2021-10-20T07:21:00Z
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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Which is better - Ubiquiti Wireless or Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN?

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2021-11-02T08:25:32Z
Nov 2, 2021

Ubiquiti Wireless offers a wide range of WLAN products. We tested their devices before ultimately choosing Cisco Meraki. Ubiquiti devices have good outdoor performance and the connection is very stable. The internal roaming is also good.


The best advantage, in my opinion, was the ease of management. The central control panel enables you to manage the entire wireless network, view and control the settings easily. Another feature we liked was the automatic firmware update. Ubiquiti is also more cost-effective than other alternatives.


We noticed issues, though, with their layer 3 devices and routing equipment. Ubiquiti is a low-cost alternative but the tradeoff is the almost non-existent support. We had to rely on the community forums for answers. Additionally, there is a good chance a percentage of the Ubiquiti devices will break, so, have extra devices on standby.


We chose Cisco Meraki because of their great wireless coverage, as is to be expected with Cisco products. Also, they offer the latest generation of WiFi technology.


Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN controllers are “set and go.” Once you set it up to your preferred configuration, it just runs by itself. It is very reliable. Adding access points is very easy from the wireless controller - you can even group APs. The monitoring is very good, too. You have visibility and control over the wireless network - for instance, you can block or disconnect users.


Regarding security, you can integrate the controller with most SSO vendors if you want an extra layer, but the Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN controller provides robust layer 2 security with authentication controls.


The only downside we find is the licensing model. You may need several licenses and the cost can add up.


Conclusions


If you can afford it, go with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. Ubiquiti provides a good affordable alternative if you don’t mind the lack of support.

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Cisco’s Meraki Virtual MX is a virtual instance of the Meraki SD-WAN appliance. We liked the Meraki. The Wifi APs are a great feature. The dashboard is a simple interface and easy to learn. It features a single pane of glass for all the products you need to manage. Support is always great with Cisco. The problem was when we had to assign a static IP for security reasons. It was lengthy and complex. Making changes to a WLAN is complicated. If you try to standardize or change your config, it disrupts your switches’ performance. Moreover, the wireless controller is out of date and has some bugs. Despite being long-time Cisco users, we evaluated the Ruckus Wireless as an alternative in terms of price. Ruckus Wireless is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. It has awesome features about how their signaling works and devices. The devices are weather-resistant and work well even in harsh conditions. Ruckus mesh technology is their best feature. Setting up and configuring it was easy. When you want to add an AP, it is a pretty straightforward plug-and-play system. The performance and configuration are very good. The AP is reliable, meaning you can have high-density wireless, scaling up easily. That being said, they could add hardware stratification. The solution is fairly stable and easy to scale. Regarding the price, Ruckus is more affordable than Meraki. About the downsides, onboarding BYOD can be cumbersome or downright impossible. Another downside is the support. They take forever to answer back and solve tickets. Conclusions Cisco has all the backup and support of a big brand name. We are Cisco users but Ruckus is a great and more affordable alternative to Meraki. Ruckus Wireless is a great WLAN solution, reasonably priced.
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