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Meraki Dashboard vs. PRTG Network Monitor
May 2022
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"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.""Great visibility on the dashboard.""The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and technically very complete. I can configure, do advanced troubleshooting in the dashboard, and reboot access points remotely.""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.""It is very easy to manage. It has good security, and it is working well with our firewall.""Everything is in a single pane and you can look at your network in one centralized place.""The most valuable feature is ease of use."

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"Ability to create a dashboard inside software monitoring.""PRTG gives us true visibility of the downtime of particular circuit functions. So if a circuit is up but not routing traffic, I will know with this tool. I can write a customized script for a sensor to detect specific things.""I found PRTG Network Monitor very useful for troubleshooting and monitoring the utilization of either the network or server.""The initial setup was easy. We didn't have any issues with the process and everything rolled out smoothly.""Network Discovery is a feature that our customers like a lot.""I would boldly say that this is the most scalable network monitoring tool that I know of""PRTG is integrated on Windows.""It is easy when it comes to dependencies of devices, so if your router goes down, the three or four switches behind it will automatically be paused so that you don't get multiple alerts."

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"Meraki Dashboard could improve the user interface by making it more user-friendly. The configuring can at times be difficult.""What needs improvement in Meraki Dashboard is its configuration. It'll also be better if the tool has more functionality, and that is what I'd like to see in its next release.""They can improve the landing page in Meraki Dashboard. When I go into an organization, they can include a lot more infographics. They can also simplify it a bit and consolidate it. For example, if I've got five branches and I go into customer A's profile or organization, I'd like to see an infographic on the landing page providing a snippet of the entire network layout, that is, all branches in one snapshot. From there, I would like to go into the network that I want to work on or view.""The initial setup is complex and can be made more straightforward.""There are some issues with the NAT configuration, it is now impossible to some operations with the solution.""Meraki lacks their own software for connecting to the VPN which creates some issues.""It's a very complex system. Customers have told me that sometimes there are lots of advanced features that are available and that you can change in the dashboard, but sometimes it's very hard to know what they are.""More integration would be an improvement."

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"I know we're going to move to Docker applications and I understand that PRTG does some monitoring regarding this. I do not know if it is complete. If it's not yet complete, it's something they should consider improving.""The solution has to evolve as an end-to-end monitoring solution. It has to do better at understanding the application at the deepest level.""The solution could be better and faster when it comes to performance.""PRTG Network Monitor is okay to use, but you'll need some time to analyze the data. If it can automatically locate or identify the problem area, it would be more helpful to users.""It would be nice if it gave us alerts via Gmail or SMS message.""They could improve the process of updating the license.""More training videos for installing and configuring this software would have been nice, especially when working with a lot of devices.""Their penetration within the market could be much better. If their pricing was lower, even though it's reasonable now, it might help them achieve this."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for a small setup is only a few hundred dollars a year. The fee is subscription-based."
  • "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."
  • "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."
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  • "PRTG is now available as PRTG Enterprise Monitor, and the price varies depending on the total number of sensors the customer buys"
  • "It is expensive."
  • "It's an annual license that is based on the number of endpoints that we're tracking and using."
  • "All monitoring system is close to the same pricing scheme."
  • "The price is pretty comparable."
  • "The pricing is okay and it is cheaper than some competing products."
  • "We are using the basic PRTG that we can download for free. For now, we only need to monitor less than 100 devices. For more than 100 devices, we would need to buy a license. PRTG is much cheaper than SolarWinds."
  • "We have an unlimited license for this solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer:It's a very complex system. Customers have told me that sometimes there are lots of advanced features that are available and that you can change in the dashboard, but sometimes it's very hard to know… more »
    Top Answer:PRTG network monitor is one of the best tool i have ever used for the monitoring. It have auto discovery option. it avoid the configuring the device in PRTG. It automatically discover the device and… more »
    Top Answer:It's expensive to maintain. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
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    Overview

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

    PRTG Network Monitor runs on a Windows machine within your network, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which you designate. PRTG comes with an easy-to-use web interface with point-and-click configuration. You can easily share data from it with non-technical colleagues and customers, including via live graphs and custom reports. This will let you plan for network expansion, see what applications are using most of your connection, and make sure that no one is hogging the entire network just to torrent videos.

    To monitor a large IT environment, it's important to be able to scale PRTG up. Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor includes all the proven capabilities of PRTG Network Monitor, which are enhanced by exclusive ITOps Board for a service-oriented, central overview of multiple PRTG servers.

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    Coop eG, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Priefert Manufacturing, Century Care Management, Clifton College, Zürs Ski Resort, Capital FM Arena, MAXI Autohöfe
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    Buyer's Guide
    Meraki Dashboard vs. PRTG Network Monitor
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki Dashboard vs. PRTG Network Monitor and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Meraki Dashboard is ranked 8th in Network Monitoring Software with 15 reviews while PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 6th in Network Monitoring Software with 34 reviews. Meraki Dashboard is rated 9.0, while PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Meraki Dashboard writes "Centralized dashboard management for all devices on your network that is easy-to-use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of PRTG Network Monitor writes "If there is an incident, it not only tells you that there is an incident, it will also tell you the root cause". Meraki Dashboard is most compared with ThousandEyes, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, Auvik and ManageEngine OpManager, whereas PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, SolarWinds NPM, Centreon and Icinga. See our Meraki Dashboard vs. PRTG Network Monitor report.

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