Cisco Meraki MX

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Cisco Meraki MX

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Cisco Meraki MX Still At The Top!

10
April 27, 2022
Cisco Meraki MX is the dashboarding UI that comes with Cisco network appliances and we use it as an interface for our current router, MX …
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Scalable secure networking

10
April 23, 2022
We need to be able to centrally manage our networks easily and quickly across multiple locations in many timezones.
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Mark's Cisco Meraki MX review

9
April 14, 2022
We use Cisco Meraki MX for SDWan. We need to simplify and streamline our WAN connections by moving from expensive MPLS circuits to SDWAN.
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Great inter connectivity solution

8
February 02, 2022
Specifically used for all operational networks, Cisco Meraki MX series routers enforce security and threat protection while also providing …
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Meraki - Simple SD-Wan

8
December 06, 2021
Our company has 100+ branch locations. We use Cisco Meraki as our SD-WAN to connect the branch locations to our data center or our warm …
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Meraki makes managing networks easy

9
November 28, 2021
We use Cisco Meraki MX firewalls at all of our sites that form our SD-WAN. We get fantastic visibility of our network, the clients, …
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My Cisco Meraki MX Review

10
November 26, 2021
I am a Cisco partner, so my job is to implement and support Cisco Meraki products, including MX. We have several customers with whom we …

This stuff just works.

9
September 14, 2021
Cisco Meraki MX is used across the organization as a standard installation at all locations. It allows for simple cloud-based management …
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Buy Cisco Meraki MX for networking.

10
September 02, 2021
We use and deploy Cisco Meraki MX devices to all our clients. We are very happy with its level of security and intrusion detection. The …
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VPN (47)

8.7
87%

Identification Technologies (47)

8.4
84%

Firewall Management Console (48)

8.2
82%

Reporting and Logging (49)

7.8
78%

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Pricing

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MX64

$595

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MX67

$695

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MX68

$995

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Firewall

8.4
84%

Product Details

What is Cisco Meraki MX?

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Software-Defined WAN solution. As a UTM product, Meraki MX provides content filtering, app-specific traffic control, intrusion prevention, malware protection, and site-to-site VPN that is deployable on hardware or virtually. It also enables firewall management remotely for 24x7 monitoring and accessibility.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cisco Meraki MX?

Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls is a combined UTM and Software-Defined WAN solution. Meraki is managed via the cloud, and provides core firewall services, including site-to-site VPN, plus network monitoring.

What is Cisco Meraki MX's best feature?

Reviewers rate High Availability highest, with a score of 8.8.

Who uses Cisco Meraki MX?

The most common users of Cisco Meraki MX are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

