Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Fortinet Wireless

Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 5th in Wireless LAN with 4 reviews vs Fortinet Wireless which is ranked 7th in Wireless LAN with 2 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Allows me to integrate another system very quickly, as we continue expanding for our client". The top reviewer of Fortinet Wireless writes "Creating small cells of APs using Single Channel Architecture has improved roaming". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless and Aerohive Networks. Fortinet Wireless is most compared with Ruckus Wireless, Cisco Wireless and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Fortinet Wireless report.
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Pros
This product has allowed us to easily create custom SSIDs for clients and carve out the necessary bandwidth for clients needs.I really love their cloud-based dashboard which allows me to see all my locations from one location.It will allow me to integrate another system very quickly, as we continue expanding for our client.It has good security with its Layer 7 protections.The dashboard to keep track of 30 or so APs, switches, routers and logs, is invaluable. I liked the UX on this.

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Seamless roaming by leveraging Virtual Cell is a major advantage which reduces roam times and issues related to roaming. Code stability has been excellent and the hardware quality is second to none.We're using SD-WAN at all of our locations now, which helps increase and aggregate and lower response time and improve application performance.

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Cons
I would like to see them improve their support where an assigned engineer can take the case all the way to closure. Usually, you get a different engineer calling regarding the same ticket.The error logs need to be much more comprehensive.

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There is very little publicly available information about Virtual Cell and Single Channel Architecture. Promotion of the overall technology is limited as well. Being more vocal about a product that has many advantages would go a long way to eliminating a lot of the confusion and negative perception about Virtual Cell and Single Channel Architecture.Licensing is the only area that I think they are below average. They need enterprise licensing, an all-encompassing license to cover all products for a company.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
At this price point, I would not mind seeing a four-way channel, instead of a 3x3 or a 4x4, like they do in the Cisco Aironet system with their other brand. For the same price point in this other Cisco brand, it is a lot cheaper, and you can get a slightly better throughput than you can with these.​If you are wondering if Meraki can work for you, contact one of their representatives because they will do onsite trials where you can set up their system. If it does not work, you can send it back to them for no charge.​​Negotiate the deal put in front of you!

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Licensing has become easier. There is no longer a per-AP license needed on the controller.

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Compared 21% of the time.
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Also Known As
Also Known AsMR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLANFortiAP, Fortinet AP/OAP, Meru Wireless LAN
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Overview
OverviewCisco 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.

Consolidate security and wireless LAN management with our integrated wireless solutions. Single-pane-of-glass management for security and access without the need to add point products simplifies deployment and reduces management complexity. These solutions are highly scalable to support even the largest organizations and distributed enterprises.

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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersAdvanced 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 ProteinsBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Comms Service Provider
21%
Security Firm
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Logistics Company
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Manufacturing Company
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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