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"It is very stable and we have been using it for five years.""What I found most valuable in Meraki Dashboard is that it's well-organized, easy to use, and practical.""What I found most valuable in the Meraki Dashboard is straight monitoring of the different devices, as well as the ability to easily set up VPNs, for example, both Meraki client VPNs and non-Meraki VPNs for different organizations that work with my company. I also like that the tool is a really good firewall.""The most valuable feature is knowing the wireless and switch are healthy.""It's a scalable solution.""Meraki Dashboard does not require a lot of maintenance. Cisco tells communicates through the Meraki Dashboard web client, it will automatically send updates to the equipment. They will send you an email on what day the updates will take place. If you want to proceed, you can click on accept, or you can decline them and schedule the updates at another time.""We find that Meraki has all the features you need to be able to enable complex network protocols for AV equipment. We deal with a streaming product over IP, and Meraki is fantastic at that.""I would say the ease of use is the most valuable feature. It's very easy to set up and get up and running."

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"Reporting on NetCrunch is pretty good. It's very similar to SolarWinds. It's just a different interface. The majority of everything there was beneficial."

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Cons
"Some features could be added.""For my purposes, I don't need to see any other features added to the Meraki Dashboard. I have no criticisms and I do like the tool. If I had a criticism for it, it would be about the pricing because it could be a little less, but again, for the service that you get, I won't complain about that too much.""I would like to see an alert event feature to monitor what users are downloading and how to block some applications.""Meraki Dashboard could improve the user interface by making it more user-friendly. The configuring can at times be difficult.""An area for improvement in Meraki Dashboard is licensing management because it's a little complex. Product licensing can be made a little bit easier through license concurrency and a more straightforward approach to applying the license to products and services.""There are some issues with the NAT configuration, it is now impossible to some operations with the solution.""The downside to the simplicity is that you can't get as granular as you could with the Cisco APs.""More integration would be an improvement."

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"I didn't care for the role-based, permission-based options, which were not the best."

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  • "My view is that it's expensive, but it's the best."
  • "The price of Meraki Dashboard is not expensive because knowing that it is a cloud-based solution has its benefits."
  • "Licensing for Meraki Dashboard is paid every year, and it's on a per-device model that costs roughly $300 to $400 per device, but that comes with full support and troubleshooting, etc. Compared to similar products, Meraki Dashboard is quite high-end, but the costs you pay are all-in."
  • "I’m not sure of the exact cost, however, it’s my understanding the Meraki WiFi is around $800. That’s for a three-year license. It’s about $150 a year."
  • "The Meraki Dashboard has more competitive pricing."
  • "You don't have to pay for the dashboard."
  • "Meraki Dashboard is a utility and portal that's part of the Meraki solution."
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    Top Answer:Some of the features I have found valuable are the ease of access, simple configuration, and monitoring.
    Top Answer:Typically, the license model is for one, three, and five years. They can just be a bit more flexible around it and look into providing an option for 24 months.
    Top Answer:There are some issues with the NAT configuration, it is now impossible to some operations with the solution. I would like to see a VPN feature in a future release that supports tunnelling.
    Top Answer:Reporting on NetCrunch is pretty good. It's very similar to SolarWinds. It's just a different interface. The majority of everything there was beneficial.
    Top Answer:I didn't care for the role-based, permission-based options, which were not the best.
    Top Answer:It's basically used for network monitoring. It lets you know what's happening on a network at all times. For example, it lets you know if there's an intrusion or anything like that. I know you… more »
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    Overview

    The dashboard that hosts all of the information around the Meraki product data.

    NetCrunch is the complete network monitoring solution for monitoring traffic, topology, devices, systems, logs, and services. It's policy, and template-based configuration makes managing thousands of nodes a breeze. It automatically generates layer-2 maps and manages monitoring dependencies. NetCrunch supports major operating systems, virtualization platforms, and the Cloud. Complete SNMP support with 8,700+ MIBs included and a built-in MIB compiler.

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    Sample Customers
    Coop eG, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Priefert Manufacturing, Century Care Management, Clifton College, Zürs Ski Resort, Capital FM Arena, MAXI Autohöfe
    AER Kooperation, AON Corpration, Advance Financial services, Airbus SAS, Bauer Net consult, Banco Soal, Bertelsmann, Burke County public, COF training services
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Retailer11%
    Consumer Goods Company5%
    Performing Arts5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Retailer6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government11%
    Healthcare Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Meraki Dashboard is ranked 9th in Network Monitoring Software with 15 reviews while NetCrunch is ranked 59th in Network Monitoring Software with 1 review. Meraki Dashboard is rated 9.0, while NetCrunch is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Meraki Dashboard writes "Incredibly easy to use, great troubleshooting and prevention of malicious events". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetCrunch writes "A network monitoring platform with a useful reporting feature, but permission-based options could be better". Meraki Dashboard is most compared with ThousandEyes, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and Auvik, whereas NetCrunch is most compared with PRTG Network Monitor, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, Fortinet FortiSIEM and SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor.

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