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Score 8.3 out of 100

Meraki MR

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

The controller is well suited for our environment where the number of users fluctuates and varies heavily by the day and also on the hours. Due to its versatility, it integrates well with the other servers and with the routers adapted to the main systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

A Cisco Meraki MR is well-suited for highly visible locations where a device needs to be suddenly integrated and not drawing attention to itself. It may not be so well-suited to environments where in depth monitoring of traffic to specific destinations needs to be quickly determined and throttled on an as needed basis, such as in a conference environment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

  • Cloud-based, no appliance needed, no hardware cost
  • Supports any x86 architectures, Cisco, HP, IBM any server to be used to deploy this controller virtually
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • Layer 7 Firewall Embedded
  • Different type of access control and guess portal
  • Traffic shaping and bandwidth rate limits for high demands application
  • Health option to identify quickly different problems with the performance
  • Integration with third party guess portal like “Eleven WiFi” for customize guess access
  • Analytics and reports of usage very helpful in order to obtain data of your internet usage and allocate resources more efficient
Jose De Jesus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

  • Documentation
  • Analytics
  • Licensing model
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

  • There needs to be an easier way to see which devices are being heavier used, so as to determine needed adjustments.
  • It would be good to have more in-depth access to what locations connected devices are navigating to.
  • Cost. These devices could be a little more competitive if the cost were lower. Meraki prices itself out of some sales.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

No score
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Meraki MR

Meraki MR 8.6
Based on 2 answers
The Cisco Meraki MR web interface is best in class when it comes to network management. While some networking knowledge is needed to understand what you are doing, no specialized training in any one specific operating system is required to design a whole network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller 8.2
Based on 3 answers
The device allows for a high range of control and evaluation processes that generate a positive impact on the quality and clarity of the communications. Lack of repetitive errors is another aspect that it is highly valued by the IT experts when compared with similar products of the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Meraki MR

No score
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Performance

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller 8.5
Based on 3 answers
As with any system, one should think about implementing the controllers in a highly available fashion, that way if one controller is upgraded, all the Access points can be moved to the 2nd controller and then post-upgrade, the APs can be moved back to the original controller. That way little downtime can be achieved.
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Meraki MR

No score
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Support Rating

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

No score
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Meraki MR

Meraki MR 8.8
Based on 25 answers
Meraki support is usually top notch. The are quick to respond and stick with an issue until it is resolved. One of the difficulties I've had with Meraki MRs is the limited ability the customer has in troubleshooting. Much of the more technical aspects of resolution can only be accessed by the Meraki support team, meaning dedicated IT teams are reliant on them when more complicated issues arise.
Dennis Chwee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

There is no room of comparison with the older AirOS. The 9800 series is built over a complete new architecture, the whole point of this HW is to learn from the AirOS mistakes and never do them again. With new technology comes new challenges, which in my opinion, is licensing. I chose this platform because Cisco are moving there.
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Meraki MR

Meraki MR are certainly one of the good products on the market. The ease of use, configuration from the dashboard and the rollout are certainly the main differentiators of Meraki. The lifetime warranty of MR (not outdoor models) is also a great advantage.But, the licenses to pay as long as you use the product may discourage some buyers (vs Fortinet for example).
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Return on Investment

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

  • Maintenance
  • Acquisition cost
  • Quality
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Meraki MR

  • Very easy deployment when we moved a major office location.
  • When we added special business needs we were able to add a Wi-Fi channel for special access with minimal IT effort and configuration.
  • Easy to setup, deploy and install when we have added remote sites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Wireless Controller

General

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

Meraki MR

General

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

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