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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

They really are awesome switches. They are not the cheapest, so if your goal is bargain-basement switching, Ubiquiti or another inexpensive network gear manufacturer may be a better match for you. If you want consistent, reliable switching with a great feature set, they are tough to beat. We previously had HP ProLine switches in our old office, and the 9300's are an absolute DREAM compared to those.We run different VLAN's for each service, per floor (One for Voice, One for Video, One for Zero Clients, and one for Workstations), and it really is a snap getting all of those configured. If we need to push a VLAN down from one floor's switch stack to another, that too is quite simple.
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • Using Power of Ethernet to deliver the network connection for IP Phones and Wireless Access Points.
  • Catalyst Switch stacking capability makes it easy to use in networking management.
  • Hardware ready for Software Defined Access technology will protect the investment while the business decides to migrate to the campus fabric solution in the near future.
Roger Qian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • 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!
Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • Ability to do routing network packets.
  • Servers, printer and PCs have been able to connect to the each other via the Cisco Switch.
  • The price a little bit high.
  • Strong security, advanced QoS, comprehensive IPv6 support, Layer 3 static routing, and true stacking.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • 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.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 8.3
Based on 5 answers
Catalyst isn't even the family, it's bigger than that. The current "family" is the catalyst 9000 series. And Cisco keeps pushing the edge of the envelope with each new family.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.9
Based on 3 answers
I love them
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 8.2
Based on 1 answer
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.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
If you install the C9300 as a switch stack, the availability is amazing. This can even be a power stack setup, where the chassis power supplies can provide power redundancy for the other member switch chassis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The C9300 is surfficiently spec'ed to support all the features it provides. We haven't yet experienced any hardware limitations, unless there's a loop in the network, which spanning-tree should take care of anyway
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 9.1
Based on 9 answers
Honestly it really depends on who is going to take your case. You may need to contact your Cisco account manager if you don't get good support from the TAC.
Lately the 3850 and 9300 switches are affected by several bugs and sometimes it is frustrating when it's faster if you research the problem by yourself instead of rely on Cisco support. On the other hand I found also some really talented people in the cisco support team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 9.4
Based on 13 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Cisco Networking Academy partners with many local Colleges and High Schools to provide great hands-on training. You do need to drive to learn the topic. The in-class session only go so far. You really need to apply this to the real world. Cisco makes it easy for business to connect via CLC or Cisco Learning Credits.
Justin McDermott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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Online Training

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Our training for Cisco switches came from a third party instructor, e.g. CBT Nuggets. This was general training on switches and not in particular only the C9300 series. Nevertheless any hands-on experience from any other Cisco switching platform, will make you feel very acquainted with the C9300. The new switch platform just enables more perfomance and features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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Implementation Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 8.2
Based on 1 answer
It's essential to spend a few weeks on a Proof of Concept/Value test, to ensure that the equipment is ready for production. It's extremely hard to revert back to older hardware later. This testing period will also be a great opportunity for hardware burn-in, which will reveal any potential hardware failure due to production defects, etc
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point 7.3
Based on 1 answer
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.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

We evaluated few other vendor switches such as Juniper, and also some of the 2900 Cisco switches.. As we are Cisco shop, the Juniper evaluation did not last long, and 2900 series switches altho could of worked in our application, we decided to use newer models with DNA claws just in case we might need it in the future.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It seems like a very robust platform, which Cisco is constantly evolving with new features and possibilities. The standard network module gives the opportunity to customize the uplink interfaces, in both bandwidth and SFP type
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

  • They've definitely been a positive for our bottom line. The reliability and great technical support substantially cuts down on the amount of attention these switches require. Often we find our selves forgetting the switches are even there because they "just work". Dependability like that is in my opinion priceless.
  • The flexibility of modules that can be added to both the 9300, 9500 (line cards), and 3850 series Catalyst Switches is awesome. These switches are capable of 10/25/40/100 GB speeds this means that instead of replacing a switch you just upgrade the module. This has saved us tens of thousands over the last few years.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

  • 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.
Salvador Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches

General

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

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

General

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

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