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145 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100
29 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
7.8

SonicWall NSA Series

78%
Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 8/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.4
84%
47 Ratings
6.1
61%
3 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.6
86%
46 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.5
85%
46 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.1
81%
46 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.1
81%
39 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.2
82%
48 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.8
78%
49 Ratings
5.0
50%
3 Ratings

VPN

8.7
87%
47 Ratings
9.9
99%
3 Ratings

High Availability

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
8.9
89%
2 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.4
84%
26 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • SonicWall NSA Series is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
73 Ratings
8.0

SonicWall NSA Series

80%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
3 Ratings

SonicWall NSA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
4 Ratings

SonicWall NSA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

SonicWall NSA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

SonicWall NSA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
21 Ratings
9.0

SonicWall NSA Series

90%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

Cisco Meraki MX

70%
3 Ratings

SonicWall NSA Series

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.8

Cisco Meraki MX

88%
39 Ratings

SonicWall NSA Series

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

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA is best suited for small to mid-size companies or small to medium K-12 school districts. It's less appropriate for larger businesses and schools. This is due to their ease of use and well-rounded feature set but lacks in advanced configuration, performance, and reliability.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Relatively inexpensive compared to some of the higher-end products, like Palo Alto Networks.
  • Easy to set up, as the SonicWall NSA interface is consistent across all models.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Ideal with smaller businesses. Would have to examine for more complex needs of larger businesses.
  • Scalability might be an issue for super large organizations.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SonicWall NSA Series

General

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

Starting Price

SonicWall NSA Series 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

SonicWall NSA Series

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

SonicWall NSA Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.4
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

SonicWall NSA Series

SonicWall NSA Series 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Most of the time, calling SonicWall NSA Support, you get an expert who can help resolve your issues. RMAs are pretty easy once they determine there is an issue with the hardware. Support is available 24x7, which makes emergency calls easy. The only downside is the support engineers may have thick accents; however, their expertise more than makes up for any language barriers.
Kenny McGarrity | 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

SonicWall NSA Series

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

SonicWall NSA Series

We compared the FortiGate to Sonicwall and continued with Sonicwall as we were a mid-size school where the Sonicwall was performing adequately, and the learning curve was steep to switch platforms. The Sonicwall offered everything the FortiGate did, and was not as costly, both in the appliance and in licensing.
Geoff Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.8
Based on 39 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

SonicWall NSA Series

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

SonicWall NSA Series

  • Saved money on implementation and administration staff.
  • Covered the sophisticated needs of many organizations.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

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