Reviews

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Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Meraki allows us to interconnect multiple WAN networks and manage them securely through an easy-to-use web portal. We can seamlessly update and edit firewall rules from a single portal and control and manage the security of our company effortlessly. We have confidence in the brand and the security this brings our organization.
  • Effortlessly access all appliances under one portal.
  • Manage updates of appliances and schedule firmware updates.
  • Event logs for troubleshooting connections, increasing efficiency.
  • Alerts are set up for critical appliances and connectivity monitoring.
  • Enable MFA directly from the Meraki for client VPNs, without using a third party.
  • Licensing costs are increasingly high on top of the device cost.
  • Logs for VPN connections only show successful tunnel negotiations, no information about unsuccessful negotiations, so the logs are not helpful for troubleshooting.
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.
A single point to troubleshoot multiple networks, quickly, making the company more efficient with less downtime allowing operators to focus on the OT side of the business. Confidence in security and scalable networks at the click of a mouse. Easy to manage and deploy devices that integrate together uniting the company across huge geographical terrain.
Auvik integrates seamlessly using the Meraki API for SNMP monitoring of our networks. Combined with Meraki they make the perfect tool to troubleshoot and keep the company running with as little downtime as possible. Both products integrate precise troubleshooting mechanics which allow complete diagnoses of faults and recommendations instantly. Cisco Meraki works best at the front level to identify, Auvik takes us to the next layer.
Easy to scale and replicate across numerous networks. Provides an amazing blueprint for our networks which can easily be managed from a single web portal.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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Cisco Meraki MX is the dashboarding UI that comes with Cisco network appliances and we use it as an interface for our current router, MX 100 which handles the organization and processing of network traffic in our environment. With the Cisco Meraki, we are able to see all of the network traffic that flows through our environment and notice any issues with connectivity within our local and external sites.
  • Meraki MX does a very good job of laying out all the important functions and information diagrams needed when monitoring a network.
  • Meraki makes it very easy for new users who are learning IT networking to work with and manage enterprise-grade appliances.
  • Meraki makes it very easy to configure and back up network appliances. Also if we need to restore from those configurations are easily do so through the Meraki console.
  • Cisco Meraki can do better with its VPN settings. Out of the box, it comes with a VPN service that can be a little hard to configure and troubleshoot.
  • Error logging and reporting is another area where Meraki can improve. When troubleshooting network failures it would be helpful if they provided more detailed logs.
  • Setting up Meraki with the Radius server for authentication was a bit cumbersome as there were parts of the configuration which were not compatible with the Meraki itself.
Cisco Meraki is very well suited for our environment because it provides very detailed information on all things about networked that need to be monitored by our network team. In the event of any issues where the business notifies us that the internet is slow or acting poorly, we are able to look in our Meraki and tell what the culprit is. Also, we are able to manage all of our appliances in one dashboard making it very easy to access and read information.
Meraki's ease of deployment was exceptional. Out of the box, all of the Cisco appliances contain the Meraki dashboard tool so once it's set up once, they make it very easy for other appliances to join your already existing, Meraki environment. From there, the device adoption is pretty much automated as Meraki allows you to push down configurations easily and your new devices are up and running quickly. We are also easily able to manage users who have access to Meraki making the portal very easy to get set up.
By switching all of our network appliances to the Cisco with Meraki, we are able to push down network configurations to all network appliances making it very easy to set up and distribute across our network. When doing so, such as the Wifi, we are certain that the Cisco Access Points will be compatible and not disrupt service in our network.
I believe Meraki deserves a 10 in this category because the Meraki system is easily able to handle as many devices you want to enroll within your environment all in one place. It makes it very easy to scale up your network or scale down and it also allows you to branch off into separate sites at the drop of a hat. Configurations can be easily copied over to new sites without any issues.
Paul Tedder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
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We use Cisco Meraki MX as a stand-alone network with a few ethernet items.
  • Serves as a firewall
  • Admin interaction
  • Unobtrusive
  • Pricing model licensing structure
  • Keeping current with modern software design
  • Integrating the ability to work with other wireless systems
Cisco Meraki MX is great for a small business or home office. However, it is not appropriate if you depend on a wireless connection and do not own or want to own the Meraki APs. Meraki MX works great with its own tools and integrates well between its different parts, although integrating it with other systems is more challenging.
Cisco Meraki MX has been easier to use than most tools I have come across. It has integrated well with our other Meraki tools. We have many Meraki Access points (we don't own any Meraki switches, but my belief is that they would integrate very well, work very well, and bring real advantage) and we have been very happy with how they have worked together.
Cisco Meraki MX is very flexible, but scalability is limited to the original product. The MX-64 is designed for smaller networks and can only expand to a certain size. However, there are other products that would do the job.
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Meraki helped us in different ways, It helped us in optimizing WAN architecture, as well as LAN Wireless architecture with Meraki MR. With Cisco Meraki, we have a central dashboard (Meraki Cloud Portal) with that we have an option to control the policies and routing centrally. Cisco Meraki MX product has a very easier implementation process, even with very less Network engineering experience Meraki devices can be managed, thanks to the Meraki cloud.
  • Centralized Control of Meraki devices from one cloud portal.
  • Easier to implement SDWAN policies.
  • Easier to define centralized firewall rules, which maintain the integrity between different site locations.
  • More granular parameters can be included while selecting the WAN path for different kinds of traffic.
  • Support team availability on a short call, should not be a longer wait time on support cases.
  • Easier implementation of Complicated firewall rules is the area where Meraki can work.
Cisco Meraki is well suited for the medium-size enterprise environment, however when we have high traffic generating branch Meraki might not be well suited, we have to integrate other solutions. Cisco Meraki MX is well suited when centralized control is required, and we don't want to end up troubleshooting and configuring individual devices, instead, we can do it all from the portal. Defining the centralized WAN rules, and applying that template to different Meraki MX branches for path selection, also make it a great choice for the enterprise to have multiple sites. As again individual branch config again is the pain.
