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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.9 out of 100
3 Ratings
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

Our Cisco Meraki MX has worked flawlessly since being deployed in our branch offices. We were previously using another vendor in the space and ran into several connection issues and highly monthly costs. The Cisco Meraki MX is well suited for branch offices but should not be considered for large offices with other 100 users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is good for large organizations that need to have a consistent experience for all end users. Might be a little much in the terms of complexity for smaller organizations. Either way, it provides a strong solution that meets the needs of both the IT security group and the end-user.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
7.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
8.0
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
8.0
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
10.0

Pros

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The appliances are very, very easy to use. You could set one up for basic use with minimal documentation.
  • Intuitive menus in the Meraki Dashboard make traversing your options and finding what you need very easy.
  • Good support options and a healthy knowledge base with well-written guides.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

  • Central management.
  • Strong security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

  • If unsure, can be overly cautious.
  • There are few changes the end user can make.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.7
Based on 3 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

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

No score
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Usability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
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

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

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Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.7
Based on 20 answers
I haven't ever had a bad experience with Meraki support. On the few occasions where I wasn't understanding the UI or needed some clarification about what a setting actually would do, I contacted them and they were very quickly able to provide help. Returns are simple and fast, too. We had to return a defective device one time and they shipped the replacement before we had even un-racked the one that was faulty. Unlike many other vendors, they didn't ask use to a do long list of scripted diagnostics, they just took my word for it that the device was broken and sent out a replacement immediately
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager 9.0
Based on 2 answers
F5 Advanced Firewall Manager has been a solid, strong solution to both keep our systems safe and being seamless for our end users. Most of the time, the end-user is not impacted and does not even know F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is running which is exactly what we are looking for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

When comparing the Cisco Meraki line to other products it became nearly an incomparable argument. While Fortinet and SonicWall were very comparable to the Meraki MX series, there were just too many tangible and intangible factors that led to us choosing Meraki. The biggest deciding factor was the cloud management of Cisco products that was that much more reliable compared to the other products. A negative against Meraki though is its yearly licensing costs which are significantly higher than its counterparts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is a bit easier to initially set up than F5 Advanced Firewall Manager but not as robust in its ability to manage different devices with different profiles. Different machines need different access and F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is better at allowing flexibility in identifying different devices and managing what they can access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.0
Based on 23 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

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Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning curve is much less steep for new security admins and the central dashboard allows coolabritive efforts when admins are in different locations. Built-in change management makes it easy to see who made specific changes as changes are logged on the dashboard.
  • Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

  • Easy maintenance reduces support hours.
  • Consistent experience reduces user learning curve.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

Cisco Meraki MX Editions & Modules

Edition
MX64$5951
MX67$6951
MX68$9951
MX84$1,9951
MX100$4,9951
MX250$9,9951
MX450$19,9951
  1. per appliance
Additional Pricing Details

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

General

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

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
8.8
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.7
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
9.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager

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