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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MS is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

92%
45 Ratings
9.3

Cisco Meraki MS

93%
34 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
10.0

Cisco Meraki MS

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

77%
6 Ratings
9.0

Cisco Meraki MS

90%
25 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

82%
2 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MS

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

91%
1 Rating
9.3

Cisco Meraki MS

93%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst [2960-X/XR Series] switches are the gold standard for networking gear, they just work and if you do run into issues, Cisco TAC support is world-class and will work with you until it's resolved. During issues and outages knowing we have TAC is a great tool. They perform well while stacking and offer the base functionality every standard corporate network should need. If you have team members that are shy around a command line there will be a learning curve or heavy use of web interface tools that are not as built out as the CLI command-line interface.
kevin mcgillicuddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

This product will go to the top of the list of what I will use again. It makes support significantly easier and that is important to the operations here. I feel this is a strong candidate to be used in just about any configuration. It is very adaptable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • I haven't worked on many other brands of routers/switches, but I can say with certainty that Cisco's IOS network operating system is very well written. Using the question mark helps you find a command or complete its options very easily.
  • Cisco's Catalyst documentation is superb and if you can't find what you're looking for there, you can find a ton of great blogs by certified Cisco engineers.
  • Cisco may be notorious for creating their own proprietary protocols, but for every proprietary protocol they also support the industry standard protocols.
  • Cisco Catalyst switches are genuine workhorses; we still have some switches on our network that are older than 10 years and still performing great!
  • I like the way Catalyst implements vlans; very easy and straightforward
  • I like the stacking capability of Catalyst. it's very easy to configure and you are now managing a single switch, composed of multiple switches
Omar Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

  • Meraki MS switches are wonderful at allowing a network admin to configure a VPN mesh network without having to have highly specialized knowledge. Unlike Cisco switches, there is no CLI, there is only a GUI, and Meraki support helps you set it up as you add nodes to your network.
  • Meraki MS switches are easy to deploy. Full stop.
  • They can work with any firewall or ASA but I would strongly recommend using the Meraki MX security appliance if you are going to use Meraki MS switches because they were made to work together.
  • They easily stack. It's all done for you in the Meraki cloud control panel.
  • They will get an address from your admin VLAN's DHCP scope and keep it. Even if you unplug it and move it, you will not have to worry about addressing it.
  • The GUI is online and you can reach it from anywhere, so as long as you have the credentials, you can manage the network from any device that has a browser.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • Cost. Always the downside with Cisco. The competition is cheaper.
  • Tech support used to be incredible. It is above average now but not like it was 10+ years ago.
  • Better support for third-party cables and SFP/SFP+ would be nice. I hate being warned in the logs that I'm not using a Cisco OEM accessory.
  • I wish they could upgrade the stack without taking the whole stack offline. This is a real issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

  • People who are coming from enterprise switches or command line options may feel limited
  • If internet is having issue, managing the switches can become more burdensome
  • Switches do not have as many advanced features as enterprise switches
  • Delay in reporting and debugging
kevin mcgillicuddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco Meraki MS

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Cisco has great products, easy to deploy, configure, and manage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great product and we're always watching for new additions from meraki
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
very easy to navigate the CLI
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Always in stock
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 2 answers
uptime meets expectations
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 7.7
Based on 6 answers
Product support is one area that Cisco leads the field in. Other vendors try providing technical support for their products. When I purchase catalyst switches I know that "IF" I where to have a problem with one of my Cisco Catalyst switches that I can either open a TAC case online or over the phone and a knowledgeable person will be able to help me with what ever the issue is.
David Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 9.0
Based on 25 answers
Cisco support for the Meraki products is great. I have a dedicated representative who I can reach out to at any time. They offer numerous online resources and easy to follow tutorials to help the most novice user feel like a pro. When I need support they were ready and quickly helped me solve my problems.
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 8.2
Based on 2 answers
usually pretty seamless into existing deployments
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

We've selected Catalyst Switches because of its widespread documentation , great hardware, and the best manufacturer support.They can be stacked as a unique switch increasing the port number, manageability and reducing the uplink and broadcast traffic among many cascaded switches. Cisco always there to support us anytime when we in need of their support so no disappointments we feel anytime using these products.
Raman Sehgal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki equipment is easier to configure, setup, and deploy as well as manage. The only thing I will say for the other gear is that they have their special niche requirements, protocol options, and special configuration options that not all Meraki gear has. Meraki gear cannot do everything that other switches out there can do for specific requirements. For the most common network requirements, Meraki can do it!
Trevor Harley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Switch stacking feature is flawless
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 9.3
Based on 15 answers
We have had no trouble linking multiple switches together with a daisy chain cable. We have done this throughout our building and have added them as switch stacks so that they appear as one large switch. It's even better when combined with port aggregation on our fiber feed lines for 20GB throughput back to the core network.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X/XR Series Switches

  • The organization was able to create a standardization of a single access switch model in our regional office and helped with equipment management.
  • We've increased network security.
  • We were able to connect WiFi access points without the need for an external source because they are power over ethernet.
Gabriel Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki MS

  • One critical business objective was a worry-free network. This is it!
  • Another business objective was to be able to manage my entire network from a single interface. Meraki delivers again! Not having to be in the building to monitor, manage and configure networking equipment is worth the weight of these devices in gold.
  • I wanted to be able to see everything that was happening on my network. Meraki enables that. I can see every device, what each is doing, set alerts for when individual ports go down or the device that is attached stops sending packets, etc. The visibility into my network's performance and security is unprecedented. I never knew what I was missing and I do not want to go back!
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

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