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Score 8.4 out of 100

Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco switches are suitable for a user stack. Port Channel connections can only be created when the maximum per port is a GB. A scenario in which it is not very good is when it is used as distribution equipment and therefore the route and its capacity are not adequate for those scenarios.
Saira Sandoval | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Identification Technologies
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Visualization Tools
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Content Inspection
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
VPN
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
High Availability
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
Proxy Server
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
6.7

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • They provide the ability to segment traffic
  • They provide the ability to apply security to certain VLAN's when needed
  • Troubleshooting is easy with interface outputs and mirror ports
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • 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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Definitely could improve on the pricing. We are pleased with them but you definitely pay a premium to obtain and maintain support on them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • 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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Catalyst offers a wide range of switch solutions that have supported the needs that we have. Couple that with their relatively easy to use IOS interface, our staff is able to adequately manage these devices without needing advanced training. Cisco has also provided great support whenever there was a situation that we could not resolve concerning these switches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.6
Based on 2 answers
I have used CAtalyst switches for both access layer and core switch setups, and have always had a good experience with them. They have been super reliable switches, and I'll be using them in the future. The ease of use allows us to deploy these switches in a variety of setups without difficulty, and low turnaround time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 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

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I have had only 2 outrages in 18 years. Really a very reliable piece of technology Cisco has there
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I thing high level (executive) level reports should be automatically generated since budget comes from general and financial manager who usually don't care about technical details
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 7.6
Based on 2 answers
Documentation is excellent. Haven't had to contact tech support yet. Updates are frequent and of good quality.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 20 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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It is very important to have a checklist of the different deployment options before beginning. Normally you have to spend a 4-hour session with your implementation partner to get things to work faster. Remember they have the technical knowledge but not the business knowledge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

For many years now Cisco Switches have been the pinnacle of network switches. They continue to provide industry-leading quality that is unmatched by any other switching competitor in the market. Yes, some competitors make cheaper switches, but the Cisco switches provide many enhanced features and capabilities that make them stand out above the rest. Troubleshooting issues on Cisco switches are so much easier than on any other competitors' switch.
Steven Van Jaarsveld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

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

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Need more graphical user interface
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.3
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Estabilidad del negocio // Good for maintaining business stability
  • Te olvidasa de problemas de swiching // You can forget about having issues related to your switches
Heber Carvajal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • 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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
8.9
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
6.5

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
8.6
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
8.2
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
7.6
Cisco Meraki MX
9.4

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
7.0

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
7.3
Cisco Meraki MX
7.3

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