Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

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9 out of 10
October 30, 2019
It's being used to provide wireless service to hundreds of users in a large office building where there is a need to have roaming access …
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What is Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point?

Cisco offers the Meraki (MR) line of wireless access points supporting basic LAN with inbuilt antivirus (NAC), cloud management with network-wide access control, and location analytics, as well as support for indoor and outdoor spaces of various sizes across different product models.

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What is Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point?

Cisco offers the Meraki (MR) line of wireless access points supporting basic LAN with inbuilt antivirus (NAC), cloud management with network-wide access control, and location analytics, as well as support for indoor and outdoor spaces of various sizes across different product models.

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Cisco offers the Meraki (MR) line of wireless access points supporting basic LAN with inbuilt antivirus (NAC), cloud management with network-wide access control, and location analytics, as well as support for indoor and outdoor spaces of various sizes across different product models.

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

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Damian Eduardo Aguilar Perez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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If you compare a solution of enterprise networking (Cisco Aironet) and Meraki, Meraki is the best option if you don't have experience of configure apps, because Meraki is easier, cheaper, and only needs the license to use it. For example, if you buy Cisco Aironet, you need WLC and AP, and Meraki only needs the devices and license, and you can grow up your network up to 10k devices and more!
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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The Cisco Meraki MR solution, as it does not need a WLC controller, has an advantage over other brands and is inclusive over the Cisco Aironet solution, since it allows them to be implemented, that is, to perform the configuration from anywhere in the world before the equipment reaches the site and only with an internet connection download the previous configuration and the equipment is fully functional in minutes. In addition to this, the license, whatever it is, includes a level of support for replacement of parts without the need to pay extra.
Tim Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We tried other cloud AP vendors over the years from UniFi, Aerohive and Aruba, but none of them have the feature set and integration with other products like Cisco Meraki APs happen to have. The fact they detect and work with so many other devices is astounding and relieving at the same time.
Score 10 out of 10
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I've found that Meraki Wireless Access Points are able to stack up against all of the other access point manufacturers I've used. I think they are more usable and easy to understand when compared to others like Fortinet, Aruba, or traditional Cisco wireless. I do think the features offered are enough for almost all companies looking for a good wifi plan. They have less detailed settings than Aruba and Cisco so if you have complicated deployments they might be missing some options you are after. Keeping it simple is how Meraki wins. They also have a much easier way to do a zero-touch deployment. You can add the access points in the dashboard and get them running very quickly. They can be managed from anywhere without a VPN or local connection which gives them an edge over their competition.
Salvador Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have evaluated another access point of this range of the Fortinet and Ubiquiti brand, which are of similar characteristics but not the same since in performance they remain a little lower in the quality of data obtained, as well as in the Wi-Fi spectrum since their coverage area is smaller.
Score 9 out of 10
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Meraki is a good choice for a full featured solution for many remote locations and varying type of WiFi users. Not a great solution for single site or few type of WiFi user profiles. Not well suited for large sites as the license costs compound and will be less costly to use an on premise Controller.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Meraki provides a management portal which makes the provisioning and configuration process much easier than with other vendors. It also provides out of the box security and visibility features without needed to purchase additional products or add on licenses. The performance is also on par with many other competitor's wireless solutions.
October 21, 2019

Why Meraki APs?

Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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The Fortinet solution is really good, but can be a bit cumbersome to get working. Once you have the Fortinet configured, it works well, and also has a web portal you can use to manage the APs.

I have worked with Aerohive in the past and not a big fan of their product. The biggest issue I have with those APs are any type of updates. In many cases updates/upgrades went smoothly, however in most cases they didn't. Many times the APs were get stuck in a process, and after calling support they would tell me that the AP would need to be taken down and factory defaulted. That option is usually not feasible because of the area/location its installed. It came to the point that I stopped upgrading the firmware because I could not trust the AP would come back online
Score 9 out of 10
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We have used the traditional Cisco wireless products in the past, and while the hardware has always been great, the user interface has always disappointed us with its complexity and unfriendliness. Also, the move to cloud management seems to work well with this type of product, and it eliminates another piece of hardware and failure point in our system. We considered a solution like Ubiquiti, which would save us money, but it doesn't seem to be designed for large scale implementations and lacks a lot of the management features that we need.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I used Netgear APs in the past and while capable, they are completely outclassed by the Meraki experience. Granted, you pay a premium for the Meraki gear, but the cost premium does truly buy a significant step up in features and functionality.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Meraki Access Points are almost plug and play whereas Cisco LAN controllers require lots of configuration beforehand. The GUI for Cisco Meraki Access points is a lot easier to use and contains almost all the functionality of traditional Wireless LAN controllers. Easy to deploy new devices with existing configurations in Cisco Meraki than the traditional Cisco Meraki Lan Controller.
Score 10 out of 10
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We selected the Meraki AP due to the fact that our entire internal network structure from firewall to switches were Meraki as well. This allows us to manage all network related equipment from a single dashboard, add/remove devices as needed, and allow for remote administration of various sites with a rare occurrence of having to travel on-site.
Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As an overall preference, Cisco Meraki Wireless was selected because of their customer service and attention to detail to the account. They have carved out a nitch in the market and are growing their own way and style under Cisco but feels so different than Cisco. Comparing Cisco Meraki Wireless to Aruba or Cisco itself is apples and oranges. They can be compared but you need to understand your deployment. For dorms, office areas, standard businesses restaurants, etc., Meraki is bar none. For football stadiums or other large public venues, you may want to explore elsewhere.
Mauro Osvaldo Sepulveda Gutierrez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Meraki offers cloud management, this is very important to us because we did not want more physical infrastructure on our site, and the trend of the market is all on the cloud. So this solution makes sense for what we were looking for. Another advantage of these devices is the price, they are cheaper than other vendors, and Cisco bought them and Cisco usually means good quality, In [summary] these devices are a really good option for wireless network management.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • I needed to have layer 7 traffic shaping and Aerohive didn't offer that at the time I went with Meraki AP's.
  • The interface for Aerohive was not appealing to me or my network administrator.
  • The Aerohive did not have an integrated MD solution that we needed to maintain our NIST 800-171 compliance.
  • Basically, everything that Aerohive did, Meraki did much better and had a more feature rich environment.
In a nutshell, if you are looking into a Wi-Fi infrastructure and are vision oriented, you want to make sure that the solution is scalable. The Aerohive devices to me were just not in the same league as the Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point devices.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Aerohive
We reviewed Aerohive as another solution but that was limited to wifi so this had other areas that we were keen to utilise (firewall and switches) and I hear they now do CCTV. All in all an evolving ecosystem that is very easy to manage and expand.