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Feature Set Ratings

  • SonicWall TZ ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.5

Cisco Meraki MX

85%
8.6

SonicWall TZ

86%
Cisco Meraki MX ranks higher in 7/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.6
86%
51 Ratings
9.0
90%
9 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.8
88%
50 Ratings
7.9
79%
8 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.6
86%
50 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.1
81%
50 Ratings
8.0
80%
9 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.0
80%
43 Ratings
8.6
86%
9 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.3
83%
52 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.9
79%
53 Ratings
7.7
77%
9 Ratings

VPN

8.7
87%
51 Ratings
10.0
100%
9 Ratings

High Availability

8.8
88%
48 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.7
87%
46 Ratings
8.3
83%
9 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.8
88%
29 Ratings
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
77 Ratings
9.0

SonicWall TZ

90%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
3 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
4 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Cisco Meraki MX

81%
21 Ratings
9.5

SonicWall TZ

95%
13 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

Cisco Meraki MX

70%
3 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.8

Cisco Meraki MX

88%
43 Ratings

SonicWall TZ

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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SonicWall

Based on my experience, this is a solid platform for a small to mid sized company, especially when there is someone who has IT experience, or can get outsourced IT help. I would not recommend for someone who is a technology novice. Also, this is a competent device for someone who is looking to add VPN services for remote workers.
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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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SonicWall

  • If you have multiple sites and you want the connect the sites through secure medium this is best firewall for you.
  • There are very advanced features helps you to connect the device easily and securely.
  • Easy to connect the sites through advanced routing protocols.
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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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SonicWall

  • management is confusing has many items that could be improved to facilitate the work to the network administrator
  • in the diagnostic tool I would improve the response times, that is, if a ping test is required, it should be quick, since in cases of failures it is sought to minimize the impact as much as possible.
  • each function has a different license item, I would place a single license package for all team functions
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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

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Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing Info

SonicWall TZ

Starting Price

$414.04 per month

Editions & Modules

SonicWall TZ editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
SonicWall TZ270 (hardware only)$414.041
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$689.162
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$502.573
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$796.764
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$930.245
SonicWall TZ370 (hardware only)$618.346
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$973.827
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1085.508
SonicWall TZ370 High Availability$493.049
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$708.2310
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1107.2911
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1232.6012
SonicWall TZ470 (hardware only)$973.8213
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1596.2514
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1805.9915
SonicWall TZ470 High Availability$776.3316
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$1063.7117
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1729.7218
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1876.8219
SonicWall TZ570$1240.7720
SonicWall TZ570 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1450.5121
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2006.2022
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2200.9723
SonicWall TZ570 High Availability (HA) Unit$988.8024
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC$1356.5425
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1588.0726
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2192.8027
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2442.0428
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$769.5229
SonicWall TZ270 High Availability$329.6030
SonicWall TZ670$1596.2531
SonicWall TZ670 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1867.2832
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2574.1533
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2868.3434
SonicWall TZ670 High Availability (HA) Unit$1273.4635

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

See pricing link for TZ Series (Gen6) editions. All prices have been converted from pounds. Conversion rates may change.

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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SonicWall

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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SonicWall

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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SonicWall

I have used the SonicWall TZ 350 for years and I can say that it is an excellent and complete firewall. It is easy to configure and administer because it has a friendly interface. It is safe, it offers several types of security features, VPN, and also protection against malware. Support and warranty also recommended. It's fast and the problem was solved in less than 1 day.
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Implementation Rating

Cisco

Good product and simple to use.
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SonicWall

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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SonicWall

SonicWall and WatchGuard are both fine appliances, but I am accustomed to the Barracuda NG. The Barracuda Control Center is so powerful and useful that it beats out the other two. SonicWall does a great job of dividing up firewall rules and NAT policies, but this is a preference among engineers.
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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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SonicWall

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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SonicWall

  • VPN access allowed employees to be more flexible and being able to get internal resources from anywhere.
  • Lower licensing price compared to competitors saved some money.
  • Protecting from unnecessary connections increased performance and uptime.
  • One of the firmware versions caused CPU performance degradation that slowed down the Internet speed which caused issues in the call center.
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