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Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Meraki MR

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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Cisco Meraki MR is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

87%
27 Ratings
9.1

Meraki MR

91%
34 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Meraki MR

90%
1 Rating

Usability

8.2

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

82%
1 Rating
8.5

Meraki MR

85%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

90%
2 Ratings
8.8

Meraki MR

88%
25 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

[Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller's] software quality has been shed in recent years. The only problem I have with it is its inability to work with older Cisco Access Points. However, that's to be expected for any deployment. While the controller's UI works well, some areas could be improved. API integrations lack flexibility. [I feel] it's time for policy redesign. It can be a little difficult to determine coding quality.
Nilufa Hossain | 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 8540 Wireless Controller

  • The GUI on the Cisco 8540 WLC is much better designed than other Cisco products. Its easy to navigate between the different settings to find what is needed.
  • The AP groups allows touching multiple APs at one time.
  • It also allows us to create standard SSIDs that can be used at all sites that connect back to it, this saves a lot of time instead of hitting each site with a local controller.
Richard Dean | 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 8540 Wireless Controller

  • Code quality is a bit hit and miss. This will be great for a while, then things will be bad for a while, then we'll do it again. The UI of the controller works, but could do with a refresh, and I would like to see some improvement on layout and organization.
  • The constant code/firmware upgrades and the QA of new code could be better.
  • Maybe the compatibility with old Cisco Access Points could be improved, but it's normal in all kinds of deployments.
Anonymous | 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 8540 Wireless 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 8540 Wireless Controller

No score
No answers yet
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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 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very well made product. Very stable. We have had no issues administering the 8540.
Richard Dean | 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 8540 Wireless Controller

Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It is a better product. The evolution is positive.
Carlos Zacarias Hernandez | 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 8540 Wireless Controller

We have [done] some work before with the Cisco 3504 product, but the more recent Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller provides a wider range of capabilities for managing the wireless network and each individual device [and] also being able to handle more users. Unfortunately, we didn't test and deploy equivalent products from other concurrent companies.
João Almeida | 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 8540 Wireless Controller

  • Network engineers find it easier to [manage] high-stress levels since they're more reliable and robust.
  • Their initial cost is very high compared to other router providers, such as Juniper.
  • Their hardware dependability can be a big drawback if you run on a budget.
Anonymous | 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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