Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs Ubiquiti Wireless comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 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.

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

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"It's a stable product.""There are many valuable features of Cisco Meraki, including the switches, stacking, and layer 3 routing.""The visibility of the site is most useful.""The most valuable feature is that the solution is friendly to manage.""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.""The solution is easy to use.""The solution is stable and reliable.""What I like best about Meraki is that I can change it from anywhere."

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"The most valuable feature of Ubiquiti Wireless is the ease of configuration.""The setup is quite simple.""They are reliable in terms of wireless connectivity.""The ease of the setup is one of its most valuable aspects.""Ubiquiti is easier to install than Mikrotik.""I have found the most valuable features to be the ability to use the main centralized administration process and the internet.""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.""Having dual-band is important. Having compatibility with very old equipment on certain frequencies, for example on 2.4 and 5.8."

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"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.""If you want to do more specific stuff, it's a bit limited."

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"The throughput of the switches for wireless could be improved.""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.""We have used technical support for some issues but not many times.""Currently, only a limited number of clients can connect to these devices.""Overall the solution needs to have more time to mature.""When it comes to switching, Meraki lacks categories of features.""There could be more functionality.""The licensing isn't very customer-centric. They may have improved it, but previously, if you forgot to pay on a certain day, your service would be shut off."

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"The Unifi controller software has a small issue.""Ubiquiti is also slow to adopt new technologies. We are transitioning to Wi-Fi 6, and there aren't many products. They have mostly Wi-Fi 5 products, but there are only two Wi-Fi 6 products. It's okay for places we have already equipped, but it's a bit hard for new places.""t does not have traffic shaping or traffic policies in its wireless requirements.""The technical support is less than stellar.""The range and maybe the quality of the signal can be improved. I had a feeling that the range wasn't long enough. Unfortunately, beyond a certain range, the signal was too weak. If I'm not mistaken, it must have been something like 100 or more than 100 meters, but I'm not sure. So, one improvement I wish for this equipment is to have a longer range, but that could mainly be due to the model we're using.""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.""It's hard to get stuff delivered on time.""Ubiquiti could develop a more elaborate firewall solution. Their firewall solutions at the moment are entry-level. Maybe they don't want to bring those products in because many people prefer putting a third-party firewall into a solution like that. We usually do."

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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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  • "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."
  • "These units cost between $800 and $900 per device and on top of that, you have to pay yearly fees for maintenance."
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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 »
    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    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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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization6%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Educational Organization11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Non Profit9%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization6%
    Energy/Utilities Company17%
    Educational Organization13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise25%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise20%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 60 reviews while Ubiquiti Wireless is ranked 1st in Wireless WAN with 38 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.0, while Ubiquiti Wireless is rated 8.0. 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, Mist AI and Cloud, Ruckus Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Ubiquiti Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless WAN, Cambium Networks Wireless WAN, Aruba Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ.

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