Maps and floor plans are very useful to see where a client is connected.

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Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN
August 2022
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Lee Tilley - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Information Systems at a non-profit with 11-50 employees

What I like best about Meraki is that I can change it from anywhere. I'm really the only person here that understands the concepts, which means that if I'm not on campus, resolving the problem is something that I can do online.

We also have a resident program here as well. So, if something's not right with the resident or they have an issue with their internet over there, I can flip to make it go over to a different internet circuit pretty quickly without ever coming onto campus.

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AA
Network Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees

The fact that it's cloud-based is valuable because you don't have to have an actual physical controller in your location. That cuts down on space that you need, the redundancy, the power that you consume, how much it takes to cool down your server room, etc.

Because it's user-friendly, you can hand off some of the easier troubleshooting tasks to people that are not necessarily wireless engineers. You can hand it off to a desktop team, so that's helpful.

With other solutions, you have to configure the right guardrails to keep people from messing things up, but Meraki already has those guardrails in place. This is very frustrating for a competent engineer because then he doesn't have the ability to customize it the way he wants — it's a double-edged sword.

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VL
Sr. System Administrator at a insurance company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable features in Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN are that we were able to see all the registered users for each particular WAP, which is a big help. The roaming allows us to have continuous wireless throughout the building. The signal can carry over from one WAP to another. Which is probably the most important feature.

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Barney Duffy - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I think the IoT integration is the most valuable. I started applying IoT solutions 12 years ago on location-based services. Aruba had implemented this at the time. So I think the integration, particularly into the applications and stuff, is pretty interesting in Meraki. It's a substantial network from my point of view. It's good.

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AB
Emerging & Disruptive Mobile Technology Expert, Strategic Advisor at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

The most valuable features are the multiple types of user groupings and access management. For example: what, when, how long for, what is the performance, and what device are they using are all groupings.

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AR
IT Project Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

What I like most about Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is the cloud based management of the entire system. The product was also easy to deploy and easy to troubleshoot.

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Gustavo-Morris - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Business Analyst at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The automatic VMware update is very useful because you don't have to worry about outages and planning for VMware updates. It is very advantageous from a management point of view. The ability to restrict and review the clients connected to each of our segments. Additionally, the solution is easy to use.

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MB
Founder, Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I've worked on this solution for a couple of clients who already had it deployed. It has many good features and good integration. This is more of a hybrid setup where the switch takes over a lot of responsibility depending upon what you have deployed. It takes a lot of control and allows for cloud-based management of your Wi-Fi network.

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Robert  Jump - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at jpsnetwork

The ability to manage it remotely is the most valuable. If it has an internet connection, you can get to it. It is a great product for remote clinics. We kind of thought about doing this kind of standalone technology. 

Meraki is easy to manage. From a management perspective, it is the easiest to use, especially in the cloud. I like Meraki. I even have it in my home.

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Ravi Ramachandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The dashboard is a great feature that is architecturally based and I like the fact that the solution is accessible from anywhere. As an administrator, it is very useful to have access to the dashboard from anywhere through my mobile Meraki app. I can see if there are any issues and can get alerts over my emails. The basic value of the product is the ease of use and ease of access from anywhere. The product is very easy to manage, easy to configure, and easy for our customers to understand. It's the ease of use that sells Meraki. When it's used as a whole stack, Meraki is one of the very good and easy to manage products.

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JR
Technology Systems Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

In terms of the product, it's been very good for us. They don't have all of the tools built-in that we would like to have such as heat mapping, but when it comes to managing it, it is straightforward and easily operated. We're able to automate as well as manually control as necessary.

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CG
Advanced IT Executive at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The network security the solution provides is its most valuable aspect.

Overall, it's a very solid product. I really like it.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward.

The solution scales very well.

We've found the product to be quite stable.

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Tim French - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The big draw is the ease of installation. It's easy to manage, and it's easy to implement.

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JA
Domain Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

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. 

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Alex Jenkins - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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

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EC
Director with 51-200 employees

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.

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DM
Infrastructure Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees

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.

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MA
Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

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.

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Mike-Robinson - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Mar Consulting Services

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.

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LC
Information Technology Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees

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.

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Husam Kabaha - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Mechkar

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.

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Pramoad Pathirathna - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network System Engineer - Pre Sales at VSIS

The most important feature is flexibility.

I believe it is user-friendly. The techie guys don't care for it, but in my opinion, essentially, it has a very simple interface. Most other vendors are now including those in their dashboard features and interfaces as well.

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MG
Network Administrator at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees

It's a very useful product.

The solution is stable. So far, it has been issue-free.

I have found the scalability to be very good.

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Luiz Kazan - PeerSpot reviewer
Corporate Head of Digital Solutions Development Strategy | Smart Cities and 4.0 Industry at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The solution is very easy to use. The user interface is very nice.

