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We performed a comparison between Cisco Linksys 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 Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches Report (Updated: November 2022).
654,218 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""The thing that sets Juniper apart from most switches is that when you're in the command line and you make a configuration change, you just write the command and then say "commit confirmed minutes". For example, I'm configuring a switch here in my office, which is five miles away, and I say, "commit confirmed 5". If I can't get back to the interface within five minutes to be able to make sure the switch came up, it rolls back to the previous configuration. This way I do not get locked out, or the switch doesn't get messed up because of the incorrect configuration. That's an automatic feature, which is pretty slick. I haven't seen that feature with other vendors that I've worked with. That's probably my most favorite feature.""The solution has a high level of network functionality.""The security is good.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance.""It is stable.""The feature I like the most is the ability to reword changes before committing to the change. We can always reword changes in 10 minutes if they don't work.""The most valuable feature is switching on our network."

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"We have found the stability to be excellent.""The solution is very flexible.""Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches have a good interface, and the documentation is detailed.""The solution is stable and reliable.""I have found the solution has great standards and compatibility across all vendors.""Cisco Linksys is scalable. You can use it as an extender, too.""The solution is stable.""They are very reliable."

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"You can access a single pane of glass and configure all the devices via the same access.""I like that I can patch and manage them remotely from the user portal.""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.""The most valuable feature about Meraki is the console. The second most valuable feature, to me, is the technical support and the infrastructure behind the console.""The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.""The dashboard and the interface, in general, are good features.""Quality of Service is easy to deploy. The ease of deployment, in general, is valuable. It is easy to do port configuration and VLAN assignments.""We find value in its ability to enable cloud management and visibility. They are also easy to deploy. It's very convenient because you can see who is accessing, what type of UI system they're using, what applications they're using, the bandwidth, and more."

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Cons
"The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable.""Wireless and monitoring definitely could be improved.""More security could be provided, especially with the rising cyber-attacks in business organizations.""Stability could be better, especially during a reboot. We have had some issues recently with the software getting corrupt on reboot, which causes a lot of downtime.""The packet channelizing feature should be improved.""We would like it if there was more security added in future releases.""Has a steep learning curve.""Juniper Ethernet Switches would be improved by upgrading the uplink port in EX2300 categories service from 10G to 25G."

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"We are using an old version of this solution and it could be more stable.""The sales support could improve, they are not supplying the solution on time. For some projects, we have had to wait many months.""Their price is quite high compared to their competitors.""We'd prefer if the product, in general, was easier to use. It can be a bit difficult.""It's no longer stable, the Wi-Fi on this device is no longer stable.""They just need to simplify the learning curve.""The documentation should be improved from Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches. Although it hints or refers to being able to do certain operations, they try to get you to load the software instead. They need to be more open with their documentation on using the web interface and give the client the option to use the software or not. This improvement is not on the switch itself, it is in the packaging.""Linksys support is subpar."

