Managing Cisco devices using the Meraki Dashboard
May 16, 2022

Managing Cisco devices using the Meraki Dashboard

Syed Iqbal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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Modules Used

  • MR20

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Meraki MR

The main business problem it addresses is the elimination of multiple SSID Before the Meraki, in a big organization with multiple levels, the users had several wifi names and the device needs to connect to each and every wifi name to be able to roam. It always had issues with handoff and poor network strength. Meraki deals with that quite well and has done a great job and making everything simple.
  • Managing, upgrading, and implementation is quite well since it's all managed from the Meraki dashboard.
  • Separation of SSID with the help of multiple VLANs.
  • Better Coverage throughout the organization.
  • .Seamless roaming and easy handoff.
  • Integration with the existing DHCP server on the network, especially a windows based server, Guest network gets a 10.0.0.0 network and that cannot be made to communicate with the local LAN even if the management requires it.
  • The AP at some times, very rarely though may have a DNS issue but it doesn't fix itself unless it is restarted.
  • Having Multiple SSIDs integrated with multiple VLANs.
  • Central managements and easy to maintenance.
  • Once its setup it keeps on going, the network outage is bullet proof.
  • For bigger organizations ROI is really good, because the network is always operational, and no time is spent fixing the network.
  • The users do not need to power cycle devices or do anything else, everything can be managed remotely from the Meraki dashboard.
  • For small businesses with only 1 AP, the ROI is not that great since a cheaper AP can do the same job, and it may need occasional reboot which the staff can do easily without any hassle.

Do you think Cisco Meraki MR delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Meraki MR's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Meraki MR live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Cisco Meraki MR go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Meraki MR again?

Yes

It's most suited for larger organizations with a need for wifi roaming. It is very good in scenarios where you need guest wifi to be totally separate from LAN. It may not be a very well fit for small organizations where only 1 AP is being installed, the cost might be a factor that should be considered carefully.