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Pros
"Great architecturally based dashboard and the solution is accessible from anywhere.""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.""It is cloud-based. It has a GUI rather than a command line, and it just works.""The product has been very stable over the years.""The interface is excellent. We've been really happy with it.""The interface makes it easy to manage.""The most valuable thing to me is the stability of the product.""I have found it to be stable."

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"Has an extremely good feature set.""If you compare wired versus wireless, it's convenient. You don't need to have one place for connectivity. You can move around and it's easier. Sometimes it's a hassle to work with wires, which is why wireless is so convenient.""The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point.""The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution."

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Cons
"Meraki is still very much a small office type of solution. It is not a fit for large enterprise networks, as it doesn't have tunneling functionalities.""If there are advanced features that you can have enabled, they should allow users access to that in an easier manner.""It would be better if they enable full integration with Cisco's cloud-based network in the next release.""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.""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.""I would like to see integration with sensors.""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.""Concern when there are a number of concurrent users."

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"There seems to be different versions of standards used in the wireless access points. In the future, it would be helpful if the solution could come up with some kind of universal standard for all devices and all access points.""The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.""The inter-functionality with other vendors was a negative for us."

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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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  • "The price of this product is approximately the same as competing products in the market."
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    Has an extremely good feature set.
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    I found the inter-functionality with other vendors a negative, and we weren't particularly happy with their sales model when it came to roll-out and implementation.
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    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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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.

    Best Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE performance
    In addition to delivering the best Wi-Fi range and performance which is automatically optimized through reinforcement learning algorithms, Mist Access Points have a dynamic vBLE 16 element antenna array for the industry’s most accurate and scalable location services.

    Data collection, analysis and enforcement
    Mist Access Points are purpose-built to collect metadata for over 150 states that allows the cloud-based AI engine to perform analytics, machine learning, location service and event correlation. APs incorporate a 3rd radio for always-on security monitoring, troubleshooting and synthetic client tests.

    Converged platform for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and IoT
    Access Points feature integrated Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and an interface port to integrate and control analog/digital devices. This enables Mist to bridge the physical, location and connectivity realms, unlocking value from your network and eliminating the need for complex and costly overlay solutions.

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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
    Dartmouth, Hitachi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, NTT, Okta
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Retailer6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Mist Access Points and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 17th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while Mist Access Points is rated 5.8. 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 Mist Access Points writes "Fast, with good availability and good management". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Aruba Instant, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Mist Access Points report.

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