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"It's a stable product.""Meraki WLAN is easy to deploy, includes a cloud controller, and updates continuously. It also offers high visibility.""The most valuable features in Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN are that we were able to see all the registered users for each particular WAP, which is a big help. The roaming allows us to have continuous wireless throughout the building. The signal can carry over from one WAP to another. Which is probably the most important feature.""I really don't have any problems with the stability of the product.""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.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""Provided reliability and a good price.""We're able to automate as well as manually control as necessary."

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"I like ExtremeCloud IQ's unified single-pane-of-glass dashboard. It offers a lot of visibility of performance, and it's great for troubleshooting. You don't have to go to 55 different places. You can get the information you need with just a few clicks.""What our customers like the most is that this device is so rugged. It has very good performance and throughput. Its console is very easy to use and has many features, which makes it different from its competitors. Cloud IQ has all the features built into the console, whereas other solutions require you to integrate multiple solutions with their consoles. You don't need to add anything extra with Cloud IQ. With this single solution, you can do almost everything.""Its configuration and deployment are the most valuable.""The support organization behind this product is extremely professional."

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Cons
"Its price should be reduced.""They could also add some more controls for guest access. For example, when you have a captive portal, it would be nice to limit the amount of time users can stay connected per day. Right now, you can only configure the splash frequency. And you can set the connection for one hour, but you have to use the billing feature.""The solution should be more secure.""The customization needs to be improved because it's pretty locked down.""Our only concern at this stage is how it's licensed.""Its licensing can be better.""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.""There is a processing limitation when you have multiple SSIDs, above three or four."

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"They can improve just the onboarding process. More user information about the introduction to the product would be helpful. It would be good if they have a better user introduction to the new product because it is different than the prior version.""ExtremeCloud should invest in an SD-WAN solution or integration with SD-WAN.""Its price could be lower. It is a simplified solution, but it has price challenges. It is costly as compared to other solutions. It has almost everything. The only thing is that MAC is not possible on the cloud, and it has to be on-premises.""Having a wizard for customers who are just starting might be helpful."

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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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  • "I did a multi-year license. It was a three-year license. It compares well with others in terms of the price. It is about a hundred dollars per year on a three-year scale."
  • "It is not the cheapest product but I think that the price is reasonable because you get a lot of support of it's needed."
  • "It is costly as compared to Meraki, Aruba, Juniper, and Cisco. Cloud IQ is an enterprise solution, whereas Meraki is specifically a single solution."
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    Answers from the Community
    Eric Biller
    author avatarDev-Patel
    Real User

    STAY AWAY from Arista Mojo

    author avatarEnder Kefoglu
    Real User

    Most of the Wi-Fi properties come embedded in the chipset. So, there is not too much difference between different brand APs. 


    If you are redoing your Wi-Fi infrastructure because of new technologies (such as Wi-Fi 6), fine. If you are redoing it because of a bad user experience, then you should investigate possibilities of AP misplacement or AP configuration. 


    Cisco Meraki is cloud-controlled. If you are thinking about an on-prem Wi-Fi controller, you should concentrate on Aruba or Cisco Catalyst 900 series. 


    As far as I know, Aruba 515 has


        - 4x4:4 antenna for 5 GHz 


        - 2x2:2 antenna for 2.4 GHz


    Cisco, on the other hand, has either 


        - 2x2:2 antenna for both bands (9105 model) or


        - 4x4:4 antenna for both bands (9115 model)


    Of course, whether this difference in antennas will have any impact will depend on the client devices and whether they have matching antennas and whether they also have Wi-Fi 6 technology. 



    If you really want a differentiating factor, you should consider Ruckus Wireless. 


    Ruckus Wireless APs have;


    - Adaptive antenna technology (called BeamFlex). This technology analyses different paths to reach the client and electronically turns itself to a directional antenna, choosing the path that gives the best performance to reach each specific client. If the client is mobile or if the environment changes (such as a warehouse) the selection of paths/direction also changes instantly. 


    Transmitting in a directional way allows a good Signal-to-Noise Ratio and also causes less interference for other nearby APs outside the path of the directional transmission.


    - ChannelFly technology. This technology chooses the best channel based on performance rather than background scanning for noise. 


    - Polarization Diversity. This technology allows the clients not to lose signal strength when held at different angles (important for mobile devices such as tablets and telephones).


    - Better receive sensitivity compared to the competitors. 

    None of the other brands have the features listed above. 


    To summarize: 


    -   Features embedded in the chipset, and dumb antennas don't make any difference. 


    -   Adaptive antenna and polarization diversity make a big difference.  

    author avatarRalph Malone
    User

    I have Extreme and chose them years ago when they were Aerohive for one reason PPSK they are still the only company that has this.  I put out a bid this year and was ready to forklift my entire extreme system because of their outrageous maintenance costs Aruba had a great maintenance cost but to achieve what I needed I would have to purchase clearpass an excellent product I might add.   TCO for Aruba was about 10% of my original Extreme quote.  The bid for extreme came in and they had dropped the maintenance cost to 10% of the original cost for 5 years.  I would like to have purchased Aruba but I have 125 Extreme WAPs deployed so the cost of Aruba forklift would have been higher and the need to retrain techs on how to configure Aruba is now not an issue.  If I was doing a system from scratch I would choose Aruba hands down for their service, price and ease of use.  I have a full Aruba network of routers and switches as well as all HP printers so it would have been a good fit. I must add this is based on educational prices I am the network Engineer for a residential High School ASMSA.  Your prices may vary.  I have heard from other extreme users that their support is not what it was when Aerohive was a stand alone company, I have a very knowledgeable vendor so I rarely have to contact Extreme.

    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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    CloudIQ has all -and more- tick-in-the-box functionalities to run a professional network with access points, switches and routers.  With an onboarding app for Android and iPhone and the step-by-step… more »
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    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
    Aerohive Networks, Aerohive HiveManager, HiveManager, ExtremeCloud
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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.

    ExtremeCloud is a resilient and scalable cloud-based network management solution offered by Extreme Networks as a subscription service.

    The network is your platform of engagement for clients and staff. We have designed ExtremeCloud to provide superior user experience by empowering you and the applications that drive your business. The combination of Extreme Networks’ smart wired and wireless edges and the elasticity, resilience and scalability provided via state-of-the-art datacenters distributed strategically for worldwide availability allows you to respond to the changing needs of your business, at the speed of cloud, through a simple, multi-site aware user interface.

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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
    Henry Ford Health System, Baltimore Ravens, Brandili, Federal University of Alagoas, CEDAE, Caxias do Sul, UNISC Concurrency, CenturyLink Field, Louisiana College, Cricket Tasmania Stadium, Moscow Internet Exchange
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 56 reviews while ExtremeCloud IQ is ranked 5th in Network Management Applications with 4 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while ExtremeCloud IQ is rated 8.6. 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 ExtremeCloud IQ writes "A perfect solution that provides good performance and throughput and lets you do almost everything". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Huawei Wireless, whereas ExtremeCloud IQ is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points, Cisco Wireless and Cisco DNA Center.

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