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"Licensing is the only thing I can complain about. It's expensive, but everything is these days.""On the switches, I don't know a whole lot that I would change. Different levels of switches have different layer 2 and layer 3 functionality. It's always nice to have layer 3 functionality across the board if you can, but that drives up the cost. They've got different lines for different amounts of layer 3 functionality. However, on their models that do include full layer 3 access, when you choose to use layer 3 on a switch, it doesn't have the full functioning routing capabilities of an MX firewall. It can be limiting in some of those aspects.""We had some dashboard licensing issues, maybe because their method of collecting data from the user needs to be more streamlined.""The scalability and integrative abilities with on-premises systems could stand improvement.""The price for this product could be cheaper. For a low-budget school or institution, scaling up and implementing more switches could take longer because of budget constraints.""The throughputs, especially the throughput path, can be improved on the core switches. I think they should improve the throughput in the core switches to enable higher throughputs.""The troubleshooting could be better.""I don't like some of the mobile device management options. They're a little bit hard to find in the system."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Juniper Ethernet Switches could be less expensive. There is not a license needed to use the solution."
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  • "It is costly. Because of its pricing, customers are not ready to buy Cisco solutions, and they are going for other brands."
  • "They are cheaper than Cisco Catalyst Switches."
  • "It is cheap."
  • "There can be limited features for the solution based on the pricing of the package you choose. You will need to pay more to get more performance. However, the router can perform even better with certain extra costs. Sometimes the budgets do not fit all these types of upgrades that become expensive."
  • "The solution has a yearly licensing subscription."
  • "There is not a license to use the solution but we have a license for support."
  • "Cisco Linksys Ethernet SwitchesRev Services should be less expensive."
  • "You don't need to pay yearly or monthly for this solution."
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  • "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."
  • "It would be better if they had a one-time purchase option instead of a subscription model."
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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:You can get an extended license. You do need to pay to use the solution.
    Top Answer:My company uses the solutions as a traditional network switch.
    Top Answer:The solution is more expensive than competitors such as Ubiquiti, Huawei, and MikroTik but is reliable and worth the… 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
    Linksys 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.

    Linksys Ethernet Switches bring greater reliability and coverage to your home network.

    Meraki MS Switches are first-line cloud-managed access and aggregation switches that combine the benefits of cloud-based centralized management with a reliable access platform. With cloud management, thousands of switch ports can be configured and monitored instantly over the web.

    Meraki MS Switches Features

    Meraki MS Switches have many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • True zero-touch configuration
    • Integrated troubleshooting tools, logging, and alerting
    • Energy-efficient design
    • Low acoustics and fanless options
    • Flexible stacking
    • Cloud management
    • Simple integration into existing and mixed infrastructures
    • Role-based administration
    • Automatic, secure firmware updates
    • Stack power
    • Multigigabit ports
    • Voice VLAN support
    • Link aggregation control protocol (LACP)

    Meraki MS Switches Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Meraki MS Switches. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Automatic email alerts: If email alerts are enabled, you will receive automatic alerts via email when device or port changes occur. This makes Meraki MS Switches a convenient solution.
    • Identify issues ahead of time: With the solution’s proactive and on-demand cable testing tools, you are notified about any cable problems before anyone else.
    • Detailed client device views: The solution includes a helpful detailed view per client device, including port, VLAN, device fingerprinting, and connectivity data.
    • Lifetime warranty: Meraki MS Switches include a limited lifetime hardware warranty that provides next-day advance hardware replacement.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Meraki MS Switches is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are its accessibility, application visibility, and flexibility features.

    Jóhann T., IT Manager at Sund Upper Secondary School, says, “Accessibility is what I find most valuable in Meraki MS Switches, because I'm able to check things and see if they're working, without being on-site at all times.”

    A Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company mentions, "The top feature of Meraki MS switches for me is Layer 7 application visibility. Another positive in general is that you don't need to set up a console to the switch itself; it dials into a single dashboard where you can completely manage all your network devices."

    John M., user at Baseline Consulting, LLC, comments, "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."

    PeerSpot user William M., Consulting Engineer at IV4, expresses, "It is easy to deploy, maintain, and update. It has been trouble-free so far. I am still a Cisco command-line bigot, but the web interface makes it a lot easier for our help desk to interact with a client. When the clients call in and say that they aren't able to connect, it takes the help desk 10 minutes or less to look at everything in the enterprise or location. They can look at the firewall, switches, or access points in the dashboard. That's why I like the dashboard."

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    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Non Tech Company6%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
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    Computer Software Company17%
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    Retailer7%
    Government6%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business33%
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    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is ranked 10th in Ethernet Switches with 30 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 48 reviews. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is rated 8.0, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches writes "Useful web interface, scalable, and simple implementation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Reliable and easily accessible switches with a plug and play setup". Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and MikroTik Routers and Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center. See our Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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