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"Its ability to be cloud-managed is the most valuable feature so if there's a reconfiguration or an issue, we have excellent visibility into the network and we can usually resolve the problem online without having to go onsite.""The management and upgrades are very simple and straightforward.""The solution is very stable. It is a very manageable and secure system.""Multiple access ID capabilities, meshing, and the quality of the product itself are all valuable features.""The flexibility, since it's a cloud service, is the most valuable feature of this solution.""The functionalities are quite professional and complete. It offers good integration with other Meraki products, like switches and the firewall. You can get an overview of all networks and the host. It's really great; nobody else can do that.""The most valuable features are the management tools, including monitoring and reporting.""We can deploy it and check in on our customers without having an on-site connection or an on-site infrastructure for elderly customers."

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"Cisco Wireless is mostly stable with a low downrate and the signal rate is good. It is also easy to use.""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.""You need to learn the technology but after that the setup is easy.""It helps with the visibility on our network.""Security is an important feature for my customers, and I am able to offer this to them with our Cisco products.""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.""Wireless access has enabled users to be mobile and as a result, more productive.""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."

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"The logging sometimes doesn't give us the granularity needed. Some of the rules are a bit more complicated. The switch ports on the routers are not individually addressable, in the sense that with a switch you can tell what MAC address is on what port but with the security appliances, you can't, which would be beneficial for troubleshooting.""Technical support can be improved, as well as having more detailed capabilities to go without using an API.""In a future release, they should offer a next-generation UTM, where you can manage all items and the network, and have it include a lot of security features like fingerprinting functionality.""Unfortunately, we have to deal with European privacy laws and as far as we can see, the solution is not compliant with these. It's why we're not able to continue with Cisco Meraki. They need to become compliant with GDPR laws.""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.""The commercial version of the solution could be cheaper.""In the future, I would like to see IP telephony in Saudi Arabia.""The technical support for Meraki needs improvements made to the waiting times."

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"One of our customers complained about the ripple, that some of the data was incorrect. We opened a ticket and brought it to their attention that maybe some of the data was not correct. As of now, it has been two months since we opened the ticket and the issue still hasn't been resolved.""No product can be a ten out of ten and there are some security issues.""When you integrate a network access control with authentication with an ISE engine it's really complicated to put in place.""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.""The classic Cisco wireless interface is difficult for users to learn.""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 new licensing has no added value and seems to be Cisco's effort to take advantage of customers.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's a pretty good value, but not great. Pricing is on a yearly basis for the Meraki solution.""The price is good, but it could be improved.""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 pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment.""This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees.""This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi.""It's not super expensive and it's not super cheap.""The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot."

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"It's a bit expensive but it's professional and works properly.""Cisco WiFi 1572 is very expensive locally and our budget for this year is used.""I think that the solution is expensive because the customer has to pay for a full year, at a minimum, in up-front costs.""The cost model is expensive.""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.""Cost is one of the reasons why we are switching to Aruba. Aruba is significantly lower than Cisco in price. We do the licensing on a three-year basis. Cisco makes licensing very difficult.""The price of this product is reasonable.""This is an expensive product."

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Answers from the Community
Gilberto Lugo
author avatarreviewer1273860 (Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)
MSP

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 avatarreviewer1273860 (Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)
MSP

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

Questions from the Community
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Top Answer: The Antenna system named BEAMFLEX + is the great difference between all other brands. This Patented Technology gives Ruckus the best performance in all scenarios. No doubt Ruckus is superior.
Top Answer: Hi Imad, Thanks for your input. Do you have any POC data for Cisco and Aruba? Thanks in advance
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MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLANCisco WLAN Controller
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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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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Cisco Wireless and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 22 reviews while Cisco Wireless is ranked 3rd in Wireless LAN with 31 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while Cisco Wireless is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Provides high-performance, next-generation deployment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Wireless writes "Has good durability, we can rely on this solution and it is easy to configure". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM and ExtremeCloud IQ, whereas Cisco Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Fortinet FortiWLM, Ubiquiti WLAN and Mist Access Points. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Cisco Wireless report.

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