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Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Meraki MX appliances are a great solution for very easily creating a "mesh" network for a small to medium-sized enterprise. They are just as secure and cal do the same kind of traffic shaping, access control, layer 3 routing, etc. as any other small to medium firewall. It is NOT for a very large, complex networks because it is simply not designed to do everything that would be required. Meraki MX appliances are also very well-suited for companies that do not have an advanced network engineer on staff. This is because they require less technical expertise to deploy, configure and maintain. Don't get me wrong, you have to know something about networking, but you don't have to be a CCIE or anything. A somewhat knowledgeable network administrator or experienced generalist can handle it. But again, if you need very specific redundancy features and very complex rules and policies, this is not your firewall.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi is a fantastic solution for entry-level and mid-level businesses looking for a very cost-effective solution for their switching and access point needs. The design of the solution and management application are intuitive enough that you don't need a ton of networking knowledge to find your way around to perform tasks. I would be hesitant in certain scenarios in placing UniFi switches in high-end mission-critical environments. I personally feel that while Ubiquiti makes strides in keeping things updated and continuing to add features, the firmware/software updates can be volatile and potentially disrupt the ability to manage devices. I see this more with their firewall offerings, and less with their core networking switches and access points. I'm hopeful this gets improved in future months as they continue to improve the products.
Brandon Patton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.8
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.8
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.6
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.2
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.9
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Pros

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • The dashboard brings all management features with you wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection and a browser and you can manage the solution. The dashboard tracks your uplink connectivity to the dashboard and double checks with you all changes impacting the connectivity, making it much safer to enact changes remotely. Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and site-to-site VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
  • Site-to-Site VPNs are the easier to setup than any other vendor’s solution. You simple pick two or more devices to tunnel together and then select what network subsets should be allowed to cross the tunnel and you are done. The solution handles all the details. Site-to-site VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
  • For MSPs the dashboard is even more convenient as all your clients are on the same MSP account. Switching between managing different clients Meraki equipment is a few clicks once you login to the dashboard. Two-factor authentication is available for enhanced dashboard security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Patrick Plaisance | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • The only real issue we've ran across was a PAT routing issue that wouldn't allow us to connect to a state agency. I would talk to a Cisco rep in case you have any specialized VPN connects. It's not an issue as 99.9% of folks wouldn't run into this as it was very specialized situation.
  • Cisco certified users may dislike not having command line and granular control like other Cisco Firewalls. It's designed for easy of use and modern interface.
  • Internet connection. The dashboard you access through the internet even if you're on the same network. There is a local interface but it for the initial setup not for managing the box. It hasn't been an issue for us but if your internet connection is of poor quality it might be frustration to manage.
  • Yearly costs. We paid several years in advance for the security license. Some may not like having a yearly fee but think of it as a maintenance plan. It is well worth the money.
  • Can't drill down like you can with an ASA product with FirePOWER/FireSIGHT as the primary focus of the Meraki is easy of use.
  • Cisco's Content Filtering is decent but sometimes blocks legitimate sites that you have to white list.
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

  • Firmware quality. Some of the past firmwares have had annoying bugs (such as rebooting the switch when changing a single port's LAN settings).
  • The controller software needing to be run on a server.
  • Client history could be more than 5 days. It's running on a server, why is there a limit to this data?
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 8.3
Based on 4 answers
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
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi 9.5
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 9.1
Based on 7 answers
The constant use of the solution, the positive comments from customers, the economic results of the solution, quick response to incidents, quick access to technical support in case of failures, and having control of the network from a user-friendly interface make this solution easy to sell and to make the decision to make it part of the organization's infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi 7.3
Based on 6 answers
Support tickets can be proactively created within the dashboard with full detailed documentation. The Ubiquiti website provides detailed documentation on support. Forum and user groups also provide the interested community with information that covers all aspects of issues or questions users can encounter with the latest and most updated information.
Tiago Mokwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

The cisco Meraki MX line meets the needs of the market that isn’t being addressed by other major competitors in today’s market place. Cisco Meraki MX ends up being cost per dollar cheaper than the competition just because they are focusing on larger businesses and organizational units. Meraki perfectly fits that middle market need
Preston Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

We have compared other lines of wireless APs and have not been able to find a reason to switch. Ubiquiti's pricing model wins compared to Cisco and other's subscription-based models. We cannot find enough functionality in the more expensive lines to justify switching.
jesse nanes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

  • Cost of purchase and maintenance is high. And it significantly increased, as expected, shortly after Cisco's acquisition of the company.
  • This is offset by the ease of use which has a positive ROI effect since staff spends less time configuring and monitoring the firewalls.
  • There is not, to my knowledge, a loyalty or hardware replacement program to encourage customers to stay with Meraki when hardware obsolescence requires fork-lifting new equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

  • I am able to get more done and we are more efficient with Unifi, having to get into separate APs and change things is a thing of the past.
  • I can find lost devices by which AP the device was last seen by or what it is close to currently, saving our people time.
  • The cost is so low that it is ridiculous to not upgrade when new tech comes out.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
6.5
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
8.3
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
9.5

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
9.1
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
7.3

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.0
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls
7.3
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

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