Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points vs. Cisco Meraki MX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Cisco's Meraki MR Series is a wireless LAN solution.N/A
Cisco Meraki MX
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls is a combined UTM and Software-Defined WAN solution. Meraki is managed via the cloud, and provides core firewall services, including site-to-site VPN, plus network monitoring.
$595
per appliance
Pricing
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access PointsCisco Meraki MX
Editions & Modules
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MX64
$595
per appliance
MX67
$695
per appliance
MX68
$995
per appliance
MX84
$1,995
per appliance
MX100
$4,995
per appliance
MX250
$9,995
per appliance
MX450
$19,995
per appliance
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access PointsCisco Meraki MX
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Considered Both Products
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
good value for the money, reliable, lifetime warranty
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
I am definitely highlighting the same themes of reliability, ease of management, and scalability. Everything Cisco Meraki MR puts out is what I would consider to be industry standard. With a team that isn't as networking savvy as others, we have been able to grow comfortably …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
We chose this Meraki firewall for the same reasons as our other equipment, for its ease of implementation, but also to have all our Meraki products visible on the same console. Its use is identical to that of switches or Wi-Fi kiosks; all you have to do is set it up via the …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
I would personally always recommend Meraki over the above for ease of deployment and management. My only reservation is you feel like you never really own the equipment... its more like you're leasing it and that the end it all just stops working. Where with the above products, …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
The Cradlepoints can also serve as wireless access point devices, but can have phone provider SIM cards added to them for internet connectivity, which is good as a backup route or for mobile vehicles. However, for office locations we use the Meraki access points, because of how …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
Meraki is in a different class, much more expensive and a better UI and large scale manageability
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
Meraki for the easier choice. Lately Meraki have climbed up the ladder with the new MS390 widening the offer. For me I see Meraki for the small/mid market customer and Cisco Classic more for the bigger customer with more specific needs. But security must follow along with the …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
The Meraki MX is more of a firewall than a wireless access point, though some models do provide wireless capabilities. Can be useful as a gateway for the MRs or in a location where a single device is needed but additional ports, VPN, or other firewall-like functionality is …
Chose Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
[Cisco] Meraki [MR] costs more but generally seems to work better for us. Our older Ubiquiti kit seemed to struggle with people roaming across the building, especially with Macbooks. We have had no such issues with [Cisco[ Meraki [MR].
Cisco Meraki MX
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
It is easier to implement and affordable. If you like Cisco products and you believe in their ecosystem and future, you will not be wrong selecting Cisco Meraki MX or Viptela from their portfolio.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Flexibility, scalability
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
To Fortinet very similar, I always sell the easy patching and secure development.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Capabilities, performance, and ease of management. Also, because of the efficiencies of being able to manage everything from a single portal.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Overall, for a new network admin or a non-IT person, the Cisco Meraki MX is much easier to configure for a single site than the Cisco ASA Firewalls. ASA can be quicker for those with a background in Cisco command line OS.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
I have used OpenMesh which is no longer around. But stacked up against Cisco Meraki MX, there was no competition. Cisco Meraki MX overall had better features, deployment, Ease of use, and Hardware performance. One of the
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
We were able to transition very easily from Cisco to Cisco Meraki MX's and connect the LANs into a single easy to manage WAN with remote access VPN and auto VPN between branches to interconnect all networks with minimal fuss but allowing high-speed networking and traffic …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
I mentioned I came from a Dell SonicWall 2600, which I felt was a good product. However, the Cisco Meraki MX Firewall is in a whole other class. I wanted to be able to manage my networking in the cloud, which the
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Cisco Meraki MX is still the easiest to use, they constantly update their software and features.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
I have used Sonicwall and Meraki, and they are very similar and functional, but they go about it in different ways. Meraki is a little more user-friendly with less of a learning curve, but it comes at a little steeper price. I do like the online dashboard of Meraki better, …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Meraki is more entailed towards larger businesses and allow much quicker support remediation. Meraki does have a yearly license, whereas UniFi does not. UniFi is really nice and I would use it in smaller single SOHO applications, but wouldn't use it for larger organizations …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Certainly easier for a junior or administrator to work with that isn't great with the CLI which is desirable depending on your staff.
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Meraki is just easier to use and deploy. It’s not the cheapest option, nor is it the most feature rich or performant firewall platform. But when you need something that works and meets PCI/HIPAA compliance, with very little effort to use, this is the ideal platform for you. …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
While Ubiquiti is cheaper and has products that will work at faster speeds, the fact that devices can fall off a network with no questions is an issue. I've never had this issue with [Cisco] Meraki [MX].
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
I have deployed the Ubiquiti Networks Dream Machine Pro, and I have to say that the only reason I would ever choose that platform over Meraki is the price of the Meraki licensing. Ubiquiti does not have ongoing license fees, and their devices are seriously less expensive than …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
Meraki MX is really the easiest to configure, it is a very complete device that is at the level of a business network
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
The Cisco Meraki MX device has a user interface or GUI that beats the pants off of the Cisco ASA. Needless to say, the ASA was clunky and just hard to navigate. It was ok had you had some experience doing so, but the Meraki GUI is different. It feels like it was designed for a …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
The Meraki may have slightly fewer features, but it does have all the core features and executes them with flying colors.
