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Cisco offers the Meraki brand of Ethernet switches.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/xb/mX/OTTQ9HPVUOB4.JPEGCisco Meraki MS Switches Review - a great product!!!I use Cisco ASA routers in conjunction with Meraki Z1 & Z3 appliances to allow my remote teams to connect to the main office and for those traveling to easily be able to link back to the home network for easy access while on the road. Cisco Meraki MS Switches are used by our organization as our sole backbone for our network infrastructure. We host a 4-floor building system with about 200 employees with Meraki Switches at even floors distributing network access. We currently have no other solution in place to support the network outside of Meraki and for good reason! Meraki solves a big problem for us: they bring enterprise-grade network gear down to a small business platform and small business pricing.,Cisco Meraki MS Switches are highly scalable! They support up to 40G uplinks. This is huge in support of enterprise-grade service. Cisco Meraki MS Switches also have advanced troubleshooting tools we use often such as Packet Captures with a high level of detail and cable testing even. They show any interruption of the network easily and at a glance. I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network.,I would like to see more ease of use with third-parties when using localhost integration to schedule download or push of logs, events, reports, etc. We do not always want to store stuff within Cisco Meraki's cloud. Some information gets cloudy when drilling down - but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more). Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances. The smaller end MS Switches have virtual stacking capabilities and not physical like some of the higher models. We personally would like to see all switches have the option to be physically stacked.,9,They cost more up front than HP or Dell, but in the long run, they pay for themselves by making investigations much, much shorter. Cisco Meraki's MS Switches open the flood gates as a cornerstone product for us which has led us to purchase their Access Points as well as cameras. The central GUI has had a huge impact on our ability to troubleshoot and monitor our total network coverage. Cisco Meraki Wireless has served us well in allowing us to divide multiple SSIDs to multiple use cases. The configuration methodology is easy and simple and really reduced a lot of administrative overhead.,,Cisco Nexus, Avaya Agile Communication Environment, Extreme Networks Wireless WAN,50,1,Integrated hardware, software and cloud services. Simplified provisioning of multiple network components. Scalable for large and small companies.,Highly secure and fully compatible with PCI. The configuration information goes through the cloud; the user data remains in the local network. Management and comprehensive control of the devices thanks to the integration with the most common operating systems.,Access Points (MR). Security Devices (MX).,10,No,Price Product Features Analyst Reports,I would not change it, very satisfied with the decision.Migrated to MS Switches and could not be happierThe MS Switches are great for us as we can manage everything under one dashboard. Port changes, v-lans, firmware upgrades are all very intuitive and easy to configure. We have been running them for a few years, none have failed and the support is good when I have a question.,V-Lans are easy to separate traffic. Management under one dashboard makes our lives extremely easy. Give us the flexibility to setup ACLs, routing, and DHCP quite easily.,Port tracing doesn't always work correctly and can take a few refreshes to show the correct topology when trying to find a user's port. We had a couple bad ports when new but the hardware was replaced right away. Really no big problem to complain about I'm happy to say.,9,Lower cost of staff as they are easy to set up and maintain and you don't need top tier engineers to support them. Investing in all Meraki switches has given us a far better overview of our network without having to purchase 3rd party tools to view what's happening. No downtime in three years due to defective devices. Other than fast firmware upgrades, the switches just run.,Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls, Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point and Cisco Meraki Systems Manager,Snagit, Microsoft 365 Business, VMware vCenter ServerMeraki delivers on Enterprise Grade solution down to your everyday needs!Cisco Meraki MS Switches are used by our organization as our sole backbone for network infrastructure. We host a 4-floor building with about 200 employees with Meraki Switches at even floors distributing network access. We currently have no other solution in place to support the network outside of Meraki and for good reason! Meraki solves a big problem for us: they bring enterprise-grade network gear down to a small business platform and small business pricing.,Cisco Meraki and their switches like any of their products have a centralized GUI interface. This makes deployment, configuration and monitoring simple. It is very user intuitive and quick to learn. Cisco Meraki MS Switches are quick to deploy and become operational. Meraki switches can be unboxed, configured and deployed in minutes. Cisco Meraki MS Switches are highly scalable! They support up to 40G uplinks. This is huge in support of enterprise-grade service. Cisco Meraki MS Switches also have advanced troubleshooting tools we use often such as Packet Captures with a high level of detail and cable testing even.,The smaller end MS Switches have virtual stacking capabilities and not physical like some of the higher models. We personally would like to see all switches have the option to be physically stacked. Would like to see increased functionality and customization in reporting/alerts and notifications. Meraki has some templates and walk through options but they do not always offer the data we are looking for and often spend some additional hours making custom offline reports. Would like to see the ease of use of third party of local hosting integration to schedule download or push of logs, events, reports etc. We do not always want to store stuff within Cisco Meraki's cloud.,10,Cisco Meraki MS Switches have a positive ROI on our overall business objectives because we were able to deploy enterprise level equipment that came in under budget and has been sustaining past our original LCM predictions. Cisco Meraki's MS Switches open the flood gates as a cornerstone product for us which has led us to purchase their Access Points as well as cameras. The central GUI