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Pros
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the application visibility, which is one of the main features.""The network security the solution provides is its most valuable aspect.""The most valuable thing to me is the stability of the product.""Allows for cloud-based management of your Wi-Fi network.""The user interface is very simple and easy to use — our customers are very satisfied.""It is cloud-based. It has a GUI rather than a command line, and it just works.""The most valuable feature is the technology of the security that is offered.""I like the status page Cisco added that shows you the health of the wireless connection."

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"I like many of the features that Cisco Wireless has to offer.""For me, the most valuable thing about Cisco Wireless is its ease of use and stability.""We are using Cisco access point 2802, and they are very reliable.""I'm very satisfied with Cisco's technical support.""The most valuable features are mobility and security.""The mobility that it provides is really helpful.""The technical support is excellent.""The most valuable features of Cisco Wireless are security and the ability to manage everything easily. Other solutions, such as Aruba are not as simple."

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Cons
"If you lose connectivity with the controller, your Wi-Fi network is immediately impacted.""We have used technical support for some issues but not many times.""Integration with the corporate LAN where Catalyst products are installed is a major challenge.""In the next release, I would like to see the central control plane have the flexibility to control and distribute policies to all LAN networks, balance the traffic, and the performance based on application monitoring.""The licensing could be a bit better.""We haven't had any issues with the solution. We like the way it works. There isn't anything I can think of that makes me worry that it might be lacking in a certain area.""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.""Cisco offers pretty expensive devices."

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"The licensing models need to be reviewed in some instances. Obviously Cisco's licensing models are quite challenging, and it can be costly.""Installation is complex.""The new licensing model isn't as good as what they had before.""It would be better if some utility lets us know the best place to install the system. Every time we install it, we have to change it, and we have to add more access points. This is a problem we have all the time. It would be better if it integrated seamlessly with products from other vendors. It'll also help if they included a device diagnostics feature in the next release.""The price could be better.""Controllers could be improved.""The integration with our CM and other technologies could improve this solution.""The pricing could be reduced."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult."
  • "The price of this product is reasonable."
  • "This is an expensive product."
  • "The product could be priced better."
  • "Cisco Wireless is a little bit expensive when compared to other solutions."
  • "The price is a little high. However, you get what you pay for. The quality of the product is high, you will find it is worth the money. There is some additional cost, for example, customer support."
  • "It's expensive because a lot of the controls come with licenses."
  • "This solution is expensive, but you get value for your money."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarAws Al-Dabbagh
    Real User

    The standard answer to such a question is: it depends.


    The pricing for both solutions is very similar: per-AP, Meraki is more expensive than Cisco Wireless. Cisco APs are cheaper, but the controller raises the solution price to be almost equal to Meraki.


    Meraki is subscription-based and requires constant internet access to manage the system. If the annual license expires, the APs will work, but you can't manage them or read reports of the Meraki portal.


    Cisco Wireless is a one-time payment for the hardware with annual support payments. if you have a small office with only a few APs needed, you can use the Cisco Mobility Express Controller (which uses one of the APs or a Catalyst Switch as the controller) but that has a limit of 100 APs.

    Questions from the Community
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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 »
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    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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    Ruckus Wireless offers users the benefit of being both easy to set up and get running as well as being very user friendly. This user-friendly quality also renders it easy to learn how to use and… more »
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    On the most basic level, Cisco Wireless can offer a rather straightforward initial setup. In the span of about three hours, the basic framework can be set up. Step-by-step instructions are available… more »
    Top Answer: 
    You cannot use them together if you want central management. This is because they are independent products.
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    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
    Cisco WLAN Controller
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    Overview
    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.
    With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
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    Sample Customers
    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
    Aegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
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    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government5%
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    Computer Software Company11%
    Government8%
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    Government6%
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    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 68 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Robust with a good level of performance and very helpful technical support". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Aruba Instant, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN, Fortinet FortiWLM and Mist Access Points. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Cisco Wireless report.

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