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Pros
"It is easy to manage and configure. The dashboard of Meraki is easy to use.""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 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 most valuable feature is the technology of the security that is offered.""Great architecturally based dashboard and the solution is accessible from anywhere.""The captive portal feature is my favorite. It allows us to keep track of how many people are entering our client's businesses.""I have found the scalability to be very good."

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"The solution has been stable.""Cloud analytics that provide all its attributes."

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Cons
"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.""Currently, only a limited number of clients can connect to these devices.""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.""The Meraki platform needs better on-premises management options.""I would like to see more cybersecurity. I would like the ability to go in and enhance security. Because WPA2 is becoming obsolete, many devices are now WPA3, but the challenge is that a lot of devices are not yet there. I would like to be able to go in and do monitoring, similar to ASPM. ASPM has the ability to monitor who's joining and who's active. It supports two-step monitoring. The stability of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN can also be improved.""There's nothing that special about it.""The ease of use is average. It could be more user-friendly.""Documentation could be improved, but everything else has been spot-on."

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"The solution can be scaled but it has limitations from my experience.""Inability to import a user with one click."

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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 solution is priced high compared to competitors. However, for the features that are included in the solution, the price becomes more reasonable."
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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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    The solution is priced high compared to competitors. However, for the features that are included in the solution, the price becomes more reasonable. There is no licensing, you just have to purchase… more »
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    I would recommend this solution to others. I rate WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi an eight out of ten.
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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.

    WatchGuard is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services for SMBs and Distributed Enterprises worldwide. Our mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for distributed enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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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
    Portsmouth Grammar School, HILOTEC
    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%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Retailer6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 56 reviews while WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is ranked 18th in Wireless LAN with 2 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is rated 8.0. 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 WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi writes "Cloud analytics has simplified our operation; easily manageable for multiple locations". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Mist Access Points, whereas WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi is most compared with Ubiquiti WLAN, Aruba Instant, Ruckus Wireless and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. WatchGuard Secure Wi‑Fi report.

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