has had a huge impact on our ability to troubleshoot and monitor our total network coverage.,Juniper Ethernet Switches and Ruckus ICX Switches (formerly Brocade ICX Switches),Ruckus ICX Switches (formerly Brocade ICX Switches), Juniper Ethernet Switches, Microsoft StreamInsightMeraki is a good bang for your buck!We have over 13 CISCO switches in our environment. We have 8 port switches to 48 ports switches, including some fiber switches for our campus area network. When I started this project to switch over to Meraki, we had three different switch vendors and 3 different ISP connections on our campus. I would have to walk over to each physical network and log in to check out and troubleshoot. I first switched the firewalls of the individual network and Meraki to manage everything in one single place. I did not have to walk anymore to those networks and I then saw everything in one plane of glass. Just recently I replace all of my switches over to Meraki and it is great. I also dropped one of the ISP connections because I am able to manage guest access better. That saved me money!,The Meraki Dashboard Customer Support Center Easiness of Use,I would like a NOC display area.,10,Easy to learn. Easy to deploy. Simple management.,,Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, Microsoft TeamsMeraki makes it EASY!We utilize Meraki MS switches throughout our entire network, connecting multiple buildings with both fiber and ethernet. It addresses the need to manage our switches from the cloud, making changes and seeing immediate results.,Cloud based management Managing all switches under one dashboard Easy to configure and make changes with little to no downtime,Some firmware issues never seem to be addressed Licensing costs No ability to view any logs,9,Little to no network downtime Firmware upgrades happen automatically during non-business hours so no need for outage window Minimal oversight needed on a daily basis as we get alerts for any major issues,Juniper Ethernet Switches and NETGEAR Ethernet SwitchesDeeper Insight - Meraki MS SwitchesCisco Meraki MS Switches are being used in numerous locations within our organization. I enjoy working with the product because it gives me deeper insights into issues within the network. It has great troubleshooting tools underneath one pane of glass. I am able to remediate issues with devices on the network in a timely manner. I love how the GUI interface is user-friendly. I love the POE functionality and features that come with MS Switches depending on model.,troubleshooting network insights port insights,compatibility with nexxus products,10,ROI - we have saved costs drastically switching from MPLS to SD WAN and Meraki products. Million dollar estimated amount in savings Efficient Troubleshooting - I am able to get deeper insight from ports to determine cause of issues on the network. There are helpful tools embedded into the dashboard which has saved me a lot more time opposed to if I were trying to troubleshoot blindly.,Cisco Nexus and Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000),Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark), Microsoft TeamsMeraki is the future of Networks, and you should get on board now.We use them all across the organization, and gives us insights into users bandwidth usage and which apps are consuming the most.,A single pane of Glass for all my switches They show any interruption of networking easily and at a glance The alert me when they go down or come back up I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network,Some information gets cloudy when drilling down- but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more). Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances,10,They cost more up front than HP or Dell, but in the long run they pay for themselves by making investigations much, much shorter.,Dell PowerConnect Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches,Yes,10,We had setup a new location and had issues with the VLANs and thought it was the local LEC, but we got support on and they helped pinpoint some simple things that straightened it right out.An easy to use solutionWe managed to get hold of a trial unit for our practice, having already put in the wireless solution and commenced utilizing the MDM - so were very much sold on the Meraki ecosystem. This switch is being used in a satellite office as the core switch to connect the server with the firewall and users.,Simple to set up (plug and play) Very slick looking kit (great for architects that are conscious on looks) Wealth of configuration options Connects to the Meraki cloud solution,You have to remember that when the Meraki support ends you need to renew it and so there is a cost that won't stop Switches only recently added dual power supplies, which is needed for resilience but took time for it to come out Not a cheap solution,9,The Meraki eco-system adds real value to the business The ease of setup and wealth of add-ons has really helped The looks of the kit have helped in the smaller offices where the kit is "on show",Meraki Switches Deliver the DataAs some switches have aged or failed we have started replacing them with Meraki MS Switches. We made the decision based on the investment we made on Meraki Access Points and MX security Appliances. At the time they also were providing an eight port POE switch to keep and test with. After using the 8 port we decided they would be a good investment.,They are cloud managed through a web GUI that is intuitive. They are updated automatically. Meraki Support is fantastic. They really help trouble shoot strange network problems, and when it has been a firmware issue it is solved in short order not months. Meraki equipment is easy to manage, you have full visibility, built in tools make things like packet capture are much easier than on Cisco IOS based devices. Making trouble shooting other network issues much less complicated.,Price is steep, but is inline with other vendors like HP, Brocade, and Cisco. Maybe even a little less. Licensing is required to continue managing the device. But is in line with SmartNet and similar offerings, however the benefits out strip smart net.,10,Easy to set up, saves a lot of time. A little less money than Cisco's regular line of switches. Helped cut down on trouble shooting time and doesn't require mirroring a port to do packet captures, with multiple sites this allows us to trouble shoot without traveling, so it has helped lower traveling cost.,Cisco Catalyst, Brocade FastIron and NetGear ProSafe Managed Switches,Dropbox for Business, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Server, Vista by Viewpoint
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May 01, 2019

"Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review - a great product!!!"

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I use Cisco ASA routers in conjunction with Meraki Z1 & Z3 appliances to allow my remote teams to connect to the main office and for those traveling to easily be able to link back to the home network for easy access while on the road.
Cisco Meraki MS Switches are used by our organization as our sole backbone for our network infrastructure. We host a 4-floor building system with about 200 employees with Meraki Switches at even floors distributing network access. We currently have no other solution in place to support the network outside of Meraki and for good reason! Meraki solves a big problem for us: they bring enterprise-grade network gear down to a small business platform and small business pricing.
  • Cisco Meraki MS Switches are highly scalable! They support up to 40G uplinks. This is huge in support of enterprise-grade service.
  • Cisco Meraki MS Switches also have advanced troubleshooting tools we use often such as Packet Captures with a high level of detail and cable testing even.
  • They show any interruption of the network easily and at a glance.
  • I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network.
  • I would like to see more ease of use with third-parties when using localhost integration to schedule download or push of logs, events, reports, etc. We do not always want to store stuff within Cisco Meraki's cloud.
  • Some information gets cloudy when drilling down - but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more).
  • Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances.
  • The smaller end MS Switches have virtual stacking capabilities and not physical like some of the higher models. We personally would like to see all switches have the option to be physically stacked.
Cisco Meraki MS Switches are perfect for any small business or home network. Meraki is also perfect for an enterprise-grade solution such as dorms and many campus environments. They are a very robust end product to deliver a network to your customer! I would not personally use Meraki as my core switch to the backbone infrastructure, but would as distributions. Meraki will impress you time and time again.
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July 05, 2019

