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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.6

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

96%
32 Ratings
3.0

SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point

30%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

91%
1 Rating

SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

82%
1 Rating

SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.4

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

94%
21 Ratings

SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

73%
1 Rating

SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

If you want easy to setup wireless that works really well and can be managed from anywhere, Meraki is for sure the way to go. Once you get used to using the dashboard, it is extremely easy to use and will show you all kinds of details about the network and the clients on it. The Meraki design works well, especially if you are new to wireless, the settings are pretty basic but easy to follow. If you have an office environment and don't want the hassle of having a controller in a closet, then Meraki is a good fit. They might not always be suited for industrial designs where heat and extreme harsh temperatures are in play but other than that I've found I've been able to put them in manufacturing and office environments. If you want extreme tuning ability like you would see in a traditional Cisco controller, then you might not like the Meraki platform.
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SonicWall

I am hard pressed to determine a situation where SonicPoint devices are a good fit. The signal strength of these devices are so poor that we had complaints from customers who switched from cheap, home class devices. The scenario that I could think of where SonicPoint devices would be appropriate would be a situation where companies are using a SonicWall firewall and are mandated to use wireless devices from the same company.
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Pros

Cisco

  • Cisco Meraki Wireless does a GREAT job marketing their product and building your trust. They offer free and very informative webinars that offer free gear for your home network. They rely on word of mouth marketing and it simply works. They offer great try and buy programs as well. They stand behind their product and trust the technology.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless administrators dashboard is top notch. Their wireless UI interface is integrated with all other Cisco Meraki Wireless products. This makes it easy to use. It has single-use credentials and is seamless.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless support is also top notch. While they are backed by Cisco, Meraki always feels like you are working with a small business that takes your account seriously. They are specialized and a rare breed in the industry. Getting support from them is a pleasure!
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SonicWall

  • Centralized management works well.
  • Integration with SonicWall security appliances is seamless.
  • Security of the devices is better than the average device.
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Cons

Cisco

  • Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management.
  • Must maintain subscription to utilize Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points.
  • Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.
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SonicWall

  • Signal strength of the SonicWall devices are very poor.
  • Product support is lacking.
  • Development of features and product improvement is subpar.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SonicWall SonicPoint Wireless Security Access Point editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      The Cisco Meraki WiFi Access Point dashboard and support license is mandatory so to continue usage we will need to renew the license. We may opt to purchase a more current WiFi generation device if something newer is available at that time. Currently, happy with the use of the dashboard as it is very feature rich.
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      SonicWall

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      The Meraki dashboard is an excellent tool to administer and manage the Meraki WiFi Access Point. Navigating the dashboard is intuitive and there are lots of use cases on the Meraki site. The dashboard is the key to having a great administrative experience with the product, easy to use, fast to find information.
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      SonicWall

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      Cisco Meraki support has been very helpful when it comes to troubleshooting and supporting their products. There is an online knowledge base with tons of documentation and there is also 24x7 phone support available as part of the dashboard license. Every time I've called support, the engineer I spoke with has been very informative and dedicated to resolving my problems.
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      SonicWall

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      There were documents that detailed how the WiFi Access Point was to be installed and mounted. The only issue was to cable the device, we use a third party for this type of work and typically has to be performed after normal business hours. Other than that, the installation was easy.
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      SonicWall

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      Meraki Wireless Access Points were superior to Cisco Aironets: Cloud-based dashboard for managing all Meraki devices. Alerts when devices or network is impacted. Easy deployment of Firmware upgrades. Faster network speeds. Wider network coverage. Required less number of Access Points compared to Cisco Aironet.
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      SonicWall

      Ubiquiti products have been much more reliable than SonicPoint devices. Going forward, we will no longer install SonicWall devices. The ROI on these devices are definitely negative. I cannot recommend SonicPoint devices to anyone. We have been much happier with Ubiquiti devices since we started switching our clients to them.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • KPI generator: Generator of commercial indicators that help us define the client's profile.
      • Consumption data: See in which the network is occupying the consumption by application and user.
      • Heat zones: See which is the area of ​​interest most traveled by the end user.
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      SonicWall

      • These devices have had a negative impact on our reputation with customers.
      • A large amount of time was spent troubleshooting problems.
      • Multiple promises of improvement by salespeople were unfulfilled.
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