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We performed a comparison between Meraki MS Switches and MikroTik Cloud Router Switch based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Ethernet Switches solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch report (Updated: September 2022).
635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Junos OS is extremely flexible and easy to pick up.""It is stable.""The most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches are the simple configuration and ruggedness.""The thing that sets Juniper apart from most switches is that when you're in the command line and you make a configuration change, you just write the command and then say "commit confirmed minutes". For example, I'm configuring a switch here in my office, which is five miles away, and I say, "commit confirmed 5". If I can't get back to the interface within five minutes to be able to make sure the switch came up, it rolls back to the previous configuration. This way I do not get locked out, or the switch doesn't get messed up because of the incorrect configuration. That's an automatic feature, which is pretty slick. I haven't seen that feature with other vendors that I've worked with. That's probably my most favorite feature.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""I like the simplicity of it.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""It's easy to use."

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"The most valuable feature about Meraki is the console. The second most valuable feature, to me, is the technical support and the infrastructure behind the console.""The cloud part of Meraki Switches is very good. They also have a good GUI. It's a complete solution. I like the switching and the monitoring part.""Setting up a Meraki switch is fairly simple. It can be done by one manager and a senior engineer developer.""The product is very straightforward.""The performance is pretty good.""The dashboard and the interface, in general, are good features.""Console of the dashboard is well integrated.""Easy to set up, stable switches with good accessibility that makes it quicker to identify problems, find solutions, and fix problems."

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"It is user-friendly, reliable, and cheap.""The GUI is easy to use.""The initial setup is easy.""This solution is very similar to the on-premises version making it easy to use for those who know the architect.""Some of the most valuable features are the simplicity, cost, usability, and power. As a package, it's extremely effective.""The beauty of MikroTik is that you have flexibility with the routing parts.""The performance has been good.""The interface management and the user access management is pretty good."

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Cons
"The Virtual Chassis Fabric is kind of complicated to troubleshoot sometimes. On the MPLS side, they're good — they're fine for the pseudo-wires and stuff—but they need more work on the LAN. It is difficult to troubleshoot their LAN technologies like Virtual Chassis.""Stability could be better, especially during a reboot. We have had some issues recently with the software getting corrupt on reboot, which causes a lot of downtime.""I have found the scalability could be improved in the version I was using.""Jupiter Switches' configuration is a little difficult to understand.""In an upcoming release, Juniper Ethernet Switches could improve by having more microservices.""The updates are constantly breaking.""Juniper Ethernet Switches would be improved by upgrading the uplink port in EX2300 categories service from 10G to 25G.""The difficulty of the installation of Juniper Ethernet Switches depends on the environment it is being implemented in. It is fairly straightforward in terms of being able to source the technical information as we need it. However, this process could improve."

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"The product demonstrates poor price per performance when compared with its competitors.""Meraki should include an application to assist users with the design of access points.""Technical support hold times seem to be getting longer.""They're definitely missing some of the higher end data center Cisco features.""They could lower the price.""There should be a focus on the emerging markets to offer better pricing. In India, they are offering it at better pricing for the emerging markets.""Their subscription model could be better. Some of our customers prefer a one-time payment to a monthly or yearly subscription model, so they don't buy the product. Technical support could also be better.""We had some dashboard licensing issues, maybe because their method of collecting data from the user needs to be more streamlined."

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"Technical support could be better.""The user interface could improve and they should allow a license for IBS.""If MikroTik had a marketing team and support team in India then it would be much easier for us to get the product, as well as support.""It happens that you may find your network is down, if you reboot the switch, they come up. However, sometimes, they reset themselves. That's a big issue.""The bulk efficiencies and the control of traffic could be a bit better.""The solution does not yet offer a SaaS version.""The port isolation and VLAN need to be improved.""Stuff that I'd like to be improved is really just training and documentation because I think the feature set is full. Another improvement I'd suggest is that their new, bigger releases should be a bit more stable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
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  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
  • "They can get the price down for small businesses. The way I bought it, I paid hardly anything, and I got all my licensing with it. The firewall appliance is around $900, and the switches are around $150. This is for the device itself. For licensing, I signed at $70 or something like that for the switch. Technical Support is included in this."
  • "When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper."
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  • "This product has a one-time cost and there is no licensing fee."
  • "The price of the solution is fair and there is a one-time license purchase only."
  • "They came with the licensing when we purchased them."
  • "The price is competitive."
  • "In Pakistan, if you buy this cloud router, it's approximately $700 for the device."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.
    Top Answer:Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
    Top Answer:I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the… more »
    Top Answer:Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or… more »
    Top Answer:This solution is very similar to the on-premises version making it easy to use for those who know the architect.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution is fair and there is a one-time license purchase only.
    Top Answer:The user interface could improve and they should allow a license for IBS.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    MS220, MS320, MS420
    MikroTik CRS Series
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    Overview

    Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

    Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

    The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
    MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is a new Smart Switch series. It combines the best features of a fully functional router and a Layer 3 switch, is powered by the familiar RouterOS. All the specific Switch configuration options are available in a special Switch menu, also ports can be removed from the switch configuration, and used for routing purposes.
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    Sample Customers
    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government10%
    Non Tech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Construction Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Retailer6%
    Government6%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise20%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise47%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business77%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 44 reviews while MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is ranked 13th in Ethernet Switches with 9 reviews. Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.6, while MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Reliable and easily accessible switches with a plug and play setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Cloud Router Switch writes "Simple with a user-friendly interface and good reliability". Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches and D-Link Ethernet Switches, whereas MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is most compared with MikroTik Routers and Switches, Cisco Enterprise Routers, Netgate TNSR, Huawei Enterprise Routers and Juniper Enterprise Routers. See our Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch report.

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