For sure Cisco Meraki MX is easier compared to any other vendor, I understood the product within very less time, as they have a very easier UI. Easier Implementation also makes it faster to implement, so overall this really helped us secure and maintain WAN in a better way compared with our traditional solution.
Overall we made a positive impact after the integration of all these products.
Because Meraki MX helped us control the traffic with better QoS and traffic shaping for a particular application that the department uses. With this feature, Meraki can give preference to one traffic over another. So more business-sensitive traffic will always have bandwidth availability even if we have congestion. This really is a 5-star feature.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We need to be able to centrally manage our networks easily and quickly across multiple locations in many timezones.
  • Easy management
  • Decentralisation
  • Expandability
  • Fast change management
  • Support can be complicated and slow
  • Purchasing is managed per region rather than centrally
Cisco Meraki MX is great for organisations of any size who need to have ease of visibility and strong remote management options for their networks.
Our setup has been easy to expand as the business has grown. We have been able to copy settings between devices to quickly roll out networks we know are secure to new locations anywhere in the world.
Linking our firewalls and access points gives us great visibility over where issues lie and allows us to track user activity anywhere they choose to work.
We have expanded our original set up to cover multiple new locations since our initial deployment and it has always been a smooth process to get it up and running. We have never experienced an issue where it hasn't gone as expected.
Vin Campbell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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We have three locations and we have a Cisco Meraki MX device at the edge for all of them. We have an MX84 Pro at two locations and a newer MX68 at one. Two of these locations are busy retail stores with point of sales and credit card machines that talk over the internet. Perhaps my favorite feature is the hub VPN - you can't ask for a simpler setup of an active VPN between locations. The single pane of glass view of my entire organization is simply priceless.
  • Hub VPN
  • Single pane of glass view
  • Platform Stability - 0% downtime
  • Edge protection
  • Port forwarding could be more intuitive
  • Client refreshes could be quicker
  • License prices could be lessened
For sure, Cisco Meraki MX is suited for larger organizations with higher IT budgets. Both CAPEX and OPEX are high on these devices, but you are getting what you pay for - a highly stable and secure platform that is completely cloud-managed. having the devices cloud-manageable is priceless for a remote IT person such as myself. Being able to see all the clients on my networks also aids in maximizing network security.
Once your root organizational account is set up, adding these devices to your deployment is very simple. The license management is also simple with a clear view of the license life for each device. Single pane of glass - I can see my entire organization along with each specific location with all the Cisco Meraki MX devices I have deployed in one portal - so management is a breeze from that perspective. Logs are readily searchable, so I can trace events as needed and remedy situations as they may arise. The list goes on.
We have Cisco Meraki MR wireless devices at two locations. The biggest benefit is obviously the ability to manage the WiFi in the cloud and under the single pane of the glass portal. License management is part of the same portal. WiFi network deployment is simple and automatically extends to each new device as added. Mesh was a hidden gem that really puts this solution over the top. No network wire - no problem - these MR devices mesh automatically when they are near each other!
The MR devices are the best example of this - once you set up your WiFi networks, these are automatically deployed to the new MR devices as you add and expand the areas of coverage. For the MX devices, you can add warm spares, and the config is all automatic. Adding locations that require a VPN connection is a breeze too - just add the new location to the mesh.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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We use Cisco Meraki MX for SDWan. We need to simplify and streamline our WAN connections by moving from expensive MPLS circuits to SDWAN.
  • Simple user interface
  • Cloud based management
  • Affordable purchase price
  • some of the configuration items in the management console don't seem in be in expected location
The Cisco Meraki MX devices have worked well in smaller remote office locations. I have used Cisco FTD firewalls in our main data center for firewalling functions instead of the Cisco Meraki MX.
The simplicity of Cisco Meraki MX has allowed my small IT staff, four members, self manage our SDWAN.
We have not run into any issues.
They are responsive and provide good support.
Joseph Brower | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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Cisco Meraki MX is used by some of my clients for managing their internet connection between a few facilities. They have an ethernet handoff, and Cisco Meraki MX sits between their internet connection and their network, acting as a firewall, router, VPN endpoint, and content filter.
  • Decent web interface
  • Support
  • Content filtering
  • Threat detection (when using the higher license)
  • Intranet management (inability to NAT between LANs limits flexibility)
  • Multitenancy from one device
  • Limited in VPN options
  • Always a recurring charge
  • Difficult to troubleshoot when internet is down
If a company wants a fairly turn-key solution and doesn't mind some limited functionality, Cisco Meraki MX works well. The content filtering/IPS system is effective, and the reporting is nice. It also allows for easy team management, and the VPN can easily be managed by integrating it into active directory or other authentication mechanisms.
Cisco Meraki MX has allowed me and my team to maintain a few networks with relatively little effort. We didn't require a lot of training to use the core feature set, and it has served our clients well. It does what any good firewall should do, be set up, stay out of the way, and maintain security.
While the Cisco Meraki MX interface is scalable and handles things nicely, sometimes the hardware isn't quite up to the task. Scaling the hardware requires purchasing the higher model, as lower models can't be upgraded. Then users are left with an old model that is now an expensive paperweight, as you can't even redeploy at home without spending on a monthly license.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Review Source
Specifically used for all operational networks, Cisco Meraki MX series routers enforce security and threat protection while also providing secure site-to-site VPN connections.
  • Threat protection
  • Site-to-Site connectivity
  • Central management
  • Account managers
  • Support availability (phone)
It is well suited for businesses with multiple sites requiring inter-site connectivity.
There is limited to no training required. IT staff can find what they’re looking for as required.
Cisco Meraki MX has the easiest way to integrate with any VPN services, and support is really well managed.
Easy, central site-to-site VPN setup and deployment.
December 06, 2021

