Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN Review

Easy to set up and maintain, provide good visibility, and will email regular status updates

What is our primary use case?

These switches are part of our wireless network infrastructure. I have implemented them at 15 or 16 locations, each with between one and seven access points (APs).  

What is most valuable?

The emailing of statuses is the most valuable feature. For example, if you lose power to the building or you lose your internet connection, you get an email to explain that it has happened. This gives you the opportunity, even in the middle of the night, to be en route to solve the problem before the office even opens up.

They provide good visibility on what's going on.

What needs improvement?

The annual maintenance is something that needs to be changed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN products for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

These switches are very stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. They are responsible and knowledgeable. On the Meraki side, you get through right away, whereas, on the Cisco side, you put in a call, and then it is difficult to predict when they will return it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have a large number of Meraki Wireless LAN switches including MR12, MR16, MR32, MR42, and MR46 models. I also use other Meraki equipment within our infrastructure.

How was the initial setup?

These switches are very easy to set up, and it is also very easy to upgrade the firmware.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

These units cost between $800 and $900 per device and on top of that, you have to pay yearly fees for maintenance. The annual maintenance costs about $75 per year, which is why we are moving away from this solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are moving to another line of products because of the yearly maintenance fee.

We will be implementing Fortinet products in our infrastructure, with FortiAPs and our wireless access points. The speed of the FortiAP is triple that of my Meraki MR, and the purchase price is $500 versus $900. The is no annual maintenance fee on the FortiAP.

Fortinet is up and coming and on the leading edge right now.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product but we're moving away from Meraki because we no longer want to pay annual maintenance fees.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

MR12, MR16, MR32, MR42, MR46
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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