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Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

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Score 9 out of 100

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

I can tell that ISR 4541 can be suited perfectly for an environment like the one we have for internet connectivity. It supports O365, DMZ, Zscaler GRE tunnels, VPNs, all of them with 0 issues during more than 4 years, these models are also installed on our network for hybrid connection MPLS and internet circuit.
Eric Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Meraki MX appliances are a great solution for very easily creating a "mesh" network for a small to medium-sized enterprise. They are just as secure and cal do the same kind of traffic shaping, access control, layer 3 routing, etc. as any other small to medium firewall. It is NOT for a very large, complex networks because it is simply not designed to do everything that would be required. Meraki MX appliances are also very well-suited for companies that do not have an advanced network engineer on staff. This is because they require less technical expertise to deploy, configure and maintain. Don't get me wrong, you have to know something about networking, but you don't have to be a CCIE or anything. A somewhat knowledgeable network administrator or experienced generalist can handle it. But again, if you need very specific redundancy features and very complex rules and policies, this is not your firewall.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Identification Technologies
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Visualization Tools
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.8
Content Inspection
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.8
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
VPN
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
High Availability
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Stateful Inspection
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.2
Proxy Server
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.9

Pros

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

  • Easy to use, simple to operate, highly predictable. IOS/IOS-XE is well known and there is a virtually limitless pool of engineers who know this platform and if not having direct experience, can apply knowledge from other IOS/IOS-XE with very little adjustment.
  • Extremely flexible due to wide variety of interfaces. NIM and SM-X provide a great deal options: TDM, E&M, FXO, FXS, switches and servers are all options.
  • Robust IP feature set: Routing protocols, NBAR, Netflow, QoS, DMVPN. This large IP feature set gives us the ISR makes it a highly re-usable router, capable in many different use cases.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • The dashboard brings all management features with you wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection and a browser and you can manage the solution. The dashboard tracks your uplink connectivity to the dashboard and double checks with you all changes impacting the connectivity, making it much safer to enact changes remotely. Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and site-to-site VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
  • Site-to-Site VPNs are the easier to setup than any other vendor’s solution. You simple pick two or more devices to tunnel together and then select what network subsets should be allowed to cross the tunnel and you are done. The solution handles all the details. Site-to-site VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
  • For MSPs the dashboard is even more convenient as all your clients are on the same MSP account. Switching between managing different clients Meraki equipment is a few clicks once you login to the dashboard. Two-factor authentication is available for enhanced dashboard security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

  • Consolidate sd-wan + voice gateway features in the same hardware. Voice gateway is a key feature for us as well as sd-wan.
  • Reduce the cost of the solution. Sometimes the business is not strong enough to invest in it, which breaks our strategy.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to identify what’s the best product for each situation. For example: what’s the benefit of using a router instead of an encs?
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • The only real issue we've ran across was a PAT routing issue that wouldn't allow us to connect to a state agency. I would talk to a Cisco rep in case you have any specialized VPN connects. It's not an issue as 99.9% of folks wouldn't run into this as it was very specialized situation.
  • Cisco certified users may dislike not having command line and granular control like other Cisco Firewalls. It's designed for easy of use and modern interface.
  • Internet connection. The dashboard you access through the internet even if you're on the same network. There is a local interface but it for the initial setup not for managing the box. It hasn't been an issue for us but if your internet connection is of poor quality it might be frustration to manage.
  • Yearly costs. We paid several years in advance for the security license. Some may not like having a yearly fee but think of it as a maintenance plan. It is well worth the money.
  • Can't drill down like you can with an ASA product with FirePOWER/FireSIGHT as the primary focus of the Meraki is easy of use.
  • Cisco's Content Filtering is decent but sometimes blocks legitimate sites that you have to white list.
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) 8.8
Based on 3 answers
We renew Cisco end of life devices with current models.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 6.5
Based on 2 answers
As we have it in place now, we will continue to keep it at our remote sites. Future expansion is something we are reviewing, and may well start with some of the larger switches as they seem to offer good performance and management at a reasonable price. Wireless is also something we're investing in and their devices are great for that.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) 7.9
Based on 2 answers
Its easy once you break the knowledge plane
Bert Schepler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 8.3
Based on 4 answers
The Cisco Meraki MX series is very easy to use. Setting up user VPN access, site to site VPN to tie multiple locations together and managing all your devices. You can even download the latest firmware and install without ever leaving the dashboard. Meraki is the very definition of easy to use
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) 8.7
Based on 11 answers
We have consistently be very happy with Cisco TAC support whenever we've had to open cases. The one negative we've encounter with regards to the Cisco ISR 4000 series routers, in particular, is that compared to the previous routers we've used (Cisco ISR 2800, 3800, 2900 and 3900 series) we've had to upgrade code more frequently. Part of this may be due to the added complexity and/or running IOS-XE instead of IOS, but it has definitely been the case.
Paul Luchini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 9.1
Based on 7 answers
The constant use of the solution, the positive comments from customers, the economic results of the solution, quick response to incidents, quick access to technical support in case of failures, and having control of the network from a user-friendly interface make this solution easy to sell and to make the decision to make it part of the organization's infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) 8.3
Based on 2 answers
Its a good idea to have an active Smartnet contract before each larger deployment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

The 4300 is much more cost effective for medium sized branch offices, which do not require the horsepower of an ASR. Compared to an ASA, the ISR does not really compare, since it is not a dedicated firewall. Using the IOS firewall would not be an ideal solution, but it would work in a pinch.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

The cisco Meraki MX line meets the needs of the market that isn’t being addressed by other major competitors in today’s market place. Cisco Meraki MX ends up being cost per dollar cheaper than the competition just because they are focusing on larger businesses and organizational units. Meraki perfectly fits that middle market need
Preston Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

  • The CSRv router has caused us to look at functions, features, and solutions outside of our enterprise standard due to cost of Cisco license and then AWS costs on top of it.
  • Meraki MX devices have given us an easy solution to several of our sites where we don't own the building or the infrastructure. In those cases we can deploy the device with cellular service and continue to operate as normal. All of the other ideas were significantly more expensive and all came with more limitations.
  • Using the MX device as a VPN concentrator has been a huge success. Using the Meraki devices to handle the vpn overhead has reduced the workload on the laptop, reduced user error while remote, and improved stability. It also allows for metrics and visibility to assist remote workers with more confidence and ease.
Jared Mcmillan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • Cost of purchase and maintenance is high. And it significantly increased, as expected, shortly after Cisco's acquisition of the company.
  • This is offset by the ease of use which has a positive ROI effect since staff spends less time configuring and monitoring the firewalls.
  • There is not, to my knowledge, a loyalty or hardware replacement program to encourage customers to stay with Meraki when hardware obsolescence requires fork-lifting new equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)

General

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

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
9.0
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
8.8
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
6.5

Usability

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
7.9
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3

Reliability and Availability

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1

Performance

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1

Support Rating

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
8.7
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1

Implementation Rating

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
8.3
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.0

Scalability

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.3

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