Meraki - Simple SD-Wan

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Our company has 100+ branch locations. We use Cisco Meraki as our SD-WAN to connect the branch locations to our data center or our warm site in case of an emergency. Each location has two Internet circuits that the Meraki load balances. These internet circuits vary based on availability; broadband, T1, or cellular. We currently have some sites using cellular Internet as a failover as well as using the Meraki MG21 with only cellular Internet.
  • Ease of Setup - each device takes a few minutes to deploy from the Meraki web portal. Once a device connects to the Internet it automatically downloads the assigned configuration.
  • Ease of Management - One web interface that shows all of our devices that are categorized by the site. We use templates to make large changes quickly.
  • Ease of Contract - All the Meraki devices share a support contract. With the Meraki model, we only have one support contract to renew.
  • Reliability and Support - Meraki monitors the health of the device and ships replacement devices quickly.
  • User Management and Logging - With the Meraki dashboard, you can control user setup. A user is created and then assigned roles. All changes are logged in the Meraki dashboard. This eliminates the need for a Radius server.
  • Advanced Features - With the ease of use of Meraki it can lack some advanced features. There are some features that are not present, for the most part, it has the features needed.
  • Detailed Firewall Logs - Firewall logs can be a little hard to search.
  • Pricing - Meraki is starting to have more competition. These new competitors may offer better pricing.
  • Meraki Magic - At times it can be hard to troubleshoot some of what is going on in Meraki.
Meraki MX is great for multiple branch location sites. This is especially true if there is no technical staff present to troubleshoot or console into a rogue device. Previously we would make a change that may lock us out of a device which would require someone at a location to unplug a device with a configuration that was not saved in order to revert our changes. Meraki MX also works well for monitoring and Managed Service Providers. Meraki allows Managed Service Providers to have sub-estates to segregate customers. Currently, we pay a third party to monitor our Meraki networks.
The ease of the Meraki dashboard has allowed us to have less technical staff work and troubleshoot networks. Our helpdesk uses read-only accounts to be able to view the status of a network and the connected devices. When Meraki has shipped a replacement product we have been able to swap the device with no setup or allowing us to take less downtime.
We have purchased Cisco Umbrella and have started to integrate this with Meraki to provide secure DNS to help protect our company. Meraki integrates using an API key with Cisco Umbrella.
With our Cisco Meraki, we primarily use templates to manage devices. At times we have devices not bound to a template for unique circumstances. At times it feels like I would like to make a change to one device but since that device is connected to a template that change may affect all devices. This may be my own inability of understanding how to make fine-grain changes.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We use Cisco Meraki MX firewalls at all of our sites that form our SD-WAN. We get fantastic visibility of our network, the clients, settings and how much data is being used, and by who. We have extended our WAN to include home offices (using Teleworkers) and also added in Wi-Fi Access points. Essentially our complete network is managed in a single dashboard. The ability to create policies based on device is fantastic. We can quickly isolate who is using all the data, or any rogue devices. We have a mix of devices depending upon the office size. MX65 at large offices, MX64 at smaller ones, and Z3 devices where the office is only 1 or 2 people. We can configure and manage everything, such as speed tests, DHCP, Group Policies, VPN endpoints and Wi-Fi. Alerts and reporting is so easy to setup and use. The Meraki suite of devices is invaluable in our company.
  • Reporting
  • Wi-Fi and Wireless
  • Client Management
  • Network audits
  • Alerts
  • Having proper group policies that integrate with AD
  • More granular alerts
Cisco Meraki is well suited to dispersed organizations who want to manage their network from the one dashboard. [Cisco Meraki MX is] probably not needed for a single sight.
The ease of deployment makes things simple. It really is plug and play and once the device is online, the final configuration and setup is easy. I sometimes think it is too easy as you begin to worry that things have been missed!
We have added in Access Points (MR33) and Smart Cameras.
Just keep adding things in as you need to. Have had no issues or problems.
November 26, 2021

My Cisco Meraki MX Review

Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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I am a Cisco partner, so my job is to implement and support Cisco Meraki products, including MX. We have several customers with whom we have implemented [Cisco] Meraki MX. So I do the implementation from scratch. These products solve many security problems in addition to that it is quite easy to configure and operate this equipment on a daily basis. The security platform used by Cisco Meraki is kept up-to-date to face the threats that arise every day. In addition, SD-WAN configuration is very simple
  • Auto VPN
  • Cloud management
  • Content Filtering
  • More specific security policies
  • high licensing costs
I recommend it because it is very easy to configure this product, you have all the network administration in a single dashboard in the cloud. The administration is completely remote from anywhere. VPN works great. For the education sector, I consider it a very good option
This is the best of Meraki MX. Its settings are very simple and intuitive. The dashboard is very user-friendly, it can be managed from anywhere since it is located in the cloud. Site-to-site VPN is very easy to set up with the Meraki auto VPN feature. Licensing management is also very easy.
The benefits have been that Meraki devices are always at the forefront, they are very easy to manage, they meet the expectations of a business network. There is a wide range of functionalities that these products offer. The support offered by Meraki is excellent as well as the replacement of equipment in case of failure
The firmware is always in a constant update to offer new features. It is very easy to integrate new devices to a Meraki network and there really are no compatibility problems since everything is integrated into the same network within the Dashboard
September 14, 2021

This stuff just works.

