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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.4

    Cisco Meraki MX

    84%

    Smoothwall WAM

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

    Identification Technologies

    8.5
    85%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    8.7
    87%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    8.5
    85%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.1
    81%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    8.0
    80%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.2
    82%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    7.8
    78%
    52 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    8.7
    87%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    8.8
    88%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    8.6
    86%
    45 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    8.5
    85%
    28 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

      Likelihood to Recommend

      9.0

      Cisco Meraki MX

      90%
      76 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Likelihood to Renew

      9.0

      Cisco Meraki MX

      90%
      3 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Usability

      8.4

      Cisco Meraki MX

      84%
      4 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Availability

      9.1

      Cisco Meraki MX

      91%
      2 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Performance

      9.1

      Cisco Meraki MX

      91%
      2 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Support Rating

      8.2

      Cisco Meraki MX

      82%
      21 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Implementation Rating

      7.0

      Cisco Meraki MX

      70%
      3 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Product Scalability

      8.7

      Cisco Meraki MX

      87%
      42 Ratings

      Smoothwall WAM

      N/A
      0 Ratings

      Likelihood to Recommend

      Cisco Meraki MX

      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.
      Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

      Smoothwall WAM

      No answers on this topic

      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

      Smoothwall WAM

      No answers on this topic

      Cons

      Cisco Meraki MX

      • 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
      Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

      Smoothwall WAM

      No answers on this topic

      Pricing Details

      Cisco Meraki MX

      General

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

      Starting Price

      $595 per appliance

      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

      Smoothwall WAM

      General

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

      Starting Price

      Smoothwall WAM Editions & Modules

      Additional Pricing Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco Meraki MX

      Cisco Meraki MX 9.0
      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

      Smoothwall WAM

      No score
      No answers yet
      No answers on this topic

      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

      Smoothwall WAM

      No score
      No answers yet
      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco Meraki MX

      Cisco Meraki MX 8.2
      Based on 21 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

      Smoothwall WAM

      No score
      No answers yet
      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Cisco Meraki MX

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

      Smoothwall WAM

      No score
      No answers yet
      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco Meraki MX

      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.
      Joseph Brower | TrustRadius Reviewer

      Smoothwall WAM

      No answers on this topic

      Scalability

      Cisco Meraki MX

      Cisco Meraki MX 8.7
      Based on 42 answers
      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.
      Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

      Smoothwall WAM

      No score
      No answers yet
      No answers on this topic

      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

      Smoothwall WAM

      No answers on this topic

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