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Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

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Score 9 out of 100

Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

The [Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches] are great switches for basic routing/switching. If you need a core for your campus, or even distribution layer switches, I would look elsewhere. These are great switches for user switches, printers, access points, etc. Also, this switch would be good to use as a WAN switch upstream of routers/firewalls.
Thomas Osborne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

Our Cisco Meraki MX has worked flawlessly since being deployed in our branch offices. We were previously using another vendor in the space and ran into several connection issues and highly monthly costs. The Cisco Meraki MX is well suited for branch offices but should not be considered for large offices with other 100 users.
Anonymous | 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
8.1
Visualization Tools
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
Content Inspection
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
VPN
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
High Availability
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Proxy Server
Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • They are simple to setup and maintain.
  • Once you have them configured, you won't have to touch them again. They just work!
  • The Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches are fanless, so they work perfectly in some of our more rugged locations.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The appliances are very, very easy to use. You could set one up for basic use with minimal documentation.
  • Intuitive menus in the Meraki Dashboard make traversing your options and finding what you need very easy.
  • Good support options and a healthy knowledge base with well-written guides.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • The ability to easily do packet captures on the cli would be handy
  • I struggle with the log timestamps relative to the actual time on the machine
  • The ability to put control plane ACL's would be nice rather than having to upgrade for vulnerabilities
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | 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 8.7
Based on 3 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 9.9
Based on 3 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 8.4
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 2 answers
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 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches 8.6
Based on 3 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 9.7
Based on 20 answers
I haven't ever had a bad experience with Meraki support. On the few occasions where I wasn't understanding the UI or needed some clarification about what a setting actually would do, I contacted them and they were very quickly able to provide help. Returns are simple and fast, too. We had to return a defective device one time and they shipped the replacement before we had even un-racked the one that was faulty. Unlike many other vendors, they didn't ask use to a do long list of scripted diagnostics, they just took my word for it that the device was broken and sent out a replacement immediately
Jane Updegraff | 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 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst is THE series to use if you want to create stack within your network cabinet. It's really easy in terms of management and installation. As soon as you get familiar with Catalyst stack, you don't want to do something else. The only concern is about the upgrade, because if you have for example a stack of 8 48ports, you will bring down at the same time, potentially around 400 users, so you need to be careful and do it outside of business hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

When comparing the Cisco Meraki line to other products it became nearly an incomparable argument. While Fortinet and SonicWall were very comparable to the Meraki MX series, there were just too many tangible and intangible factors that led to us choosing Meraki. The biggest deciding factor was the cloud management of Cisco products that was that much more reliable compared to the other products. A negative against Meraki though is its yearly licensing costs which are significantly higher than its counterparts.
Anonymous | 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 9.0
Based on 23 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches

  • Staffing qualified IT professionals to manage the networks is typically not an issue.
  • Great technical support through service contracts ensures that downtime can be kept to a minimum even when encountering complex issues that go beyond the knowledge of the average IT staff supporting the devices.
  • Cisco products have a great reputation, so it gives us peace of mind knowing we are using a solid industry leading product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning curve is much less steep for new security admins and the central dashboard allows coolabritive efforts when admins are in different locations. Built-in change management makes it easy to see who made specific changes as changes are logged on the dashboard.
  • Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
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 Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Cisco Meraki MX Editions & Modules

Edition
MX64$5951
MX67$6951
MX68$9951
MX84$1,9951
MX100$4,9951
MX250$9,9951
MX450$19,9951
  1. per appliance
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
9.0
Cisco Meraki MX
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
9.1
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-L Series Switches
9.9
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4

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
8.6
Cisco Meraki MX
9.7

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
9.0

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