Meraki MX vs SonicWall NSa comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Sep 6, 2022

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Fortinet FortiGate
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Firewalls (2nd), Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions (2nd), WAN Edge (1st)
Meraki MX
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Unified Threat Management (UTM) (2nd)
SonicWall NSa
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Firewalls (20th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Firewalls category, the mindshare of Fortinet FortiGate is 22.6%, up from 18.8% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Meraki MX is 3.7%, down from 4.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SonicWall NSa is 1.8%, up from 1.2% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Jun 11, 2024
Has an effective intrusion prevention system feature for maintaining security efficiently
Fortinet FortiGate offers a new official solution for SASE. This solution is more cost-effective for my organisation than the hardware. It doesn’t require renewals every year or every three years. With FortiGate, you get a firewall as a cloud service and optimal protection Fortinet FortiGate…
Jun 28, 2017
Features we most use are the SD-WAN and auto failover for dual ISP connections. Seem to work in harsh environments very well.
As the only network admin in the company, I have to monitor nine remote sites (production and shipping facilities) and 12 remote VPN connections from various smaller facilities. Each location is a processing facility, which, when in season, runs 24 x 7 for the duration they are in production. During this time frame, not having a tech support person on site to fix problems is a huge cost savings for us. I see problems usually before they are large enough to need someone on site and with the cloud services I can remotely control ports, firewall connections and equipment online. Meraki products are very solid and seem to work in harsh environments very well.
Suman Meena - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 30, 2023
It has no issues stability-wise and is scalable, but it has a complicated GUI, its setup is complex, and its product support is mediocre
I'm looking for a different solution so my company can switch to it from SonicWall NSa. I worked with CyberDome and then Fortinet. Compared to SonicWall NSa, I noticed that the interface is easier than the SonicWall NSa interface. However, I'm describing non-enterprise solutions. Support is also excellent versus the support SonicWall NSa provides. If you email or call the support team of Fortinet or CyberDome, you'll get a call. In contrast, the SonicWall NSa technical support team rarely calls, even when I could not configure the product, and my team could only see the logs. However, SonicWall NSa has strong endpoint visibility, which lets my company identify where the issue lies on the network or the infected system. Fortinet offers a free VPN feature, while SonicWall NSa charges you for that.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The flexibility and ease of configuration are the most valuable features."
"Fortinet FortiGate is a security device. It can optimize security on the networks of a company. It actually protects the company from attacks from outside. With FortiGate, you can categorize the users. You can create a group of users that can access all of the websites for their work. You can limit other users' access."
"Its user interface is good, and it is always working fine."
"It has improved our organization with control data."
"The UTM feature is quite good. FortiAP is easy to deploy because both Fortigate and FortiAP are under the same brand. Otherwise, you need to do more work on the configuration."
"Whenever we raise a complaint with FortiGate, their response and resolution times are minimal."
"The product is very stable, easy to troubleshoot, and configure, so it has reduced the time it takes for support."
"The web filtering feature and the intrusion protection system are the most valuable. It is a resilient appliance. I never had an issue with it in terms of any security breaches."
"​It is very easy to configure.​"
"It is very easy to use and manage. It is also very easy to scale."
"The security level of our organization has changed by using Meraki MX Firewalls. We didn't have the UTM before, but now we have sandboxing, tray scanning, attack preventions and monitorization. Our security level has improved."
"Intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS): The best feature. It can detect malware, even a virus, and warn you by email about the device that has it. When the Meraki detects that something is wrong, it automatically blocks the connection or the intrusion, delivering a graphic report with all the necessary content."
"A strong, reliable solution for small companies with little or no dedicated IT department."
"Easy to deploy with a simple configuration."
"It has very good features; it's easy to use, configure, set up, and deploy."
"In terms of WAN optimization, it's completely cloud-controlled. Anyone can manage their network environment from a mobile phone."
"The most valuable features of this solution are intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, and the advanced capture client, which provides live traffic analysis."
"Sometimes I have some queries, and the SonicWall support team resolves my queries."
"The product blocks access when I visit unrecognized websites."
"The most valuable features to us are the security services which is a critical factor in our deployment. Today we need to have all the security services enabled because firewalls are not enough."
"Valuable features include a web filter, DHCP, and monitoring capabilities."
"It is a brilliant product. It is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) system. It has got about 11 security services that take care of your perimeter security. It takes care of any kind of cyber threats that could come in. It takes care of creating VPNs between two SonicWalls instantly and very easily. It has got spyware in it as well as a firewall. It has also got a gateway antivirus and an application firewall that can block things from outside."
"The stability is better than other products."
"The product is simple to manage."


