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Cisco Meraki MS

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MS

Meraki Switches are great for most mid to large size environments where ease of management is important for the team of network admins. Meraki can be managed by less experienced admins and Meraki Support is super helpful when needed. These switches can be used in any environment in need of robust switching. Small business with single locations may be better served by more basic switches.
Mikel Seidl | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

Most companies have warranty contracts or prefer a specific type of equipment to match their current environment. Smaller environments that don't have a policy for a specific device, or someone looking for a good switch with a low cost would be where I have currently utilized these switches. I don't see why these switches couldn't be used in a larger environment, although I have not tested them in a corporate environment. In home or small office environments, these have worked very well.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Meraki MS

  • 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.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Gigabit speed is consistent and reliable
  • Cost is low
  • Easy to install
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MS

  • I would like to see more ease of use with third-parties when using localhost integration to schedule download or push of logs, events, reports, etc. We do not always want to store stuff within Cisco Meraki's cloud.
  • Some information gets cloudy when drilling down - but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more).
  • Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances.
  • The smaller end MS Switches have virtual stacking capabilities and not physical like some of the higher models. We personally would like to see all switches have the option to be physically stacked.
Alejandro Araya | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Better advertisement about advanced enterprise features. My experience is with smaller switches and not with the fully managed switches.
  • Additional management tools to monitor multiple switches in the environment. Similar to Cisco Network Assistant.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very likely
Alejandro Araya | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

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Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MS

Cisco Meraki MS 9.5
Based on 26 answers
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.
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MS

I indicated I used Netgear switches before--the Meraki switches replaced those. I have also used Dell, HP, and Cisco (non-Meraki) switches in the past. None of those were bad, per se, but none were cloud-managed switches, either. And none offered the wealth and ease of configuration and monitoring that the Meraki switches offer. When Meraki replaced three of my switches under warranty (hardware failure possibility), all I had to do was physically install the replacements into my rack, add the replacements to the stack, remove the old ones, add the new switches to my account, and voila! The settings of the old switches were transferred to the new ones, so I had no further configuration to do. How? All the settings are backed up to the Meraki cloud!
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

Netgear stacks up fairly well against Linksys in terms of the SOHO switches. Easy to install, clean look, and solid functionality.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MS

  • Biggest reason - remote management. In places that have no IT personnel, it's extremely easy to get a new switch out of the box and have someone plug it in, then do all the configuring remotely. Without this, we could have a switch down for hours, days or even weeks impacting business and have to pay to get someone on-site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

  • Rarely need to reboot or troubleshoot the SOHO switches.
  • Low cost for the functionality. For example, 8 port GB switches for $20 is a no brainer for a home environment that doesn't need vlans or more enterprise type features.
  • No negative impact on any environment I am aware of, however have not tested in a larger environment with multiple switches.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MS

General

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

NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

General

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

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