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"The user interface is very simple and easy to use — our customers are very satisfied.""We're able to automate as well as manually control as necessary.""I like the status page Cisco added that shows you the health of the wireless connection.""What I liked about these is that they worked. I didn't touch them or do anything with them. They were up and running when I came here. Once they are set up and running, you don't have to worry about them.""The visibility of the site is most useful.""You can scale the solution easily.""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.""What I like best about Meraki is that I can change it from anywhere."

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"It's an excellent option for small businesses.""We have found the product to be scalable.""The solution is easy to use and flexible.""The range is usually pretty good, which is the most important thing to use because more or less, all wireless access points are the same.""Ubiquiti is easier to install than Mikrotik.""Having dual-band is important. Having compatibility with very old equipment on certain frequencies, for example on 2.4 and 5.8.""I like that it's cheaper and inexpensive. It's also easy to use.""The most valuable feature is the ease of setup."

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Cons
"Currently, only a limited number of clients can connect to these devices.""Concern when there are a number of concurrent users.""The user interface needs to be improved.""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.""It is expensive. Juniper seems to have a lot more to offer for future expansion. Juniper has some features that are not there in this solution.""There should be better Spanish-language technical support.""There could be more functionality.""The price could be slightly better, but then again, we negotiate deals every time so the market price isn't really relevant."

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"o if you are setting up any other third party product or any other different product, it sometimes can be a bit difficult. With Ubiquiti, you need to set up because you can adopt the product and that's it, where if it's not a Ubiquiti product it can sometimes be a difficult setup.""We need an official distributor in Egypt as we don't have one right now.""The solution needs to improve its features and offer more to the customer.""This solution should be more robust when it comes to connectivity and improve wireless technology.""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 control system can be improved by making it easier.""They should have more VLAN features and a designing tool like a link planer.""I would like local support from the parent company."

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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 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
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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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    Ubiquiti Wireless is extremely easy to set up and is an excellent option for small businesses, offering enterprise features for a one-time fee and no ongoing licensing fees. Ubiquiti Wireless is very… more »
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    For me, Ubiquiti was easy to install, configure, set up, and maintain, while also providing solid coverage and better handoffs between APs. This is especially relevant if you are using Apple products… more »
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    Ubiquiti Wireless offers a wide range of WLAN products. We tested their devices before ultimately choosing Cisco Meraki. Ubiquiti devices have good outdoor performance and the connection is very… more »
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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.
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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
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Educational Organization10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization5%
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    University27%
    Energy/Utilities Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews while Ubiquiti Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless WAN with 24 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while Ubiquiti Wireless is rated 8.4. 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 Ubiquiti Wireless writes "Extremely easy to set up and has never failed on me". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Mist Access Points and Aruba Instant, whereas Ubiquiti Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless WAN, Cambium, Aruba Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and Aruba Networks Wireless WAN.

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