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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

88%
12 Ratings
9.5

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

95%
32 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

91%
1 Rating

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

82%
1 Rating

Performance

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
12 Ratings

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

94%
21 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

73%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

9.0

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

90%
12 Ratings

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

I recommend using this Cisco 1850 access point for offices, factories, schools, colleges, hospitals, and other indoor environments. It has great support for a medium density of simultaneous connections and has interesting features to mitigate and improve the quality and strength of the wifi signal. The captive portal brings more security and control of who is accessing the wifi network and prohibits unauthorized access. The price is great, and it has Cisco's reliability in technology.
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Cisco

If you want easy to setup wireless that works really well and can be managed from anywhere, Meraki is for sure the way to go. Once you get used to using the dashboard, it is extremely easy to use and will show you all kinds of details about the network and the clients on it. The Meraki design works well, especially if you are new to wireless, the settings are pretty basic but easy to follow. If you have an office environment and don't want the hassle of having a controller in a closet, then Meraki is a good fit. They might not always be suited for industrial designs where heat and extreme harsh temperatures are in play but other than that I've found I've been able to put them in manufacturing and office environments. If you want extreme tuning ability like you would see in a traditional Cisco controller, then you might not like the Meraki platform.
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Pros

Cisco

  • It is a versatile, clean, balanced and secure access point.
  • Wifi 5 802.11ac wave 2 technology.
  • Client link and cleanair are functions to mitigate and improve user connection.
  • Reliable smartnet service for warranty and technical support.
  • Perfect for offices and indoor locations.
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Cisco

  • Cisco Meraki Wireless does a GREAT job marketing their product and building your trust. They offer free and very informative webinars that offer free gear for your home network. They rely on word of mouth marketing and it simply works. They offer great try and buy programs as well. They stand behind their product and trust the technology.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless administrators dashboard is top notch. Their wireless UI interface is integrated with all other Cisco Meraki Wireless products. This makes it easy to use. It has single-use credentials and is seamless.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless support is also top notch. While they are backed by Cisco, Meraki always feels like you are working with a small business that takes your account seriously. They are specialized and a rare breed in the industry. Getting support from them is a pleasure!
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Cons

Cisco

  • Management software has been spotty, such as DNA Center (early versions pre v2).
  • Software has been unreliable (mainly AirOS).
  • Not supporting older APs has been when moving to new versions has been painful and caused multiple business complications such as audit support and mass AP replacements.
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Cisco

  • Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management.
  • Must maintain subscription to utilize Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points.
  • Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      The Cisco Meraki WiFi Access Point dashboard and support license is mandatory so to continue usage we will need to renew the license. We may opt to purchase a more current WiFi generation device if something newer is available at that time. Currently, happy with the use of the dashboard as it is very feature rich.
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      Usability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      The Meraki dashboard is an excellent tool to administer and manage the Meraki WiFi Access Point. Navigating the dashboard is intuitive and there are lots of use cases on the Meraki site. The dashboard is the key to having a great administrative experience with the product, easy to use, fast to find information.
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      Performance

      Cisco

      We have rolled out the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points as our previous models have come end of life/end of sale. We are more than pleased with the performance that the [Cisco] Catalyst 9100 Access Points have provided our locations and have not run into any issues during or after deployment.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      Cisco Meraki support has been very helpful when it comes to troubleshooting and supporting their products. There is an online knowledge base with tons of documentation and there is also 24x7 phone support available as part of the dashboard license. Every time I've called support, the engineer I spoke with has been very informative and dedicated to resolving my problems.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      There were documents that detailed how the WiFi Access Point was to be installed and mounted. The only issue was to cable the device, we use a third party for this type of work and typically has to be performed after normal business hours. Other than that, the installation was easy.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      Cisco is the preferred WiFi solution worldwide. Typically any support issues are resolved with an internet search. The Cisco solution is typically one of the first to release new WiFi standard-based solutions. Also, their solution works the first time out of the box. Many of the other products may require a call to their technical support because of software flaws or unsupported scenarios. Not so with Cisco. It works out of the box, has many available use cases, and has great support if needed.
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      Cisco

      Meraki Wireless Access Points were superior to Cisco Aironets: Cloud-based dashboard for managing all Meraki devices. Alerts when devices or network is impacted. Easy deployment of Firmware upgrades. Faster network speeds. Wider network coverage. Required less number of Access Points compared to Cisco Aironet.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      Considering my campus has 3000 of these, and the programs that come with the Cisco Access Points make it really easy to know exactly which Access Points are down, and being able to troubleshoot through SSH from the office is a God sent.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Cisco was able to provide a product that met specific business requirements because they have offered a wide range of devices with various feature sets.
      • 9100s have a 3rd radio that allows for a lot of additional security features
      • 9100s have the same level of reliability and performance as the previous generation and continue to impress.
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      Cisco

      • KPI generator: Generator of commercial indicators that help us define the client's profile.
      • Consumption data: See in which the network is occupying the consumption by application and user.
      • Heat zones: See which is the area of ​​interest most traveled by the end user.
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