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We performed a comparison between Meraki MS Switches and Ubiquiti UniFi Switches 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. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The security is good.""The Juniper Ethernet switch feature I find the most valuable is reliability.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""The solution is easy to use and has good integration.""In terms of performance, Juniper switches have a more user-friendly interface and more features than Cisco products.""The solution is stable and scalable.""Juniper Switches' best feature is its flexibility.""The solution is certainly scalable."

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"The initial setup is easy.""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.""The solution is stable.""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.""Setting up a Meraki switch is fairly simple. It can be done by one manager and a senior engineer developer.""I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco.""Console of the dashboard is well integrated.""The most valuable feature is cloud management."

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"The performance is good. They also have good prices.""Ubiquiti's network management and the way you can manage many different devices on a network are really nice.""UniFi Switches' best feature is the ability to switch voltage from 24 to 48, and it's almost the only device on the market with this feature.""The user interface makes it simple to configure and manage.""It's been working fine, it's been stable, and there are no interruptions.""The two most valuable features are the remote access user and the side-to-side connection.""For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily.""The most valuable feature of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is the graphic user interface for monitoring, where you can see the status of the device in real-time. I use those features across the campus. I use the APs as my beacons to tell me whether the area of the school of the network is down or not. Those will be the first to alert me that there is a problem with the network or a device. They provide me with more than only monitoring themselves, I use them in order to monitor all the devices."

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Cons
"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.""The only issue that we have with Juniper Ethernet Switches is the firmware because it is not stable.""Juniper's support could be much better and faster.""The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""I would like the ability to operate with other operating systems.""Has a steep learning curve.""Juniper Ethernet Switches' operating systems get corrupted when the power fails. They have to improve this issue. I may have to use a newer version.""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 biggest area that they fall short on is comparing the performance.""They're definitely missing some of the higher end data center Cisco features.""The traffic reporting should be better in Meraki MS Switches. We want to be able to see all the traffic and where it is going. Additionally, detailed device utilization information would be very helpful for the security personnel.""Meraki should include an application to assist users with the design of access points.""In this solution, you are lacking a feature that Cisco Classic has that allows you to save your configuration with a serial cable.""Meraki MS Switches could improve the process of installing firmware.""The licensing model needs to be improved.""It would be good to include the command-line access someday."

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"It would be nice if there was a way to label all of the ports on it so that I could include information about where the various connections go.""Most configuration can be done on the GUI but sometimes you have to go under the hood and tweak on the CLI.""They can improve the visibility of networks to match Meraki switches, which have good visibility tools to go through the network. In a Meraki device, you get a clear picture when using the bug interface. You can also see its neighbors and have a clear picture of all connected devices. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches do not have such features that Meraki switches provide.""Ubiquiti UniFi Switches can improve by putting more effort into security. There are not many options in security. Other solutions, you can filter, do access control, and functionality. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches provides all the basic network security where it's all about the password for someone to access the SSID on the network, but it doesn't go beyond advanced network features of packet filtering, monitoring, and managing users.""The price could be lower.""I had some initial problems with the configuration that necessitated contacting technical support.""I'd like there to be better reporting for the solution.""The documentation for command lines needs to be improved."

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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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  • "The price of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is really good. We have deployed a few Ubiquiti UniFi Switches in New Zealand, and they are a value for money. They are cheaper and stable, but if you have the budget, I would recommend Meraki switches."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The price of this product is cheap."
  • "The price of the solution is fair compared to others. However, it is expensive."
  • "The price is good, and it doesn't require additional licenses."
  • "It's around $179 a device."
  • "There are no licensing fees; you just purchase it and run it."
  • "Ubiquiti is one of the cheapest WiFi network providers that provide a very good WiFi network, which is monitored and deployable. The price is very fair for the technology they're offering."
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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:Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is the graphic user interface for monitoring, where you can see the… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    MS220, MS320, MS420
    UniFi Switches
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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.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are managed Gigabit switches (Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports) designed to meet all your network needs while delivering excellent performance. The switches’ excellent network performance is combined with fiber connectivity that includes two SFP ports and the ability to process traffic without putting packet loss at risk.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Are:

    • Easy to deploy
    • Simple to use
    • Affordable
    • Reliable and stable

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Output Modes:

    • PoE: Uses IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver up to 15.4W.
    • PoE+: Uses IEEE 802.3at standard to deliver up to 30W.
    • PoE++: Uses IEEE 802.3bt standard to deliver up to 60W.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Input Modes:

    • US-8 (PoE, PoE+)
    • USW-Flex (PoE, PoE+, PoE++)
    • USW-Flex Mini (PoE, PoE+)

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Reliable hardware
    • Alarm alerting system
    • Dual-band
    • PoE+ flexibility
    • Fiber connectivity
    • User-friendly GUI
    • Mesh networking
    • Secure management
    • High speed
    • Excellent dashboards
    • Reporting and detailed analytics
    • Multi-site management
    • Deep packet inspection

    Benefits of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches:

    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are silent because they are designed without a fan.
    • They help simplify your network infrastructure and cabling.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches offer 24 to 48 port switch versions to work with.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches provide redundant power if the internal power supply fails.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches include the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are rated as affordable when compared with competitors.
    • Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports
    • Configuration with Ubiquiti UniFi is easy; It's simple to configure or reconfigure an AP or gateway quickly.
    • By having a mobile app, Unifi makes it easy to check on sites and to configure APs individually if necessary.
    • With Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, you can operate your IP cameras and phones through a single network cable.


    Reviews from Real Users

    A PeerSpot user who is a Director of Technical Operations/CTO at a consultancy says "The ability to deploy quickly and then having one central location for all the settings are its most valuable aspects."

    "The integration with the controller is one of the most valuable features of these switches. They are also very stable. For example, we have some equipment that we haven't touched for four years that is still reliable," says Doru I., Senior solutions architect at Aplix Technologies

    Murali S., Management Consultant at a consultancy, explains that “For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily."

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    BlackLotus, Staminus, Community Bank, BAS Group, Cloud Dynamics, Privalia, Fluidata, and Tesla Motors.
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government11%
    Non Tech Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Construction Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
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    Educational Organization7%
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    Computer Software Company16%
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    Retailer6%
    Government6%
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    Manufacturing Company31%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Individual & Family Service8%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise19%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business79%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Buyer's Guide
    Meraki MS Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MS Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Meraki MS Switches is ranked 5th in Ethernet Switches with 45 reviews while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is ranked 4th in Ethernet Switches with 17 reviews. Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.6, while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is rated 8.0. 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 Ubiquiti UniFi Switches writes "Deploys quickly, offers good stability, and has great feature sets". Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and MikroTik Routers and Switches, whereas Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Aruba Switches, Luxul Switches and D-Link Ethernet Switches. See our Meraki MS Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report.

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