Most Helpful Review
Researched Ruckus Wireless but chose Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN: Excellent graphical interface, good stability, and an easy initial setup
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Ruckus Wireless and other solutions. Updated: July 2020.
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The interface makes it easy to manage.
The interface is excellent. We've been really happy with it.
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.
Good connection quality.
The most valuable features are the coverage and durability.
The mesh technology is the solution's most valuable aspect. Ruckus originally had the patent for it. They might've lost it because I see now that other people are doing it, however, they were the ones who came out with the smart mesh technology first, which is phenomenal.
This solution is easy to use and you need minimal IT experience to work with it.
Valuable features include Bonjour Gateway and the hardware antenna array.
Ruckus has allowed us to deploy better Wi-Fi coverage in the past few years.
The most valuable feature is the signature feature from Ruckus; the feature is called the BeamFlex. BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology takes a more adaptable approach allowing the access point to continually sense and optimize for its environment. The signals can be sent in a particular predetermined direction as desired. The technology allows for electrically manipulated antenna properties creating optimal antenna patterns for each device with which they communicated: the signal is focused, where the user is positioning.
Once we got it set up and configured we've had little issues and it's been relatively stable. We use it across all seven of our offices and they all have the exact same wifi setup so when I go into any office I can get on the network and access resources.
When we are using SSID roaming, it is not flexible in terms of which AP it connects to.
We haven't had any issues with the solution. We like the way it works. There isn't anything I can think of that makes me worry that it might be lacking in a certain area.
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.
Captive portal for guest access on the controller could be enhanced.
I would like to see better mapping capability because it can be really difficult, especially if you are deploying on a remote island.
They have so many products that there are so many different part numbers for the US and other countries. That means it's easy to make a mistake with the licensing. You have to have somebody knowledgeable on the other end with the licensing. If you make one mistake, it can be a $2,000 mistake.
In the next release of this solution, I would like to see a more detailed spectrum analysis.
Sometimes doing mass changes on their products can be challenging.
One complaint that we have is the lack of cloud-based management.
The biggest adjustment improvement will come from a price adjustment because the price is quite high; it feels like premium pricing. I suggest shaving off 10 percent to 20 percent. That would help grow users and increase the number of clients.
o make it a ten I would like the ability to replace it if we do have a faulty device. Getting one faster might be helpful. I would like to have autoconfiguration where instead of having to configure a new network, we would be able to push all configuration out a little easier with the interface.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment.
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.
"The biggest adjustment improvement will come from a price adjustment because the price is quite high; it feels like premium pricing. I suggest shaving off 10 percent to 20 percent. That would help grow users and increase the number of clients."
We also looked at Cisco and Aruba but Ruckus pricing was better.
We found it a little more expensive than the other competitors on the market.
The cost per AP license should be worked on.
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Also Known As
|MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN|
|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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