Cisco Meraki MS vs. Lantronix XPress-Pro SW

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Meraki MS
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Cisco offers the Meraki brand of Ethernet switches.N/A
Lantronix XPress-Pro SW
Score 10.0 out of 10
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IoT company Lantronix in Irvine, California offers Ethernet Switches.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Meraki MSLantronix XPress-Pro SW
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco Meraki MSLantronix XPress-Pro SW
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Meraki MSLantronix XPress-Pro SW
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
Cisco Meraki MSLantronix XPress-Pro SW
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Extreme Networks Wired Access - Switches
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Cisco Ethernet Switches
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Meraki MSLantronix XPress-Pro SW
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(85 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.3
(5 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
9.5
(2 ratings)
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Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
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Performance
7.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.0
(13 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
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Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
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Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
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Product Scalability
9.1
(66 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cisco Meraki MSLantronix XPress-Pro SW
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Well, I guess what makes it well-suited? We're in education, so what makes it well suited, especially if you have a limited staff, just the visibility of the dashboard that you can see so much information in one pane of glass when you definitely have limited staff. Trying to eliminate those panes of glass is very important to us.
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Lantronix
Lantronix is very well suited for a lean and mean type of setup where the network devices are monitored, but the location does not have onsite IT support because with the Lantronix the Network Administrator can access the devices without onsite assistance. Lantronix is not necessary for a location with an onsite Network Administrator, but it is nice to be able to console connect without leaving your office.
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Pros
Cisco
  • I think the cloud connectivity is very good. It helps as far as a manageability standpoint, it's top notch. I think that's the biggest bang for the buck. And also plug and play. You just plug it in and it works. It may not work exactly how you want it, but it works. You may have to do some other configurations.
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Lantronix
  • Allows you to manage networking devices remotely
  • Some have built-in environmental sensors
  • Cost effective
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Cons
Cisco
  • It's kind of a double-edged sword with the GUI because you get a clean interface but you lose some, of being able to do granular things with it. And I've had certain things where you're looking for where to find the thing, you're on the device and that can be kind of tricky having to click to different menus and certain things get a little confusing when you're trying to put it in a larger scale. Also, I think that there's other products that are similar like the Cisco MS390's that have features of the Cisco MS3 fees and it makes it kind of hard when making purchasing decisions because if you're already committed to one now you have to swap to another one to get a certain feature you might want. And so some compatibility issues can be kind of tricky.
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Lantronix
  • I have no issues with the Lantronix devices that we use, other than some are console and some use regular ethernet
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
Being on the cloud its very easy to manage. We have layer 7 visibility and Cisco has introduced stackable MX switches which is even better! The Meraki portal can be accessed via SSO which is important to my organization (although it was a bit difficult to get that implemented initially!)
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Lantronix
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Usability
Cisco
It can be a simple or as complicated as you need it. It scales well too, so you can expand options or change out models if you need more later on.
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Lantronix
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Support Rating
Cisco
Meraki support is excellent. They are also highly proactive. They literally replaced all of a particular model of our MS switches when it was discovered that they were not sure about the longevity of a particular chassis fan inside those switches. Without us having to do anything other than ask, they shipped us all new replacements (with a better fan in them) for the 10 or so of the switches that were in the affected model group, and we shipped the defective ones back to them int he same packaging, prepaid. None of the recalled switches had ever experienced a fan failure, but they were not willing to let them run in a production environment. I like that. Meraki MS support staff are also quick to get back to you and very knowledgeable about their product. I actually contact our Meraki rep to instigate a support case (although i could call support directly), and he gets the details from me first, then opens the ticket for us and explains it to support. This means that I only even need to talk to one person, and I like that, too. Meraki MS switches are designed to be essentially "plug and play", so support is generally not needed unless the end user is not following the deployment and operation guides
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Lantronix
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
very smoothly
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Lantronix
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Meraki MS provides the sweet spot between manageability and functionality, though not at a significantly lower cost. Desktop support engineers can manage it day-to-day and sometimes that is the most important factor, especially in our case, as a layer 2 switching solution that can also provide PoE to the Meraki MR WAPs.
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Lantronix
The only device that is similar to the Lantronix that I have used was a serial console device by WTI. The Lantronix is more intuitive, and as I have stated earlier in this review, has the environmental sensors built in. Other than those two minor details, there is virtually zero difference in the two products.
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Scalability
Cisco
Cisco Meraki MS is intuitive and allows us to easily manage 340+ satellite locations and four corporate locations. Templates, intelligent patching, and alerting are fantastic. This has drastically improved compliance and managing such a large footprint. I would continually recommend Cisco Meraki MS for any multi-site organization because of its ease of use.
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Lantronix
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • We scaled out existing networks way faster and way easier.
  • We have added new sites with new switch and network configuration requirements way faster and easier.
  • Because Meraki switches integrate so seamlessly with Meraki Wi-Fi it makes Wi-Fi management very easy and very straightforward.
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Lantronix
  • Lantronix along with thin clients has reduced onsite IT costs
  • External environmental sensors are not necessary
  • No need for a onsite network admin
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