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Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

The Cisco Meraki MX line is best suited for small to mid sized business units that need to inter connect offices. The Meraki VPN solution is extra easy to setup and manage multiple endpoints from a single dashboard. The Meraki firewall rules are extremely intuitive and easy to configure as well
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

I'm having a hard time coming up with a scenario where an Unifi product wouldn't work. Home office? A single AC-Pro AP and a cloud key, and you're in business. Small/medium business? The same thing, just add more APs.Enterprise Deployments? Roll a controller on your Ubuntu instance and wire up your campus with APs. Outdoor space? A combination of the Mesh, Mesh with directional antennas and Mesh Pro's will cover that space with fast, reliable wifi. Sports arena? Wire up a bunch of BaseStation XG's (and get me some good seats). Then, monitor all these spaces with Protect cameras. The only thing I wouldn't do is use Unifi Switches and Gateways behind the scenes. I still prefer Cisco and Watchguard equipment for those duties due to their more flexible features. I do wish they had the management interface and integration that a full Unifi stack would have though!
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Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.8
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.5
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.5
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.5
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
10.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Pros

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • Admin friendly
  • Life saver
  • Turn-key
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

  • AP's are very affordable.
  • Most of the AP's are highly reliable and can be used indoors or in covered outdoor spaces.
  • Outdoor Mesh AP's with an external directional antenna can effectively cover outdoor spaces with dual band wifi better than much more expensive APs.
  • Unifi Protect via the Cloud Key Gen2+ is probably the slickest, most affordable IP camera system on the market right now.
  • Unifi controller is powerful yet simple to administrate.
  • Remote management of entire networks through a single pane of glass is easy to accomplish with the Unifi controller.
  • Cloud Key Gen2 solves problems with the first Cloud Key wiht a built-in battery backup.
  • When you are "full stack" Unifi with wifi, network switches and gateways, the control you can wield over a network in just a few clicks and the amount of data you can glean from a quick glance in the controller is incredibly impressive. It makes an IT guy wish every product/service could be so tightly and well-integrated.
  • Community support is excellent, Unifi staff monitors their official forums and responds to almost every thread.
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Cons

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • I purchased the Meraki Insight product, which allows for an extra layer of monitoring of what is happening on your network and monitors connectivity to other networks. It also allows you to set alerts for when your network, your ISP's network, or the remote connection is having an issue. This is extremely helpful, but I feel this should be included in the base product considering the price of the support package.
  • It is designed to work with other Meraki products. If you install this product but your switches, APs, cameras, etc, are from another vendor, you will be missing out on the integrations and insights that come from managing your network from a single, cloud-based dashboard.
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

  • There are serious quality control issues with Unifi switches, specifically the 16 port PoE model. I am not sure if it's firmware or hardware or a mixture of both, but I can't bring myself to replace reliable Cisco Small Business switches with Unifi ones until these issues are ironed out.
  • In the past, controller versions and AP firmwares were a crapshoot for reliability. Things have really picked up in the past year though, with rock-solid stability. Past issues still have me nervous every time I upgrade a controller or AP though.
  • The switch from Unifi Video to Protect has been handled terribly, and is a PR nightmare. Which is a shame, because Protect is just such an unbelievably good product.
  • Protect isn't available on any mid-range devices for supporting 20+ cameras. Right now, you have to use several CloudKey Gen2+, or pony up for the overpriced, poorly documented Unifi Application Server XG.
  • Serious quality control issues with In-Wall Pro APs. I have several that restart erratically or crash when there is heavy traffic (wired or wireless).
  • Support through official channels is just "ok."
  • What did they do to the forums? Oh man, what a terrible upgrade.
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Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 6.5
Based on 2 answers
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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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

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Usability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 7.8
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to use and still has tons of features.
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi 9.4
Based on 3 answers
No matter how many sites or network devices we add, we have a single control dashboard. Therefore, every device has the same settings interface, and settings can be provisioned from anywhere. Setting up the controller and joining devices to it is not difficult after a couple of hours of practice. This pays off over time as upgrades and additions can be done with a few clicks. Replacement devices are automatically provisioned with settings for the site, so a new AP or switch falls into line with everything else very easily.
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Support

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 6.0
Based on 1 answer
When we have had issues, their team were quick to assist.
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi 6.5
Based on 2 answers
Ubiquiti support is minimal, which is said to help decrease the cost of the equipment. However, with many reports of emails going directly to the Ubiquiti support line taking days to hear a response, you're better off either engaging with the community forums for help from fellow UniFi users or reaching out to a reseller that has training on the equipment that can assist.
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Implementation

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Good product and simple to use.
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco routers do not have as good a security feature set as FortiGate firewalls. But they are a lot more flexible with the types of interfaces they support, along with voice. FortiGate firewalls cannot voice services like a Cisco’s ISR does. A FortiGate firewall is an NGFW, so they are very different.
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Ubiquiti is close to as good as Cisco/Meraki equipment at the fraction of the price. I would say if you have the money and don't care, for sure go for the Cisco/Meraki equipment, but if you are like my company and are careful to spend, you can't go wrong with Ubiquiti equipment, they work great and are very reasonably priced.
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Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • SD-WAN saves circuit costs.
  • Load balancing allows for use of both DIA circuits.
  • Quick management saves staffing costs.
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

  • We have had great and reliable WiFi thanks to these pieces of equipment.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

General

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

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

General

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

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