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Cisco Meraki MX is used across the organization as a standard installation at all locations. It allows for simple cloud-based management of all aspects of the network and makes it easy to establish site-to-site connections with the SD-WAN options. All locations have dual ISPs, and the load balancing features in Cisco Meraki MX allow for easy management to use both links and selectively direct traffic through one or [another] ISP if need be.
  • Traffic shaping
  • Content filtering
  • Load balancing
  • Remote management
  • Throughput troubleshooting
  • VPN Client - been waiting for Cisco AnyConnect client for years (always "in Beta")
I've yet to use Cisco Meraki MX in a scenario where it is less than appropriate - hospitals, small businesses, multinationals, and startups. Cisco Meraki MX just works well - one of my [favorite] features is the ability to pre-configure devices as they are being shipped, so I don't have to travel to get the equipment installed. Claiming them when they leave the depot and setting up all aspects of the device makes the installation process very simple - tell the recipient to power it up and connect cables in a specific way, and the rest is taken care of.
Having the ability to pre-configure devices before they arrive at their installation site is a godsend. The ability to clone configurations and use templates further eases the process. It reduces the need to have network engineers on-site in every location, which obviously gives a significant benefit from an ROI perspective.
The unified dashboard [...] to manage the whole network by location makes management of a multi-site network infrastructure relatively simple - having topology diagrams can help with cabling issues; VLAN management across devices types is straightforward; seeing all devices in the network in a diagram also simplifies the troubleshooting process.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
The Cisco Meraki MX firewall solution is easy to set up and manage. There is a host of online documentation to help you get this setup, from complex routing and access control to simple VPN configurations. This means a person with some technical knowledge could set this up to create a very secure, remotely accessible, multi-VLAN network, with many required needs of [today's] workforce environment.
  • Policy control over types of users
  • Content filtering with granular control
  • VPN access management
  • 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
Any of the examples I provided that the Cisco Meraki MX may not do well are far exceeded by how well it works as a whole. It is very robust with many security features you can choose to use or not. You can utilize MAC filtering, Add Admin users, web access is incredibly useful. The interface is [remarkably] intuitive in [almost] every way, especially compared to older ASA devices Cisco had to offer.
We have utilized the ease of deployment with the Z3 models for a few of our permanent WFH staff that we were able to have the device configured 100% then shipped to the end-user for literal plug and play WFH across live VPN with no more effort for the und user than plugging in power and ethernet. As well as the ease to set up the VPN Site to Site tunnel for two offices across the US.
Z3 Teleworkers were deployed with ease to a few of our users in permanent WFH situations with flawless results. The Wireless AP MR devices are excellent units with multi-VLAN capabilities to comply with VLAN rules set up on Cisco Meraki MX devices. The reporting on wireless activity is really great. Firmware upgrades have been very simple as well to schedule and do remotely.
I have not pushed the envelope with this much, we set up our environment with two Cisco Meraki MX, 4 MR wireless AP, and 4 Z3 Teleworkers. Then added a wireless AP and another Z3 Teleworker. Everything involved was easy and as expected. Licensing was easy to apply. It really seems easy to build and improve upon. Very few times have any os upgrades (Which seem to be regular) caused much of a change that I may not have even noticed.
Justin Esgar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use and deploy Cisco Meraki MX devices to all our clients. We are very happy with its level of security and intrusion detection. The fact that the entire system is all cloud-based helps as well. It's easy to make a change without causing interruption to the client.
  • Easy of use and setup
  • Intrusion detection
  • Logging
  • Creating combination networks
  • Better pricing
  • They just released a 1Gbit device, but it's still kind of expensive.
For anyone with a network who needs any level of security, putting a Cisco Meraki MX in place is the easiest and most secure way to do that. Going full-stack, MX, MS, MR is a great way to get a solid network in place. Getting the Advanced Security license allows you to easily stop malware from reaching your network.
We've deployed [Cisco Meraki] MX devices remotely by literally pointing out the internet in on the device and shipped it to a client and it's setup. With the entire system being cloud-based, we are able to make changes to anything on the network/MX remotely and quickly. We have been very happy with the Cisco [Meraki] MX and how easily it's managed.
Putting a full-stack Cisco Meraki [MX] system makes networking super easy. All are managed from one location via the cloud. Doing a full-stack allows a manager to track packets from the internet to the end-user and each step in between. You can turn off ports in the MS or a specific SSID in the MR. The MX will allow you to see exactly which SSID a user is connected to, making it easy to see why users are having issues.
I wish devices weren't hardware locked to a specific speed.
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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  • It is an integrated Security and SDWAN Solution that interconnects all localities under an MPLS Network and VPN through the Internet in case of contingency, guaranteeing high availability and quality of services. It is a solution based on a centralized administration in the cloud, which allows us to have access to the configuration and monitoring modules from anywhere in the world. The equipment is robust and high-performance and its implementation and support through the dashboard are really simple and very friendly.

