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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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard has a ton of features for a very reasonable price. We utilized it as a simple edge firewall, but also in a more complex environment with dual WAN, policy-based routing, SIP gateway, next-gen features, etc. You would pay a lot more money with some other providers for similar features.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
WatchGuard Network Security
8.1
Identification Technologies
Cisco Meraki MX
8.7
WatchGuard Network Security
8.3
Visualization Tools
Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
WatchGuard Network Security
6.6
Content Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
8.0
WatchGuard Network Security
8.4
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Meraki MX
8.2
WatchGuard Network Security
8.7
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
WatchGuard Network Security
7.9
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Meraki MX
8.9
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
WatchGuard Network Security
8.1
VPN
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5
High Availability
Cisco Meraki MX
8.6
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Meraki MX
7.4
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5
Proxy Server
Cisco Meraki MX
6.8
WatchGuard Network Security
7.5

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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • URL Filtering: Extremely effective for blocking of questionable content and protecting from phishing sites.
  • Antivirus: Our clients have seen far fewer active threats when a WatchGuard Network Security Device is in place.
  • Data Loss Prevention: A valuable tool for our clients who require more security when it comes to metadata and personal data leaving the network.
Tracy Atwood | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Partner communications on technical issues. For example the undocumented feature of SDWAN hidden route. There is still no documentation on that.
  • Too infrequent communications about high incidence technical support issues. We do not want to have to be encountering known issues and then having outages or problems that we then have to put in tickets about.
  • Pay attention to your most highly technical partners, not just those that sell a lot of equipment. The highly technical partners can and do provide very usable feedback that can make the products better.
  • WG wants partners to build relationships with people inside WG so we can drive solutions to problems, but too frequently, we get no response to emails sent to the proper internal resources about legitimate issues.
Felicia King | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 2 answers
To be replaced, we would need to see a clear set of reasons that acutely address the points I have made in favor of this solution, and they would need to be Cheaper, easier to use, give more clarity into the networking, and create easier dashboards and reports for managemnt of users networking and threat actors attempts to compromise the network.
Bill Holmberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX

Cisco Meraki MX 8.3
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 8.9
Based on 88 answers
The feature set you get is fantastic, and there has been a great investment in various areas to cover all angles. I was blown away by various features on offer, and after getting it set up, a few more acquisitions were made by WatchGuard and as we had total security suite we got to enable them on our devices.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.8
Based on 4 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 9.1
Based on 1 answer
In person training is very good for the interaction with qualified trainers
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco Meraki MX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 6.4
Based on 1 answer
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 2 answers
Good product and simple to use.
James Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.9
Based on 81 answers
The implementation of the WatchGuard appliance and the setup for connectivity and applications, etc. was very good, due to the fact that we have a Network Admin who understands the system and was able to configure things properly for our office as well as for our US warehouse to have a VPN connection to our main office in Winnipeg.
Mauro Biefeni | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard devices are so much easier to use than SonicWall devices. I find SWs to be obtuse and require a lot of extra clicking/navigating to accomplish the same tasks. The Total Security Suite that is available for WatchGuard is simply unparalleled in a cost-to-features ratio.
Greg College | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Blocking bad websites has saved many of our clients from any infection which saves time and money from a business being down and needing files restored perspective.
  • Automatic end user training has saved time not having to go onsite to do it ourselves.
  • Traffic and Security Reports that we use with clients to show them employee usage, blocked security threats, and growth projections.
Joshua Churchwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki MX

General

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

WatchGuard Network Security

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Meraki MX
9.0
WatchGuard Network Security
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Meraki MX
6.5
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Usability

Cisco Meraki MX
8.3
WatchGuard Network Security
8.9

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security

Performance

Cisco Meraki MX
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security

Support Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
9.4
WatchGuard Network Security
8.8

In-Person Training

Cisco Meraki MX
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Online Training

Cisco Meraki MX
WatchGuard Network Security
6.4

Implementation Rating

Cisco Meraki MX
7.0
WatchGuard Network Security
8.9

Scalability

Cisco Meraki MX
7.3
WatchGuard Network Security

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