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Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.5

    Cisco Meraki MX

    85%

    GFI LanGuard

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.6
    86%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    8.8
    88%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    8.6
    86%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.2
    82%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    8.1
    81%
    43 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.3
    83%
    52 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    7.9
    79%
    53 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.7
    87%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    8.8
    88%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    8.7
    87%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    8.7
    87%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Meraki MX is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Cisco Meraki MX and GFI LanGuard are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    77 Ratings
    9.0

    GFI LanGuard

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    90%
    3 Ratings

    GFI LanGuard

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%
    4 Ratings

    GFI LanGuard

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    GFI LanGuard

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    91%
    2 Ratings

    GFI LanGuard

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    Cisco Meraki MX

    81%
    21 Ratings
    7.0

    GFI LanGuard

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    Cisco Meraki MX

    70%
    3 Ratings

    GFI LanGuard

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.8

    Cisco Meraki MX

    88%
    43 Ratings

    GFI LanGuard

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco

    We run 30+ sites, we can easily identify when a site loses connectivity, and check the event log to see what the issue is. We have fail-over connections at all our sites and can proactively manage each of them under the portal. We had a connectivity issue in a rural area recently and were able to diagnose the fault instantly, disable the suspect device from connectivity and reboot the firewall and OT was back up and running within 5 mins.
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    Aurea

    -To track the vulnerability level of a windows network. -To push windows and other application updates from a central location. -Produce reports to highlight work being done to protect a network. In some organizations, you may have to prove for audit reasons you are enforcing policies put into place around cyber-security. This software can help you track work done on an ongoing basis for such purposes.
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    Pros

    Cisco

    • 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.
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    Aurea

    • Install an agent to thoroughly scan machines to discover vulnerabilities.
    • Keeps there lists up-to-date with applications outside of windows and lets you know when an update is available.
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    Cons

    Cisco

    • As soon as network equipment is seen by the MX, it labels it, making it confusing as to if a device is rogue
    • The reporting in the Client window is not real-time, [it's] not really accurate until some time has passed
    • Individual client bandwidth usage seems to be inaccurate in the clients window
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    Aurea

    • It could be a bit of information overload which some things are shown can become noise. Maybe different levels of "security" for lack of a better term may be better where you have a summary vs detailed level when it comes to rating the vulnerability of the entire network.
    • I find I sometimes have issues with PCs on a different network accessed across a VPN where timeouts often occur with very large updates. This aspect can be improved.
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    Pricing Details

    Cisco Meraki MX

    Starting Price

    $595 per appliance

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Meraki MX editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    MX645951
    MX676952
    MX689953
    MX8419954
    MX10049955
    MX25099956
    MX450199957

    Footnotes

    1. per appliance
    2. per appliance
    3. per appliance
    4. per appliance
    5. per appliance
    6. per appliance
    7. per appliance

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    GFI LanGuard

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    GFI LanGuard editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      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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      Aurea

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      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
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      Aurea

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      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
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      Aurea

      I only tried to access there support once and it was a relatively pain-free process. They also have a lot of documentation available online which can be used to learn and tailor the software to suit your needs. It just takes time and effort to plan, execute and monitor going forward.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      Good product and simple to use.
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      Aurea

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      We continued using Cisco Meraki MX after taking over the client since they are familiar with it and enjoy the reporting it provides. We use pfSense for most new deployments as the controls it gives us are slightly better than the Cisco Meraki MX controls. That isn't to say Cisco Meraki MX is bad; it just isn't suitable for many of our clients that are multi-tenant, which is one of the weaker offerings from Meraki. For our clients that were already using Cisco Meraki MX when we adopted them, there was no reason to change, it does the job, and it does it well.
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      Aurea

      WSUS was the other alternative I considered but I believe GFI takes updates, reporting, and functionality to a different level for an enterprise/medium-size business environment.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      I've used MX devices in one location organizations, multi-building campuses, and multi-national organizations. All implementations can be easily managed with Meraki equipment thanks to the dashboard and cloud-based management features. Being able to seamlessly connect any site with any other via SD-WAN makes a large-scale deployment a straightforward project. [...] With the use of [...] virtual products, secure connectivity with cloud providers is like adding any other site.
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      Aurea

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • 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.
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      Aurea

      • Certainty. It allows you to know where on your network needs attention.
      • Peace of mind. As security professionals, we can only put the necessary things in place to prevent malicious persons from exploiting a network. The software allows you to know whether or not your risk of exploitation is high or low. and if high what to do with it.
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