Compare Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Cisco Wireless

Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 15 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 31 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.4, while Cisco Wireless is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "A flexible solution that provides great in-depth visibility for network analytics". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Clean Air Solution can detect non-WiFi signals, change channel to avoid unwanted signals". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Wireless, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Cisco Wireless report.
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Pros
It's simple to manage when there's a problem.Cisco's technical support is very good and better than other vendors.The most amazing part is that their Access Points have the ability to connect to multiple conference devices at different times, and it shows you the very in-depth Wi-Fi analytics through their dashboard.The solution is easily scalable. There are not really any limits for the customer in terms of expanding if they need to.The most valuable feature is the stability. It works and doesn't stop.We can deploy it and check in on our customers without having an on-site connection or an on-site infrastructure for elderly customers.The most valuable features are the management tools, including monitoring and reporting.The flexibility, since it's a cloud service, is the most valuable feature of this solution.

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The most valuable features of this solution are the Cisco CleanAir and Cisco RRM.Our organization has improved using this product because it helps enhance user experience. We use video communication a lot, like Skype. We used to get a lot of interference before and had a lot of issues during wireless voice or video calls. We get greater speed and performance with wireless now. It is nearly the same as a wired network.Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive.This increased mobility has helped our organization. We can talk to one another from different locations and stay in constant contact and with employees across the enterprise. Everyone has access to up-to-the-minute communications and all documents and applications on our network.Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products.It helps with the visibility on our network.You need to learn the technology but after that the setup is easy.The initial setup was quite easy. We have a very good relationship with our integrator and our integrator has a good relationship with Cisco. The integrator that installs Cisco is quite knowledgeable about the technology. They are trained and have a good relationship with their tech. We cannot be experts in each domain and we have to be supported by an integrator.

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It could be slightly cheaper but it's fine.In the next release, I would like to see a third-party high tech center to connect multiple users to a particular network.We would like to see Wi-Fi 6 support for devices sold in the Middle East.Meraki should share their viability roadmap. It is really hard to know which functionality will appear or when they will be available. It is also hard to know which features are available now but are not visible on the dashboard.I'd like better integration with security providers.The technical support for Meraki needs improvements made to the waiting times.In the future, I would like to see IP telephony in Saudi Arabia.There is only one particular thing that needs improvement. Sometimes, for example, when you need to open a ticket, although it's under the umbrella of Cisco, you still need to go to the Meraki support.

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I would like to see less dependency on other products such as ISE and Prime for certain implementations.The product could be improved with interference reduction. Because wireless frequency interferes with microwave or Bluetooth technologies, this causes issues. A lot of users still use legacy wireless adapters and black box and they do not experience the speed that they could get using the latest technologies. The number of devices on the market makes wireless communications complex. If the problem of interference could be resolved it would further improve utility and ease of system design.The new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers.Improvements can be made to the telemetry. The licensing gets in the way here. It makes it impossible to record the different flows across the wireless network.The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn.The configuration interface could be easier. They should make roaming easier and should fix it so that when you cross a building you can keep the signal.When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place.No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues.

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You have to renew your contract every year, or for three or for five years. If you do not pay right away they will suspend your subscription.The price is good, but it could be improved.It's a pretty good value, but not great. Pricing is on a yearly basis for the Meraki solution.The price is negotiable.

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Cisco licensing is usually provided on a yearly basis rather than monthly. You can get a hardware SLA or hardware and software SLA for a period of years. Longer terms influence the level of support that you get when it comes to Cisco SLA.The cost model is expensive.I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.This product's pricing is good. It's not too expensive.I feel the product's pricing is a good value.The pricing is okay. I believe it is competitively priced. But it is not just the price by itself, it's the price and the technical features. The features also play a big role. It has to give me the relevant output.

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Answers from the Community
Gilberto Lugo
author avatarPre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant

The two solutions are different from each other. Very briefly, you cannot have Meraki APs via a Cisco WLC and vice versa.

Meraki is a cloud managed solution, while Cisco has both cloud and on- prem offerings.

They both have different positionings depending on customer requirements.

author avatarAamirHussain
Real User

Based on IEEE standard, different technology can work together. For instance: You can connect a Non Meraki Wireless AP with Meraki switch and it works fine.
However when its comes to integrity and single dashboard management Approach, Meraki Dashboard do not allow any Non Meraki appliances to get managed and monitored from their dashboard.

author avatarAamirHussain
Real User

Based on the IEEE standard, different technology can work together. For instance: You can connect a non-Meraki Wireless AP with Meraki switch and it works fine.

However, when it comes to integrity and a single dashboard management approach, Meraki dashboards do not allow any non-Meraki appliances to get managed and monitored from their dashboard.

author avatarMichael Rhoades
Real User

They can't be integrated today. I saw that because as time passes I would believe you would see these technologies begin to converge. But today it is for sure independent of each other.

author avatarJóhann G Thorarensen
Real User

They should work well together. We have set up Meraki so as to include both the desktop computers and the wireless system. I can access both through the same Meraki page.

author avatarRamachandra Murthy T
User

Meraki wireless is a cloud based solution and CISCO is hardware based solution. Both are independent and cannot be integrated with each other.

author avatarUrik Silva
User

Hi Gilberto,

All answers are correct.
Adding a new point, currently through the Cisco SDN platform (DNA Center), it is possible to have visibility of the Cisco platforms (Aironet / Catalyst) and Meraki Cloud Managed Solutions.
Documentation: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/cloud-systems-management/dna-center/nb-06-dna-center-data-sheet-cte-en.html#MerakiVisibilityinCiscoDNACenter

Last but not least, Meraki have several API commands available to use.
https://documenter.getpostman.com/view/7928889/SVmsVg6K?version=latest#5ae08230-26a7-48de-91b8-ebcb843bbe6d

Best,

-- Urik

author avatarPre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant

Having said this, just wanted to add that they could work in the same environment but that would not be an ideal situation.

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Also Known As
MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLANCisco WLAN Controller
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Overview
Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.With Cisco Wireless you will successfully plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on indoor and outdoor wireless networks - all from a centralized location.
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Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley ProteinsAegean Motorway, Baylor Scott & White Health, Beachbody, Bellevue, Brunel University London, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Chartwell School, Children's Hospital Colorado, Cisco Live Milan, City of Biel, City of Mississauga, Dundee Precious Metals, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Erickson Living, Goldcorp, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS)
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Financial Services Firm38%
Real Estate/Law Firm13%
Non Tech Company13%
Hospitality Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Comms Service Provider20%
Media Company7%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
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Comms Service Provider21%
Mining And Metals Company10%
K 12 Educational Company Or School10%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company23%
Comms Service Provider23%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Government7%
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Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise22%
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Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise30%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise52%
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