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Pros
"They have very good technical support and I have relied heavily on them.""Meraki MX offers advanced filtration options, plus it behaves like a router and a firewall at the same time.""It has very good features; it's easy to use, configure, set up, and deploy.""In general, Meraki MX is easy to work with.""Both the scalability and the scalability are great with Meraki MX.""It has the most advanced security features, for example, layer 3 and layer 7 firewall capabilities and the end team and IPS protection. It also has IPS, and it has very good functioning of cloning services. You don't actually have to touch the device. If you have multiple companies in different countries, you don't really require this device to be touched. You can get it delivered directly to any office of a country, and then you can simply put your configuration over the cloud. It's very simplified and easy to manage. It gives a very good granular visibility about your network. Earlier, a lot of things were lacking in the network. We were unable to identify where the problem was, but after implementing Meraki MX, we are able to dig down and identify where is the problem. We can easily and quickly identify the sources and the root causes of the issues.""Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.""It is very easy to use and manage. It is also very easy to scale."

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"The functionality is the same whether it is on hardware or a virtual appliance. The interface is the same. It's nice that it's standardized.""The technical support is very good.""This product has kept us safe and we haven't had any breaches.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is its ability to work like any other firewall.""Compared to Cisco, SonicWall NSa is much easier to configure.""The basic firewall rules of the solution are great.""The most valuable feature is the sandbox.""The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have."

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Cons
"Meraki tech support staff have a lot more visibility into your network than you do, which is frustrating at times. I understand the approach is to keep the dashboard easier to understand. This will frustrate more advanced users at times.​""In general, the SD-WAN feature needs to be improved. The load sharing and load balancing of the traffic should be improved. I have had some problems with these features in the past.""As far as what needs to be improved — nothing really comes to mind. It does what we need it to do.""You can only have one tunnel in the whole infrastructure — one tunnel with one device.""They need to improve the link between Meraki and Active Directory.""We have been having a problem with the VPN. When the energy goes down and is back again, the VPN link doesn't get established. We have to manually turn off the modems and other pieces of equipment and manually establish the VPN. It has been around one month since we have been having this problem, and we don't have enough support from Meraki to solve the problem.""You cannot use switching behaviors as you see on the Meraki switch.""In the next release, because the security is pretty basic, I think they could include additional security features."

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"Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much more user-friendly.""The reporting feature could be better because most of the companies want to have the analytics included, which is something that you have to buy separately.""I would like to see better integration.""Potential improvement around the associated VPN cost""I'd like to see integration with Microsoft 365 for authentication.""Some of the configurations could be better.""I would like U.S.-based technical support.""We have security as a service, and they make recommendations about adding to the denylist and other things. That part could be more accessible and more user-friendly. I'd like to see SonicWall add a user-friendly interface where our internal team can drag and drop everything."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not."
  • "The license cost depends on the box. We acquired a different product line. We are dealing with MX appliance now, that is, MX6, MX54, MX100, MX250, MX450. Every box has got an identity, and it has got its own specification. Every box has got a different license fee. We deployed Meraki MX in UAE when it was not a mature product. We took a risk, but we were successful. We saved a huge amount of money after implementing and removing all the MPLS and leased lines. We got a broadband connection because Meraki MX could work on a broadband connection. We have drastically saved a very good amount of money, which was one of the successful things apart from the successful solution."
  • "​Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution."
  • "The price is slightly increased, but reasonable."
  • "It is a good global solution in terms of the price and features, but because we sell this solution in dollars, sometimes we don't get to sell this solution in Brazil because the dollar is very expensive. The price of every project is different. It varies depending upon the project, scenario, and client."
  • "The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment."
  • "Meraki is the best option — based on the price and the features available."
  • "Its licensing cost could be better."
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  • "Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance."
  • "The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product."
  • "A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy."
  • "You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end."
  • "If you want to connect more than five concurrent users by VPN then you have to pay an additional fee."
  • "SonicWall is a one-time purchase and there is no renewal license."
  • "The pricing and value are good."
  • "The pricing is good and we are satisfied with the cost of this solution."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software is the operating software for the Cisco ASA suite. It supports network security and firewall options. We researched both Meraki and ASA. We liked… more »
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    Its ease of configuration and management is very useful for us and for other companies that don't have an onsite IT person. It is easy to configure and easy to manage. It is easy to configure the VPN… more »
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    We just have to pay for the product and the license. We have a license for three years, and it is renewed every three years. It costs $1,200 for three years for one endpoint. Meraki had a good… more »
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    The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
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    Our organization would pay for a license every two to three years.
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    Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much more user-friendly. What Fortigate has which SonicWall doesn't, is the per rule… more »
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    Also Known As
    MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
    NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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    Overview
    With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.
    Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.
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    Sample Customers
    Hyatt, ONS
    Orange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Non Tech Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government5%
    Construction Company4%
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    Manufacturing Company17%
    Educational Organization14%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Marketing Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise21%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise38%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise18%
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    Meraki MX is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 17 reviews while SonicWall NSa is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 38 reviews. Meraki MX is rated 8.4, while SonicWall NSa is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Meraki MX writes "Makes it easy to stay on top of everything for security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Sophos XG and SonicWall TZ, whereas SonicWall NSa is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, WatchGuard Firebox, SonicWall TZ, Cisco ASA Firewall and Sophos XG. See our Meraki MX vs. SonicWall NSa report.

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