  • Among the recommended implementation scenarios we have that of many locations where security, sdwan and contingency management are required through LTE data services. And within the least recommended we have a scenario where the client handles more than Two WAN Interfaces (Public IPL / Private MPLS), since the equipment can currently only handle Two WAN Interfaces + The Failover SIM Card LTE
    The Switching MS and Wifi MR platform are part of the infrastructure that has been used to cover communication aspects. Additionally, the solution includes AMP endpoint security for the protection of the organization's workstations and Umbrella for the protection: Block malware, phishing, and command & control callbacks over any port or protocol—before threats reach you. Gain the visibility needed to protect internet access across all devices on your network, all office locations, and roaming users
    Cisco Meraki MX is an integrated security and SDWAN solution that interconnects all locations under an MPLS and VPN network through the Internet in case of contingency, guaranteeing high availability and quality of services. It is centralized in the cloud, which allows us to have access to the configuration and monitoring modules from anywhere in the world.
    Score 8 out of 10
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    We're using this for our SD-WAN at our corporate headquarters as well as our remote offices. This helps us segment and granular control IP addresses and access for our various employees, contractors, building security and guests. This is very useful for us and having the cloud-based or remote management really is nice for centralized management and monitoring.
    • Centralized management
    • Health checks and performance
    • Ports used and information in the UI
    • It's not a big deal, but I still have to look around the menu to find the MX dashboards.
    Great for medium to medium-large organizations that have multiple devices in a physical location, especially when you want to control which devices connect to which subnet and control network speeds and such. I do like having the health checks and monitoring.
    Cisco Meraki MX devices are easy to use, especially if you are familiar with the Meraki Web UI. I love that I can centrally manage my devices and monitor them if they get in a poor state and need me to troubleshoot.
    We use this in our corporate headquarters and remote office locations to control access to specific subnets based on device type, ownership, and other factors. We like it.
    Good and it works fairly easily.
    Score 10 out of 10
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    The Cisco Meraki MX is currently being used as a security appliance across the whole organization. I am using this device to primarily manage the quality of service on the network to ensure a good experience for all users. The secondary use of the device is to ensure that traffic is secure and users are protected from external threats.
    • The dashboard
    • Excellent support
    • Simplicity of deployment
    • Quality of experience
    • Quicker failover of WAN interfaces when a link fails.
    • Higher firewall throughput.
    I feel like it is an all-around good box and it fills the need of an enterprise grade solution without the deployment complexity that usually comes with an enterprise grade solution.
    The simplicity of the tool greatly reduces the time spent on administering the firewall so that they can focus more on value-add projects rather than maintenance. Very happy with the simplicity
    Everything fits nicely into the same ecosystem. One pane of glass to manage everything. Seamless.
    It is extremely easy to scale this solution, adding more MR or MS devices to the ecosystem.
    Score 10 out of 10
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    Cisco Meraki MX is used in our branch offices to provide edge security. The advanced security options protect our offices and the centrally managed dashboard allow to simplified administration. Built-in features also allow for integration with our DNS filtering solutions, as well as, our network monitoring solution. We were able to reduce our costs by switching to Meraki without compromising our security.
    • Central Management Dashboard
    • Integration with DNS filtering
    • Integration with network monitoring tools
    • Higher price point than other competitors in the space
    • Learning curve for admins
    • Tiered features licensing for hardware
    Our Cisco Meraki MX has worked flawlessly since being deployed in our branch offices. We were previously using another vendor in the space and ran into several connection issues and highly monthly costs. The Cisco Meraki MX is well suited for branch offices but should not be considered for large offices with other 100 users.
    We found the Cisco Meraki MX dashboard to be much more intuitive and easy to use than our previous solution. Some of our admins had a learning curve adjusting to different terminology used for management, but overall it was an easier than expected transition. We abandoned our previous solution due to their outdated UI and slow update release schedule. Also, being able to pre-configure a device before it's shipped has been a tremendous help in our deployment efforts.
    The line of Cisco Meraki MX devices allows for right sizing an appliance for its intended location. We have found the MX67 to be a great starting point for all of our branch offices. Cisco Meraki MX works great with network hardware from other vendors, so we have been able to scale our networks as needed without issue.
    Jaime Martínez | TrustRadius Reviewer
    Score 10 out of 10
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    We use Cisco Meraki MX84 in all of our 5 big retail stores located in Costa Rica. These devices are configured as a firewall, router, default gateway, threat protection, layer 7 content control in a specific vlan dedicated for Wifi Free service. It was not necessary to purchase additional devices and we could implement this solution working integrated to our existing core Cisco networking infrastructure. Our managers requested to bring Internet Wifi free to all our customers and employees in our retail stores, as a business strategy aligned to the digital transformation initiative. As a big company, the local telecom regulations in this country demand content control for Wifi Services offered to the customers, avoiding access to prohibited sites. Cisco Meraki MX was the better solution to address this requirement in terms of simplicity, deployment, scalability and stability.
    • Content filtering is the best feature!!!
    • Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)
    • Traffic shaping is another great feature
    • Monitoring the appliance and the network
    • Maybe the cost of adquisition and licensing, but for big companies it should not be a problem
    • It does not work with DMPVN, it's a negative aspect if you want to integrate with existing Cisco Routers using these protocol (our case)
    • Your networking information is on the internet Cloud, if your license expires you can not continue managing the device
    Cisco Meraki MX is perfect for any organization which intend to implement a rapid solution to have a firewall on a existing or new site without complex network requirements. You don't need a expert or senior specialist to deploy Cisco Meraki MX devices, it's very simple. If content filtering, malware protecion is a feature that you need to have, Meraki is the solution because you can have all of these features and much more using a single device.
    Cisco Meraki MX ease of deployment and management are the best features of Cisco Meraki MX. You don't need an expert or senior specialist, the implementation windows are reduced from days to hours or minutes even. It's really simple and intuitive, the web interface, documentation is very useful. All you need is to plug the device to the Internet and the configuration can be completed in just minutes or a few hours. Once implemented, the change process of configuration, management and monitoring from a single and centralized dashboard is a great option. This simplifies the job for IT professionals and administrators.
    In our experience, Cisco Meraki MX perfectly can be integrated to your existing core Cisco networking infrastructure (router, switch, access point, wireless lan controllers, etc). You can have a mix of pure Cisco devices and Meraki. The only constraint is if you want to connect Cisco Meraki MX to another facility using Cisco routers, you have to use a traditional VPN site-to-site. You can not use DMVPN for example.
    If your network requirements are not very complex, I think Cisco Meraki MX solution has a good design to provide scalability. You can add more devices to your networking in a simple way and the central dashboard is perfect to manage multiple devices across different locations. Maybe a constraint should be the hardware upgrade, it's limited.
    Jose De Jesus | TrustRadius Reviewer
    Score 9 out of 10
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    Cisco Meraki MX is being used for Internet Security, SD-WAN, Firewall, and VPN for site-to-site connection between our HQ and branches and Home Office. We have an MX100 installed in our HQ receiving two WAN connections from our ISP, we have 3 Home Office using MX64 via VPN Site-to-site to provide access to our corporate resources like VOIP, SAP, and other APPS to our remote users.
    • Unique Auto VPN with zero configure of the remote user, just a few clicks and VPN are ready to go.
    • Firewall L3 and L7 and traffic shaping that let us reduce the bandwidth consumption in our corporate LAN,
    • SD-WAN native that give us High Availability WAN with a few clicks of the mouse.
    • Micro Apps Blocks, for example allow users to go to Facebook but not the game apps inside Facebook.
    • License and subscription to be more flexible or lower cost.
    • More WAN ports in the MX64/65.
    Cisco Meraki MX is a great solution if you have a lean IT department in your company. It provides you with all the options that every company needs to secure the network and provide an intuitive web dashboard that simplifies the everyday operations of security management.

