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Pros
"The coverage Aruba provides across the physical area is much better. Most probably because of the new technology, the 4x4 antenna, and everything around it. It's just a much better, easier to use, and easier to manage product."

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"This product offers cloud-based configuration, so you can set it up from anywhere.""The cloud manageability feature is valuable.""Its flexibility, ease of management via the portal, and the variety of access points are the most valuable features.""The solution is easy to use.""It is very stable, very resilient, and very robust.""Great architecturally based dashboard and the solution is accessible from anywhere.""It is easy to manage and configure. The dashboard of Meraki is easy to use.""The big draw is the ease of installation. It's easy to manage, and it's easy to implement."

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Cons
"If there's a way to get a floor map of our office space so we can place the access points on a map to be able to see what's what, where everything is going, where the most traffic is being connected, that would be a nice feature."

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"When we are using SSID roaming, it is not flexible in terms of which AP it connects to.""If you lose connectivity with the controller, your Wi-Fi network is immediately impacted.""Its price should be reduced.""The licensing isn't very customer-centric. They may have improved it, but previously, if you forgot to pay on a certain day, your service would be shut off.""There could be more functionality.""Concern when there are a number of concurrent users.""Quality of technical support varies.""I would like to see more cybersecurity. I would like the ability to go in and enhance security. Because WPA2 is becoming obsolete, many devices are now WPA3, but the challenge is that a lot of devices are not yet there. I would like to be able to go in and do monitoring, similar to ASPM. ASPM has the ability to monitor who's joining and who's active. It supports two-step monitoring. The stability of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN can also be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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  • "The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment."
  • "This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees."
  • "This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi."
  • "It's not super expensive and it's not super cheap."
  • "The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot."
  • "The price of the product could be cheaper."
  • "The price is on the high side when compared to Aruba."
  • "It is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The coverage Aruba provides across the physical area is much better. Most probably because of the new technology, the 4x4 antenna, and everything around it. It's just a much better, easier to use, and… more »
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    It's not expensive and it comes with everything included. There's no need to buy extra stuff on both, like hardware and software support. It's very well priced. I can't see that anyone could be… more »
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    If there's a way to get a floor map of our office space so we can place the access points on a map to be able to see what's what, where everything is going, where the most traffic is being connected… more »
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    Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your WLAN Infrastructure. Can you clone an AP (exposing AP's integrity), can you sniff… more »
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    Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they have some feature that I need or want, I wouldn't consider them. Do you have… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be very reliable and to consistently run very efficiently. Cisco Wireless helped… more »
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    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    Overview


    Ingredients for success.

    Fast 802.11ac Wave 2, secure employee and guest access, easy-to-use web, and mobile app management.


    Say yes to secure Wi-Fi access.

    Pre-built access control lists (ACLs) and built-in firewall in the access points prevent malicious traffic from entering your network – we call it “hassle-free” security.


    Never drop an important call.

    With Instant On, voice and video business applications are automatically prioritized, so you stay connected with your peers.

    Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.
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    Sample Customers
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    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Recreational Facilities/Services Company10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization5%
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    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Aruba Instant On Access Points is ranked 10th in Wireless LAN with 1 review while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 56 reviews. Aruba Instant On Access Points is rated 10.0, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Instant On Access Points writes "Is easy to manage, has a very nice interface, and looks nicer on the ceiling". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". Aruba Instant On Access Points is most compared with NETGEAR Insight Access Points, TP-Link Auranet EAP, SonicWall SonicWave Access Points and Aruba Instant, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Mist Access Points.

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