"The support is the main thing that needs to be improved."
"Backup can be improved."
"The solution is very expensive."
"The Wi-Fi controller needs a lot of improvement."
"Fortinet already improved FortiGate, but in the current market, many brands of security devices have improved together. Fortinet still needs to catch up with market standards. Fortinet is lacking in features in comparison to competitors."
"The process of configuring firewall rules appears excessively complex."
"FortiGate should have a better way of detecting and managing the system memory because otherwise if the memory is too low, a system restart is required."
"I don't really have anything negative to say as far as Fortinet firewalls are concerned. If anything, they can support a user a little bit better. They can stop being so time-sensitive about how much time the support call has taken, and they can help you do it yourself."
"I do not have the kind of feature I need for SSL decryption in Meraki MX. It would be great to see the SSL decryption feature in Meraki MX."
"The product is quite complex to set up."
"It is very expensive."
"With Meraki MX's integration capabilities, users may face challenges since it does not integrate well with other systems."
"We can’t access GUI management and CLI opening features when the Internet is unavailable."
"MX can only be managed via a web interface, but I'm accustomed to using a CLI or a graphical interface. I would also like to see more reporting features. It doesn't provide enough information for me to know precisely about some clients."
"Could possibly use deeper configurations."
"Meraki MX can come across as an expensive solution."
"There are a few areas that need improvement including the VPN, user management, and reporting."
"The implementation for VLANs is a little bit cumbersome. It would be good to make that a little bit easier."
"They are not ready for managed security services. Their Cloud GMS product is weak, barely out of beta (buggy)."
"The dashboard must be improved."
"The content filter needs to be improved."
"The web interface administration of SonicWall NSa could be improved. Compared to Sophos and FortiGate, making rules is easier with those systems."
"The product has a lot of bugs, actually. We are facing some issues with this product. The DPI SSL feature which is there, it is not working properly."
"SonicWall NSa's reporting could be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The license is too expensive to renew. The license renewal process is also complex."
"The price depends on the size of the company. From the beginning, you just want to know the internet bandwidths, speed, and the number of users to be able to offer the right product and model. They have a lot of products in FortiGate according to the size of the company, like 200D and 300D."
"We are on an annual license to use Fortinet FortiGate."
"For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."
"The price of FortiGate is comparable to that of most other firewall solutions and is more affordable than Cisco."
"The price of Fortinet FortiGate is the lowest in the market."
"In the Asian economy in which we operate, FortiGate is expensive."
"The beauty is the price performance ratio is great with FortiGate. It provides all the features we needed and the price is comparable with others' firewalls. The price is quite competitive with the firewalls with similar features."
"The price varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not."
"Meraki MX is an expensive solution."
"Pricing varies as per the type of license."
"The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment."
"Its licensing cost could be better."
"I think the price is comparable with other solutions of the same kind. Depending on the use case it could be cheaper or more expensive, I think it offers good value."
"The Meraki UTM is excellent when you buy the Advanced Security license. If you buy a different license you lost all the valuable functions."
"The product's price depends on use cases."
"In our evaluation, we found that the costs of deploying the solution, and also purchasing the hardware and licenses, were very attractive."
"SonicWall NSa has reasonable pricing. My company pays for it yearly, but I forgot how much the company pays. From what I remember, you only pay for the license fees."
"Normally, when we buy any product, we buy it with a five-year service built into it. Later on, depending on the growth of the organization, we go for a new one or an upgrade."
"SonicWall still is only a dollar or Euro per gigabit. This means, of the IPsec, it's the cheapest solution."
"We paid about 10,000 in our currency for one packet of SonicWall NSa."
"Compared to Fortinet and Cisco, SonicWall NSa is a cheaper solution."
"A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy."
"The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product."
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What do you like most about Meraki MX?
I am happy with the technical support for the solution. I rate the technical support a ten out of ten.
What do you like most about SonicWall NSa?
The product blocks access when I visit unrecognized websites.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SonicWall NSa?
The solution is cheaper than others. It has a reasonable price.
What needs improvement with SonicWall NSa?
The dashboard must be improved. The product should enable alerts. When hackers compromise our websites and applicatio...

Also Known As

FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA

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