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Pros
"This product offers cloud-based configuration, so you can set it up from anywhere.""The user interface is very simple and easy to use — our customers are very satisfied.""The network security the solution provides is its most valuable aspect.""The big draw is the ease of installation. It's easy to manage, and it's easy to implement.""Meraki WLAN is easy to deploy, includes a cloud controller, and updates continuously. It also offers high visibility.""The interface makes it easy to manage.""What I like best about Meraki is that I can change it from anywhere.""I really don't have any problems with the stability of the product."

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"Has an extremely good feature set.""The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point.""The cost is the most valuable aspect of this solution.""If you compare wired versus wireless, it's convenient. You don't need to have one place for connectivity. You can move around and it's easier. Sometimes it's a hassle to work with wires, which is why wireless is so convenient.""Ability to control the access points by groups."

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Cons
"We would like the solution to work on the pricing of the solution. It would be ideal if it could bring the overall costs down.""The customization needs to be improved because it's pretty locked down.""Overall the solution needs to have more time to mature.""They should introduce a grace period of 60 days after license expiry because as it is now, it automatically goes down and there is no grace period.""In the next release, I would like to see the central control plane have the flexibility to control and distribute policies to all LAN networks, balance the traffic, and the performance based on application monitoring.""It is super expensive for what you get. I just wish it was less expensive.""It would be better if they enable full integration with Cisco's cloud-based network in the next release.""Our only concern at this stage is how it's licensed."

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"The user experience should be improved. It's not user-friendly.""The inter-functionality with other vendors was a negative for us.""There seems to be different versions of standards used in the wireless access points. In the future, it would be helpful if the solution could come up with some kind of universal standard for all devices and all access points.""Configuration could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It is super expensive for what you get. You also have to buy a license every year. Otherwise, it stops working.""The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot.""We do a three-year or five-year license and support. Its price could be better, but overall, we get competitive prices. A lot of times, Cisco puts itself out of range, especially with Meraki. I've dealt with a lot of business development from Cisco, and they have always been accommodating, especially in dealing with hospitals or government. There is also a right time to buy it. July is when they are eager to sell a lot of things because that is the end of their calendar year.""We don't like the licensing model and we think that it needs to be improved significantly.""The price is on the high side when compared to Aruba.""I would say that they have adequate pricing.""It is expensive, but it is a good product.""This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi."

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"The price of this product is approximately the same as competing products in the market."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your WLAN Infrastructure. Can you clone an AP (exposing AP's integrity), can you sniff… more »
Top Answer: Depends.  I have personally used both Cisco and Aruba so I am familiar with them.  Extreme I am not, so unless they have some feature that I need or want, I wouldn't consider them. Do you have… more »
Top Answer: Cisco Wireless is very robust, very rugged, and can handle indoor and outdoor coverage extremely well. We found it to be very reliable and to consistently run very efficiently. Cisco Wireless helped… more »
Top Answer: The triangulation feature can be used to determine where a person is in relation to the access point.
Top Answer: The price of this product is approximately the same as competing products in the market.
Top Answer: The main problem is that the power consumption for the access point is always screaming that it needs more power. It's supposed to be POE and I set it up as the recommend POE supply, and it's still… more »
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Also Known As
MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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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.

Best Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE performance
In addition to delivering the best Wi-Fi range and performance which is automatically optimized through reinforcement learning algorithms, Mist Access Points have a dynamic vBLE 16 element antenna array for the industry’s most accurate and scalable location services.

Data collection, analysis and enforcement
Mist Access Points are purpose-built to collect metadata for over 150 states that allows the cloud-based AI engine to perform analytics, machine learning, location service and event correlation. APs incorporate a 3rd radio for always-on security monitoring, troubleshooting and synthetic client tests.

Converged platform for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and IoT
Access Points feature integrated Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and an interface port to integrate and control analog/digital devices. This enables Mist to bridge the physical, location and connectivity realms, unlocking value from your network and eliminating the need for complex and costly overlay solutions.

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Sample Customers
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 Proteins
Dartmouth, Hitachi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, NTT, Okta
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm11%
Educational Organization11%
Real Estate/Law Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company18%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company16%
Retailer6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business59%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise51%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Mist Access Points and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 49 reviews while Mist Access Points is ranked 17th in Wireless LAN with 5 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2, while Mist Access Points is rated 5.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mist Access Points writes "Fast, with good availability and good management". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Aruba Instant, whereas Mist Access Points is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, Ubiquiti WLAN and ExtremeCloud IQ. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Mist Access Points report.

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