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Cisco Meraki MX

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

Meraki MX appliances are a great solution for very easily creating a "mesh" network for a small to medium-sized enterprise. They are just as secure and cal do the same kind of traffic shaping, access control, layer 3 routing, etc. as any other small to medium firewall. It is NOT for a very large, complex networks because it is simply not designed to do everything that would be required. Meraki MX appliances are also very well-suited for companies that do not have an advanced network engineer on staff. This is because they require less technical expertise to deploy, configure and maintain. Don't get me wrong, you have to know something about networking, but you don't have to be a CCIE or anything. A somewhat knowledgeable network administrator or experienced generalist can handle it. But again, if you need very specific redundancy features and very complex rules and policies, this is not your firewall.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

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.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.1
SonicWall TZ
9.5
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
SonicWall TZ
9.5
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
SonicWall TZ
9.3
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
7.9
SonicWall TZ
9.6
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
SonicWall TZ
9.4
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.8
SonicWall TZ
9.7
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
SonicWall TZ
8.9
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
SonicWall TZ
10.0
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
SonicWall TZ
9.4
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
SonicWall TZ
9.7
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
6.7
SonicWall TZ
9.1

Pros

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The dashboard brings all management features with you wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection and a browser and you can manage the solution. The dashboard tracks your uplink connectivity to the dashboard and double checks with you all changes impacting the connectivity, making it much safer to enact changes remotely. Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and site-to-site VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
  • Site-to-Site VPNs are the easier to setup than any other vendor’s solution. You simple pick two or more devices to tunnel together and then select what network subsets should be allowed to cross the tunnel and you are done. The solution handles all the details. Site-to-site VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
  • For MSPs the dashboard is even more convenient as all your clients are on the same MSP account. Switching between managing different clients Meraki equipment is a few clicks once you login to the dashboard. Two-factor authentication is available for enhanced dashboard security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • Great security services package under Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite (GW AV, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, app control, etc.).
  • Flexible customization of access rules, NAT policies, objects, etc.
  • Geo-location filtering cut a lot of bad and just suspicious traffic.
  • Ease of management and administration.
  • Good hardware and firmware performance (after an upgrade to the most recent version).
  • Low or competitive cost compared to other vendors.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX

  • The only real issue we've ran across was a PAT routing issue that wouldn't allow us to connect to a state agency. I would talk to a Cisco rep in case you have any specialized VPN connects. It's not an issue as 99.9% of folks wouldn't run into this as it was very specialized situation.
  • Cisco certified users may dislike not having command line and granular control like other Cisco Firewalls. It's designed for easy of use and modern interface.
  • Internet connection. The dashboard you access through the internet even if you're on the same network. There is a local interface but it for the initial setup not for managing the box. It hasn't been an issue for us but if your internet connection is of poor quality it might be frustration to manage.
  • Yearly costs. We paid several years in advance for the security license. Some may not like having a yearly fee but think of it as a maintenance plan. It is well worth the money.
  • Can't drill down like you can with an ASA product with FirePOWER/FireSIGHT as the primary focus of the Meraki is easy of use.
  • Cisco's Content Filtering is decent but sometimes blocks legitimate sites that you have to white list.
Wesley Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • 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
Jhoneis Milano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 6.5
Based on 2 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 TZ

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 TZ

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 20 answers
The constant use of the solution, the positive comments from customers, the economic results of the solution, quick response to incidents, quick access to technical support in case of failures, and having control of the network from a user-friendly interface make this solution easy to sell and to make the decision to make it part of the organization's infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

SonicWall TZ 9.4
Based on 7 answers
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.
João Mauricio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

The cisco Meraki MX line meets the needs of the market that isn’t being addressed by other major competitors in today’s market place. Cisco Meraki MX ends up being cost per dollar cheaper than the competition just because they are focusing on larger businesses and organizational units. Meraki perfectly fits that middle market need
Preston Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

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.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.1
Based on 6 answers
You can scale out the MX to many branches very easily and manage them all under one dashboard. If you dive into their other products you just keep adding them to the Meraki cloud so you continue to get better visibility over wifi, wire network, cameras, MDM devices, and more. I really like how they keep fitting everything together. So the more you use the more you will see.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Cost of purchase and maintenance is high. And it significantly increased, as expected, shortly after Cisco's acquisition of the company.
  • This is offset by the ease of use which has a positive ROI effect since staff spends less time configuring and monitoring the firewalls.
  • There is not, to my knowledge, a loyalty or hardware replacement program to encourage customers to stay with Meraki when hardware obsolescence requires fork-lifting new equipment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

  • Adding the VPN to the network, through SonicWall TZ, has allowed remote users to access the files they need remotely, without additional fees or convoluted methods, thus saving quite a bit of time.
  • This device is less expensive than the previous device in terms of licensing.
  • Due to the reputation of the company, this device is less likely to require hardware updates as quickly as competitors, thus saving my client from purchasing new equipment unnecessarily.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

SonicWall TZ

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
SonicWall TZ
9.7

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
6.5
SonicWall TZ

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
SonicWall TZ

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
SonicWall TZ

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
SonicWall TZ

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.4
SonicWall TZ
9.4

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
SonicWall TZ

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.1
SonicWall TZ

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