Chose 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 …
Chose Cisco Meraki MX
We choose Cisco Meraki MX because of its cloud control panel, its faster deployment, and its solid and integrated portfolio of solutions that cover almost all our network needs. All of these features are managed from one central location with a really complete set of reports. …
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Features
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access PointsCisco Meraki MX
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access Points
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Ratings
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
88 Ratings
10% below category average
Identification Technologies00 Ratings7.884 Ratings
Visualization Tools00 Ratings8.485 Ratings
Content Inspection00 Ratings7.583 Ratings
Policy-based Controls00 Ratings7.582 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP00 Ratings7.273 Ratings
Firewall Management Console00 Ratings7.985 Ratings
Reporting and Logging00 Ratings6.988 Ratings
VPN00 Ratings8.584 Ratings
High Availability00 Ratings8.384 Ratings
Stateful Inspection00 Ratings7.879 Ratings
Proxy Server00 Ratings6.945 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access PointsCisco Meraki MX
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(112 ratings)
8.3
(122 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.8
(4 ratings)
8.6
(6 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(5 ratings)
9.2
(7 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(25 ratings)
8.1
(15 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.3
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.5
(50 ratings)
8.7
(89 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki MR Wireless Access PointsCisco Meraki MX
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
In a larger environment once you set up, I think it's really easy to manage. It's all I can say. So in any kind of a large environment, it's going to be super easy. Even in a small environment, you're doing minor clicks and configurations, so it's just going to be just as good there as it is in a large environment.
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Cisco
The MX platform is definitely suited. It seems to be best at the branch locations under a thousand users or so. And then at the data centers, it's been a little bit of a complicated process involving the full stack of the Meraki switches firewall security appliances. It gets a little more difficult within the data centers because the routing protocols aren't built out fully. They're working on, they're adding new features to that. But right now we're still struggling with a little bit of the features that are available within our data centers.
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Pros
Cisco
  • It's cloud based, so as long as we have an internet connection, we can access it. Whenever we push a change, it's one stop like a single pane of glass to manage all our equipment. And so that's what I liked about it.
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Cisco
  • I'm very happy with their analytics now with the tie in with Thousandeyes, it's been really great insight. We now are SD wan, so insight's been really good. So as you know, everyone blames the network and having that kind of analytics from a single pane glass has been wonderful.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Our current series doesn't have the GPS Telemetry for auto placement on maps that is coming out, I believe in future models, but we're not there yet. I believe they're trying to make them backwards compatible. So there is a lot of manual places on the map. Make sure you get it in the right location because that can determine its ability to locate your clients in the building.
  • And then I would say the other thing that they probably just need to work on a bit is a bit more of the RF management, the ability to see how is that AP broadcasting compared to others.
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Cisco
  • So I think that what we've noticed is the template, and I don't actually configure the Meraki, so that's done by our network team that works under me. But what I'm getting from some of the feedback is that with the Meraki we're a little bit limited into the template as to what we can set up for each template individually. And I'm kind of getting that it has to be based on region, it's not really what we want. So we end up with different templates that we have right now that aren't quite meeting our needs. I don't know if a newer version of Meraki might have that issue addressed already, but I find the template isn't as diverse as what I would like it to be.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Cisco
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.
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Usability
Cisco
To get basic functionality doesn't take long. Set up a new Meraki Dashboard activate the licenses and get internet connection for the APs and you are more or less done. The Dashboard will find your items and you're good to go.
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Cisco
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
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Support Rating
Cisco
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.
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Cisco
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
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Implementation Rating
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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Cisco
Good product and simple to use.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
We looked at HP and their products, their Aruba products. We actually entertain looking at some of Cisco's products. The problem is once you start down a path with a technology that you choose and you get pretty deep down that path, it's very hard to try to change, especially when something's working so well
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Cisco
We're really using the Meraki more and more, everything from the wireless. We started doing some work with the cameras and security. Meraki has been a great product for our company so far. We use it for a lot of our outer campuses as the VPN Tunneling primary with SD wan. So it's working out very well for us.
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Scalability
Cisco
It's really easy just to add an AP to a dashboard. It adopts the config we already have there for everything else. So there's not a lot to configure. I guess it's kind of a one-time setup unless you have some unique use cases to where you want things, maybe not broadcasting from that AP or not. So it's a simple product to use.
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Cisco
The Cisco Meraki MX is basically a good product, but not perfect. If you compare the Cisco Meraki MX with a Fortigate or Cisco Firepower, you quickly realize that this system can do less than the reference product. The Cisco Meraki MX can be used in small environments, but in large environments you have to check carefully whether it really makes sense to use it.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Migrate to all wireless office >$10M savings from not needing to refresh or license edge switching infrastructure
  • Advanced licensing requires are APs in org to be licensed, which can be cost prohibitive to buying Advanced license
  • Flexible work life balance for employees are greater satisfaction knowing the can troubleshoot or resolve issues remotely if required
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Cisco
  • Equipment is very affordable
  • It does not work without license, which is not cheap
  • Lifetime warranty (understand warranty as long as you pay license and the device is not EOS)
  • Price for the equipment can be reduced by 60% when you buy a lot
  • Price of the licenses can be reduced by 50% if you go with Enterprise agreement licensing
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