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We performed a comparison between Cisco Ethernet Switches and Meraki MS Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Ethernet Switches solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The solution is stable and scalable.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""I like the simplicity of it.""It is easy to configure, and there are three routing switches.""The most valuable feature is switching on our network.""It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""Juniper Ethernet Switches are high-end solutions."

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"This product is widely available and the warranty is very good.""The greatest advantage of Cisco switches is their reliability. For example, we bought some 500 series switches back in 2002 or 2003, and they ran 24/7. I never had an issue for seven years.""It's all-encompassing and can help you in all these different areas. If people realize that they want something that's going to work, that's pretty foolproof, then Cisco's always worth the investment.""I think the VMA architecture is valuable.""The performance of Cisco Ethernet Switches is better.""The features that I have found most valuable are the core reliability and the switching group. All the features are very generic switching features with high reliability. That is the main key point I can highlight.""The most valuable features of this solution are the auto-complete functionality and the end-to-end functionalities such as routing with the channel.""We like the stability and scalability of Cisco Ethernet Switches."

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"The product is very straightforward.""We found the initial setup to be easy.""I like the flexibility of the Meraki firewall. It gives you the ability to lock things down. Having multiple VLANs is helpful for the switching infrastructure and firewall. It's crucial when you have a public-facing VLAN, a private-facing VLAN, and a secure VLAN.""You can connect from the dashboard itself. It is very easy to operate.""It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.""The most valuable features are the cloud and throughput visibility, the ease of configuration, and being able to implement them into our umbrella DNS solution.""It is easy to work with.""The dashboard and the interface, in general, are good features."

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Cons
"I would like the ability to operate with other operating systems.""The difficulty of the installation of Juniper Ethernet Switches depends on the environment it is being implemented in. It is fairly straightforward in terms of being able to source the technical information as we need it. However, this process could improve.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""We are not very pleased with their performance.""More security could be provided, especially with the rising cyber-attacks in business organizations.""Juniper's support could be much better and faster.""The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""They could improve the code, as there are some issues with it."

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"Better manageability and ease of use would be an improvement.""In terms of features, all features are there. I can't find anything new that needs to be added. Its price, however, is a bit higher than other brands and can be improved.""Its management should be improved.""Network setup is quite complicated, particularly if you're implementing in a non-technical environment.""In terms of what could be improved, there is the bulk issue that is sometimes experienced with Cisco products we've used.""If we can have fewer bugs on our switches, that would be great. We had bugs that caused the switch to reboot. There is probably a problem with the software.""It would be good for Cisco to provide certification to our engineers for our IT infrastructure. Basically to train and certify our engineers.""The quality of Cisco Ethernet Switches could be better."

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"The solution does not fit all use cases.""Meraki MS switches are great for pretty much all SMB networks and most enterprise networks. However, there are some higher-end functions that larger enterprise networks with full access, distribution, and core switch stack may find limiting.""In this solution, you are lacking a feature that Cisco Classic has that allows you to save your configuration with a serial cable.""We aren't missing any features.""The switch capacity needs to be improved.""They could lower the price.""The documentation could be more extensive. For example, it could describe more scenarios. It would be great if they could incorporate AI engines into the switching infrastructure and firewall so you can configure it to prevent intrusion. They have intrusion prevention and detection, but they could enhance it by incorporating AI into their firewall.""We had some dashboard licensing issues, maybe because their method of collecting data from the user needs to be more streamlined."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
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  • "The price is a bit on the high side."
  • "Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."
  • "Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
  • "There are different licensing based on the model of the solution."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved."
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  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
  • "They can get the price down for small businesses. The way I bought it, I paid hardly anything, and I got all my licensing with it. The firewall appliance is around $900, and the switches are around $150. This is for the device itself. For licensing, I signed at $70 or something like that for the switch. Technical Support is included in this."
  • "When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.
    Top Answer:Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet… more »
    Top Answer:NetGear switches have a lot to offer. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and… more »
    Top Answer:Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
    Top Answer:I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the… more »
    Top Answer:Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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    Overview

    Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

    Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
    The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government11%
    Non Tech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization6%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    University8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Construction Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Retailer6%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise53%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise34%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise19%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 58 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 45 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.4, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Reliable and easily accessible switches with a plug and play setup". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, NETGEAR Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and MikroTik Routers and Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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