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Pros
"It is easy to work with.""We find value in its ability to enable cloud management and visibility. They are also easy to deploy. It's very convenient because you can see who is accessing, what type of UI system they're using, what applications they're using, the bandwidth, and more.""This product has QoS, decent visibility of what's going on, and it's a managed switch.""I have found the solution to be stable.""The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.""The solution is stable.""Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to your dashboard and then you can start setting up your switch so when it arrives it will download its configuration and be all setup.""Quality of Service is easy to deploy. The ease of deployment, in general, is valuable. It is easy to do port configuration and VLAN assignments."

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"We have not had any downtime with it. It has been a solid performer that way.""The stability is good.""The MikroTik Hotspot is great.""The pricing is very reasonable. It's not too expensive.""The solution is stable.""The solution offers very good multi-routing.""We make use of a script that will automatically re-route traffic when connections are slow.""They have amazing speed and reliability, and they also provide value for money. They are pretty powerful."

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Cons
"It would be good to include the command-line access someday.""This is quite an expensive solution.""It would be great if they can get the price down for small businesses.""Mandatory maintenance is an area that needs improvement.""Clients are very confused by technical support. They seem to have trouble reaching Meraki to get the assistance they need.""Technical support hold times seem to be getting longer.""I would like to add a voice capability to Meraki, to make a call or receive a call.""Better alerting capabilities are needed because they do not provide enough notification or detail about events."

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"Troubleshooting can be complex.""Technical support could be better. They don't have good support like Cisco. It can also be more stable and scalable.""It would be very good if these products are accessible via different kinds of shells and GUI. It will make these solutions very usable.""As far as improvements, there are basically only two things I would suggest. First, I think they should provide extensive training for the new releases of products, especially in the LTE space. Second, they could spend more time ensuring that their OS releases are more stable, rather than waiting for things to fall apart on the customer's premises before they make the necessary changes.""The manageability of the web-based UI needs to be improved.""Sometimes, when I need to reboot or change software, MikroTik crashes.""This product could offer better integration with VPNs.""MikroTik does not have a wireless solution. If they created a high-performance wireless solution we would deploy it in our infrastructure."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is high and it is where we get the most pushback from customers."
  • "We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD."
  • "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."
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  • "This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors."
  • "There are not any external or hidden costs."
  • "The price-performance is great."
  • "MikroTik is very cost-effective and quite good for the price. It performs very well. For one of our customers, the existing setup comprises Cisco Catalyst switches, and it is about 10 to 15 years old. We're looking into upgrading in a cost-effective way to get the performance and yet still be at par with the quality and expectations that customers have from Cisco. Price-wise, Cisco is really expensive, and customers are expecting something different than Cisco so that they can save on IT costs. They don't have the same budget that they had before when they installed Cisco products. That's why they're looking for a solution that can provide performance and features without too much money or investment. We're looking at some alternative brands, such as NETGEAR and MikroTik, to support our proposal."
  • "The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."
  • "Pricing is not an issue."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable and is one of the main selling points for MikroTik devices."
  • "When you buy a license, it is for life and you don't need to buy another one every year."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
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    I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the equipment. Someone is paying for it. Someone has to be willing to pay the premium for… more »
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    Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or less money. For consistency and ease of use, Cisco is definitely better, but… more »
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    Cisco Enterprise Routers are very stable and easy to use. They offer a very solid performance and are very secure. They also have a very good, long lifespan. We feel the command configuration is very… more »
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    Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to reconfigure an AP or… more »
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    I have found one of the most valuable features to be the hotspot network.
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    Also Known As
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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    Overview
    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.
    The Made for Mikrotik program consists of two parts: "Mikrotik certified Integrators" and "Mikrotik certified Accessories". MikroTik Certified Accessories are made by Mikrotik approved companies, who make accessories specifically for MikroTik products. This includes RouterBOARD compatible cases, outdoor antennas and other products. MikroTik Certified Integrators are companies who make turnkey solutions based on Mikrotik RouterBOARD and RouterOS, their products include assembled CPE/AP devices, preinstalled Integrated antennas and Rackmount solutions assembled for and with RouterOS.
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    Sample Customers
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
    ABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Construction Company11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
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    University22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Engineering Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider51%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government5%
    Media Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 3rd in Ethernet Switches with 24 reviews. Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8, while MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Offers the ability to select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Cisco Ethernet Switches, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and Cisco Cloud Services Router. See our Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.

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