What users are saying about
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
115 Ratings

Cisco Meraki MX

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
115 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9 out of 100
17 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX

The Cisco MX series firewalls provide a high-quality product for small and mid-sized businesses. Its ease of use and GUI also are helpful for organizations where you don't have a certified CCNA expert on-site. The cloud management of the devices also provides a significant means for managing all locations from one centralized location with an easy process for swapping put units if ever necessary.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

In the SMB space [Sophos XG Firewall] can be very well received and utilized, even without a dedicated IT staff. Larger companies can use it as well but I feel there are better options as the company scales up.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Sophos XG Firewall
8.5
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Sophos XG Firewall
8.2
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Sophos XG Firewall
8.9
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
Sophos XG Firewall
8.4
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.5
Sophos XG Firewall
8.6
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
Sophos XG Firewall
9.5
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Sophos XG Firewall
8.9
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
Sophos XG Firewall
8.6
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Sophos XG Firewall
8.6
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Sophos XG Firewall
8.7
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
Sophos XG Firewall
7.5
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
7.1
Sophos XG Firewall
8.1

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

Sophos XG Firewall

  • Remote 2FA authentication
  • Controls the user web and application access.
  • Shows all the activities in the dash board.
  • Making remote site to site SSL VPN.
nawas khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Meraki MX

  • Possible granular access to switchport settings when using VLAN's.
  • Wireless models could and should have advanced wireless functionality which is inherent in the Meraki AP devices.
  • More functionality and customization on the local access pages when device has not connected to the cloud yet.
Brent Marceaux | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

  • Mobile app is needed for IT folks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.7
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

Sophos XG Firewall

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

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a good and pleasant experience to use Sophos XG firewall and it offers more then what we expect and the price is ok in the current market level
nawas khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Honestly we didn't get the premium support from them, but our partner has been supportive. Online forums are also a good place to learn things from.
Anonymous | 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

Sophos XG Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Meraki MX

The key to Cisco Meraki being the superior product is its ease of use and cloud managed portal. Although other products do offer more knobs, the simplistic design of the Meraki portal makes it easy for any user to integrate it into their new or existing networks. It really is a great product!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

The firewall that was in use at the first location before expanding was a cheaply made open source box that couldn't do much even as a basic firewall. We had looked at various companies but came to the conclusion that Sophos was the right fit for us and it has been that way for years now.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.4
Based on 20 answers
Actually my largest deployment is limited to 50 sites for a customer. I'm actually in a new one with the aim of deploy more than 1000 sites. I also can't give 10 because I don't know how it will work with many sites. But actually we already have more than 300 sites and the administration is still easy.
Julien Guffroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos XG Firewall

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

Sophos XG Firewall

  • It helped mitigate a potential DDOS attack.
  • Being able to easily create VLANs and then utilize DHCP to push out IPs are valuable tools to have when dealing with compliance situations.
Mike Goularte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Cisco Meraki MX

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

Sophos XG Firewall

General

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

Sophos XG Firewall Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
Sophos XG Firewall
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
Sophos XG Firewall

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.4
Sophos XG Firewall
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Sophos XG Firewall

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
Sophos XG Firewall

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.7
Sophos XG Firewall
9.5

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
Sophos XG Firewall

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.4
Sophos XG Firewall

Add comparison