    The only scenario where Meraki MX is not well suited is for large enterprises or banks where you would need in-depth security solutions because the Meraki MX is a UTM solution-focused in Mid-Size business with a lean IT department.
    With Cisco Meraki MX our company benefited from the beginning, with the ease of use and configuration with only a few hours spent configuring all the option of the MX100 in our HQ, with the intuitive dashboard and our knowledge of security and don't have to read any guide of configuration because all was clear and easy to do in the Meraki Dashboard, once we signed the dashboard and add the first MX and configure the other 3 locations were easy.

    We configure L3/:L7 rules, AD integrations, SD-WAN, Content filtering, VPN Site to Site in just a few hours, it just works perfectly and now we are monitoring the solution via the Meraki APP in our SmartPhones.
    The Meraki MX integrate perfectly with other Meraki MS Switches for VLANS configure, ACLs and all the aspects we need to send to our corporate LAN via the same dashboard.

    If you don't have Meraki Switches and you have to worry about the integrations, just configure the ports LAN in your MX, assigned VLANS, allows VPN and you only have to connect your switches to the MX and everything works smooth.
    The scalability and add more locations to the Meraki network is one of the best specs for Meraki products. In our dashboard, we manage 4 locations without any problems, with the template configuration you can add a location with different equipment and applied the configuration templated and your network will work and running just in minutes.
    Score 9 out of 10
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    My organization has started using the Cisco MX series products as our firewall of choice at all locations. Our largest locations utilize the 100, while the small offices use the 64. These have been used to create a uniform site-to-site operation that works well when communicating between our main location and all additional field offices. The 100 that is located at our main location also acts as the gateway for all individual VPN connections as well.

