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Score 9 out of 100

Meraki MR

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

The reason [Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points is] not a 10/10 in this section is really if you're using another provider for your main network equipment then this may not be the easiest transition. If you're already using Cisco stuff then yes go for the upgrade and get these better units in place. Their range and function outweigh their cost increase.
Anonymous | 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 Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • Cisco DNA support. It is easy to integrate, configure, and manage.
  • Extended wireless coverage while providing amreliable connection.
  • No speed loss thanks to dual 5 GHz radio. It applies on the same elevation level; different floors require enabling 2.4 GHz for better performance.
Christopher J Evans | 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 Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • CleanAir - Put this technology into all the APs.
  • GPS Tracker - I can't understand why only the Cisco 1570 has this option as well as larger Cisco 3800 APs. Why can't this be in all APs so they can be easily mapped in Google for positioning and later plotted for the coverage zone.
Edwin Sandys | 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 Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Because until now I haven't had any issues or cases where I needed to create a ticket with Tac from Cisco related to their performance or availability.They have a small size that permits or allows you to install it in each place that you need to mount it, their design is small and appropriate for every kind of office.
Axel David Olivares Hernández | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

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Usability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.6
Based on 3 answers
Lately we had less issues. Most probably because we reduced the number of Wireless LAN controllers. So less trouble for upgrades as well.We don't have any access point in stand alone mode. It's something I don't suggest, unless it's just for a small office and not for a larger company with different sites.
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

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.1
Based on 2 answers
This access point does not usually randomly shut off. It can't happen but it's generally due to a power over ethernet failures which would could be considered a user error.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

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Performance

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.7
Based on 9 answers
Performance is probably the Aironet's biggest strength. They are workhorses just like most of Cisco's other enterprise-level equipment. Meaning they have a solid code base, and great hardware that can just run and run without intervention. And we found that each AP can handle so many users we stopped even counting!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

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Support Rating

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 6.8
Based on 4 answers
I believe that there is always room for improvement.
Hawkinson, John | 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

Implementation Rating

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 8.2
Based on 6 answers
Make sure to get a professional wireless assessment before purchasing AP's. That way you will only purchase what you need and know where the wiring infrastructure will need to be to streamline the installation and tuning process.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

We looked at the Aruba Wireless Access Points as well as the Cisco APs, but we settled on the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points because they were more cost effective and we have more familiarity with the Cisco line of network products and how to manage them.
Mark McCully | 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

Scalability

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points 9.0
Based on 8 answers
This is probably the best part of the Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points lineup. They are designed to work seamlessly with the wireless LAN controller, and what you get (after some initial configuration) is an amazingly easy rollout of APs. You can literally plug these in anywhere on the network and the wireless LAN controller will identify, update, and push the appropriate configuration to it within minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

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Return on Investment

Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

  • The main thing is you can set them and forget about them, they don't cause a lot of problems so you can focus on other things.
  • They have performed well, in areas where we needed more APs to offload, these can handle more users.
Erick Saldana | 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 Aironet 2800 Series Access Points

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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