There are really great dashboards available. Users can see everything they need to on one pane of glass.

Users have the capability of capturing business insights on the solution. For example, we can see who uses the WiFi or monitor movement.

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OA
NETWORK PRODUCT MANAGER at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

The pricing of the solution is excellent. They tend to offer special pricing, which our clients appreciate.

The product is very reliable and offers great performance. Our clients never complain about it. It doesn't cause any problems.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward.

It's very easy to manage in the control panel. The option to manage and review the connection in the dashboard is very interesting. This is a very easy way to view the signal and it works online.  

The product works and offers a good connection for the users. 

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VC
IT Management at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees

I find Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN to be more secure and easy to use. It is easy to control. 

With the solution, we have a little mesh and wire LAN, and the performance is awesome.

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Ravi_Verma - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at Saffron networks pvt ltd

With Cisco Meraki, I've tried motherboard, switches, and wireless, and everything is good. If you want to complete visibility, then you are required just a firewall and switches, and wireless. 

The solution offers good features and good performance. It's quite stable. We have never faced challenges just from our ID access point.

You can scale the solution easily.

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DH
Head of IT Network Division at Panorinformatika

The user interface is very simple and easy to use — our customers are very satisfied.

Meraki in general is easy to use. I recently hosted a webinar regarding SD-WAN. I compared  Cisco Meraki with other Cisco products. Meraki's performance is a little bit lower compared with other Cisco products, but the platform is very, very simple. As long as a customer has a dedicated IT team, then Meraki will be a good option for them.

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SS
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The cloud manageability feature is valuable. We can access it from anywhere. We don't have to get customers remote connections, we can simply log in using the internet, and they're easy to manage.

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JG
Network Communication Solutions Manager at IT Solutions N.V

I like the status page Cisco added that shows you the health of the wireless connection. 

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BY
Director of tecnology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

For Meraki, the ease of deployment and management is most valuable.

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Richard Frick - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at The Museum of the City of San Francisco

It is cloud-based. You can manage it remotely from anywhere in the world, and you don't have to be on-site, which is a very big advantage.

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NW
Network Administrator at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

Meraki WLAN is easy to deploy, includes a cloud controller, and updates continuously. It also offers high visibility. 

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BRETT SCHRIOCK - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at Madison County

What I liked about these is that they worked. I didn't touch them or do anything with them. They were up and running when I came here. Once they are set up and running, you don't have to worry about them.

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SR
Head of Corporate Accounts at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The fact that Cisco Meraki is cloud based and is reasonably priced has been most valuable.

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SP
Network Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is the application visibility, which is one of the main features.

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AL
Infrastructure Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

The visibility of the site is most useful.

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AM
Network Engineer at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The most valuable feature is wireless connectivity.

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VD
Founder & MD at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Its ease of use and flexibility are most valuable. It is cloud-based software.

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CARLOS DI MUCCIO - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There are many valuable features of Cisco Meraki, including the switches, stacking, and layer 3 routing.

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Ricardo Quintero - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure/Telcom Coordinator at Schnellecke Group AG & Co. KG

The most valuable feature is that the solution is friendly to manage.

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Oscar Cerdas - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and Telecommunications Coordinator at Grupo Monge

The most valuable features of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN are the ease of use and the ability to manage it from the cloud.

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AR
VP of IT at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

This product offers cloud-based configuration, so you can set it up from anywhere.

It is easy to operate and easy to manage.

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TW
Principal at WATERTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT 14-4

I like the record that is being kept and multiple SSDs.

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GB
Commercial Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Its flexibility, ease of management via the portal, and the variety of access points are the most valuable features.

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Anoop-Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Video conferencing Admin at Akshara Enterprises India Pvt Ltd

All of the compliances are available with Cisco Meraki. For example, you have all of the HIPAA compliance. Cisco Meraki is HIPAA compliant.

Because of HIPAA compliance, it can be used in the pharmaceutical industries.

I like cloud-based monitoring.

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Andres Cardenas - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Being able to manage in the cloud is a valuable feature. The other valuable feature is the monitoring device, you can see the network health.

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Alexandra Cevallos - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Engineer at CIEMTELCOM

It is easy to manage and configure. The dashboard of Meraki is easy to use.

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PN
Virtual IT Director at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

The most valuable thing to me is the stability of the product.

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Noorish Moosa - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Transformation Consultant at Teksedo Solutions

The solution provides good coverage and identity management. Additionally, the user interface is straightforward.

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Devang Jasani - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Meridian Infotech Ltd.

Its management is most valuable. It is the major feature of Meraki.

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Gregory Azevedo - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Horiba

From a security perspective, this product has several advantages.

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Buyer's Guide
Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN
August 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: August 2022.
621,548 professionals have used our research since 2012.