Cisco Meraki MS Switches: "Migrated to MS Switches and could not be happier"

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The MS Switches are great for us as we can manage everything under one dashboard. Port changes, v-lans, firmware upgrades are all very intuitive and easy to configure. We have been running them for a few years, none have failed and the support is good when I have a question.
  • V-Lans are easy to separate traffic.
  • Management under one dashboard makes our lives extremely easy.
  • Give us the flexibility to setup ACLs, routing, and DHCP quite easily.
  • Port tracing doesn't always work correctly and can take a few refreshes to show the correct topology when trying to find a user's port.
  • We had a couple bad ports when new but the hardware was replaced right away.
  • Really no big problem to complain about I'm happy to say.
Great for small to medium business, especially when you don't have the budget for top-line engineers. They are pretty easy to set up for someone familiar with networking without having to do everything via command line. We have about 250 users and they work quite well in our various sites.
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April 11, 2019

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki delivers on Enterprise Grade solution down to your everyday needs!"

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Cisco Meraki MS Switches are used by our organization as our sole backbone for network infrastructure. We host a 4-floor building with about 200 employees with Meraki Switches at even floors distributing network access. We currently have no other solution in place to support the network outside of Meraki and for good reason! Meraki solves a big problem for us: they bring enterprise-grade network gear down to a small business platform and small business pricing.
  • Cisco Meraki and their switches like any of their products have a centralized GUI interface. This makes deployment, configuration and monitoring simple. It is very user intuitive and quick to learn.
  • Cisco Meraki MS Switches are quick to deploy and become operational. Meraki switches can be unboxed, configured and deployed in minutes.
  • Cisco Meraki MS Switches are highly scalable! They support up to 40G uplinks. This is huge in support of enterprise-grade service.
  • Cisco Meraki MS Switches also have advanced troubleshooting tools we use often such as Packet Captures with a high level of detail and cable testing even.
  • The smaller end MS Switches have virtual stacking capabilities and not physical like some of the higher models. We personally would like to see all switches have the option to be physically stacked.
  • Would like to see increased functionality and customization in reporting/alerts and notifications. Meraki has some templates and walk through options but they do not always offer the data we are looking for and often spend some additional hours making custom offline reports.
  • Would like to see the ease of use of third party of local hosting integration to schedule download or push of logs, events, reports etc. We do not always want to store stuff within Cisco Meraki's cloud.
Cisco Meraki MS Switches are perfect for any small business or home network. Meraki is also perfect for an enterprise-grade solution such as dorms and many campus environments. They are a very robust end product to deliver network to your customer! I would not personally use Meraki as my core switch to delivery the core backbone infrastructure but would as distributions. Meraki will impress time and time again.
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April 30, 2019

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki is a good bang for your buck!"

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We have over 13 CISCO switches in our environment. We have 8 port switches to 48 ports switches, including some fiber switches for our campus area network. When I started this project to switch over to Meraki, we had three different switch vendors and 3 different ISP connections on our campus. I would have to walk over to each physical network and log in to check out and troubleshoot. I first switched the firewalls of the individual network and Meraki to manage everything in one single place. I did not have to walk anymore to those networks and I then saw everything in one plane of glass. Just recently I replace all of my switches over to Meraki and it is great. I also dropped one of the ISP connections because I am able to manage guest access better. That saved me money!
  • The Meraki Dashboard
  • Customer Support Center
  • Easiness of Use
  • I would like a NOC display area.
For internal iSCSC and other internal networks that do not connect to the internet, this is not a good solution. I would recommend other Cisco products. If you are an MSP, you need to get your customers over to Meraki. You will be able to see the status of the networks you manage in one place.
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June 13, 2019

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki makes it EASY!"

