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Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs Ekahau Site Survey comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ekahau Site Survey based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

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"The simplicity is great.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis.""The solution is pretty generic and easy to use."

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"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.""Meraki is a decent solution for a small company, and we use it in a pretty typical way. We need Teams and Zoom to work, and we need a high level of security because we want our business to remain confidential.""The solution is trustworthy. I find it easy and secure.""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.""We're able to automate as well as manually control as necessary.""The captive portal feature is my favorite. It allows us to keep track of how many people are entering our client's businesses.""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.""I have found the scalability to be very good."

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"There are some survey tools that are a little easier to use, but the benefit of using the Ekahau is that it is very configurable. If you go into a building that has solid cement walls, instead of traditional walls, you can configure it for that. It is much more configurable than the other ones.""Ekahau lets you create heat maps without doing the initial survey. It makes the task easier.""The planning feature is useful because it's very affordable.""The most valuable features of the Ekahau Site Survey for us are the combination of using the tool.""I don't handle the software that much. I'll do some of the testing with our CTO. It is primarily him and I. He has commented before that he likes the fact that with two licenses, we can set it up so that when we're on a large facility, he can see where I am and I can see where he is. That's for sure is very handy in large venues.""We are satisfied with the way this product is working.""I have found the most valuable feature is the RF interference and integration capabilities.""The troubleshooting tools are the most valuable feature of the solution."

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"If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited.""Juniper Wireless AP can improve by continually improving its reporting and integration with other systems.""I need a bit more time with it before criticizing the features."

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"We're are not fully utilizing the features of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN to know a more in-depth analysis of what areas need to be improved. However, the security could improve. It would be a benefit to be able to lock out particular clients that are trying to connect from outside the building.""It would be useful to have a service management platform integrated within this solution where we can measure the customer experience.""There's nothing that special about it.""The only concern is when the license has expired and it will no longer function, the entire network goes down, without any notification, or warning.""Its price should be reduced.""The technical support from Cisco is good, but they can improve themselves in some areas. Sometimes it takes a while to provide a solution or an answer to our problem.""The dashboard could be a bit better. I'd like to see more information about the whole controller and APs. It should be as simple and convenient.""The user interface needs to be improved."

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"The support is an area in need of improvement.""The GPS feature could be improved.""I wish the solution was better at making different survey modes.""Sometimes there is a cancellation between two signals that the solution is not able to monitor correctly, this could improve in the future.""The new Sidekick is going to support Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E.""Most features are there, but the network adapter support should be better. Ekahau should support all laptops and versions. There's an issue with the driver too.""In all of our buildings, whenever we deploy wireless access points, we also have to deploy wireless intrusion detections. The Ekahau Site Survey tool doesn't allow us to differentiate between the access point and the intrusion detection device. That's because they're the same devices, but they're configured differently for the type of usage. That's one area that I would ask them to improve. They should allow the identification of access points versus wireless intrusion detection.""Our CTO was not real happy with their support."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay maybe 1000 SEK per year, per access point."
  • "Juniper Wireless AP's price is a little more expensive than other solutions, but you get what you pay for."
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  • "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."
  • "We don't like the licensing model and we think that it needs to be improved significantly."
  • "Having a good price is important when we are providing quotations for projects."
  • "We do a three-year or five-year license and support. Its price could be better, but overall, we get competitive prices. A lot of times, Cisco puts itself out of range, especially with Meraki. I've dealt with a lot of business development from Cisco, and they have always been accommodating, especially in dealing with hospitals or government. There is also a right time to buy it. July is when they are eager to sell a lot of things because that is the end of their calendar year."
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  • "The solution is priced fairly for the features that you receive."
  • "The licenses are a little pricey compared to iBwave, etc."
  • "The pricing could be lower because the Huawei radial planning is free for the partner. When I asked my boss about buying Ekahau and the USB key, it was complicated because of the high cost, which is €5,000."
  • "That's a tricky thing. When it started off, we had one three-year license and one one-year license because we have two devices. Now, from my understanding, we can only renew every year or get a one-year license, and that cost varies. Being a government organization, we get a different cost than commercial. We have deployed it on Surface Pro tablets. So, the only other cost would be the hardware cost."
  • "The pricing is quite expensive. Not all companies can afford it"
  • "We pay $6,000 yearly for the licensing, but each piece of hardware, the Ekahau Sidekick, is $5,000."
  • "I believe that it is approximately $2,000 per year for us. I know we pay for it on an annual basis."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.
    Top Answer:As with all cloud offerings, you choose a one, two, three, or five-year license, and then you choose between only… more »
    Top Answer:You can only get so far with it. If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited. You can alter the channels… more »
    Top Answer:Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your… more »
    Top Answer:Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they 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… more »
    Top Answer:Ekahau lets you create heat maps without doing the initial survey. It makes the task easier.
    Top Answer:The pricing is quite expensive. Not all companies can afford it
    Top Answer:When a version goes out of support, sometimes the newer version isn't already available. There should be an option to… more »
    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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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
    Presidio, Planet Earth, Ruckus
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Educational Organization6%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Educational Organization11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Non Profit9%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Educational Organization6%
    Mining And Metals Company14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business50%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 62 reviews while Ekahau Site Survey is ranked 1st in Network Modeling with 8 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.0, while Ekahau Site Survey is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Highly reliable, effective site blocking, and beneficial reports". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ekahau Site Survey writes "Gives me everything I need to conduct a proper wireless survey". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Mist AI and Cloud and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas Ekahau Site Survey is most compared with AirMagnet Survey and iBwave Wi-Fi.

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