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Pros
"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.""Everything is in a single pane and you can look at your network in one centralized place.""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.""I like that Meraki Dashboard is a user-friendly product.""Some of the features I have found valuable are the ease of access, simple configuration, and monitoring.""I would say the ease of use is the most valuable feature. It's very easy to set up and get up and running.""It is very stable and we have been using it for five years.""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."

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"It's a very powerful, very manageable product."

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Cons
"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.""I would like to see an alert event feature to monitor what users are downloading and how to block some applications.""I’d like the product to allow for other solutions to be integrated with the dashboard as well.""The wait time to speak with a Meraki support engineer is always long, but they get the job done.""The price could be lower because the license for access points is expensive.""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.""Meraki lacks their own software for connecting to the VPN which creates some issues.""More integration would be an improvement."

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"Support could be much better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    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:We haven't had any complaints about the stability of the solution or heard of any issues. None of our clients have mentioned running into bugs or glitches. There haven't been crashes.
    Top Answer:The solution is very much viewer centric and it would be nice if it would transcend just the virtual infrastructure. Beyond that, I can't speak to any features that may be lacking. I don't work on the… more »
    Top Answer:From the time that it was available, we've been using it for various reasons and it's been proven quite successful in our virtual portfolio products, especially in the VMware environment. While we… more »
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    Overview

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

    VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps customers build an optimized, highly-available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It accelerates micro-segmentation planning and deployment, enables visibility across virtual and physical networks and provides operational views to manage and scale VMware NSX deployments.
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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
    NTTi3, VCIX-NV, VMware Networking and Security Business Unit, Illumio, CompuNet
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Retailer11%
    Computer Software Company5%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Retailer6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Insurance Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Meraki Dashboard is ranked 9th in Network Monitoring Software with 15 reviews while vRealize Network Insight is ranked 36th in Network Monitoring Software with 1 review. Meraki Dashboard is rated 9.0, while vRealize Network Insight is rated 8.0. 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 vRealize Network Insight writes "Manageable, user-friendly, and easy to set up". Meraki Dashboard is most compared with ThousandEyes, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and Auvik, whereas vRealize Network Insight is most compared with VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, Cisco Secure Workload, SolarWinds NPM, Zabbix and ThousandEyes.

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