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Executive Summary
Updated on March 16, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ubiquiti Wireless based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN say that the initial setup is straightforward and simple, most similar to a “plug-and-play” system. Ubiquiti Wireless reviewers also say that setup is not overly complex or difficult, and can be completed very quickly.
  • Features: Valuable features of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN include scalability, stability, IOT integration, an excellent interface, multiple types of user groupings and access management, good visibility, a comprehensive dashboard, fantastic network security, ease of installation, and a captive portal feature. The drawbacks users mention is that it lacks customization options, could benefit from heat mapping and better cyber security, and that there is a processing limitation when you have more than three or four SSIDs. Regarding users of Ubiquiti Wireless, users overwhelmingly praise the product's scalability and stability, its reliable hardware and its alarm alerting system, as well as its dual-band feature. Users of Ubiquiti Wireless say that they would appreciate more cloud features, better security for the adaptive portal, and simpler management for guests.
  • Pricing: Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN users feel that the pricing could be better, especially with the licensing. In contrast, users of Ubiquiti Wireless state that the pricing is fair, some saying it is reasonable while others even consider it to be excellent.
  • Service and Support: Users of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN have rated service and support to be overall very positive and reliable. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN also has a knowledge base available online. Reviewers of Ubiquiti Wireless rate customer support as satisfactory, but some users feel disappointed that service and support can only be contacted via email or chat and not by phone. However, they do have online resources available, which seem to be sufficient enough for the users who tend to rely on it.
  • ROI: While no Ubiquiti Wireless users mention a direct ROI, users of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN have expressed that the gap in terms of performance, quality, features, and functionality has decreased significantly compared to what it was five years ago.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Ubiquiti Wireless are similar to one another. Overall, PeerSpot users found that both solutions have unique features, including great scalability and stability. Users found Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN to be more expensive, but were generally happy with its service and support. Meanwhile, users of Ubiquiti Wireless are less satisfied with the customer service but happier with the price.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Ubiquiti Wireless report (Updated: July 2022).
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Pros
"The solution is pretty generic and easy to use.""The simplicity is great.""The most useful feature of Juniper Wireless AP is the reporting Marvis."

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"The solution is trustworthy. I find it easy and secure.""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 think the IoT integration is the most valuable. I started applying IoT solutions 12 years ago on location-based services. Aruba had implemented this at the time. So I think the integration, particularly into the applications and stuff, is pretty interesting in Meraki.""There are many valuable features of Cisco Meraki, including the switches, stacking, and layer 3 routing.""The most valuable features of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN are the ease of use and the ability to manage it from the cloud.""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.""The solution is easy to install.""It is very handy to have a support number to call."

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"I like the price, quality, and consistency of manufacturing.""The solution offers us good situational awareness by providing information on user activity, signal strength, and all the data that you need to manage the system and understand issues.""Very simple, very basic setup for Ubiquiti Wireless. Its performance in a home or small business setting with fewer access points is fantastic.""Overall, it's a straightforward solution.""Easy to use and flexible.""The initial setup is very simple and straightforward.""It's very easy to deploy.""The failure rate is very low on these devices - I've had them installed for five years and have only lost one out of a hundred."

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

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"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.""Documentation could be improved, but everything else has been spot-on.""An area for improvement would be that Meraki doesn't work well in a warehouse environment. The device is too sensitive to other wireless devices, which provokes noise and can require a reboot to erase this.""Overall the solution needs to have more time to mature.""The user interface needs to be improved.""Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN could improve by having more granularity in terms of the data displayed. However, I understand that with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, you need to have a compromise point to what are the functions that you're going to provide to the users versus ease of use. More granularity in terms of the data and the things that you can do to the devices would be helpful. For example, when we wanted to make a change, restriction, or segregation within Palo Alto, we can go to the level of detail that we want. The amount of detail provided is amazing, it is very granular. However, it comes with much more difficulty, it requires a technical understanding of the environment compared to Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN.""Initially, I liked some of the filtering features, but that's one of the components that we ran into problems with.""The initial setup was simple. However, the full deployment could be easier."

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"It's hard to get stuff delivered on time.""This solution should be more robust when it comes to connectivity and improve wireless technology.""There isn't any technical support.""This might not be the best solution for a very large organization.""There should be an easier way to contact the support. If we need to do something on it, it will be easier and faster if there is a support number to call. Currently, their support is mostly through email or chat. If there is a hotline that you can call directly, that would be good. It will really help a lot. They should also include more after-sales support. They can maybe also provide more details on what's happening with the network.""The control system can be improved by making it easier.""The external devices, the outdoor devices, are not so rugged. For example, for the weather that we have here in Florida, it doesn't hold up well even though it is supposed to be designed for outdoor use.""The mesh configuration and WiFi 6 coverage should be improved."

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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 product is expensive."
  • "Ubiquiti Wireless is affordable."
  • "If you do not have a big budget, you can use Ubiquiti, it is cost-effective."
  • "I like the fact that it offers enterprise features at a cheap price. If you compare it with Cisco, it has most of the features that Cisco has been offering but at a lesser price. I am satisfied with its price."
  • "The price has been fair for what I have been using it for. There is no license for this solution."
  • "There are no licensing fees for this solution, but the cost is on the higher side."
  • "This solution is cheaper compared to others."
  • "The price of the solution is high and could be cheaper."
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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:Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise… more »
    Top Answer:For me, Ubiquiti was easy to install, configure, set up, and maintain, while also providing solid coverage and better… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Wireless offers a wide range of WLAN products. We tested their devices before ultimately choosing Cisco Meraki… more »
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    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    Overview

    Juniper Wireless Access Points work in conjunction with Juniper Mist Cloud Services and Mist AI to deliver premier wireless access capabilities. The Juniper Mist Edge extends microservices to the campus to bring agility and scale while enabling new applications at the edge.

    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.
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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
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    Educational Organization11%
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 62 reviews while Ubiquiti Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless WAN with 36 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.0, while Ubiquiti Wireless is rated 8.2. 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 Ubiquiti Wireless writes "Attractive pricing and good for home use and small businesses, but not easily scalable and lacks security features". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist AI and Cloud and Aruba Instant, whereas Ubiquiti Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless WAN, Cambium Networks Wireless WAN, Aruba Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and Aruba Networks Wireless WAN.

    We monitor all Wireless LAN reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.