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Cisco Meraki MX

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Score 8.8 out of 100

WatchGuard Network Security

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • WatchGuard Network Security ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
8.8

WatchGuard Network Security

88%
WatchGuard Network Security ranks higher in 10/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.4
84%
47 Ratings
9.0
90%
177 Ratings

Visualization Tools

8.6
86%
46 Ratings
7.9
79%
184 Ratings

Content Inspection

8.5
85%
46 Ratings
8.9
89%
193 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.1
81%
46 Ratings
9.3
93%
199 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.1
81%
39 Ratings
8.9
89%
173 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.2
82%
48 Ratings
8.9
89%
197 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

7.8
78%
49 Ratings
8.1
81%
193 Ratings

VPN

8.7
87%
47 Ratings
9.1
91%
192 Ratings

High Availability

8.8
88%
44 Ratings
9.1
91%
175 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
9.0
90%
180 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.4
84%
26 Ratings
9.0
90%
133 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki MX is rated higher in 2 areas: Availability, Performance
  • WatchGuard Network Security is rated higher in 6 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
73 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
213 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco Meraki MX

90%
3 Ratings
9.6

WatchGuard Network Security

96%
15 Ratings

Usability

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
4 Ratings
9.2

WatchGuard Network Security

92%
105 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings
8.2

WatchGuard Network Security

82%
1 Rating

Performance

9.1

Cisco Meraki MX

91%
2 Ratings
8.2

WatchGuard Network Security

82%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.4

Cisco Meraki MX

84%
21 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
19 Ratings

In-Person Training

Cisco Meraki MX

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

WatchGuard Network Security

96%
3 Ratings

Online Training

Cisco Meraki MX

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

Cisco Meraki MX

70%
3 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
278 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.8

Cisco Meraki MX

88%
39 Ratings
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
1 Rating

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard has excellent features for enterprise network security, but some are only available in higher-cost versions that deliver high security, such as IPS, BOTNET, APT Blocker, SpamBlocker, etc. However, due to its rather high cost, it ends up being more interesting for medium-large companies, and lower-cost solutions for small companies do not have all these security functions, so in many cases, it ends up not being interesting for small companies.
GILIAN HASS | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Great combination of easy to configure but still maintaining a lot of in-depth features and control available if desired
  • WatchGuard Cloud [is ]included on basic and total security packages to provide [a] valuable look into [an] activity that passes through the firewall. (A lot of other platforms such as Meraki you need to simply use Syslog and third-party tools to get insights and look for issues that need remediation)
  • Cohesive integration with other products such as AuthPoint for MFA adds value you can't get from traditional RADIUS only integrations of other platforms.
Anonymous | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • It would be nice to have a fully functional web interface [for the] server manager. The server manager is often very slow over remote connections.
  • Better support for OpenVPN server, or at least an easier way of creating tunnels using OpenVPN.
  • user VPN user management is a little confusing until you understand that all users need to be created under SSL users, regardless of VPN type.
  • Would be nice to have traffic statistics on traffic management objects.
Anonymous | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

General

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

Starting Price

$0 Contact sales team

WatchGuard Network Security Editions & Modules

Edition
SupportContact sales team1
Basic SecurityContact sales team1
Total SecurityContact sales team1
  1. Contact sales team
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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.6
Based on 15 answers
Ever since 2007, WatchGuard Fireboxes and WatchGuard network layer security solutions have been the most security effective with the lowest TCO of any solution on the market when properly implemented and properly maintained. As with any network layer security solution, the underlying network must first be architected correctly in order to facilitate network layer security, but then an extremely highly skilled network security architect must device, implement, and maintain a network layer security solution in order to achieve efficacy. This is true of any network layer security solution. Few people worldwide have that skill. However, WatchGuard technologies when implemented and supported by a qualified partner are able to deliver that solution very cost-effectively to the SMB space. No other solution can achieve that.
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.2
Based on 105 answers
The WatchGuard Network Security provide a web interface or a client interface, no matter what you approach is but you have two full powerful instrument to manage the firewall with easy interface (web) or with strong security (client). We prefer the usage with client but in fast change can be done in the web interface in a zip

Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Applications errors should always be expected in any kind of technology. What matters most is the way you find to resolve it.
Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Compared to another platform (not NGFW native), WatchGuard's performance runs fine and do not slow down user browsing experience
Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.3
Based on 19 answers
I give this rating as a result of almost 20 years of interfacing with WatchGuard technical support. Of all my vendors that I have to deal with WatchGuard is one of the best I have ever dealt with bar none. I have seldom finished a call to them without a solution. If they by chance don't have the solution, they will figure it out and get back to you ASAP as well as update the casefile online. Technical support is available via phone and web portal. It takes a few minutes to create a case online, assign a priority and submit. They get back to you depending on the critical nature of the issue, but you can expect urgent attention for critical and catastrophic issues.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Meraki MX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.6
Based on 3 answers
We participate to a in person training and the three days of learning was really useful and complete to gain skill to solve the major part of the problem we encounter during our life. And more the in person training give us the opportunity to create a network with other WatchGuard partner.
Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco Meraki MX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
Felicia King | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.3
Based on 278 answers
We are very satisfied with the implementation. The deployment tools are easy to use and managing is a breeze. Training onsite IT contacts is easy to keep total investment of time low. We are happy with the management tool suite and find it easier to use especially policy center. It allows to see all rules and details from a single pane rather than fumbling through different configs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security has the same features as some of the above, yet they will cost you far less than some of the mentioned firewalls. The deployment process is very easy compared to the above. I mentored and trained a few engineers, and in no time, they were able to scope, deploy and support WatchGuard Network Security without asking for help.
Anonymous | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The entire organization didn't face any trouble to integrate the technology into our workforce.
Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • VPN has meant my users are secure even when they are not in the office, this has reduced risk when they are using public networks and home networks that IT cannot regulate.
  • The increased security provided by the firewalls has enabled us to positively answer questions on customers' RFI assessments to their potential customers.
  • Central Management in Dimension saves our engineers time by not having to jump onto every firewall one by one.
Benjamin Doyle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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