Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Ruckus Wireless

Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 5th in Wireless LAN with 5 reviews vs Ruckus Wireless which is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 11 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 Ruckus Wireless writes "Allows us to deploy systems and not deal as much with support, because it just works". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless and Aerohive Networks. Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Aerohive Networks and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Ruckus Wireless report.
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It improved the installation time.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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It has one of the smoothest operations.Valuable features include Bonjour Gateway and the hardware antenna array.Dead zones were immediately eliminated when we deployed these WAPs in all of our locations, plus Ruckus’ analytics on the ZoneDirectors allow us to quickly identify clients that are taking too much bandwidth.We are able to quickly identify Rogue WAPs in our network and move to disconnect them immediately when Ruckus alerts us.Ruckus WAPs have excellent coverage and their beamforming means that we can cover more area with fewer WAPs.At times of heavy network congestion, we can restrict the bandwidth available to clients either by SSID or at the client level, which helps cut down on our bandwidth costs.Because of ​Zero-IT, it is easier to get people connected to the correct SSID without providing a passphrase​.There is better security on our internal SSID/VLAN due to the use of Zero-IT​.

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It's performing well, really well. We don't have any issues. We only have issues if there is a lot of rogue APs in the neighborhood and that not Meraki's fault.if there is a better feature, they write it as beta so you have to be careful.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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Most customers revoke the idea of deploying it when they observe the cost per AP license.Sometimes doing mass changes on their products can be challenging.​The interface should be mobile friendly.​I think that Web management, global management, could be improved. Unfortunately, there's not one solution that does everything. There are something like six different solutions, and each of them do something better than the others. Unfortunately, there's not one global solution that does everything.Mounting options for outdoor access points, I think they could easily improve on that.The cloud controller needs work. My big issue is that all APs can't set static IPs. Also, adding customers to your dashboard is not that easy at all. I wish I could pop out some reporting from the dashboards as well.While the Virtual SmartZone appliance has improved in the last few years, it isn’t without issue and the performance of the Web page leaves something to be desired.Ruckus seems to have removed the built-in help from the appliance, urging the user to log on to the support web site to obtain it. This is simply a nuisance if one wishes to look up what a particular field on the configuration page does, for example.

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The price is negotiable.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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The cost per AP license should be worked on.The only complaint I have about Ruckus is the price, but considering other enterprise WiFi products are similarly priced, I feel Ruckus is a superior product.It's definitely a good value. It's more expensive than some of the other offerings out there, but when you compare it to other enterprise-class gear, it's very well priced. And the beauty of it is, because it has better range because of their patented BeamFlex - which is the way they can send and receive and listen to signals - you can actually use fewer access points. That means that it's a cheaper overall project.​Pricing is very competitive for an enterprise solution. Regarding licensing, always carry the support contract on the controller (not needed on APs)​.​The cost can be prohibitive for many as it is a high-end product in the WiFi market.​

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MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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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.The Virtual SmartZone Data Plane (vSZ-D) is a wireless LAN data plane appliance in a virtualized form factor. Made to work seamlessly with the Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Wireless LAN Controller (vSZ), the vSZ-D enables secure tunneled WLANs from Ruckus APs while minimizing CAPEX spending and maximizing Wi-Fi deployment flexibility and scale. Operators, ISPs and large enterprises can deploy the vSZ-D in a centralized data center with the vSZ, or at specific venues in a distributed topology.
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