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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

Cisco has a wide range of wireless controllers and 3504 is the entry level controller. It can support up to 150 Access points. Therefore it is very well suited for medium sized enterprises , however small businesses can also use it in their networks but it is not so light on the budget and small businesses will find it very expensive.
Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

A Cisco Meraki MR is well-suited for highly visible locations where a device needs to be suddenly integrated and not drawing attention to itself. It may not be so well-suited to environments where in depth monitoring of traffic to specific destinations needs to be quickly determined and throttled on an as needed basis, such as in a conference environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • The user interface is faster and more responsive than the previous model.
  • Well built and sturdy hardware.
  • Included racking equipment was a nice touch.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • Layer 7 Firewall Embedded
  • Different type of access control and guess portal
  • Traffic shaping and bandwidth rate limits for high demands application
  • Health option to identify quickly different problems with the performance
  • Integration with third party guess portal like “Eleven WiFi” for customize guess access
  • Analytics and reports of usage very helpful in order to obtain data of your internet usage and allocate resources more efficient
Jose De Jesus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • I think that the price is a little bit expensive in comparision with other vendors.
  • Maybe need to add a redundant power supply.
  • Maybe better time for booting the WLC.
Benjamín Marrón Rojas | 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

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

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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 8.6
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 8.1
Based on 7 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

Meraki MR are certainly one of the good products on the market. The ease of use, configuration from the dashboard and the rollout are certainly the main differentiators of Meraki. The lifetime warranty of MR (not outdoor models) is also a great advantage.But, the licenses to pay as long as you use the product may discourage some buyers (vs Fortinet for example).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 3504 WLAN Controller

  • We have saved countless hours not having to configure each AP individually.
  • Budgets on the WLAN side have increased due to the cost increases.
  • Smart software has made it easier to get a new tech up and running.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • Very easy deployment when we moved a major office location.
  • When we added special business needs we were able to add a Wi-Fi channel for special access with minimal IT effort and configuration.
  • Easy to setup, deploy and install when we have added remote sites.
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

Meraki MR

General

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

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