    • Site-to-Site VPN
    • End-user VPN
    • Network control
    • Security
    • Cloud integration
    • Permission management
    • Licensing
    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.
    The Cisco Meraki MX series has created a simplified approach to the management of our network infrastructure. It has created an environment where it is very easy for our system administration staff to administer and edit the configuration from one or all firewalls at a time. Being able to swap out units where necessary has become easy and the configuration platform for the management of all network clients has now been centralized based on the way we can easily link our networks in a simplified fashion.
    Being able to create a unified network with the Meraki product line has allowed for almost a "set it and forget it," approach to the management of our IT infrastructure. Building out the Meraki technology stack has allowed us to have a full visualization of our network from the client level out to the firewall. This is not something we could envision before implementing the entire stack. The management of our clients has also improved immensely as has our VPN structure and management.
    The scalability of the Meraki stack has provided for a seamless transition across our organization, from integrating not only switches but also wireless access points. Because of the Meraki cloud management, we have been able to ship MX64s off to temporary offices and had them pre-programmed. This has made it easy for us to set up remote operations without the need to have technicians on-site.
    Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
    Score 9 out of 10
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    We currently use MX64 at our remote locations. They have proven very easy to setup out of the box courtesy of the cloud/IoT platform: within a few clicks and possibly entering some IP addressing they are connected up to your Meraki dashboard for more comprehensive configuration and tailoring. We cannot always go onsite to deploy these and the simplicity of them is very useful when you have an end-user assisting remotely. Otherwise, the MX line does all the major things you could generally want out of a router/firewall, including perimeter security, site-to-site VPNs, etc.
    • 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.
    • The limitations for my part are closely knit to the pro of simplicity: the simplicity of these devices (not just the MX platform) comes at a price of limited advanced options. You are not going to be tailoring your interfaces at the same in-depth level as you would on a Cisco or similar CLI-based platform. Most of the time you might not have to, though.
    • A bit on the expensive side for the feature set.
    I would highly recommend this option for a small to mid-size business that needs a router and firewall of the "plug and play" sort. No, it is not quite that simple, but it is pretty close. The devices don't require a mid-level to advanced-level networker on staff to deploy or maintain. The licensing is pretty straightforward and it is easy to see in the Dashboard where you stand. It is similarly easy to get support if you need it, and right from the Dashboard as well.
    As noted earlier, we don't have to fuss with these when we deploy them. We just get the ISP information ahead of time, such as our IP addressing, preconfigure the WAN interface on the MX, and ship it out. We walk the end-user through hooking it up, and typically it checks in almost right away for the network staff to manage remotely. This greatly reduces our internal expenses (not to mention time) in flying people around to get hands on; it just isn't necessary.
    I have not deployed an MX that supported hundreds (much less thousands of users), but I do know they pair well with the Meraki VPN Concentrators for creating your IPSEC site-to-site tunnels. That said, I can attest to the ease of scaling to remote locations and getting your tunnels up without a lot of headache.
    Mark Upton | TrustRadius Reviewer
    Score 9 out of 10
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    we are supporting numerous remote sites across difficult to get to areas. Due to the easy programmability of the Cisco Meraki devices it is easy to configure and dispatch to a site/location and someone with little or no IT knowledge to put them in place. We have one pane of glass where we can now see performance issues
    • configurable
    • easy to set up
    • easy to install
    • PPPOE - quite a unique use case though for wanting this
    made the network team a whole lot easier and greatly reduced our support costs. we can easily monitor making great use of heat maps produced to "tweak" our deployment to get better wifi coverage in some critical business areas.
    so easy - even someone like me who has been off the tools for a number of years can understand it
    excellent range of addiotnal products which have yet to be investigated by the team
    Score 9 out of 10
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    Part of the SMB stack. Perfect best in class device for protecting and connecting your local environment and infra structure. easy to keep monitor and if subscription is up to date, then everything is covered. setup is reasonably straight forward and if you don't need the full bells and whistle of the enterprise cisco gear, this gives you more than what you need
    • site to site with other MX
    • client VPN, got past the funky chinese great firewall
    • great support
    • the odd non-meraki site to site is not great but supported
    • mix and matching layer 7 rules
    SMB market where full protection of the items behind the firewall is needed. Branch office can be connected in a matter of 30 minutes from unbox to working. With the recent surge of work from home the z3 appliance is a great extension of the office
    The learning curve for new hires are pretty steep already, but making this cloud interface very intuitive and straight forward is a great asset for people to jump right in plus the logging will help revert things if someone tries to be too creative
    when you have to use non-Meraki gear to connect things it plays well to get things working, there are some limitations but on the whole it makes it much easier to sort out.
    when doing a very large scale deployment of branch offices the MX series had a cap of 50 devices, not sure if this has been increased, but had to create two hops when traversing the limit