Cisco Meraki MR - an expensive solution that is well worth the price
February 21, 2022

Cisco Meraki MR - an expensive solution that is well worth the price

Vin Campbell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review

Modules Used

  • MR33
  • MR36
  • MR52
  • MR18

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Meraki MR

Cisco Meraki devices are being used to provide Wi-Fi services to multiple locations in the organization. We have a mix of devices providing coverage at our retail stores as well as in our warehouse and offices. The biggest "problem" these devices address would be cloud management. I am able to fully manage the entire wireless network from anywhere in the world where I have internet service. Also - the single pane of glass is a huge bonus as we employ gateway MX devices as well with plans to add switches and cameras down the road.
  • Cloud access
  • Single pane of glass
  • Ease of management
  • Licensing - per device vs grouped is confusing
  • License pricing - I don't see a reason why this needs to be so expensive
  • Enterprise vs Advanced licensing model - why not just one?
  • Umbrella/endpoint should be included in the Advanced licensing model
  • Security
  • Always on and always stable platform
  • Wi-Fi 6 in the newer devices
  • Cloud based management
  • Negative first - license renewals are expensive! They all renew together when grouped!
  • Positive - super easy to deploy and configure
  • Cloud management - a must have in today's IoT world.
Cisco Meraki is one of the most stable platforms out there. The devices just work and I have never had issues with losing connectivity. Unifi - their cloud key technology leaves a lot to be desired though they have improved lately. However - the platform is just not as mature as Meraki and I've had many issues deploying and fixing broken networks. Linksys is more of a home-based product - stable and works well in that scenario, but I wouldn't use for business.

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Retail store is an excellent example of how the MR devices can shine. There is a way to conenct the MR devices - guest Wi-Fi - to Facebook, so you can tie in Facebook checkins to your store Facebook page. Drives traffic and you can then target ads. Bluetooth beacons is another great use - you can set this up such that as a customer walks past a certain display, they can be notified of a special sale right on their device. This solution is not appropriate if the company is amll and doesn;t have a budget as the solution is rather pricey...