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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

I've yet to use Cisco Meraki MX in a scenario where it is less than appropriate - hospitals, small businesses, multinationals, and startups.Cisco Meraki MX just works well - one of my favored features is the ability to pre-configure devices as they are being shipped so I don't have to travel to get the equipment installed. Claiming them when they leave the depot and setting up all aspects of the device makes the installation process very simple - tell the recipient to power it up and connect cables in a specific way, and the rest is taken care of.
Anonymous | 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
8.5
SonicWall TZ
9.4
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
SonicWall TZ
9.3
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.5
SonicWall TZ
9.2
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
SonicWall TZ
9.1
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
SonicWall TZ
8.8
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.8
SonicWall TZ
9.9
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.8
SonicWall TZ
9.1
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
9.3
SonicWall TZ
10.0
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
9.3
SonicWall TZ
9.7
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
SonicWall TZ
9.8
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
7.7
SonicWall TZ
8.9

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 TZ

  • 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.
VINAY Mandora | 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 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 8.9
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 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 9.7
Based on 20 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 TZ

SonicWall TZ 9.5
Based on 10 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 3 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

We have deployed several firewalls over the years and found Cisco Meraki MX to be a great contender. Datto has high recurring monthly fees for devices with limited configuration options. Ubiquiti works great for our entry-level clients that need a starting point but have a limited budget. Cisco Meraki MX eliminates the monthly recurring cost while providing a vast set of configuration options for the device.
Anonymous | 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 8.9
Based on 27 answers
The scalability of the Meraki stack has provided for a seamless transition across our organization, from integrating not only switches but also wireless access points. Because of the Meraki cloud management, we have been able to ship MX64s off to temporary offices and had them pre-programmed. This has made it easy for us to set up remote operations without the need to have technicians on-site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall TZ

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 TZ

  • 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.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

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 TZ

General

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

SonicWall TZ Editions & Modules

Edition
SonicWall TZ270 (hardware only)$414.04
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$689.16
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$502.57
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$796.76
SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$930.24
SonicWall TZ370 (hardware only)$618.34
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$973.82
SonicWall TZ370 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1085.50
SonicWall TZ370 High Availability$493.04
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$708.23
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1107.29
SonicWall TZ370 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1232.60
SonicWall TZ470 (hardware only)$973.82
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1596.25
SonicWall TZ470 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1805.99
SonicWall TZ470 High Availability$776.33
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC (hardware only)$1063.71
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$1729.72
SonicWall TZ470 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$1876.82
SonicWall TZ570$1240.77
SonicWall TZ570 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1450.51
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2006.20
SonicWall TZ570 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2200.97
SonicWall TZ570 High Availability (HA) Unit$988.80
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC$1356.54
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1588.07
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2192.80
SonicWall TZ570 Wireless-AC TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2442.04
SonicWall TZ270 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$769.52
SonicWall TZ270 High Availability$329.60
SonicWall TZ670$1596.25
SonicWall TZ670 with 8x5 Support (1 Year)$1867.28
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Essential Edition (1 Year)$2574.15
SonicWall TZ670 TotalSecure - Advanced Edition (1 Year)$2868.34
SonicWall TZ670 High Availability (HA) Unit$1273.46
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details
See pricing link for TZ Series (Gen6) editions. All prices have been converted from pounds. Conversion rates may change.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
SonicWall TZ
9.6

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
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
9.7
SonicWall TZ
9.5

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
SonicWall TZ

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
SonicWall TZ

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