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Score 8.7 out of 100

Meraki MR

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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Cisco Meraki MR is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller and Cisco Meraki MR are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

86%
16 Ratings
9.1

Meraki MR

91%
34 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

90%
1 Rating
9.0

Meraki MR

90%
1 Rating

Usability

8.0

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

80%
1 Rating
8.5

Meraki MR

85%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.9

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

89%
9 Ratings
8.8

Meraki MR

88%
25 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

I was given the task to setup a new wifi network in a very large building. With many departments and a complicated layout, we needed to have a solid router to handle all of the network traffic and throughput. I was given the task to find a reliable, robust and cost-effective solution. With the Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller, I was easily able to setup an autonomous access point with a few clicks. The cloud based controller software was easy to use and had many features I was able to utilize and control.
BHUPESH PANT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

The Cisco Meraki line of products is an excellent option for anyone who is looking for an easy to use line of Switches, Routers, Wireless Accesspoints, Cloud security and beyond. Not only will you find the Cisco Meraki console easy to use, but the hardware is top notch quality and comes with all the bells and whistles that you might expect from an enterprise level of service such as Cisco.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • [...] One thing which always fascinated me is the user interface because it is very friendly in nature.
  • Also, with this tool, [my team and I] have started feeling more secure and safe because this platform does not require any such implementation. [A]ll the security patches happen on their own.
  • One of the main pros of this app is that because it is so compact, it makes this platform a very good travel option. [I]t is also portable [and] can be easily carried anywhere.
Nathan Linkon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • Cloud-managed - as all Meraki products are, very easy to manage.
  • Mesh technology allows clients to easily roam from one AP to another.
  • Very easy to add AP's, just get it online and add it to a network. Done.
  • Great tools to troubleshoot problems clients.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • The interface needs improvement, it is still complex to find some functions quickly
  • The price of the product is still a big limiter
  • The fragility of its physical structure, any impact, which is a little stronger, can cause damage to the product
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • There needs to be an easier way to see which devices are being heavier used, so as to determine needed adjustments.
  • It would be good to have more in-depth access to what locations connected devices are navigating to.
  • Cost. These devices could be a little more competitive if the cost were lower. Meraki prices itself out of some sales.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Meraki MR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We have been using Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller in our network infrastructure for a long time now and it has been a very critical and beneficial addition in our network infrastructure. it has provided us with the tools required to efficiently manage and monitor our wireless network and users. it is a highly reliable and efficient device for any kind of environment.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

Meraki MR 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cause its intuitive, very clear and easy of use (no brainer) interface. It's whole portfolio in one portal aproach. Also cause the new features cycle release and the cisco Meraki comprehension of WiFi market. Also cause the fastest deployment available on the market that also comes with a easy to scale platform adding features and services in the same interface thats unique and awesome.
Victor Rivera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The GUI is easier to navigate as compared to the 2504. Also the responsiveness of the GUI, the quicker failover capabilities and the enhanced visibility are all major improvements over the previous generation WLC.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

Meraki MR 8.5
Based on 2 answers
The Cisco Meraki MR web interface is best in class when it comes to network management. While some networking knowledge is needed to understand what you are doing, no specialized training in any one specific operating system is required to design a whole network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller 8.9
Based on 9 answers
Cisco TAC is well known and SLA levels are great. Cisco support website and Cisco communities are another help for issues resolution. TAC is always supportive over Webex and helps to resolve issues pretty fast. This is another assurance for people to go with Cisco as the TAC capabilities are proven for all product lines.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

Meraki MR 8.8
Based on 25 answers
Meraki support is usually top notch. The are quick to respond and stick with an issue until it is resolved. One of the difficulties I've had with Meraki MRs is the limited ability the customer has in troubleshooting. Much of the more technical aspects of resolution can only be accessed by the Meraki support team, meaning dedicated IT teams are reliant on them when more complicated issues arise.
Dennis Chwee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Like I said previously, switching wireless controllers was really simple and the process was very smooth. We believed that the 3504 could do everything and maybe a little more than what the 9800 was giving us when it started getting old. Both were great at managing the networks and the response times was similar
Duncan Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

Cisco Meraki Stacks give us the ability to implement an entire network and security solution that impacts tremendously in the productivity of our employees, just because we have 1 Dashboard to manage an entire company network and security with ML include an easy-to-use web view. Any other brand in the industries has the ability to merge Switches, Wireless LAN, UTM, MDM, Video Surveillance in one intuitive dashboard HTML or Mobile App.
Jose De Jesus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • The WLAN controller is a great tool for wireless network administration. With the Cisco Wireless Controller, we can quickly configure and manage all Cisco access points. It's also very easy to set up and manage. The Wlan Controller is a must-have for all our wireless network design.
  • The WLAN Controller is a really useful device, it's easy to use and the setup is clear. The 3504 we use has 4 interfaces, we use 2 for data, one for management and one for failover. The wireless controller is very reliable, it will not let your network down. The only downside is that it can be a little bit slow when you need to add a lot of new access points.
  • Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a great tool for managing WLANs. The controller allows you to manage a large number of access points and allows you to very quickly manage and configure all devices in the network and have one of the most important components of the system. The controller is easy to use and supports a large number of connections and devices.
BHUPESH PANT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • For bigger organizations ROI is really good, because the network is always operational, and no time is spent fixing the network.
  • The users do not need to power cycle devices or do anything else, everything can be managed remotely from the Meraki dashboard.
  • For small businesses with only 1 AP, the ROI is not that great since a cheaper AP can do the same job, and it may need occasional reboot which the staff can do easily without any hassle.
Syed Iqbal | TrustRadius Reviewer

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