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We utilize Meraki MS switches throughout our entire network, connecting multiple buildings with both fiber and ethernet. It addresses the need to manage our switches from the cloud, making changes and seeing immediate results.
  • Cloud based management
  • Managing all switches under one dashboard
  • Easy to configure and make changes with little to no downtime
  • Some firmware issues never seem to be addressed
  • Licensing costs
  • No ability to view any logs
It is well suited for organizations that have a large inventory of equipment that needs to be managed from a single dashboard. It would work very well for organizations that have multiple locations and want to be able to manage from anywhere.
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May 03, 2019

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Deeper Insight - Meraki MS Switches"

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Cisco Meraki MS Switches are being used in numerous locations within our organization. I enjoy working with the product because it gives me deeper insights into issues within the network. It has great troubleshooting tools underneath one pane of glass. I am able to remediate issues with devices on the network in a timely manner. I love how the GUI interface is user-friendly. I love the POE functionality and features that come with MS Switches depending on model.
  • troubleshooting
  • network insights
  • port insights
  • compatibility with nexxus products
VOIP phone environments. Environment with heavy duty access of high volume devices
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May 07, 2018

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki is the future of Networks, and you should get on board now."

Score 10 out of 10
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We use them all across the organization, and gives us insights into users bandwidth usage and which apps are consuming the most.
  • A single pane of Glass for all my switches
  • They show any interruption of networking easily and at a glance
  • The alert me when they go down or come back up
  • I can get deep information about what apps are doing on the network
  • Some information gets cloudy when drilling down- but they have a new tool coming out called Insights that is supposed to deal with that (and more).
  • Traffic shaping rules should be in the switches and not just the security appliances
From small companies to large ones these are invaluable tools. I would say though that I would not use them in my Core SAN stack, where Nexus CISCO switches are likely a better fit.
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January 24, 2018

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "An easy to use solution"

Score 9 out of 10
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We managed to get hold of a trial unit for our practice, having already put in the wireless solution and commenced utilizing the MDM - so were very much sold on the Meraki ecosystem. This switch is being used in a satellite office as the core switch to connect the server with the firewall and users.
  • Simple to set up (plug and play)
  • Very slick looking kit (great for architects that are conscious on looks)
  • Wealth of configuration options
  • Connects to the Meraki cloud solution
  • You have to remember that when the Meraki support ends you need to renew it and so there is a cost that won't stop
  • Switches only recently added dual power supplies, which is needed for resilience but took time for it to come out
  • Not a cheap solution
Great for most scenarios where you want intelligent switches and either have little knowledge on switch configuration (e.g. the standard Cisco range and the dark art of learning their configuration language)or a detailed knowledge and enjoy the ease of the interface to get complex configurations done for you.
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October 27, 2017

Cisco Meraki MS Switches Review: "Meraki Switches Deliver the Data"

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As some switches have aged or failed we have started replacing them with Meraki MS Switches. We made the decision based on the investment we made on Meraki Access Points and MX security Appliances. At the time they also were providing an eight port POE switch to keep and test with. After using the 8 port we decided they would be a good investment.
  • They are cloud managed through a web GUI that is intuitive.
  • They are updated automatically.
  • Meraki Support is fantastic. They really help trouble shoot strange network problems, and when it has been a firmware issue it is solved in short order not months.
  • Meraki equipment is easy to manage, you have full visibility, built in tools make things like packet capture are much easier than on Cisco IOS based devices. Making trouble shooting other network issues much less complicated.
  • Price is steep, but is inline with other vendors like HP, Brocade, and Cisco. Maybe even a little less.
  • Licensing is required to continue managing the device. But is in line with SmartNet and similar offerings, however the benefits out strip smart net.
Meraki Switches seem well suited for most situations. They support all major features, setting up QoS and VLANs is very straightforward. We use them with some Cisco IOS devices. The dashboard gives you a good look at the clients connected on your network even when they are on a non Meraki neighbor device.
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