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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Cisco Meraki MS

91%
42 Ratings
8.0

Datto Switches

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Cisco Meraki MS

100%
1 Rating

Datto Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.9

Cisco Meraki MS

89%
25 Ratings

Datto Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Cisco Meraki MS

90%
22 Ratings

Datto Switches

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Great for a small office or for organizations that have minimal IT resources or needs. If you need a secure, easy-to-manage, set it and forget it solution, Meraki is definitely worth a look, though I would not consider it low budget. Be careful if you need layer 3 advanced features, DHCP server functionality, etc., as these features are found in the "higher-end" models.
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Datto Inc

good value for PoE switching for simple devices like cameras and wireless access points. easy to deploy from remote and easy to toggle ports
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Pros

Cisco

  • 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.
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Datto Inc

  • managed ports via the cloud
  • easy to deploy and managed
  • advance replacements on warrenty items
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Cons

Cisco

  • 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
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Datto Inc

  • cleaner web gui
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Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Meraki MS 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

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    Pricing Info

    Datto Switches

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Datto Switches 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

      Great product and we're always watching for new additions from meraki
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      Datto Inc

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      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.
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      Datto Inc

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      I think that Meraki stacks up well against the competition. I have not found a situation where it does not meet the needs from speed to security. I think that this concept of how it is designed will become a trend of the next few years and the competition has something to learn.
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      Datto Inc

      lower end of the spectrum of managed switches but good deal for simple devices like wireless access points or cameras
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      I give Cisco Meraki gear a near 100% rating for any business in the small to medium-sized business scenario. Only large organizations have certain business needs that Meraki gear may or may not provide the 99.9% uptime IT professionals and management would demand. Cisco Meraki gear is very scalable as an organization grows and makes it easy to scale up and scale out as needed.
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      Datto Inc

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • 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!
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      Datto Inc

      • if the client does not pay up, can disable the device and "soft brick" the device
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