Compare Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Ruckus Wireless

Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 2nd in Wireless LAN with 16 reviews while Ruckus Wireless is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 12 reviews. Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.4, while Ruckus Wireless is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "A flexible solution that provides great in-depth visibility for network analytics". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ruckus Wireless writes "Extremely scalable, great mesh technology, and capable of whitelisting networks". Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, ExtremeCloud IQ and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Ruckus Wireless is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Cisco Wireless, ExtremeCloud IQ, Fortinet FortiWLM and Huawei Wireless. See our Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN vs. Ruckus Wireless report.
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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.

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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.

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Cons
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.

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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.

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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.

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"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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Joseph Luyirika
author avatarJürgen Wedler
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In my opinion, the main difference is, that Cisco Meraki has a Controllerless cloud-based managing and monitoring system, similar to Aerohive.

I don’t know Ruckus, but I would expect, that it is different.

author avatarCarlos Ahumada
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Meraki is best for small wireless networks, when you don´t want to administrate infrastructure, but have serious problems with a significant number of devices connected to one access point (more than 25). The performance for video streaming is poor in that condition (heavy load) and the 2.4G band has more issues than 5G band.

On the other hand, Ruckus has better behavior with high load per access point (more than 100 devices). The best performance for multiple types of concurrent applications (streaming, download, VoIP...) and best operation with 2.4G band. Ruckus is best for large deployments and heavy load but requires more effort and knowledge for infrastructure administration.

author avatarJINUJOHN
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As per my understanding, Meraki as an IT solution is much more than wireless. It converges management and monitoring of wired and wireless environment along with gateway security, mobile device management, SDWAN, traffic shaping, and mobile device management. It also provides single-console management for IP Telephony and CCTV solution. So overall you would have a better TCO or ROI if you go for full-stack Meraki.

Ruckus is all about wireless but a notch above Meraki due to their patent technology called beamforming which can help in better coverage and thereby a lesser number of APs needed for the same coverage provided by Meraki. They also have flexibility in using the same selected models of AP for cloud-based, on-premises or controller-less cluster-based deployment.

author avatarSanjeewa Perera
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The biggest advantage in Cisco Meraki is cloud controller. This will help make life easier for the IT team. In-terms of features Meraki has, inbuilt L3 & L7 firewall & traffic shaping, URL category filtering, etc. I would say Meraki offers value for the money you spend.

author avatarHUANG PO-CHENG
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The biggest difference between Ruckus cloud management and Cisco Meraki is Ruckus Cloud Management is only wifi & switch management; Cisco Meraki is a total solution including switch/wifi/firewall/IP phone/endpoint. Another one is Cisco Meraki access point Incompatible with Cisco enterprise wireless controller. If one day you want to change cloud wifi to the local controller, you should repurchase the new Cisco enterprise AP. But Ruckus doesn't have this problem. Ruckus access point compatible with Ruckus local & cloud controller.

Which would I recommend? Ruckus has great antenna hardware technology, and Cisco has a total solution. So you should know what you want, and then you will know which product you should choose.

author avatarFernando Gavica
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These are some key differences that make Ruckus the best choice:

- Meraki requires more APs for high-density environments. We had a customer that required more than 150 Meraki APs distributed in several branches vs Ruckus that required only 70 APs to fulfill the same coverage and capacity. The combination of more equipment means that a Meraki deployment costs much more than a Ruckus deployment. Higher performance means less to buy, install, and manage.

- Poor AP performance because Meraki recommends no more than 30 devices per radio vs Ruckus that support 500 concurrent clients.

- The (cloud) controller is required for APs to function but customers are not allowed to own it vs Ruckus that has its own Network Controller capable
of managing APs, Switches and IoT devices. Scales to 30000 APs and 300000 concurrent users, with complete flexibility to move to/from Cloud, virtual, or appliance-based management systems

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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.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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